Highlights from Higher Ed: Four More Schools Adopt a Holistic Approach to Admissions and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Their Ties to Communities

Four more schools adopt a holistic approach to admissions Four more schools — Colorado College, Elms College, the University of St. Thomas and the Rhode Island School of Design — have decided to go test-optional in regards to their admissions requirements. Mark Hatch, vice president Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: How Some Schools Are Combating Summer Melt and What Required Math Prerequisites Can Mean for Students

New quantitative reasoning requirement proposed for CSU admissions The California State University (CSU) system has proposed implementing a new quantitative reasoning requirement to qualify for admission. The proposed requirement, which involves taking “one more year of quantitative reasoning to be considered for CSU admission,” could Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Are Student Loans At a Turning Point? And Off-Campus Housing and Its Hidden Risks

Are student loans at a turning point? Defaulted student loans now surpass all other types of “severely delinquent” household debt including credit card and mortgage debt, according to a recent report. New York Federal Reserve researchers define “severely derogatory” as a kind of past-due loan Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Recruiting in Rural America and Can Grades Hinder Learning?

Recruiting in rural America There is a notable post-secondary degree “attainment gap” between students from rural and urban areas of the United States. As a result, higher education institutions, including the University of North Carolina (UNC), are trying to find ways to reach potential students Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: By the Numbers

The higher education industry has changed so rapidly in recent years and it shows no sign of slowing down. In this issue of Higher Ed by the Numbers, we explore what those changes look like for both students and the institutions where they study. Despite Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: Why Some Graduate Students Are Mastering Out and Industries That Still Offer MBA Tuition Coverage

Mastering out Some graduate students are “mastering out,” or forgoing completing their Ph.D. program. Instead, students end up receiving a master’s degree in the same field. Only 50% of Ph.D. candidates actually finish their programs. Although there is no national data on how often Ph.D. Read More

Highlights from Higher Ed: The Transcript Revolution and a Hard Look at Teaching Soft Skills

The transcript revolution High schools across the country are focusing less on letter grades and GPAs and more on qualitative factors that point to student success post-graduation. The Mastery Transcript Consortium, which began in 2017, launched the “mastery transcript” to support this move. The transcript Read More

Highlights in Higher Ed: The Fear of Losing International Students and the Average Six-figure Cost of an MBA

The challenge of quantifying program grad rates “How can higher-ed institutions measure their graduation rates?”  This question can be answered with IPEDS, the “Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System… of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).” Read More

Highlights in Higher Ed: MBA Rankings and the Working Student

Making the FAFSA a requirement A few states have contemplated making the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, mandatory. Texas will become the second state to require high school seniors to complete and submit the Federal Application for the 2020-21 academic year. Read More

Highlights in Higher Ed: Help for Food-Insecure Students

When preparing for a new job, college is only a part of the equation Artificial Intelligence (AI) is slowly creeping into everyday lives and the impact on American jobs is a regular topic of discussion. A recent survey of American adults showed that less than Read More