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10/20/2017

In 2017, women made up 30.1% of students pursuing executive MBA degrees, according to data from the Executive MBA Council. Leaders says the flexibility of such degree programs may add to the attraction for women juggling family and career obligations.

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10/20/2017

Oxford University's Said Business School is offering students a chance to learn and connect through a new virtual classroom, the first of its kind in the UK. Dean Peter Tufano says the Oxford Hub for International Virtual Education -- or HIVE -- will allow class leaders to engage with up to 84 participants anywhere in the world.

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Oxford Mail (U.K.)
10/20/2017

MBA candidates without much work experience should ask themselves three questions before going through the application process, writes MBA admissions adviser Stacy Blackman. She outlines these questions, including whether more work experience would be of more benefit.

10/20/2017

Business-school graduates earn about $500,000 more over 20 years in their careers than if they had not gone to business school, according to data from the Graduate Management Admission Council. Some graduates suggest this data along with other factors show that the degree is worth the time and cost.

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10/19/2017

A new analysis finds that educational attainment goals set in 2009 by the US government and the Lumina Foundation remain unrealistic. Researcher Michael Nettles with Educational Testing Service predicts that a US government goal of having 60% of 25- to 34-year-olds earning an associate or bachelor's degree by 2020 will not be reached until 2041.

10/19/2017

Enrollment of black students could decline if colleges and universities are not careful to address recent white supremacist events, says Lecia Brooks, the outreach director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. To head off potential problems, Brooks advises college and university leaders to require faculty and staff to attend racial equality professional development courses and step up diversity recruitment.

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10/19/2017

Some 900 colleges and universities are creating behavioral-intervention teams to identify students who may be a potential threat to themselves or the campus and come up with action steps. The schools are part of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, which offers training and advice on forming such teams.

10/19/2017

Colleges and universities need a more personalized approach to encourage young alumni to contribute to fundraising efforts, according to a new report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz. The data show that 80% of institutions do not have specific campaigns aimed at younger graduates, and only one-third had initiatives to survey donors over the past three years.

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10/18/2017

Colleges and universities can use their websites and other digital materials to boost enrollment by auditing their current online offerings and by using stories to draw in prospective students, digital marketing expert Alexander Kesler writes. Digital materials also should make good use of videos and photos to help students get a better experience of the campus, Kesler suggests in this commentary.

10/18/2017

The University of Maine is trying to attract out-of-state students from Massachusetts, Connecticut and even California with highway billboards touting the school's relatively low tuition. The billboards are publicizing a Flagship Match campaign that provides tuition discounts to students considering attending flagship schools in other states.

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