A survey from MagnifyMoney shows that 39% of students who have taken out loans say they would consider dropping out to avoid adding more debt. More than half of those with loans say the difficulty of balancing work and school played a role in their willingness to drop out, while 26% say they worry their degree won't earn them enough cover their debt, the data show.
A study from the University of Maryland's Do Good Institute found that just 26% of college students are willing to do volunteer work, fewer than the 29% of high-schoolers ready to volunteer. Robert Grimm, the institute's director, says many colleges and universities are not providing students enough volunteer opportunities.
Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., has introduced a bill into the US House that would waive the college endowment tax that affects about 30 colleges and universities if they spend 25% of annual investment earnings on helping middle-income students attend college. A separate bill, cosponsored by nine House members, would repeal the tax.
College and university leaders are working on new data privacy policies to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation that takes effect this week. IT experts say the regulation will affect how institutions deal with third-party vendors, how they collect data on students, and how they can use it for marketing and other functions.
A mandatory annual report from the US Department of Education shows more than half of the bachelor's degrees awarded in 2015-16 clustered around six majors, including business, health professions and engineering. The report also shows that enrollment among students ages 18 to 24 at two- and four-year colleges increased overall from 35% in 2000 to 41% in 2016.
Providing better support to part-time college and university students could produce a 13% drop in the achievement gap between black students and their white peers, according to a report from EAB. Researchers say focusing most of the support on only full-time students would result in a narrowing of the gap by 1% to 5%.
White male scholars are more likely to be listed in the prestigious last-author spot in biomedical academic papers than their peers who are women, black or Hispanic a study finds. Researchers, who looked at papers from 1946 to 2009, found that even well into their careers, women and minorities lagged in senior-author status by as much as 10 percentage points.
Colleges and universities could improve their leadership by hiring co-presidents, write Karen Gross, former president of Southern Vermont College, Chris Forrest, an active duty lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force, and Brandy Forrest, a doctoral fellow at Trinity Southwest University. In this commentary, they trace the history of co-leadership and assert that bringing divergent skills together can strengthen an institution.
Gov. John Bel Edwards urged Louisiana lawmakers to use a special session to pass a new budget that protects funding for higher education. Bel Edwards last week vetoed a budget that provided 70% of the funding needed for the state's scholarship program and cut higher-education funding by 10%.
Bachelor's degree graduates who take a no-degree-required job after college are more likely to remain underemployed five years later, compared with those whose first job required a degree, a study finds. The data show women were more likely to remain underemployed, while those with degrees in science and technology fields were least likely to face underemployment.
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