Data: Number of STEM majors surging in Wash. | New digital tool seeks to bolster resilience among college students | Calif. 2-year schools implement guided pathways
August 15, 2018
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Data: Number of STEM majors surging in Wash.
Data: Number of STEM majors surging in Wash.
The number of Washington state students majoring in computer science is increasing as is enrollment in other science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, according to data from the state's Education Research & Data Center. Data also show a 60-40 ratio of men to women majoring in STEM, unchanged for the past decade.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (8/14) 
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New digital tool seeks to bolster resilience among college students
An online, evidence-based resource for maintaining mental health and coping with stress is being offered to incoming Florida State University freshmen and transfer students. Animation, videos and TED talk-style sessions are featured in the Student Resilience Project developed by the Institute for Family Violence Studies at the university's College of Social Work.
Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
Calif. 2-year schools implement guided pathways
All of California's community colleges have implemented the state's Guided Pathways program to help students map out their college career and improve chances for completion. Most schools are in the early stages of implementation, according to the chancellor's office, but participation can make schools eligible for other state-funded programs.
EdSource (8/14) 
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Leadership and Management
Strategies for improving shared governance
College and university leaders can improve decision-making by creating an elected university senate made up of stakeholders including faculty, staff and students, writes Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University. In this commentary, he outlines how this model of shared governance can produce both enthusiasm and results.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (8/13) 
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Tips to execute an effective market research project
College and university communication leaders seeking to implement a market research project need to clearly spell out their goals and engage with key partners such as alumni, employers or prospective students, writes Paul Redfern, vice president for communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. In this blog post, he also recommends creating a report outlining specific steps to implement research results.
Inside Higher Ed (8/14) 
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Funding and Grants
W.Va. U. raises $161M in 2018 fiscal year
Donations to West Virginia University totaled $161 million in the fiscal year 2018, the second-highest annual giving to the institution, said Bill Nevin of the West Virginia University Foundation. The university received several large donations, but officials note that many donations also came through a phone bank manned by student volunteers.
WVNews (Clarksburg, W.Va.) (8/12) 
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