Academic job seekers can look to figure skaters for lessons on topics such as being coachable and getting back up after a fall, writes Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis, the assistant director of the office of postdoctoral education at the Emory University School of Medicine. Job seekers must also develop patience and have the courage it takes to try something new, she writes in this commentary.
Financial aid for college and university students must be reformed to include living expenses such as food and shelter, writes Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab. In this commentary, she quotes research that shows many students are going hungry because of the high cost of tuition and barriers to obtaining federal assistance.
Several former officials under the Obama administration have gone on to become college presidents, including new Agnes Scott College President Leocadia Zak, who served as director of the US Trade and Development Agency. The trend shows a willingness by boards of trustees to look outside of academia for top leaders, some experts suggest.
David Coleman, president and chief executive officer of the College Board, says the organization will donate $100,000 to the African Leadership Academy and seek to expand support for students from Haiti and Central America following disparaging comments made by President Donald Trump. Coleman says that US "colleges are hungry for the strength and talent of African, Haitian and Central American students."
David Steele-Figueredo, president of Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif., says his school is working to improve college prospects for Latino students by working with seventh-grade students in the area and providing community-engagement activities. Students in college also need extra support to complete their studies, he notes in this commentary.
The US House bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would eliminate more than 60 programs, but the majority of them have either never been funded or funding for them has expired. Critics say the new measure should allocate new funding, but supporters say the lack of funds calls the efficacy of the programs into question.
The Fox School of Business at Temple University topped the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the best online MBA program, with Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business and Indiana University-Bloomington's Kelley School of Business tied for second. The rankings are based on factors such as student engagement and faculty credentials.
Prospective MBA students placed on an admissions waitlist should follow the school's instructions exactly regarding next steps, MBA admissions consultant Stacy Blackman writes. In this blog post, she outlines additional recommendations on how and when to communicate with the admissions committee during the waiting period.
Ph.D. graduates who choose careers outside of academia still can create scholarly pursuits for themselves that involve research, travel and publishing, writes high-school teacher and Ph.D. graduate Michael Wing. In this commentary, Wing outlines how he creates scholarly projects for himself that include grant-writing and mentoring opportunities.
A new study shows that stackable credentials may not lead to increased earnings, especially for middle-skill workers. The study's authors say their conclusions present only a "general picture" of the value of postsecondary certificates and suggest that more research needs to be done.
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