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Aus: Hanson slammed over work rights

The PIE News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:08

Australian senator Pauline Hanson has been criticised by international education leaders after the politician claimed international students were having a negative impact on Australians finding employment.

Speaking with Sky News, Hanson said international students should be self-supported, and work rights should be eradicated.

“I think that we need to look at the student visas,” she said in the interview.

“Ironically, politicians like Pauline Hanson are happy to attend New Colombo Plan scholarship award nights”

“Yes, it does prop up our economy, yes we do get a lot of money out of it, but what I have a concern about, these people are supposed to be self-supporting when they come into Australia, but they are given the opportunity to do 20-hours work a week.”

Hanson, whose “One Nation” party currently holds three crucial votes needed to pass legislation in the upper house, said she would push the government to reform work rights for international students. But she added the stance did not form part of her party’s immigration policy at this time.

IEAA chief executive Phil Honeywood said Hanson’s remarks ignored the significant contribution international education makes to both Australia’s economy and jobs market.

“Unfortunately, every western democracy has elected politicians who see benefit in encouraging negative discourse about overseas migrants and, in this case, full-fee paying international students,” he said.

“These politicians conveniently overlook the fact that international education now employs 130,000 Australians and is our nation’s third largest industry.”

According to Honeywood, Hanson’s remarks also contradict her apparent stance on Australians using study abroad to improve their employability.

“Ironically, politicians like Pauline Hanson are happy to attend New Colombo Plan scholarship award nights and by doing so encourage Australians to have both a study and employability opportunity in Asian nations,” he told The PIE News.

“We can’t have it both ways,” Honeywood concluded.

The Council of International Students Australia’s national president Bijay Sapkota meanwhile said the remarks “don’t sound logical” and ignored “common sense”.

“International students are contributors to the [$32bn] education industry,” he said.

“If they are not allowed to work… it could make a significant effect on the number of international students coming to Australia, and the effects would be devastating.”

Instead, Sapkota told The PIE that politicians should start thinking about how to make international students more employable so they can access other jobs markets around the world and begin creating jobs.

A 2017 report found over 40% of international students in Australian workplaces were underpaid, with almost three quarters indicating they were aware but needed work experience.

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Morneau Shepell & LewerMark join forces

The PIE News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 03:42

International student support organisation Morneau Shepell and LewerMark Student Insurance have announced a partnership to extend support to more than 100 US colleges and universities and nearly 20,000 international students across the country.

Starting in the fall of 2018, Morneau Shepell’s International Student Support Program will be included as a feature of LewerMark’s insurance offering for international students, and will provide students with 24/7 access to support that will enhance their success.

“We know international students are more likely to experience stigma associated with mental health”

The ISSP platform, which integrates with existing campus resources, connects students to professionals and counsellors who speak their native languages and understand the cultural challenges faced by students living abroad.

Immediate support is available in six core languages, and ongoing support is provided in more than 60 languages via app, chat, web, telephone and video.

“We know international students are more likely to experience stigma associated with mental health and, as a result, are less likely to reach out for support,” said Matthew McEvoy, senior director at Morneau Shepell.

“With a significant number of students choosing to study outside of their home country, this offering is increasingly important for schools to extend to their students.

“By encouraging international students to seek support in times of need, together we can decrease the stigma and enhance the overall student experience.”

President and CEO of LewerMark, Mike Lewer, added that it was a “natural fit” for them to partner with Morneau Shepell to meet the needs of international and study abroad students.

“Our focus to protect international students with meaningful insurance coverage and high-quality service, combined with Morneau Shepell’s focus on preventative support to foster student wellbeing, makes this a perfect fit,” he said.

“We are pleased to provide this robust offering to our student population and continue to improve the lives of students studying at our partner institutions.”

Executive director at LewerMark ,Jeff Foot, told The PIE News that the ISSP provides a layer of care to our insurance plans that “is second to none”.

