Hispanic students say they want more counseling on college options and their parents want more high-school and college fairs where they can get help with application materials, according to a report from ACT's Center for Equity in Learning and Hispanic media company Univision Communications Inc. The report also recommends that schools increase awareness of test preparation and fee waivers.
A survey by the California Student Aid Commission shows that two-thirds of college students say cost and balancing work and their studies are the largest barriers to college success. More than 30% report not having enough money to pay for housing, with 35% reporting being short of the funds needed to buy books and supplies.
Overall enrollment is down at Butte College, a two-year public institution in Oroville, Calif., as the area continues to recover from last November's Camp Fire that scorched more than 150,000 acres. Lisa DeLaby, director of institutional advancement, says many students lost homes and had to move away from the area, but the uptick in construction work has increased emphasis on related programs that prepare students to participate in rebuilding efforts.
As the public begins to demand more workforce training from higher education, University of Connecticut President Thomas Katsouleas says institutions must teach current skills but also prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist. Katsouleas, who began his tenure last month, says "the next frontier is about giving students the kind of educational experience that leads to later well-being and work engagement."
A new report from the Century Foundation warns college and university leaders that online program managers could be "wolves in sheep's clothing," and cautions against handing for-profit companies too much control over online courses. The authors recommend eschewing long, unbreakable contracts and suggest paying for services up front to avoid tuition sharing plans.
Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow says the institution is reviewing about $9 million in donations it received from financier Jeffrey Epstein and will donate $186,000 of unspent money to organizations benefiting victims of trafficking and sexual assault. Bacow also plans to form a task force to more properly vet future donations and says he hopes peer institutions will work together on a plan.