Some US business schools are offering bargain prices to attract students. Students at La Salle University and
Brigham Young University can earn an MBA for less than $30,000, compared with tuition and fees of $105,118 for students at Babson College's Olin Graduate School of Business, according to this analysis.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is launching several initiatives to "foster engagement between academia and practice," says Dan LeClair, the association's chief strategy and innovation officer. The initiatives are aimed at increasing partnerships between business schools and industry.
Prospective MBA students can judge the quality of a program's career services and support by checking on the success of past graduates and listening to feedback from them, some business-school experts and graduates suggest. Students also should seek programs that offer a lot of on-campus recruitment events, they advise.
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos this week suggested scrapping the Higher Education Act of 1965 during a speech to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says reauthorization of the act is a top priority for him, but DeVos said, "Real change is needed."
The first cohort of military-veteran students to enroll in Vassar College in 2013 in partnership with the Posse Foundation are graduating, underscoring the success of a program to link veterans with private liberal arts colleges. Private nonprofit colleges are working to boost veteran enrollment, which stood at only 10% in 2015, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says errors, complicated rules and bad information from FedLoan Servicing are making it difficult for participants in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The program, started in 2007 to forgive debts of students who entered public service, has received thousands of complaints and the Trump administration is considering ending it.
A national survey found only 40% of female postdoctoral students who were pregnant asked for pregnancy accommodations from their institutions, even though 93% were granted. Postdocs say their hesitancy stems from a lack of family-friendly policies and research pressures in their departments.
Alaska lawmakers approved an $8 million funding cut for the state's university system, far less than the Senate's plan to slash $22 million from the budget. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen said he was "relieved" by the reduction in cuts, but noted previously that the number brings total cuts to $61 million over the past four years.
Members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee this week explored the issue of free speech on college campuses, questioning decisions by some schools to limit more controversial speakers. Some lawmakers argued that all speakers should be welcomed, but others asserted that threats from off-campus groups should be considered.
Members of the House Ways and Means Committee are considering changes to higher-education tax credits to increase college affordability. Some of the measures under consideration include adjustments to the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which allows students to deduct education-related expenses up to $2,500 annually.