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Student Retention a Concern at Higher Institutions

Earlier this week, Dr. Ileana Roiz-Felipe published an article discussing the impact student retention has on a higher institution. Per the article, a university could lose accreditation if it does not meet the U.S. Department of Education’s minimum graduation and placement rates. Additionally, a university could lose faculty members, financial aid for current or future students, and the chance to add new academic programs due to loss of revenue. In response, some universities have implemented retention programs to help find potential sources of the issue, as well as assist students in meeting their graduation goals. For Dr. Roiz-Felipe’s full article , visit LinkedIn. Also. Read More.

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Colleges More Prone to Cybersecurity Breaches

With colleges and universities preparing for the new academic year, a recent report by BitSight Technology suggests some institutions are not prepared for potential cybersecurity threats. Tracking each college within the major athletic conferences over a one-year period, BitSight discovered that all conferences had a major decline in security performance. Specifically, the report noted that security defenses at colleges become weaker throughout the year due to more students and devices connected to campus networks, making malware infections a major threat. As a result, hackers are more likely to steal students’ and faculty members’ personal information. For the complete article , visit the. Read More.

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The Economist Examines Use of Grading Curves

While reviewing Ivy League schools’ academic trends over a 45-year period, an article by The Economist examined the effect of using a grading curve. Per the reported data, each Ivy League school had experienced significant increases in their median grade. Conversely, the article explored Wellesley College’s anti-inflation initiative of not using a curve. Presented in 2004, the policy applied to Wellesley’s introductory and intermediate courses, and mandated that the average grade must be capped at a B-plus. As a result, students in departments that previously graded more generously were less likely to receive an A. For the full story , visit The. Read More.

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College Fundraisers Show Optimism for 2014

Surveyed by Academic Impressions in June, advancement officials at 335 North American colleges were asked about their fundraising efforts during the 2013 calendar year. Of those surveyed, only 29 percent said they did not meet their fundraising goals. Despite the majority of advancing officials in the survey meeting their goals, Academic Impressions discovered that fundraising continues to be a challenge among poorer colleges and “smaller shops”. Overall, officials remain optimistic about future fundraising efforts, as 60 percent surveyed hopes to raise 10 percent more this year than in 2013. For the full story , visit the Inside Higher Ed website. Feel free. Read More.

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Campuses Adding Amenities to College Life Experience

As college enrollment increases, campuses are updating their facilities with amenities that reflect a higher standard of living. Some universities, for example, now have leisure pools, expanded wellness centers and added plasma televisions in dorms. In researching the trend and its impact on enrollment and studies, University of Michigan’s Brian Jacob concluded, “We found that the lower ability students and higher income students have a greater willingness to pay for these amenities. The more academic, high achieving students cared about intellectual achievement.” For more on the college amenities story , visit the FORBES website. Our Education industry page also has information on how we. Read More.

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Ivy League Schools Outspend Public Universities

In a recent article, FORBES examined the higher education institutions that make up half of the nation’s endowment wealth. Out of the 22 that made the list, eight were Ivy League schools that constitute 21 percent of the endowment assets. Based on this information and factors like federal subsidies for research, FORBES estimated that the list’s top two schools, Harvard and Yale, spent $96,000 per student during the 2011-2012 academic year. Conversely, four-year state schools spend less than $25,000 on each student. The top ten schools on the list are as follows: Harvard University Yale University University of Texas System. Read More.

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