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University Business, December 2018

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Feature

How five colleges and universities with innovative orientation approaches are striving to make an impact on engagement and persistence.

Responding to employer and accreditation agency concerns, schools are reinventing general education. Here are some of the common elements of the new programs they are adopting.

How community colleges are rebranding career training to reflect advanced pathways and earnings potential.

Focus

Nontraditional students need a boost to overcome some of the barriers to re-enrolling in continuing education and degree completion programs. Find out how to meet the challenge.

Technology

Higher ed beacon initiatives have been mostly pilots, but the ways they’ve been received and adapted demonstrate the technology’s potential—from helping students navigate libraries to taking class attendance and more.

Campus Finance News

While adjuncts are now more likely to get pay raises, have job stability and be welcome in faculty circles, the situation is not so rosy on the health insurance front. Here are seven realities to recognize.

On Topic

Jennifer Mishory, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, discusses how more states are likely to consider "promise programs" in the new year to increase affordability, and should learn best practices from already established programs.

Behind the News

While House Democrats push affordability agenda, divided control of Congress could cause gridlock.

Study finds that open education resources provide significant cost savings to low-income students and strengthen instruction and learning.

Following a brief stint as interim chancellor, Tedd L. Mitchell will now head up Texas Tech University System, including Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, which he will continue to lead in a position he has held since 2010.

Above-normal humidity across the East this summer caused mold problems in dorms at several higher ed institutions. While crews cleaned, many students moved to other lodgings, though no serious illnesses were reported.

Community colleges have seen a drop in faculty employment applications, according to a recent PowerSchool survey. They are are now leveraging new software to fine-tune the hiring process, among other efforts.

While most higher ed institutions are in compliance with the 2010 update of the Fair Labor Act and provide staff with a designated area to express milk, there is a large variation in these accommodations for students.

Two out of three jobs now demand at least some education or training, confirms new research. Three pathways still remain: a high school education, middle-skills training or education, and a four-year college degree.

UPenn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies now offers an online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree. While many Ivies have digital advanced learning programs, this is the first online option for undergrads.

MIT is betting artificial intelligence will become so ubiquitous it is investing more than $1 billion to create a dedicated college, combining AI, machine learning and data science with other disciplines. It will open next September.

California Lutheran University’s Spectrum of Opportunity Conference aims to help high school students with autism spectrum disorder and their parents, plus faculty and administrators, learn about what’s needed to succeed.

Professional Opinion

Business students must get a complete education. There is as much value in teaching upcoming leaders about current workplace practices as there is in educating them to be change agents.

Learn four ways to better understand and optimize your student health insurance plan.

How would you want your own daughter (real or hypothetical) to be treated in her workplace? Use these strategies to engage with each other civilly and respectfully.

The answer is different for every campus, but here are some key considerations for creating up-to-date facilities.

Higher ed institutions can help protect this highly sought data.

Educators seek ways to streamline presentations—which include storytelling as well as clear, authentic messages—in this age of short attention spans and new tech capabilities. 

The Department of Education has prioritized Clery Act compliance—including the proper collection, classification and disclosure of crime information—and is willing to use its enforcement authority to levy fines for violations.