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9/19/2018

California's Board of Governors is requesting a $488 million funding boost for the state's community-college system for the 2019-20 budget year. Board members say the extra funding will help the 115-college system improve graduation and transfer rates.

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9/19/2018

Utah Valley University's new president, Astrid Tuminez, began her life in poverty in the Philippines and says she's still often mistaken for a maid or secretary. Tuminez, who has replaced former President Matthew Holland, says she hopes her story will inspire students to work hard for their own success.

9/18/2018

Colleges and universities are coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers and other stakeholders to come up with systems to measure and quantify student learning. Some experts say the diverse subjects studied by students make such measurements difficult, but some systems, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement, are being used by many institutions.

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9/18/2018

Journalism schools such as the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism are reporting increased enrollment this fall over last year. Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish says President Donald Trump's criticism of the press may be playing a role in the increased interest in the field.

9/18/2018

Colleges and university leaders are faced with many requirements -- and potential pitfalls -- when beginning an investigation into a student's complaint, writes attorney Ty Howard, a partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. In this commentary, he outlines six key areas leaders must consider to implement a fair and legally sound investigation.

9/17/2018

More than two-thirds of Americans say they believe colleges have a positive effect on society, with 76% holding a favorable view of public colleges and 59% viewing private colleges favorably, according to a survey by WGBH, Boston's public radio station. The data also show 78% say they would be concerned over funding cuts to higher education, while 49% say they oppose higher taxes to benefit public colleges.

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9/17/2018

A phishing campaign is targeting email accounts of federal financial-aid recipients, according to the US Department of Education. The emails have been received by students at multiple colleges and seek to mine students' personal information and steal their federal student-aid refunds.

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US Department of Education
9/17/2018

We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.

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9/17/2018

New Census Bureau data reveal that the percentage of students majoring in computers, math or statistics in 2017 rose to 4.7% from 4.2% in 2009. The data also show 4.2% enrolled in literature and languages majors, a decline from 4.6% during the same period, while the share of students majoring in liberal arts and history dropped by 0.7%.

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Census Bureau
9/17/2018

California lawmakers are considering a measure that would prevent community colleges from placing freshmen in remedial classes if they could possibly pass a college-level course. The bill also mandates that colleges look more to high-school performance than placement tests to make decisions about who is assigned to remedial classes.

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