“Thinking back on my former career as an international student advisor… I encountered students who were having issues I was not prepared to handle… students presenting with issues too confounding for the vast majority of international offices and too culturally complex for most school-based or local mental health professionals,” he said.

“Having the ISSP in place would have been a literal lifesaver, so I am thrilled to begin implementing this with our existing and new partners for the 2018-2019 school year.” 

Morneau Shepell was the winner of the Student Support Award at The PIEoneer Awards  2017 for its International Student Support Program in Canada. Nominations for PIEoneers 2018 are open here, we look forward to seeing you in September! 

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APAIE: International education crucial for future of work

The PIE News - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 03:02

International education and overseas study experiences will play a critical role in helping students adapt and prepare for the future of work, according to experts at the recent Asia Pacific Association of International Education Conference in Singapore.

The conference, themed The Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Higher Education in the Asia Pacific, highlighted the increasing need for ‘soft skills’, such as cultural understanding, in preparing students as automation reshapes the jobs market.

“There’s always been talk about students needing to be equipped with some sort of cultural knowledge, and increasingly that’s been replaced with global knowledge,” APAIE president Sarah Todd said.

“Study abroad has always had its own generic benefit”

“[Course] content is still obviously important, but it’s more their ability to adapt and change in the future… what is it about a person that makes a person different to a robot or a machine?”

Todd added that as technology creates “an increasingly borderless world” overseas study experiences offered a unique opportunity for students to increase their resilience to new ideas and prepare for work.

“It’s no longer possible to block content coming in from other countries, and so whether a student leaves the country or not, they’re going to be exposed to ideas from around the world,” she said.

“[Students] need to be equipped to deal with those ideas and different perspectives as well as go and seek them out.”

Ian Goldin, director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, agreed with Todd, saying international education “will become a bigger and bigger part of the picture”.

“The role of higher education in all of this is to help those, particularly those that are vulnerable, from becoming irreplaceable in the new world,” he said.

“[There needs to be] much more emphasis on creativity, much more emphasis on mobility, how do you get a job in a dynamic city, how do you change countries if you need to or want to?”

The benefits of study abroad on employability are already being felt, according to the IIE’s regional director for East Asia, Paul Turner.

“You need to be equipped to deal with those ideas and different perspectives as well as go and seek them out”

A recent longitudinal study conducted by IIE found more than half of graduates felt their study abroad experience had helped them find a job, while those who were unsure still said they saw benefits to their career.

“Study abroad has always had its own generic benefits,” Turner said.

“[But] in having to settle into a new country, getting used to new ways of studying or working or living, then people are either developing or growing on skills in terms of adaptability, in terms of being able to take initiative, being able to understand more complex situations.”

But while there were benefits to both short and long-term study abroad experiences, Turner warned that students only experienced them if challenged to leave their comfort zone.

“The actual nature of the study abroad experience would be pretty important, because there are some study abroad programs that are really people in cotton wool from start to finish, and they’re not really challenged that much,” he said.

The 2018 APAIE conference attracted a record 2,200 delegates from throughout the Asia Pacific region, as well as North America and Europe. The 2019 event will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In the latest edition of The PIE Review, we cover how higher education is preparing international students for the jobs of the future.

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Parents overlooked in social marketing

The PIE News - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:30

Educators and recruiters have been encouraged to diversify their social media marketing and tailor campaigns to the parents of prospective students during a session in the lead up to March’s Asia Pacific Association of International Education conference in Singapore.

The remarks, made by Melissa Rekos, executive vice president of digital services at higher education marketing firm Carnegie Global, were a timely reminder for providers to update their marketing practices to remain relevant.

In particular, she pointed to the increasing numbers of parents using Facebook to connect with their friends and children as an often underutilised platform for promoting an education institution.

“You can behaviourally target ads based on what you know about someone, you can load in where they work, you can load in where they go to school,” she told attendees.

“And you can target these very specific parameters, so you can make sure you’re getting in front of the most targetted audience that you possibly can.”

