Congress will take action to "address the extraordinary unfairness" of NCAA rules against athletes profiting from their skills, said Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, this week during a roundtable discussion. Romney spoke in support of a House bill that would allow athletes to accept endorsement deals and says he will meet with supporters before introducing a similar Senate measure.
Hampshire College trustees have approved a curriculum overhaul that will eliminate majors and academic departments in favor of a project-based program set to be implemented in the fall of 2020. The change comes as the school prepares to defend its accreditation before the New England Commission of Higher Education agency.
After growing for more than a decade, first-year enrollment of Chinese students is reportedly declining at many colleges and universities, particularly public land-grant institutions. More than 40% of universities reported a drop in Chinese student enrollment in fall of 2018 due to visa issues and the political climate in the US, according to college officials.
Many college faculty and instructional designers still believe some so-called "neuromyths" about learning including that catering to a student's learning style boosts performance, according to a report from the Online Learning Consortium. Researchers recommend that colleges and universities address such myths in faculty professional development material.
The president of two Iowa-based medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies is giving $10 million to Ohio's Cedarville University to help build a new business and conference center. The gift, from alumnus Mark Scharnberg, is the largest donation to the school in its 132-year history.
A new report by the Council of Independent Colleges shows small and mid-sized colleges and universities are graduating a disproportionate amount of underrepresented students in STEM fields. Senior Vice President Harold V. Hartley III says smaller institutions can offer undergraduate students more research opportunities and personalized support than larger schools.
Colleges and universities can reduce some of the administrative costs of hiring faculty by creating partnerships between administrators and faculty and seeking total -- not incremental -- transformation of the system, write McKinsey partners Suhrid Gajendragadkar, Ted Rounsaville, and Jason Wright, along with consultant Duwain Pinder. Focusing on just one area to improve can uncover other inefficiencies to be addressed and lead to overall administrative streamlining, they write.
Some college students are struggling to pay for housing as more institutions are using housing and food to bring in revenue, says Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab. In addition, more than half of students at the nearby Community College of Philadelphia were housing insecure in 2018 and 20% reported being homeless, according to research done by Goldrick-Rab.
Colleges and universities could create more diversity if they "priced tuition realistically and better targeted financial assistance," writes John Comerford, the president of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Higher education, he writes in this commentary, also must align its curriculum with workforce needs to give students the skills they need to succeed after graduation.
Ph.D. candidates can finish a dissertation by managing their time, building a good relationship with their chair and finding supportive and wise friends, writes Sarah Schwintz, senior director of student services for university programs at Texas Tech University. They should practice out loud before a defense presentation and seek advice from those who have successfully defended a dissertation, she advises in this commentary.
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