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Jesuit education in America has a distinguished history that is deeply rooted in faith and intellectual rigor. Today, according to the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities, the 28 American Jesuit institutions educate their students within the Ignatian heritage of Jesuit education “in a way that seeks God in all things, promotes discernment, and engages the world through a careful analysis of context, in dialogue with experience, evaluated through reflection, for the sake of action, and with openness, always, to evaluation.”  

BEREA, KENTUCKY—President Lyle Roelofs likes to buy running shoes for his students at Berea College—as long as they get some exercise with him twice weekly before class.

An the last few years, a handful of higher ed institutions have offered multisession “pop-up courses” that faculty can design quickly for students who want to earn credit for studying events in real time.

Read on for a closer look ahead at where administrators in various functional roles will be this year—and what actions other institutions are making in 2018.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Liberal arts degree programs in 2016 ranked No. 1 for most completions as well as for the biggest increase in completions, higher ed consulting firm Gray Associates found in a recent analysis of IPEDS preliminary data.


Link to main story: Higher ed liberal arts degrees on the upswing

Over 100 schools have joined Great Lakes Educational Loan Services’ ScholarNet for Private Loans network this past year to connect with lenders.

“In the beginning, I was focused on developing systems and processes. Now, I see that role becoming more of a mentor and facilitator of performance improvement.”

Brandon Stokes is director of retention and student success at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

When the national averages for freshman retention rates at public schools sits around 64 percent and private schools hover around 70 percent, there’s clearly room for improvement in ensuring students return to campus the following fall.

Admissions, enrollment, marketing, retention and financial aid administrators surveyed generally have a sunny outlook about the student population in 2018.

Here, we reflect on the major events in 2017 that will continue to shape the higher ed landscape in 2018 and beyond.

What deep currents will shape this new year for higher ed digital marketers and communicators?

Here are seven things higher ed search leaders and administrators believe campus administrators must do in the coming year to get the job done.

Bill Berg is an enrollment management consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

There’s no question that recent graduates are leaving college with more student loan debt. More students are taking out loans and they’re borrowing larger amounts.

We asked: What are your predictions, hopes and concerns for 2018? Administrators and experts who have recently contributed to UB answered.

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