Tag Archives: Higher Education

The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere

For some colleges and universities to survive, they need to shift from their historical mission. One university thinking about those new models is the Georgia Institute of Technology. Predictions about higher education’s future often result in two very different visions about what is next for colleges and universities. In one camp: those who paint a rosy […]
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Oregon campuses need intellectual freedom: Guest opinion

The draft overhaul of the federal Higher Education Act soon to come for a vote before the U.S. House of Representatives contains several provisions to protect and enhance intellectual freedom on college campuses. While most of the debate on the proposed legislation has centered on student aid, the intellectual freedom provisions are sorely needed, especially […]
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Trump administration moves to rescind Obama-era guidance on race in admissions

The action signals a shift toward advocacy of race-neutral enrollment policies. The Trump administration Tuesday discouraged the use of race in college admissions and public school enrollment by revoking federal guidance on affirmative action from the Obama era. The announcement is the latest step in a decades-long debate over the use of race in admissions, […]
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College students are forming mental-health clubs — and they’re making a difference

Student-run groups are associated with increased awareness of mental health issues, reduced stigma and a rise in “helping behaviors,” a new study finds. Mental-health problems among college students have been climbing since the 1990s, according to the American Psychological Association. And with services increasingly stretched at campus health centers, students have been taking action themselves through peer-run […]
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TVCC ranks No. 1 for grads getting careers

Treasure Valley Community College has been ranked the number one junior college in Oregon for getting a job, according to online career resource Zippia. The website, designed around providing job prospectors the necessary information to find a career, posted a study a week ago on the best junior college in each state for getting a […]
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Hands-on learning is a necessary part of college, but here’s what it doesn’t teach students

What employers look for when hiring graduates. As college students nationwide work in part-time jobs or internships this summer, it’s unlikely many will think about how they’re using their undergraduate courses on the job or how they might apply what they’re learning at work when they get back to campus. For students, college is a […]
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Americans are drowning in student-loan debt. The U.S. should forgive all of it.

How unreasonable would it be to just write off the $1.5 trillion burden? Politicians in both parties say getting a higher education is not only the ticket to the middle class but also that it is vital to America’s future prosperity. Yet they’ve created a system that prices college out of reach and forces children […]
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Why liberal arts and the humanities are as important as engineering

Earlier in my academic career, I used to advise students to focus on science and engineering, believing that they were a prerequisite for success in business. I had largely agreed with Bill Gates’s assertions that America needed to spend its limited education budgets on these disciplines, because they produced the most jobs, rather than the liberal arts […]
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Universities teaming up to bridge urban-rural divide

Eastern Oregon University and Portland State University are teaming up to help bridge Oregon’s urban-rural divide. The two universities have launched the Urban-Rural Ambassador Institute, which will bring together students from both universities for a collaborative course that will take students to both sides of the state to study issues particular to that region. Source: […]
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Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?

For generations, few colleges paid much attention to students who left short of a degree. That attitude started to shift in the last two decades as federal statistics revealed a little more than half of students graduated. More than 3 million students will graduate from U.S. high schools this month, and two-thirds of them will head […]
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