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The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has launched a new consortium to address the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The finalized version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Trump signed into law poses less of a perceived threat to higher ed than the bill that passed the House.

Proponents say that people who use education-savings accounts will benefit from deductions in student loan interest.

Critics, however, predict that the doubling of the standard deduction will result in fewer philanthropic contributions to colleges and universities. —Steven Wyman-Blackburn

Like many other institutions, Cornell University participates in an interlibrary loan system for faculty, staff and students.

Borrow Direct (borrowdirect.org) went live in 1999 after founding institutions Columbia, Penn and Yale partnered with the Research Libraries Group to develop the program for “Ivy Plus” institutions.

Besides the three initial universities and Cornell, participants are Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Stanford.

STACKS UPON STACKS—Cornell and Ithaca students not finding what they need in their home campus libraries can now visit the neighboring school for more options.

Sharing resources among campuses makes sense for more than economical reasons, as colleges are finding these opportunities can better serve busy students.

Wesleyan University (Connecticut), Lakeshore Technical College (Wisconsin) and 21 other institutions have recently licensed Prey Anti-Theft to protect their mobile devices.

Nearly one-third of undergraduates who have declared a major changed that major at least once within three years of initial enrollment, according to a recent study of 25,000 students.

TEACHER AND LEARNER—A Borough of Manhattan Community College student reads to a child in the college’s Early Childhood Center.

Community colleges are creating developmental tracks, services and on-campus groups to better serve English as second language students and community members.

FOOD RECOVERY HIERARCHY–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions colleges and universities can take to prevent and divert wasted food. Each tier focuses on different management strategies. The top levels are the best ways to prevent waste because they create the most benefits for the environment, society and the economy. (Source: EPA; UBmag.me/feed).

College students are responsible for about 22 million pounds of the waste, according to the Food Recovery Network, a student-operated movement to fight hunger in the U.S.

At Temple University’s Fox School of Business, students have a menu of options to choose their own MBA path.

“They can do 100 percent online, 100 percent face-to-face, or any mix of online, hybrid, and face-to-face coursework,” says Darin Kapanjie, academic director of Fox’s online and part-time MBA programs.

Students can change course on their choices after beginning the program, too. If a student needs to travel or relocate for work, for example, it’s not necessary to leave the program.

BUSINESS CASE—Part-time MBA students at Fox School of Business at Temple University can divide their time between classrooms and synchronous web sessions. (Temple University Photography).

With the number of traditional MBA students dropping, business schools must get creative to survive and ultimately thrive.

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