Nearly 70% of millennials believe that student-loan debt is a more important issue than threats from North Korea, and nearly half say it's more serious than global warming, a survey finds. About 43.3 million student borrowers hold education-related debt worth $1.41 trillion, the survey states.
About 350 highly selective colleges would have to admit around 20,000 low-income students to have Pell Grant recipients make up 20% of enrollment, according to a report from the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce. Many schools already have reached this mark, the report states, including the University of Southern California.
College applicants in Louisiana no longer will have to disclose their criminal history under a new state law prohibiting colleges from asking the question on admissions materials. Louisiana is the first state to ban the question, but after admission, schools can ask about criminal records for matters such as financial aid and housing, officials say.
As federal officials push for more career training, community colleges can take advantage of the trend by hiring more full-time and tenure-track faculty and improving shared governance, writes Rob Jenkins, associate professor of Georgia State University Perimeter College. Leaders also should stay out of politics and focus on preparing students for careers, he suggests in this commentary.
To improve the institutional response to campus sexual assaults, administrators need to provide both guidance and job protection to adjunct faculty, writes Alexis Henshaw, a visiting assistant professor in political science at Miami University. While tenured professors are protected when reporting student concerns, Henshaw notes, contingent faculty may feel more vulnerable under mandatory reporting polices.
As state funding has decreased, public flagship colleges and universities, as well as regional institutions, are enrolling more out-of-state students to boost revenue, according to a report. Researchers say the result may be more social stratification that undermines the institutions' overall goals of access and social mobility.