Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would require state colleges and universities to designate confidential advisers to whom students could privately report campus sexual assault. Higher-ed leaders said they support the concept of the bill but question whether it duplicates efforts already being provided.
The top issue in state higher-education policy is uncertainty about federal higher-ed policies, according to an annual report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Other issues of concern include state funding, college affordability and campus free speech issues, the report finds.
Johns Hopkins University's philosophy department will receive a $75 million donation from former student and investment firm founder Bill Miller. The gift will be used to expand the philosophy department, which will be renamed in Miller's honor.
Before accepting a new academic job offer, candidates should consider factors such as salary, support and their fit with the institution, writes Texas Tech University professor David Perlmutter. If a current job is stable and the new position does not offer original opportunities, it may be best to turn down the job, Perlmutter advises in this commentary.
As enrollment appears to be rebounding for US law schools, the American Bar Association has publicly posted letters sent to more than a dozen schools warning of accreditation compliance violations for admitting students deemed not likely to succeed. The enrollment decline and other problems have led some institutions, such as Whittier College, to end their law school programs.
Traits of leaders with high emotional intelligence include being empathetic, positive and authentic, and they practice those traits whenever possible, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Beyond work, think of ways to apply yourself at home, in social and community situations," he writes.
Lawmakers in West Virginia are considering a measure to help career and technical education students secure funding for college. Under the West Virginia Invests Grant Program, after students have exhausted all available sources of funding, including grants and scholarships, the state would cover the students' tuition.
A $1.1 million donation from a graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is aimed at helping the school increase diversity among students in computer science programs, officials say. Women earned 18% of computer science degrees at the Indiana college during the 2015-16 academic year, said J.P. Mellor, head of the computer science and software engineering department.
Some Minnesota colleges and universities, such as Carleton College, are creating scholarships and other programs to boost enrollment of students from more rural areas of the state. The schools also are creating on-campus support programs for such students, who tend to be first-generation college attendees.
Morehouse College's new president, David Thomas, says one of his top priorities is starting a capital fundraising campaign to generate money for new faculty and expanded technology on the Atlanta campus. Thomas says he hopes to bring in up to $500 million to support the mission of the historically black university.
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