Facebook, which of late has come under fire after allegations political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica mined user data to produce highly targeted political advertising in the 2016 US election, allows users to identify their relationship, but Rekos told The PIE News it was also capable of filling data gaps based on their interactions.

“We do find that the types of messaging the resonate strongly with parents, fairly across the board, are messages related to outcomes”

Comments, likes and other interactions can be indicative of a particular type of relationship, even if it isn’t explicitly identified.

“If I enter in that I have [daughters] and they have Facebook profiles, and Facebook knows how old they are, now Facebook knows I’m a parent of a high-school aged student,” she said.

Rekos said Carnegie Global used this information to promote client institutions on social media, using three different messages and attracting over 150 parent enquires.

“We do find that the types of messaging the resonate strongly with parents, fairly across the board, are messages related to outcomes. Things like employment rates, the jobs they get, as well as tuition, financial aid,” she said.

While academic and employment outcomes tended to resonate with most parents, Rekos warned that relying solely on marketing those aspects of an institution might not be suitable for each country and region or even institution.

The 2018 APAIE conference attracted over 2,200 delegates from around the Asia-Pacific, as well as Europe and North America.

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Foreign students' economic contribution soars by 22%

University World News Global Edition - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 03:05
Selling education to nearly 600,000 foreign students generated a record $A32 billion (US$24.7 billion) for the Australian economy last year, according to the latest trade figures.

The 22% boost ...

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Chicago's proposed undergraduate business major was short-lived

Inside Higher Ed - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:00

Facing opposition from some students and fellow professors, architects of a proposed undergraduate business major at the University of Chicago have withdrawn their plan from consideration by faculty peers.

Yet the idea lives on: instead of an entirely new major, the economics faculty has approved a business economics “track,” to begin in the fall, according to information from the department.

Chicago may be known for its many preprofessional graduate programs, including a top business school, but its undergraduate college is known for its dedication to the liberal arts. The college’s core curriculum remains one of the nation’s most thorough.

Any new major must win the majority approval of the College Council, a formidable group of faculty members from across the college. The council’s meetings are confidential, but it’s widely known that John List, Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor and chair of economics, pitched the business major to the council at its last meeting two months ago.

After some debate, the idea was tabled for the next meeting, set for this week. In the interim, however, List withdrew the idea for a new major that would see students taking classes in the Booth School of Business.

List did not respond to a request for comment Monday. But his assistant said via email that the department had internally approved the new track and details were forthcoming.

Opposition to the major centered on the college’s liberal arts tradition.

In an op-ed for the student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon, for example, fourth-year philosophy and political science major Eero Arum argued that the university has always “distinguished itself from other institutions of higher learning by insisting that education is not a means of acquiring certain technical skills, but an end in itself.” So if the business major passed, Arum wrote, Chicago would “abdicate any claim it may once have held to defend this classical vision of liberal education. It will have capitulated to the prevailing credentialist ethos of the modern American university system, which defines the value of a college degree in terms of the future earnings it yields.”

Someone -- maybe students -- also posted fliers on campus saying, “Business has no business here” and “In the name of critical thinking skills, tell faculty council to vote no.”

Andrew Abbott, a member of the council and Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, wouldn’t discuss his personal views on the business major. But he said that the college has always had de facto preprofessional majors, meaning that substantial numbers of biology majors go into medicine, for example. (The college also has a law, letters and society major that began accepting applications again this year after an extensive review of its "value" to the college.)

“The university has in fact always sent a lot of people into the business world,” Abbott added, noting that he’d surveyed decades' worth of alumni in the 1990s as part of an institutional research project and found that 20 to 25 percent of graduates ended up in business.

Many of them majored in economics, suggesting that economics is a kind of de facto preprofessional major, as well, he said. Yet to have “a major that has a title of an occupation in it -- that hasn’t been done so far.”

