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11/22/2017

Candidates who are being interviewed by phone must be careful to remain professional and set aside some uninterrupted time, writes Peter Murdock, vice president of recruiting for Blackmon Mooring. In this commentary, he also recommends candidates end the phone interview by asking about the next steps in the process.

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11/22/2017

Academics should use a campus visit to show the job search committee how their research and teaching skills would benefit the institution, writes Colorado College assistant professor Manya Whitaker. In this commentary, she provides specific tips on how candidates can improve their performances during job talks, teaching demos and meetings with the faculty and staff.

11/22/2017

The chancellor of the City University of New York, James Milliken, said he will step down from his position at the end of the academic year, citing health challenges related to a throat cancer diagnosis. Under Milliken's guidance over the past four years, graduation rates have improved at the system's community colleges.

11/21/2017

When Chris Hutt, assistant vice president for academic advising at Kennesaw State University, sent out an email asking students how he could help them enroll in classes next semester, he was amazed by the response. In this commentary, he outlines common obstacles facing students that could hamper retention.

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11/21/2017

The number of new international students with F-1 visas enrolled in US colleges and universities rose by 104% between 2008 to 2016, according to Census Bureau data. Almost half of those students were pursuing graduate degrees, while 38% enrolled in bachelor's degree programs..

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11/21/2017

The number of jobs being advertised through the Modern Language Association has hit a new low, with an 11% drop in positions listed for English professors in 2016-17 and a 12% decrease in openings for foreign language faculty. The association says several factors may be at play in this decline for the fifth consecutive year -- including a drop in enrollment and an increase in the number of adjunct instructors.

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Inside Higher Ed
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11/20/2017

Two lawmakers -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C. -- have introduced legislation that would require college students to pay back Pell Grants if they fail to graduate within six years. The lawmakers say the measure is needed to protect taxpayers, but critics say it could hurt completion rates in the long run.

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11/20/2017

Borrowers who default on student loans risk losing professional licenses or driver's licenses in 20 states. Supporters of the law say borrowers somehow find money when threatened with the loss of a license, but critics say the law is too harsh and cuts off people's ability to fulfill an obligation.

11/20/2017

If an interviewer asks a question that could be illegal, concerning topics such as age or family status, candidates should ask for clarification or seek to answer the underlying concern, writes Sybil Pressprich, a career and educational counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies. Overall, candidates should stay calm and assess if such questions could affect their fit with the organization.

11/20/2017

As the number of international students declines at many US colleges and universities, the US economy could take a hit, according to the Institute of International Education. Data show that such students contributed $39.4 billion to the US economy in the 2016-17 academic year.