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Internships 'somewhat in flux' as employers make reopening decisions

Employers reconfigured, delayed and even canceled their programs last year. How they revive those offerings is expected to vary widely.

April 15, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
A switch to test-optional led to modest gains in underrepresented students: study

Making admissions tests optional at private colleges is associated with modest enrollment gains among students from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, low-income students and women, a new study found.

April 13, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
Low-income students lagging higher-income peers in filing FAFSAs: survey

The share of low-income students who planned to file a FAFSA but had not yet done so was double that of higher-income students who said the same.

April 6, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
Employers say college grads lack needed skills, but that could be changing, survey finds

Employers remain confident in the value of higher education but continue to think new graduates lack the skills needed to succeed in the workplace, according to a survey of nearly 500 executives and hiring managers.

April 6, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
A learners-first system sounds simple, but changing the status quo won't be easy

Higher ed professor and former college president Peter Smith shares ideas for improving students' lifelong access to education.

March 26, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
ACE highlights ways colleges can streamline student transfer

The American Council on Education, along with more than two dozen college leaders, are calling on institutions to improve their credit transfer policies so students receive recognition for their prior learning and don't lose progress toward a credential.

March 23, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
Ed Dept gives colleges more flexibility to use federal relief funds

The U.S. Department of Education is giving colleges more flexibility to use federal relief money provided under the second major coronavirus rescue package, which Congress passed in December.

March 19, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
California lawmakers weigh 2 bills to ease students' path to a bachelor's

California lawmakers are considering two bills that aim to make it easier for students to obtain four-year degrees: one bill would allow community colleges to award bachelor's degrees in high-demand fields, so long as they don't duplicate those offered by California's public universities. Another would bolster an existing program that smooths transfers from two- to four-year colleges.

March 12, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive
Community college enrollment sank this fall. But some programs fared better than others.

Two-year schools strived to keep students cooking, welding and undertaking other hands-on training even as the pandemic limited course options.

March 9, 2021 | Higher Ed Dive