Graduate students should not hesitate to apply to community colleges for teaching jobs if they are seeking to build classroom experience, writes Rob Jenkins, an associate professor at Georgia State University's Perimeter College. In this commentary, Jenkins lays out the advantages of community-college positions, including less stress, decent pay and benefits.
A Gallup poll shows that 48% of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in higher education, down from 57% in 2015. The data show the widest gap was for Republicans with 39% expressing confidence in colleges and universities, a drop from 56% in 2015.
A study shows that students taught by adjunct professors at community colleges may do well in initial courses, but enrollment and success rates decline for subsequent classes taught by part-time faculty, compared with full-time instructors, especially in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math. Researcher Di Xu at the University of California at Irvine, says adjuncts may not be able to inspire students to stay in a field of study.
California's community college Board of Governors is asking state lawmakers to expand the Cal Grants program to cover not just tuition, but living expenses for students. The projected cost of the request is about $1.5 billion each year, but officials say living costs, not tuition, keep many low-income students from enrolling in college.
College leaders and faculty must work together to help students graduate with the working knowledge they need to be global citizens, writes Grant Cornwell, president of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. In this commentary, Cornwell outlines a strategy for teaching students to think objectively in today's world.
The University of San Diego has collected a record $317.3 million in donations over the past eight years, surpassing its original goal of $300 million. The campaign brought in some big donations, including two $20 million gifts, and $10 million from philanthropists Raffaella and John Belanich.
The number of students requesting to bring emotional support animals on campus increased by 30% between 2009-10 and 2014-15, according to an American Psychological Association survey. Schools such as the University of Pittsburgh have policies in place for such requests, which must meet certain requirements including a medical recommendation.
The US Education Department says it will correct its report on the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools after several major accrediting organizations said they did not support ACICS' reinstatement. The department previously reported that nine organizations had endorsed the for-profit accreditor for reinstatement.
Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough says even though controversial speakers may cost colleges and universities hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect, it's important to host diverse voices. Kimbrough says leaders must be prepared for such visits and engage with security personnel and monitor social media to prepare for any large protests.
Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow says colleges and universities must do more to make their case to the public that pursuing a degree is a worthy endeavor, despite the cost. In this Q&A, Bacow spoke out against a new law that taxes college endowments and defended the school's admissions policy, currently the subject of a lawsuit.