How does gender affect major, degree choices? | CFPB, states reach settlement on private student loans | Report: Students need help applying to college
August 18, 2017
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How does gender affect major, degree choices?
How does gender affect major, degree choices?
How women perceive their own femininity may affect the majors they choose in college, leading to increased gender stratification in, not only degrees, but later in the workforce, according to a study. Gender conformity, researchers say, may lead women to eschew degrees in science, technology, engineering and math and instead favor majors in arts and the humanities.
Inside Higher Ed (8/18) 
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CFPB, states reach settlement on private student loans
A $192 million settlement announced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 13 states covers about 41,000 students who obtained private loans to attend the now-defunct for-profit Corinthian Colleges. The settlement awaits approval from the US District Court.
CNNMoney (8/17),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Admissions and Enrollment
Report: Students need help applying to college
A report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation found that 1 in 4 high-achieving students from low-income families had no help in applying for college and did it all on their own. The report's author, Jennifer Glynn, says the findings point to the need for both high schools and universities to play more of an active role in advising students.
National Public Radio (8/17) 
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Data show potential grade inflation in wealthier schools
High-school students attending private and suburban schools may be receiving higher grades, even as achievement on the SAT trends down, according to a College Board study expected to be published early next year. Michael Hurwitz, senior director at the College Board, says the findings point to potential grade inflation among wealthier schools.
The Hechinger Report (8/16) 
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Leadership and Management
Strategies to increase diversity in higher-ed IT
College and university IT leaders can increase diversity and retain talent by creating a sense of community where all workers feel welcomed and respected, says Jane Stout of the Computing Research Association. In this Q&A, Stout offers ideas to help nurture community, including various activities that let workers have fun and connect with their colleagues.
EdTech online (8/15) 
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Funding and Grants
Va. Tech brings in record $162M in donations
Almost 35,000 donors helped Virginia Tech set a new fundraising record of $162 million during the past fiscal year, topping last year's donations of $101.45 million, school data show. Much of the money will be used for scholarships, program funding and endowed faculty chairs, school officials say.
The Roanoke Times (Va.) (8/17) 
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