Six academic professionals share tips for early-career academics on balancing their work and personal lives. Suggestions include being intentional and proactive when it comes to making time for family and pursuits outside the office.
Social media often is the first point of contact for about a quarter of many underserved students, including low-income, minority and first-generation students, a survey finds. The results show that schools should focus on using social media as part of their outreach to ensure diverse recruitment, researcher Pamela Kiecker Royall says.
High-school graduates are more likely to attend community colleges when tuition is low, and such attendance does not adversely affect enrollment at four-year institutions, according to a study. However, the data show that black freshmen were more likely to take advantage of lower two-year tuition, even when they were qualified for a four-year institution.
When colleges and universities bring in new leaders, communication and marketing departments need to work with them to create a strategy to introduce them to both the internal and external community, writes Tom Hinds, director of marketing and branding for the University of California at Davis. Marketing professionals should meet with new leaders as soon as possible to create trust and support, he notes.
Oklahoma colleges and universities will see a 4.5% reduction in state funding, but the measure, which still awaits House approval, requires the schools to slash 6.1% from their budgets to pay bond debt service. Regent Ronald White says "everything is on the table" and reductions could be sought in academic programs, system structure and other areas.
Lincoln University in Pennsylvania has named former University of Missouri System Interim President Michael Middleton as its interim president. Marvin Teer, president of Lincoln University's board of curators, said the board hoped Middleton could "steady the waters" for the historically black university.
Women hold almost two-thirds of the total student debt in the US -- $833 billion versus the $477 billion held by men -- according to a report by the American Association of University Women. The data showed African-American women are carrying the largest amount of debt and that the gender pay gap means it takes women two years longer than men to pay off their debts.
While 69% of high-school graduates in 2015 enrolled in college, stratification of students continued with low-income and minority students accepted at less-selective colleges than their wealthier white peers, studies showed. To close that gap, colleges and universities must become more intentional about recruiting underserved students, says Andrew Nichols of The Education Trust.
Colleges and universities must expand their diversity efforts to help black and Latino students succeed, says Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Instead of offering isolated programs, faculty, staff and administration must be committed to incorporating diversity across campus, he suggests.
New Mexico lawmakers failed in an attempt to override Gov. Susana Martinez's veto of funding for the state's colleges and universities. Martinez said she vetoed funding for higher education in April to force a special session on state financial matters.
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