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Highlights from Higher Ed: Natural Disasters and Divorce

$63 million

That’s the amount that will be awarded to 47 institutions that were affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, by the U.S. Department of Education. Portions of the money can directly help students at risk of homelessness or displacement, but campus construction and repair projects also qualify.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education


That’s the percentage of people born in the early 1980s with divorced parents who have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 50% of people the same age with married parents. The exact cause is not clear, but the study also reveals that married parents have higher education levels and divorced parents have a harder time affording college.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

10 million

That’s the number of students who were studied in a new paper examining SAT scores. The study found that retaking the SAT improved scores by an average of 90 points and that students who retook the test were more likely to enroll in a four-year (vs. two-year) school. The study also found that low-income and racially underrepresented students would benefit most from retaking the exam, but most are unaware that there are fee waivers for qualifying students.

Source: The New York Times


That’s the percentage of adults who considered returning to college and had completed some college or earned an associate degree. Unfortunately, most admissions offices don’t try to understand why these students left their previous institutions. With nearly 60% of undergrad students being nontraditional students, higher ed administrators would do well to do more to understand this group.

Source: Education Dive