Abbott added, “I’m sure there are some faculty who think, ‘We don’t need this. We have a situation that’s working fine, why change the situation?’”

Seth Brodsky, an associate professor of music and humanities and another member of the College Council, said Monday that he’d asked the body to table the vote at the last meeting to allow for further discussion.

The proposal enjoyed some support, however. Asked about a possible business major at a recent forum on free speech, John Boyer, college dean, said that Chicago offered an undergraduate business major through 1955, until the business school became the Booth graduate school, making him “very comfortable” with the proposal from an institutional history perspective.

Hundreds of undergraduate students are currently taking graduate courses in Booth, he said, likening a transition to a major to “running through an open door.”

More generally, Boyer said, boundaries between the college and the campus’s many graduate divisions “should be more fluid than I think some people think them to be.”

Matthew Foldi, a fourth-year political science major, said Monday via Twitter that the major was a “terrific idea” whose “critics forget that at the University of Chicago in particular, there is next to no risk that this major strays from our focus on the life of the mind.”

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Oklahoma City University's next president is a former trustee and energy executive

Inside Higher Ed - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:00

When Oklahoma City University named Martha Burger its next president recently, the announcement caught some outside observers by surprise and raised a few eyebrows in higher education circles.

Burger, a longtime trustee of the university and former energy industry executive, had no prior academic experience. She was initially a member of the search committee that helped the university find and vet candidates for the presidency of the 114-year-old private institution.

Late in the search process, however, and just before the university's board started interviewing nine candidates culled from a pool of nearly 35, Burger resigned from the search committee and placed herself in contention for the job.

"It was not an easy decision," Ronald Norick, the board's chairman, said of the selection of Burger. "We had a really good group of candidates, very good and well-qualified candidates."

But "after a lot of deliberations with the whole search committee, which included faculty and trustees," the board ultimately decided their former colleague was the best choice for the job. They announced the selection of Burger March 25.  

The next day, the University of Oklahoma announced James Gallogly, also a former energy executive with no prior academic experience, as its replacement for the outgoing president.

Gallogly had served on the board of Oklahoma's school of engineering, which was named for his family after he and his wife, in partnership with another family, donated $30 million to the university three years ago. Burger donated funds to Oklahoma City University.

In a state with a history of universities choosing nonacademics as university presidents -- Burns Hargis, a lawyer and former banker, has been president of Oklahoma State University for a decade, and the outgoing president of the University of Oklahoma is David Boren, the former governor and U.S. senator -- the selections generated largely positive reactions.

Similar decisions are being made at other universities as funding cuts and demographic changes prompt institutions to rethink how they hire their leaders, and to take a "more thoughtful and nuanced approach than in the past," said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education.

"What you're seeing now is a number of institutions and more presidential search committees focusing on institutional specific needs at that moment in the school's history," he said.

This was clearly the case at OCU, which enrolls approximately 2,600 students, 1,600 of them undergraduates. Norick, the board chairman, noted that Burger, who had been a trustee since 2002, chaired the board's finance and audit committee and was a member of its executive committee for several years.

"She obviously had a lot of background experience with the school," he said. "That and her local ties to the business committee -- she knew a lot of people and had done a lot in the city -- was important to the search committee in terms of fund-raising and getting donations."

An outside candidate would need time to get acquainted with local community groups, business and civic leaders, and deep-pocketed philanthropists, he said.

"It would take longer to get to know them and ask for donations," he said. "That was critical to the search committee, as well as the executive committee. Private universities need money; we don't have large endowments like some schools."

Some executive search firm managers believe such hires are becoming more common.

"More and more we're finding that university search committees, especially for president positions, are looking for nontraditional people," said Rod McDavis, a former president of Ohio University and managing principal of AGB Search, an executive search firm that specializes in higher education hires. "I think that's going to be a continuing trend in higher education."

McDavis said that's partly because many university board members come from the private sector and view people in private sector jobs as having the qualifications and skills to serve as president of a university.

