Philanthropist and investor Robert Smith surprised Morehouse College graduates during his commencement speech on Sunday by announcing he will pay off all the student loans for the class of 2019. The gift is worth an estimated $40 million, and Smith urged the graduates to "pay it forward" and possibly reciprocate for future graduates.
Several Ohio colleges are revamping their recruitment tactics to include more technology, increased local and cross-border outreach, slicker media campaigns, and a focus on older students and online courses. Data shows there will be 13,000 fewer high-school graduates in the state by 2032.
A study shows that using language in evaluations that points out problems of bias has resulted in more positive ratings for female professors and no effect on ratings for male professors. A separate study also finds that students generally rated professors more poorly after they achieved tenure.
Historically black colleges and universities are an "essential part of the fabric of higher education," says Howard University President Wayne Frederick, because they contribute to the diversity of many fields. It's the role of HBCU leaders to convey the schools' value to win both financial and moral support, he says in this Q&A.
Starting salary and location are the top two concerns for 2019 graduates searching for a job, according to a new Monster survey. Some 47% say they're looking at job postings in industries that interest them, while 43% say they are networking with family and friends who may know of job openings, the data show.
In a letter to lawmakers last month, Kathy Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Education Department policies are interfering with the CFBP's efforts to provide oversight of federal student loans. Among the issues is the department's advice to loan-servicing companies not to share information with the CFPB, citing privacy concerns.
Business schools in Canada saw a 7.7% increase in applications in 2018, according to data from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Schools are capitalizing on the trend and are using social media and other recruitment tools to draw students from around the world.
Leaders have a number of ways to become more empathetic, including appreciating the perspectives of others, expanding their own horizons and listening deeply without getting overwhelmed, writes Pamela McLean. "Whether we over-empathize and care too much, or completely miss the opportunity to connect with empathy, the result is similar -- we miss the opportunity to build a working relationship," she writes.
Some 62% of Americans living in high-poverty areas with few economic and educational resources say a college education is very important, according to a Gallup survey. However, only 29% in these areas said they have access to an affordable college education.