Congressional aides and other experts say disagreements over vouchers and the education secretary's power to administrate the law have stalled efforts to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The act, which directs federal support to career education programs, was last reauthorized in 2006.
An analysis shows that the median net wealth of college graduates between the ages of 25 and 34 who carry student debt was negative $1,900 in 2016, down by $9,000 since 2013. The data also showed that graduates in that age group had amassed only half the wealth their parents had accumulated at their age.
An analysis of eight institutions where infractions caused the men's basketball teams to be banned from postseason play from 2000 to 2013 found that the scandals resulted in an average enrollment drop of 14% among men admitted to the school and a 13% decline in female admittance two years before the ban was enacted. Researchers say athletics serve as "the front porch" for a university and can have wide-ranging effects on admissions.
Texas colleges and universities are partnering with the Houston Food Bank to offer food scholarships to food-insecure students, providing groceries twice per month as long as they stay in school. About 1,000 students have received a food scholarship in the Houston area.
A study shows that male academics still outnumber women as lead authors published in academic journals in most fields, with the widest gap in such areas as computer science, physics and math. Researchers say reforms in peer review and academic publishing are needed, as well as changes in parental-leave policies and the mitigation of hiring biases.
The University of Maryland will use a $21.25 million gift from Barry Gossett and his wife Mary to establish a new center in their name designed to help student-athletes. in 2007, Gossett, vice chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland System, and his wife donated $10 million to help build a football "team house."