Hartle said the data on university presidents shows that this hiring trend may not be widespread.

While search committees may be more open to hiring presidents with nontraditional backgrounds, “the data would not suggest that substantially larger numbers are being hired,” he said.

"The fact is there have always been some people from nonacademic backgrounds who became university presidents, between 10 and 20 percent," he said, adding that the numbers have remained relatively constant for a generation.

Search Firms on the Rise

What has increased is the use of executive search firms by universities seeking presidents and other senior administrators.

“We have done research that indicates that 50 years ago, less than 2 percent of searches for a public university president involved search firms,” said Judith Wilde, chief operating officer and professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. “Now, as of 2016, it was 92 percent, most of them in the last 20 years.”

What’s more, the universities are spending millions on these firms, said James Finkelstein, professor emeritus of public policy at George Mason and an expert on the selection and employment of university presidents.

Finkelstein did the first major study of contracts between universities and executive search firms. Among his findings: 14 public universities in Ohio spent an estimated $25 million on search firms from 2004 to 2014 to help fill various jobs from midlevel administrative to senior executive positions.

That’s not the only thing that has changed about the selection of college presidents, Hartle said.

"Historically the qualification for a college president was simply the ability to walk on water," he said. "They wanted someone who was a brilliant academic, a prolific fund-raiser and a gifted administrator. Now there's more recognition of the diverse needs of institutions, and to target the search on those needs."

For her part, Burger said questions about her qualifications for the job came up frequently when she had back-to-back meetings on campus with various student and faculty groups, deans, the current president, and members of his cabinet, during a daylong series of interviews that was part of the selection process.

“‘You're not from the academic world, how is that going to work?’ I was asked this question a lot,” she said.

She told them about “how I led others and built a culture of trust by working through others, empowering people, engaging people and removing barriers for people who are experts in their fields.”

Jason Foreman, chairman of the executive committee of the Faculty Senate, which represents some 225 faculty members, said Burger was a strong candidate from the start. He was on the search committee that chose her as one of three finalists for the job and says he’s excited about her getting the position.

“I think one of the things that is interesting about Martha is that was she was astute about the university and had high buy-in before she threw her hat in the ring,” he said. “I worked with her on two committees; she spent a lot of time and energy to get a deeper understanding and learn about what makes the university tick through the work of the faculty and staff and the issues they are facing.”

Said Burger, “For me it boils down to leadership.” She pointed to her business background, which includes being co-founder of Amethyst Investments LLC and stints as senior vice president of human and corporate resources at Chesapeake Energy Corporation (she was among four top Chesapeake executives pushed out as part of a reorganization in 2013) and as a member of the board of Tapstone Energy. 

A university representative said OCU does not make donation details public and would not say how much money Burger has given the school. But, as is common for universities that name buildings, academic programs or endowed chairs for large donors, the Martha Burger Career Services Center, housed in the school of business, is named for her. 

"I have been a consistent donor for about 10 years," Burger said. "I don't know what the total amount is."

Burger is also president of Oklahoma’s Board of Health, a voluntary position she was appointed to by the governor and one she will resign before she becomes OCU’s president July 1. “Successful presidents have come from the business community,” she said.

Others agree, citing examples such as Bruce Benson, president of the University of Colorado system since 2008, a former oilman with a bachelor’s degree in geology who is widely considered a gifted leader.

“Nontraditional candidates can be very good or very bad college presidents, and academics can be very good or they can crash and burn -- there are no guarantees,” said Hartle.

Burger often mentioned her business experience during her meetings on campus, as well as her long relationship with the university; she got her M.B.A. there in 1992 and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2012.

“I bring a deep knowledge of this particular institution,” she said, citing her involvement in OCU’s budget process when the university restructured its debt as an example.

“I really know and love OCU and bring a business perspective and way of thinking about things,” she said in a later interview. “I think I also bring a connection to our community. I think this resonated with the constituents I talked to. I found people to be very open-minded and curious about what I would bring to the university.”

