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5/22/2018

Women earning a bachelor's degree in 2016 graduated with about $2,700 more in debt than their male peers, up from $1,400 more in 2012, a report from the American Association for University Women finds. Several factors contribute to the gap, including women taking out more loans and earning less after graduation than men, researcher Kevin Miller says.

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5/22/2018

There are "numerous troubling provisions" in the PROSPER Act, the US House bill to overhaul higher education, write Mildred Garcia, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. In this commentary, they outline cuts and changes they contend will cost higher education $15 billion in support.

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The Hill
5/22/2018

New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show a 1.8% decline in overall college enrollment this spring, compared with spring 2017. Enrollment was down for students who are at least age 24, while the number of traditional-age students enrolling trended up slightly, the data show.

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Inside Higher Ed
5/22/2018

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst says she will step down from her post next year to return to teaching. Herbst, who was hired in 2010 as the first woman to lead the university, has presided over a time of growth in both fundraising and national prestige for the institution.

5/22/2018

The Roe Green Foundation is donating $2.2 million to Kent State University to continue a program that brings in guest directors for the School of Theatre and Dance. Green, an alumnus of the school, in 2006 gave her alma mater $6.5 million to increase space for theater and dance programs.

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5/21/2018

A poll shows that 52% of Republican respondents say students should fund their own college education, while 76% of Democrats say tax revenue should cover the cost for the good of society. The data also reveal that the majority of respondents from both parties hold favorable views of community colleges and say they help build a strong workforce.

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New America
5/21/2018

Trust your instincts and take note of how you feel about a job before you go ahead and accept an offer, executive career coach Mikaela Kiner says. Career coach Dana Manciagli recommends reviewing the job description and asking yourself if you want to spend your workdays on those tasks.

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5/21/2018

A complaint from a University of Southern California doctoral student has resulted in an investigation of Yale University by the US Education Department's Office for Civil Rights. In his complaint, Kursat Christoff Pekgoz argues that certain programs and scholarships benefiting women violate federal statutes because women no longer are a minority in higher education.

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Inside Higher Ed
5/21/2018

Teaching efficiency is higher at more selective universities -- especially at public institutions -- but research efficiency is better at private colleges and universities, according to a study. Researchers say more rural public colleges struggle to attract research funding while research productivity is highest where academics earn larger salaries.

5/21/2018

Montana State University Billings needs less than $1 million more to reach its fundraising goal for construction of a new science and health professions building after alumnus Carl Ueland and his wife, Barbara, donated $500,000. The CEO of the school's foundation, Bill Kennedy, says the institution hopes to break ground on the $5 million building next fall.