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2/22/2018

Nearly half of graduates from community colleges affiliated with Achieving the Dream report they enjoy what they do and feel motivated to achieve their goals, compared with 35% of graduates from unaffiliated schools. The ATD organization works with two-year schools on initiatives like guided pathways and increasing completion rates.

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Inside Higher Ed
2/22/2018

The amount of revenue generated from tuition for public colleges and universities has increased in 49 of 50 states since 2001, with tuition comprising more than half of public institutions' revenue in 24 states in 2016, a new analysis by Demos finds. Reduced state and local funding along with tuition increases is exacerbating racial inequality, researchers say.

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MarketWatch
2/22/2018

Once a college or university is affected by a public scandal, admissions leaders must proactively assure students that steps have been taken to avoid future problems, says Tom Green, AACRAO's associate executive director of consulting and strategic enrollment management. Staff must also be trained to answer questions from parents and students, he advises.

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2/22/2018

A new Wombat Security study found that tech users at educational institutions were less apt to be fooled by email phishing scams than users in other industries, like technology, government and entertainment. Some 95% of surveyed respondents were implementing training programs, and three-quarters were measuring their organization's vulnerability to such attacks, the data showed.

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EdTech online
2/22/2018

Growth in giving to higher-education institutions is not expected to exceed 6% this year because of tax code changes, according to a Moody's Investors Service report. Major donors such as foundations are expected to continue giving, but an increase in the standard deduction may cause individuals to withhold donations, the report notes.

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2/21/2018

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring a three or higher has increased about 70% over the past decade, according to The College Board. Data from 2017 show Massachusetts leading the pack in test access and performance.

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2/21/2018

The US Department of Education is seeking public comment around forgiving loans for students claiming "undue hardship." The move comes as several Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow students to discharge federal loans during a bankruptcy.

2/21/2018

Academics seeking career success should cultivate a growth mindset that drives them to learn more and forgive themselves when they fail, write professor Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa, director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, both of the University of Alberta. In this commentary, they outline the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, and explain how embracing change can bolster a career.

2/21/2018

Compensation for college and university faculty members is about 15% less than those with advanced degrees working in other professions, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers also surveyed professors and found that most were attracted to the career to work with young people and have the freedom to pursue research.

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Inside Higher Ed
2/21/2018

A $12 million donation from the Koch family will be used by Washington University to establish the Koch Center for Family Business. The gift will also endow two professorships -- one in the law school and another in the business school -- at the university.

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