Blake Lemmons, a junior majoring in political science, told MediaOCU, an independent online student news site, that he was optimistic about Burger becoming president.

She’s “going to be great for the university because she’d be good at fund-raising and everything,” he said. “She already has a really good working relationship with the trustees because she was a trustee, and she knows how to be an administrator because that was her role at Chesapeake.

“I think that she’ll have a bit of a learning curve, but I think all of the candidates were going to have a learning curve in some aspect or another.”

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Survey finds strong support by college presidents for free speech on campus

Inside Higher Ed - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:00

A new poll of college presidents finds strong support for free expression on campus, and strong opposition to the tactic -- seen on a number of campuses in the last year -- of shouting down controversial speakers.

The poll of 471 college presidents was released today by the American Council on Education. Seventy-eight percent of those responding were at four-year colleges and universities.

The poll follows a recent poll by Gallup and the Knight Foundation that found college students value a diverse and inclusive environment more than free speech.

College presidents, too, were more likely to say a commitment to inclusivity was “extremely important” than to say the same about a commitment to free speech (82 to 74 percent).

But an overwhelming majority of college presidents (96 percent) said they supported campus policies that “allow students to be exposed to all types of speech, even if they find it offensive or biased.”

When it comes to controversial tactics that have been used on some campuses by students and others seeking to block the appearance of certain speakers, presidents are dubious.

Eighty-five percent of presidents said it was never acceptable to shout down a speaker, and 15 percent said it was sometimes acceptable. No president said it was always acceptable.

Every president in the survey said it was never acceptable to use violence to block a speech.

Presidents were supportive of rallies and passing out leaflets and other nondisruptive tactics as ways for students to express opposition to various speakers.

Generally presidents expressed more confidence in their own students and faculty members -- in terms listening to a range of viewpoints -- than they had in those elsewhere in higher education. This continues a pattern found in many Inside Higher Ed surveys of presidents and others -- college administrators frequently state that various issues are a major challenge to other colleges, but not their own.

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Rowan University's change in health care inspires worry over money, privacy concerns

Inside Higher Ed - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:00

Rowan University’s decision to discontinue largely free health services for students, including counseling, has spurred the ire of many on campus.

The New Jersey public institution will bill students’ insurance plans (or in the case of many undergraduate students, their parents’ plans), and will begin charging students or their families a copay.

Administrators have touted the move as easing health care access for students while avoiding expenses that would be passed on to all students in higher tuition and fees. But some students are convinced that going through insurance will do away with a level of privacy that they have enjoyed. Because of the way insurance companies report, parents would now know their children were seeing a counselor or being tested for a sexually transmitted infection, for instance, which could deter students from using the health center.

And the university is still figuring out a lot of the finer points of this plan, which takes effect in August.

“Health issues for students between the ages of 18 to 25 have increased in terms of volumes and intensity, and we’re trying to stay ahead of the curve,” said David Rubenstein, Rowan’s vice president for health and wellness.

Rowan's approach is unusual among colleges and universities, which generally rely on traditional operating dollars to fund their health centers, as is the case at Rowan. Just about 4 percent of institutions across the country use a third-party payment for counseling services, according to a recent survey from the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.

Rowan has developed significantly in the last nine years, administrators said in interviews, jumping from 10,000 students to roughly 18,000 or so, with 14,000 undergraduates. Generally, collegiate health associations have reported that campus wellness centers across the country are overburdened. With the growth at Rowan comes the need for additional staffers and, in turn, more money, though students were promised their tuition would be capped, administrators said.

Instead of raising the costs for all students across campus, the university will charge only the students who take advantage of the services, said spokesman Joe Cardona. The institution will find a way to help students who can't afford it.

