A bill introduced last week into the US House is aimed at addressing student-loan debt. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., would allow, among other things, the deduction of all of the interest on student-loan amounts up to $750,000 and the extension of repayment grace periods.
Public colleges and universities in Massachusetts, Washington and California earned top scores in four measurements of black-student equity, while institutions in Louisiana scored lowest, according to a report from the University of Southern California's Race and Equity Center. The study looked at several factors, including overall black population in a state and black student graduation rates.
Some colleges and universities, such as the University of Kansas and Marquette University, are implementing conditional acceptance policies to increase enrollment among promising students who may be lower-performing or international students who lag in English proficiency. Under the policies, students complete remedial work or are given extra supports to meet requirements.
A survey from T. Rowe Price shows 44% of parents are using 529 accounts to save for their children's college education, up from 27% last year. Separate data from the College Savings Plans Network found that a record $328.9 billion has been invested in 529s, an increase of 3% over the past six months.
J. Mike Walker, former chairman and president of an offshore drilling and production equipment company, has donated $20 million each to the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. Walker, who is an alumnus of both schools, earmarked the money to support mechanical engineering programs.
Ask questions that invoke thoughtful answers at networking events, as this helps create meaningful connections with people, writes Marguerita Cheng. "Part of making connections is helping people. When you meet people, pay attention to what they say to see if they have a problem you can help solve," says Cheng.
About 38% of college admissions officers report meeting their enrollment goals by May 1, up from 34% the year before, a poll shows. The majority of officers worry about filling their classes and are especially concerned about attracting international students at the numbers they have in the past, the data show.
Both students and faculty suffer when academic leaders don't take diversity issues seriously, writes Mariam Lam, associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of California at Riverside. In this commentary, she outlines the "holistic approach" her institution has taken to ensure that diversity remains meaningful.
Half of independent college presidents are likely to retire within the next five years, according to a report from the Council of Independent Colleges, setting up the possibility of diversifying occupants of the top job. According to the report, the typical college president is a 61-year-old white man, but data show a growing number of women and Hispanics are occupying the top job.
The endowment at the University of Virginia has grown to $9.5 billion, nearly $1 billion more than last year's total of $8.6 billion. The university's chief operating officer, Kristina Alimard, says the fund has been well-managed and posts a 20-year return of 10.9%.
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