Higher Ed
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9/20/2018

A survey from HSBC found that 85% of students work while they're in college, and that most spend more time at work than they do in class or studying. Students spend, on average, 4.2 hours per day working, nearly two hours more than they spend in class and double the amount of time they spend in the library, the data show.

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HSBC
9/19/2018

The University of Pennsylvania next fall will become the first Ivy League school to offer online bachelor degree courses aimed at adult learners. Students will be able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences and some on-campus work will be required, says Nora Lewis, vice dean of professional and liberal education.

9/19/2018

Those seeking a job outside of academia should compile a comprehensive master list of their skills and experience before writing a cover letter, writes Erin Bartram, former University of Hartford visiting assistant professor. In this commentary, Bartram advises candidates to talk with friends outside of academia to get a fresh view of transferable skills.

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University of Hartford
9/19/2018

Students who attend four-year, for-profit colleges take out at least $3,300 more in loans than those attending public four-year colleges, and are 11% less likely to be employed, a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds. The data also show that students attending four-year, for-profit programs are 11 percentage points more likely to default on their loans than public-college students.

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MarketWatch
9/19/2018

The US Education Department has been given 30 days to respond to a federal court judge's ruling that it violated the law by delaying borrower defense rules for students who claimed to be defrauded by for-profit schools. Department officials say they are rewriting the loan-relief rules and expect to release them by Nov. 1.

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US Education Department
9/19/2018

Nearly half of college and university faculty say they allow students to use cellphones in class, with some limitations, while a quarter say they have banned them, according to a survey. Cellphones are the second most popular device used in classrooms, the data show, behind laptops, which are favored by 49% of students.

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Campus Technology
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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Board of Governors
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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The Hechinger Report
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.