Right now, the university is still figuring out how much students would be charged for copays, which might range between $5 and $15 but could be more, depending on the insurance plans, Rubenstein said. Administrators also haven’t determined how to best help low-income students, and haven’t nailed down the metric by which students might prove they can’t pay for services. Cardona said students who receive federal aid could obviously show their status, but other students who appear to be in decent financial shape might not be.

The university will also need to teach students how to deal with insurance, which Cardona described as a “culture change.” He acknowledged that some students were concerned by the idea their parents could see on the explanation of benefits forms what services they used and were working with insurance companies on that front.

“There’s a different process -- we’re going to have to work to navigate that,” Cardona said. He said that while the university never held forums to field opinions on possible changes, administrators had “informal” conversations with students and knew it would be controversial.

Before the billing shift comes in August, the campus wellness center, housed in a building that was renovated in 2013 to the tune of $4.5 million, will join with Rowan Medicine, the physicians’ practice group within the School of Osteopathic Medicine, as of July.

College leaders said they are confident this merger would offer a wider array of health services. Some of the money generated from billing insurance companies could be invested back into the health center, too, though Rubenstein said this would not drastically increase the center’s $2.4 million budget.

Online, students have lambasted the university -- some fretting about the possible privacy implications, others about the possibility of expensive copays. Representatives from college health associations didn’t respond to a request for comment about whether this was the ideal model.

Hey @RowanUniversity have you forgotten that a student committed suicide less than 4 months ago? Ryan Onderdonk. The administration should be ashamed that less than a year after a tragedy like that, they’re making it more difficult to receive help.https://t.co/4FxdTBo4Xr

— Rowan University (@isthatgaymike) March 22, 2018

Local press has reported student government leaders oppose the coming changes.

"Even a perceived financial barrier at the Wellness Center may have a negative impact on the lives of students who may be less willing to go seek help," Rbrey Singleton, president-elect of Rowan's Student Government Association, told NJ.com.

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City Colleges of Chicago discounts tuition for part-time students

Inside Higher Ed - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:00

A new tuition structure from Chicago's community college system seeks to incentivize full-time enrollment while still discounting tuition for part-time students.

The new structure takes elements of popular completion-movement reforms like 15 to Finish while attempting to eliminate criticism that such programs penalize the many students who juggle responsibilities off campus and can only attend part-time.

Reforms that encourage full-time enrollment draw from analyses that show students who take more credits or attend full-time are more likely to complete college not only on time but with less debt and fewer opportunities to drop out.

City Colleges of Chicago in 2015 revamped its tuition structure to make tuition less expensive the more credits a student carries. One course costs $599, for example, but taking five to 11 credits costs $1,069, and those who took at least 12 credits -- or were considered full-time -- paid a $1,753 flat tuition fee. Prior to introducing this structure, City Colleges charged less expensive tuition at $89 per credit hour, in addition to fees.

City Colleges officials' decision to discount full-time tuition was controversial at the time. The system also was considering a number of program consolidations and other changes to increase completion rates. Many faculty members feared the moves would harm lower-income and part-time students.

"We're keeping the best elements of the 2015 plan, and the adjustment we're making here is with part-time students," said Juan Salgado, City Colleges' chancellor. "We understand part-time students take a part-time course load based on the rhythm of their lives. It's based on family and work responsibilities."

Last week the system's governing board approved changes to the part-time rate, including a 25 percent cut to the cost of a single course. Now any course load that's less than 12 credits is $146 per credit hour, while the full-time rate decreased by $1. Meanwhile, City Colleges remains the only two-year system in the state not to charge ancillary fees.

"We now have a system where some part-time students pay more, and some part-time students pay less, but that's why we're calling it fair … pay for what you take in terms of credit hours," Salgado said, adding that it wasn't fair when students taking five credits paid the same amount as those taking 11 credits. "What we [had] is some part-time students paying significantly more than others when we know incentives for part-time students don't really equal more course taking because they have family and work obligations."

Salgado pointed to students in early-childhood education programs, for example, who are either already working and want to upskill or are working in another industry and want to move into that field. These students tend to consume their educations one to two courses at a time, he said.

