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2/21/2018

The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests and scoring a three or higher has increased about 70% over the past decade, according to The College Board. Data from 2017 show Massachusetts leading the pack in test access and performance.

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2/21/2018

The US Department of Education is seeking public comment around forgiving loans for students claiming "undue hardship." The move comes as several Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow students to discharge federal loans during a bankruptcy.

2/21/2018

Academics seeking career success should cultivate a growth mindset that drives them to learn more and forgive themselves when they fail, write professor Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa, director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, both of the University of Alberta. In this commentary, they outline the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, and explain how embracing change can bolster a career.

2/21/2018

Compensation for college and university faculty members is about 15% less than those with advanced degrees working in other professions, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers also surveyed professors and found that most were attracted to the career to work with young people and have the freedom to pursue research.

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Inside Higher Ed
2/21/2018

A $12 million donation from the Koch family will be used by Washington University to establish the Koch Center for Family Business. The gift will also endow two professorships -- one in the law school and another in the business school -- at the university.

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2/21/2018

Preparing a strong teaching demonstration is important for academics applying for a faculty position at a community college, writes Rob Jenkins, a Georgia State University Perimeter College associate professor. In this commentary, Jenkins outlines other key differences between interviews at two-year colleges and four-year research institutions.

2/21/2018

Katherine Rowe has been named the first female president of the College of William & Mary to succeed retiring president W. Taylor Reveley III. Rowe, who currently serves as provost and dean of faculty at Smith College, praised the "forward thinking" of the 325-year-old institution and said she will continue to advance the mission of the Virginia school.

2/20/2018

College and university students are now more likely to be financially independent from their parents, with the majority of such students being female or people of color, according to a new study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. The data also show that the independent students are more likely to attend for-profit colleges, and have lower completion rates than dependent students.

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Institute for Women
2/20/2018

College students notice when their roommates' moods change, but often fail to understand the depth of emotional distress they may be suffering, according to a recent New York University study. Researchers say institutions need to offer students more training on how to spot mental stress and illness in others and find ways to help them cope.

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New York University
2/20/2018

A new Brookings Institute study shows that 17% of students left college in 2014 with more than $50,000 in federal student debt compared to 2% in 1992. The data also show that in 2014, more than 20% of those borrowers borrowed to attend for-profit schools, and for the first time they are now beginning to fall behind on payments.

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