Students who leave California's community colleges with just a few credits in career or technical education but no credential still see substantial wage gains or promotions at work, according to new data from the state.
University of Michigan's head coach scheduled a series of practices during a spring break trip to Florida, prompting outcry from those urging colleges to ease the time demands on athletes. Some say the controversy is overblown.
HCM Strategists, a public policy and advocacy firm, this week announced it will award $1 million in short-term grants aimed at helping nonprofit organizations and higher education systems develop advocacy strategies for changes in federal financial aid policy. The grant program, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will focus on FAFSA, loan repayment, institutional and student accountability, tax-benefit simplification, and state and federal partnerships. The group said it hopes to encourage new voices and partnerships on aid policy, including civil rights organizations, businesses and unions.
David W. Oxtoby announced this week that he will step down as president of Pomona College next year. Oxtoby has been president since 2003. In his announcement to the campus, Oxtoby stressed that he would push ahead on key projects in the next year.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a student protest group have reached an agreement that will end a sit-in that has been going on in the administration building since October. The students want MIT's endowment to sell off holdings in fossil fuel companies, and the university still declines to do so. But MIT committed to take additional steps toward carbon neutrality on campus, and to work on benchmarks and guidelines for MIT's engagement with climate change off campus, including its ties to government and businesses.
The University Innovation Alliance this week announced a three-percentage-point collective increase in the proportion of degrees earned by low-income students at its 11 research university members. The improvement occurred in the less than two years since the group formed, with goals of producing more graduates, graduating more students across the socioeconomic spectrum, sharing data and jointly working on completion-related innovations.
The group's members also decreased their gap in graduation rates between low-income students and their wealthier peers. And six of the universities each increased their number of low-income graduates by more than 19 percent. The UIA also announced new funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and USA Funds. Its members are Arizona State, Georgia State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon State and Purdue Universities, and the Universities of California at Riverside, Central Florida, Kansas and Texas at Austin.
“This growth reflects the commitment of our campus leaders to graduate more students across the socioeconomic spectrum, setting a powerful example for others,” said Bridget Burns, the UIA's executive director. “When the power of predictive analytics and other best practices are implemented broadly across Alliance campuses, we expect the gains to be even greater. If all other four-year public colleges and universities in the U.S. increased their graduation rates at the UIA’s pace over the next decade, we would add 1.3 million college graduates to the workforce.”
In an attempt to trim its athletic department's budget, St. Cloud State University, in Minnesota, will eliminate six of its athletic programs and reduce the size of its football roster, the university announced Wednesday. Men's and women's tennis, women's Nordic skiing, men's cross country, and indoor and outdoor men's track and field will be cut, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. The university said the cuts will save the athletic department about $250,000 and that it will honor the 80 affected athletes' scholarships for four years.