Most colleges "level the playing field" for low-income students and their wealthier peers, according to a study that researchers say shows poorer students are not "mismatched" at selective colleges. Instead, the study's authors say the income gap is exacerbated by the low admission rates for low-income students at elite colleges.
Doctoral students in science and engineering who graduated between July 2014 and June 2015 took an average of 5.2 to 6 years to complete their degree, and 60% say they have definite plans for their future, according to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates. Those earning Ph.D.s in math and computer science tended to see larger salaries than peers in other programs, the data show.
About 31% of black women graduate students were enrolled in for-profit programs in 2014, compared with 9% of white women graduate students, according to an analysis of federal data. "This trend is concerning because for-profit graduate education is a relatively new sector and its results are unknown," said Elizabeth Baylor, former director of postsecondary education policy at the Center for American Progress.
Large, public research schools are more efficient with administrative spending than small, private colleges, a study finds. Researchers say they hope their results will help trustees find ways to operate institutions more efficiently.
Fundraising at the University of Georgia has hit a new record of nearly $228 million in gifts and pledges during the 2017 fiscal year, a 24% increase from the year before, school data show. The money has been used to create scholarships and support the university's athletic programs, officials said.
Many colleges, including the University of Utah and the Georgia Institute of Technology, are opening innovation hubs to help students create their own businesses. Students involved in Georgia Tech's CREATE-X have created 81 startups, bringing in more than $2 million in follow-on investments over the past three years, officials say.
Frostburg State University in Maryland has turned to its in-house experts among its faculty and staff to create a budget-friendly system of professional development, writes human resources Vice President Kathy Snyder. In this commentary, she outlines how they built the program and have found cost-effective ways to expand it.
Graduate students working on their dissertations should take time away from their writing and research to network and develop skills they'll need after graduation, writes David McDonald, assistant director of graduate services at Duke University Career Center. In this commentary, McDonald outlines other activities, such as volunteering and professional development, that Ph.D. candidates should pursue.
A proposal by the Trump administration to require foreign students to reapply annually to remain in the US could harm international enrollment, according to several higher-education advocacy groups. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, said foreign students are vital to the US economy, but David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said immigration policies must enhance "national security and public safety."
The average college student pays $257 more per year in tuition and fees for every $1,000 state and local governments cut from higher-education funding, according to a study. The study's author, Douglas Webber, cautions that his findings are broad since some states block tuition raises without legislative approval.
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