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Mentoring Matters

This week, recent college graduates affirm a growing body of research: faculty-student relationships matter.  At colleges and universities across the nation, professors play an important role as mentors providing both academic and career advice to their students. According to our new survey of recent graduates, professors represent about two-thirds (64%) of college mentors, and the advice they provide has lasting…

America’s Employers Place Technical Skills and Work Experience Above Rankings

Important news for all students when it comes to getting a job: what you can do is more important than the ranking of the university you attended. According to hiring managers and direct managers at U.S. employers, college rankings don’t determine hiring decisions. The vast majority of students do not attend institutions that are “top ranked,” and this does not…

Students Are Consumers. It’s Time to Treat Them That Way.

This post was first published by Real Clear Education on July 17, 2018. Your opinion matters. Tell us about your shopping experience. No sooner do we pay for coffee or exit an Apple Store, than we are inundated with questionnaires, surveys, or flash polls that solicit our views as consumers. The ubiquity of mobile computing enables retailers to curate products…

Strengthening CTE Opens More Pathways to Success for Students and Employers

This week Congress will vote on a bill to reauthorize federal support for career and technical education (CTE). The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) is a bipartisan effort to elevate these programs in our nation’s schools and community colleges and to better align them with in-demand, skilled jobs. Coming on the heels of…

Catching Up With Higher Education Innovation

This week I had the pleasure of addressing the 13th annual meeting of the Presidents’ Forum, a group of leaders from adult-serving postsecondary education institutions and programs that are working to advance the recognition of innovative practices and excellence in online learning. I shared examples of USA Funds®’ support of innovative new practices as part of our focus…

The 21st Century Way to Select a College Program

College is one of the largest single investments a family will make. According to the College Board, average annual out-of-pocket expenses to attend an in-state public university exceed $14,000, while comparable costs for a private four-year college top $26,000 a year. Multiply those figures by the four to six years it takes the typical student to complete college, and you…