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.
Some school leaders are recruiting educators from abroad to address teacher shortages and add international perspectives. Mukul Bakhshi, director of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, says the practice can come with some potential drawbacks.
Applications from schools and libraries for federal E-Rate funds have declined by 5% in the wake of glitches with a new, online application process. However, Bill Herman, state E-Rate coordinator for Wisconsin, attributes fewer applications in his state to fewer requests for E-Rate funds for telephone service.
Youths in foster care often encounter unique challenges, such as frequent school changes, on the road to graduation. The Every Student Succeeds Act includes provisions that seek to boost collaboration between schools and child-welfare agencies to help stabilize schooling for these youths.
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.
Massive cyclones have been spotted near Jupiter's north and south poles, and the gas giant's auroras differ greatly from those of Earth, according to findings gathered by the Juno spacecraft in its first close swings by Jupiter's poles. "Discoveries about its core, composition, magnetosphere, and poles are as stunning as the photographs the mission is generating," said Scott Bolton, an author on a pair studies about the mission published in Science.
Dehydrated minerals buried deep beneath the ocean may have contributed to the severity of 2004's magnitude 9.2 earthquake and massive tsunami that killed more than 250,000 people, devastated Sumatra and surrounding island communities, a study published in Science suggests. Researchers drilled deep into the ocean floor near Sumatra to extract sediment samples that gave them a snapshot of the chemical transformations of minerals that could have influenced the strength of the quake.