Johns Hopkins University created a Classics Research Lab to provide a social space and physical laboratory where students collaborate on projects such as recreating an author's library online. Classics department chair Shane Butler was inspired to create the lab when he heard students say they felt alone in a STEM-focused, research-oriented campus.
Set New Year's resolutions based on which career stage you are currently in, recommends CareerBlast cofounder and personal branding expert William Arruda. Young professionals should find ways to contribute to their employer's overarching goals and mid-career professionals should beef up their skill sets to ensure career growth, while those approaching retirement should be working on their exit strategies, Arruda writes.
Faculty members at Vermont State Colleges have expressed concerns that online courses are favored at the expense of on-campus programming, triggering waves of layoffs. College leadership has not reported any planned school closures, but campus layouts have changed in the face of the expanding online program, with some campuses considering renting, selling, or demolishing lesser-used buildings.
MBA programs in Kansas are seeing higher enrollment among 100% online degree programs, seven-week rather than semesterlong sessions, and hybrid programs that combine in-person and online learning. The University of Kansas topped the list for total MBA enrollment this fall with 427 students, and Pittsburg State University's enrollment jumped from eighth place last year to third place this year.
Four years after implementing a strategic plan for diversity, the University of Michigan reports that academic diversity officers come from various backgrounds, such as student affairs, community organizing and general administration, and therefore draw on different types of logic. Some ADOs focus on accountability in their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, while other ADOs focus on representation and data collection, structure and process, or promoting inclusive communities.
Income-share agreements for financing tuition may aid college access as well as retention and completion, but consumer protection is needed, a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia finds. ISAs are currently offered by more than 40 colleges and other education providers, the report notes.
The University of Connecticut's $20 million Academic Entrepreneurship initiative is intended to attract 10 faculty members with entrepreneurial experience to the university. The initiative is part of university president Thomas Katsouleas' overarching plan to attract high-performing researchers.
Just 11% of colleges earned a green-light rating -- meaning they do not have written policies that restrict students' free speech -- according to an annual report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Most of the 471 schools evaluated earned a yellow-light rating, while 25% were given a red-light rating for having policies that "clearly and substantially" restrict student expression, the report showed.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has asked the state's colleges and universities to cut 1% from this budget year's spending, and 2% from next year's. While many schools are meeting these goals through payroll cuts and hiring freezes, the University of Idaho is working to meet it with voluntary staff furloughs, and the College of Western Idaho plans to renegotiate its leases and reduce the budget for maintenance and operations.
The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to restore permanent funding of $255 million a year to more than 100 historically black colleges and universities as well as other minority-serving institutions, and to make changes to simplify the FASFA form. "This permanent funding solution, which would stave off unnecessary cuts for our institutions, will allow HBCUs to continue fostering innovation and inspiring future leaders in the STEM disciplines -- and that helps our nation," said Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund.
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