A report from the nonprofit Education Design Lab lays out five ways, including a "Netflix-style" curation and distribution model, that colleges and universities can use to improve the credentials they offer. EDL President Kathleen deLaski says the report offers strategies for institutions to embed liberal arts within more technological fields.
A proposal in President Donald Trump's budget to shift some student-loan risk to colleges should be applauded, but the source of the crisis comes from the government, says Kris Fallon, CBA's vice president of congressional affairs. "The federal government makes about 92% of the $1.5 trillion in student-loan debt without providing the most basic of loan disclosures, like [annual percentage rate] and monthly repayments," Fallon says.
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A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed against eight US universities by two Stanford University students after news of an admissions scandal that has ensnared 50 people, including two famous actresses. The students say they feel they were affected by the alleged practices and that the indictments have reduced the value of the degrees they are earning.
Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles is attracting more diverse students than the College Board's traditional course, Computer Science A. The principles course, started three years ago, provides a broad introduction to the field that includes applying the concepts in creative, hands-on projects, such as building smartphone apps or video games.
Instead of using their influence to get their kids into college, Alma College President Jeff Abernathy suggests parents see the college admissions process as a way to allow their children to take responsibility. "Call me old-fashioned, but if bad news comes in the admissions process for my kids, as surely some will, I plan to tell them to retake the ACT, hit the books, try the next school," he writes in this commentary.
A number of prestigious US universities are backing away from accepting funds from Chinese telecommunications equipment company Huawei at the urging of Congress and the White House due to concerns about national security. Ohio State, Princeton, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley are among those that have received research funding from the company but are now refusing more.