Personalized communication from college and university officials during the application process played a role in school choice for 87% of students, according to a survey on behalf of education-technology company Ellucian. Researchers also found that alumni were more likely to donate to their alma mater when data was presented to them showing how their money was funding programs they care about.
More university art schools are working to prepare graduates for the workforce by offering certificates and programs in entrepreneurship and innovation. "Students today will have on average 11 careers. So you need skills that are transferable," said Linda Essig, dean of arts and letters at California State University, Los Angeles.
Many community colleges, in states such as Utah and California, are rebranding their career and technical education programs to stress their value to students and the workforce. Eric Heiser, CTE director at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, says their marketing efforts are focusing on the future earnings potential of students who pursue CTE certifications and degrees.
Many public colleges and universities in Illinois are asking state lawmakers for double-digit increases in their funding this year, including a request for a 36% budget boost from Western Illinois University. John Bambenek, an Illinois Board of Higher Education member, says the outlook is bleak for funding increases without a significant state tax increase.
A proposed rule released last week by the US Education Department concerning how colleges and universities deal with complaints of campus sexual misconduct and assault is being criticized by advocacy groups and lawmakers. Former Vice President Joe Biden, in a tweet, said the proposed rule, which includes a stricter definition of sexual harassment and allow an accuser to be questioned, will "discourage" reports and investigations.
Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, says great leadership isn't about individuals but about assembling a great team. During her tenure, Gutmann has overseen major construction projects, tripled the school's endowment and invited diverse leaders such as former Vice President Joe Biden and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to lecture at the school.
As more employers seek badges, certifications and other nondegree skill designations from prospective workers, colleges and universities such as George Mason University and Arizona State University are working with employers to develop them. However, Scott Cheney, executive director of Credential Engine, warns that a rush to create programs and a lack of oversight could result in many useless courses.
Colleges and universities in Georgia, such as Agnes Scott and Georgia State University, are seeing record-breaking enrollment numbers. Data show that more people younger than 18 are living in the state, and some experts say many schools are increasing efforts to boost out-of-state and international student enrollment.
Academic deans can better handle their responsibilities by collecting an arsenal of standard responses to typical situations, writes David Perlmutter, Texas Tech University professor and dean. In this commentary, he outlines the responses deans should give as they navigate the competing needs of their constituents.
Graduate Management Admission Council President and CEO Sangeet Chowfla in this interview notes the role that GMAC plays in connecting those with business aspirations to educational opportunities. Chowfla also discusses qualities that individuals need to be successful in today's business world, and offers other insights for potential MBA candidates.
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