College and university fundraisers can improve their success by using data and analytics technology to better identify potential donors, writes Caryn Stein, vice president of marketing at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. The use of such data can save time, Stein notes in this commentary, but it also can help gift officers personalize their approach and prioritize who to visit.
Nearly 7.7 million of the 10.7 million jobs created from January 2013 to December 2017 went to candidates with a bachelor's degree or higher, according to a new analysis by the Brookings Institution. The authors of the report noted that even though workers without a college degree make up 60% of the workforce, they are now "effectively penalized in every phase of the business cycle."
College and university department leaders who succeed a long-serving incumbent should be clear about what's expected of them and openly communicate about changes with department members, writes Judith White, president and executive director of Higher Education Resource Services. New leaders also should seek to gather and honor stories about the past as a way to show how changes have improved the department over time, she advises.
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.