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Tech Not a Cure-all in Student Advising

A recent effort to use technology more consistently in the college student advising process resulted in few changes over the status quo.

Gender Pay Gap Persists for IT Staffers

In its latest analysis of IT salaries in higher education, the Educause Center for Analysis and Research found that a significant salary gap between men and women persists among IT staff.

Survey: Financial Blunders Abound in Higher Ed

According to a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of schools reported financial fraud, waste and abuse as a challenge. More than one in four said their vulnerability to risk of fraud and abuse has increased in the last year.

Christensen Institute Explores Use of Tech to Build Students' Social Capital

Helping students develop their "social capital" — the people and environments they have access to, including caring teachers, tutors, mentors, coaches and friends who can help them thrive — isn't just a job for students' immediate face-to-face connections.

Report Offers Equity Lessons Learned from CTE Programs

A new policy brief from MDRC explores how the career and technical education programs of today can avoid the equity problems that plagued vocational education in previous generations.



More Burden for College Costs Placed on Students' Shoulders

A growing number of parents expect their kids to pay at least half of the cost of college — up from 31 percent in 2018 to 38 percent in 2019. A survey of 1,501 American parents of college-bound students aged 16 to 18 found that fewer of them expect to cover the entire expense, down from 34 percent last year to 28 percent this year.

Survey: College Students' View of the Future Varies by Major

According to Cengage's latest "Student Opportunity Index," while students were fairly bullish about their chances of finding work out of school, the degree of their optimism varied by major.

Rental Textbook Usage on the Rise as New/Used Pricing Flutters

Alongside a report from the National Association of College Stores on declining costs for course material, another source for tracking down college textbooks has released its own data, suggesting that textbook pricing isn't necessarily on the slide.

Hackathons Can Foster CS Skills Out of Class

A survey of students participating in hackathons found that most of them learn new concepts and gain skills that they later use in their computer science work.

Baby Boomer Retirements Could Open up More Diversity in College IT Leadership

A human resources association that serves the higher education segment has predicted a shift in the demographics of the IT workforce at colleges and universities in the United States.

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