"It's that segment of the population we want to attract more," said Salgado, "and we want to make sure we're accessible and affordable."

He also doesn't believe the new plan conflicts with the goals of encouraging full-time status. Students often float between part-time and full-time status and choose to take more credits the closer they get to earning a degree, he said.

"Our flat rate is there in order to encourage that to happen and in recognition of the fact that we want those students to accelerate their learning and complete quicker," Salgado said. "The change with the part-time rate is simply a recognition that many students don't fit that mold. They are in fact part-time because they have to be part-time."

Bruce Vandal is senior vice president of Complete College America, a group that advocates for more students going full-time as a way of increasing completion. He said colleges recognize every student can't manage full-time enrollment, and they should also use strategies like clear pathways to credentials, proactive advising and reforms to developmental education in order to improve the likelihood of success for their part-time students.

"We applaud efforts that make college more affordable, but every step we take must recognize that the longer it takes to graduate the more life gets in the way," Vandal said via email. "That's why Complete College America advocates that many more students take 30 credits per year, setting them on a course for on-time completion."

Other states and systems are shifting to discounting full-time status for students. For example, Tennessee governor Bill Haslam called for a new requirement to the state's free community college program that students complete 30 credits per year to maintain eligibility for the scholarship. Texas A&M University at San Antonio is one of a number of four-year universities that encourage students to complete 15 credits a semester.

Under Chicago's new tuition plan, there is still potential for students to take more than 12 credits, but only if it's marketed to them as a financial incentive, said Davis Jenkins, a senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. Jenkins served as an adviser to City Colleges' former chancellor, Cheryl Hyman, on several reforms within the system, including the flat tuition structure.

But Jenkins isn't optimistic the new changes will work.

"It likely won't be conveyed to students based on the conventional mind-set in community colleges, which is that encouraging students to take fewer courses is often a good thing because so many have work, family and other demands outside of school," he said. "But completion rates for part-time students are abysmal, and the few who go part-time and complete end up paying much more for their degrees."

Jenkins points to research that shows colleges may be underestimating the number of credits students can take.

"By better scheduling courses on students' plans, we believe that colleges can increase the number of credits students take in a term -- 12 instead of nine or 15 instead of 12 -- and thereby lower the time to degree for students and increase full-time-equivalent revenue for colleges," he said. "So rather than argue about whether students should be full-time or part-time … we should be thinking in terms of whether students are on plan or off plan and let them choose the pace at which they want to complete, knowing that the college will offer the courses they need on their plans when they need them."

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Emporia State University

  • Heather Caswell, elementary education, early childhood and special education
  • Dan Colson, English
  • Sonja Ezell, elementary education, early childhood and special education
  • Shawn Keough, business
  • John Morton, school leadership/middle and secondary teacher education
  • Damara Paris, counselor education
  • Gina Peek, nursing
  • Rochelle Rowley, sociology
  • Gaile Stephens, music
  • Sarah Sutton, library and information management

Lawrence University

  • Celia Barnes, English
  • Alison Guenther-Pal, German
  • J. Copeland Woodruff, music

Quinnipiac University

  • David Atkins, film, television and media arts
  • Lynn Byers, mechanical engineering
  • Bobby Crawford, mechanical engineering
  • Alexandre De Lencastre, biology
  • Christian Duncan, computer science
  • Julia Fullick-Jagiela, management
  • Joseph Gaspar, management
  • Julia Giblin, anthropology
  • John Greenleaf, civil engineering
  • Alex Hodges, physics
  • Corey Kiassat, industrial engineering
  • Justin Kile, industrial engineering
  • Guido Lang, computer information systems
  • Craig Magie, biology
  • Courtney Marchese, interactive media and design
  • Michelle Miller, legal studies
  • Jeffrey Mital, biomedical sciences
  • Katie Place, strategic communication
  • John Reap, mechanical engineering
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