The gap between default rates of black and white student-loan borrowers remains "large and statistically significant," even when controlled for factors such as income, loan amounts and whether a degree was earned, according to a report. Researchers say a lack of access to support systems such as loan counseling or servicing could play a role in the disparity.
Data show millennials may be less entrepreneurial than previous generations, and risk may be a factor. However, younger members of the cohort may be more open to risk, data suggest.
Colleges and universities can boost completion rates by providing students with more basic needs such as food and transportation besides just tuition assistance, higher-education leaders said recently at the 2018 New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum. "How many of us have thought instead of sending an academic advisor to talk to them about their math class that we might give them a meal plan?" asked Temple University professor Sara Goldrick-Rab.
Three Democratic US senators have reintroduced a measure that would provide grants to states to establish or expand reverse transfer programs to retroactively award associate degrees to students who may have earned enough credits but never received the degree. Sponsor Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., says the measure would make it easier for students to "compete in today's economy and earn higher wages."
More colleges and universities are reporting an increase in the number of students asking for permission to bring emotional support animals with them to campus. A recent analysis of more than 1,000 colleges, however, shows that 96% of them do not allow students to have emotional support animals.
College and university leaders should allow controversial speakers to appear on campus, says Suzanne Nossel, CEO of the free speech group PEN America. Protests also should be allowed to proceed without disrupting the event, Nossel notes.
The University of New Hampshire is asking for $35 million in state funding over six years to build new research laboratories and prepare students for science and medical careers. Gov. Chris Sununu says he supports the plan, which carries an overall price tag of $86 million, to help improve workforce skills in the state.
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