Colleges and universities can improve student outcomes by implementing a "purpose first" philosophy that focuses on providing career assessments and guided pathways to help students prepare for the workforce, according to a report from Complete College America. CCA official Dhanfu Elston says it's vitally important for low-income and first-generation students to have career information integrated into their studies.
Former Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen says she doesn't see any financial imbalances in the economy, which she predicts could remain strong through 2019. But a continued tight labor market with low unemployment and accelerated wages could cause unhealthy inflation growth, she notes.
A survey shows that nearly half of all college students say they will vote in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, with 57% of Democratic students pledging to vote, compared with 40.5% of Republican students. Nancy Thomas, director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University, says some barriers to student voting remain, including identification laws and other requirements.
Attorneys for Students for Fair Admissions told a US District Court judge this week that Harvard University engages in "intentional discrimination" against Asian-American students, while attorneys for the school argued that race is never viewed as a negative in admissions. No matter the outcome, some legal experts say the case may be brought before the US Supreme Court.
Students with parents who have more income and general wealth are more likely to enroll in college and graduate than students with less-wealthy parents, according to a study. Wealthier parents also were more likely than other parents to take out home-equity loans to help pay for a college education, the data showed.
US colleges report an increase in reports of past sexual assault and harassment on campus from former students that could be fueled, in part, by the #MeToo movement. Some schools are reacting by dropping time limits on investigations, but many officials say their ability to take action against alleged offenders may be limited.
Adults in California who have some college experience but no degree are less likely to earn more than $75,000 a year, compared with their peers who are community-college graduates, according to a study from California Competes. The report found both structural and financial-aid barriers that prevent adults between ages 25 and 64 in the state from completing degrees.
A study showed 61% of college students felt that they learned better in courses that used open educational resources, with 59% saying the quality of the material was better. The data also showed that classes using OER were more affordable, providing students a minimum of $6.5 million in net savings over two years.
College rankings are not the best resource for students to find the right college for them, according to a study from Stanford University's Graduate School of Education. Researchers say rankings based on data such as graduation rates and class sizes do not focus on factors many students consider important, including future income, well-being and student learning.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute within the University of Arkansas System has received a gift of more than $100 million to fund its programs. The donation by the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust is the largest ever given by the trust.