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Study: Stopping out makes it harder to start college again

The more breaks a community college student takes, the less likely he or she is to ever graduate

When life gets in the way, community college students often “stop out,” meaning they put their education on hold with the intention to return and complete a degree. But the more breaks a community college student takes, the less likely he or she is to ever graduate, according to a Florida State University study.

Smartphones a mixed blessing during study time

Students say phones are both a great study tool and a distraction

More college students are using their smartphones as a study tool even though the internet and activities like texting were cited as the biggest distractions to hitting the books, according to a new study by McGraw-Hill Education.

Of the 500 students who responded to the “Impact of Technology on College Student Study Habits” survey, 36 percent said they used smartphones at least some of the time for studying.

Oregon universities split from state system

Public institutions moving toward autonomy

In a climate of declining state funding, Oregon higher ed policy leaders needed to bring in more resources while taking some of the burden off students. That’s why three of the state’s universities are breaking off from the Oregon University System. Effective July 1, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon will have their own boards.

Colleges train financial aid staff in suicide prevention

Texas Christian University teaching “question, persuade, and refer" method

At Texas Christian University, where there have been six suicides in the last three years, training staff to recognize the warning signs of suicide is considered an imperative. And because paying for an education is a major stressor for students, TCU has had every employee in its financial aid office trained in a detection method known as QPR.

Some South Carolina applicants rejected...and accepted, too

Students may receive automatic acceptance letters to system's two-year campuses

Students who aren’t accepted to the University of South Carolina main campus this spring may still receive some good news with their rejection letters.

Turning to the crowd for project funding

Colleges and universities creating their own crowdfunding platforms

With funding cuts threatening research and other projects, some institutions hoping to promote innovation are following the trend of raising money through social networking.

Switching gears on campus biking

100 University of Dayton freshmen pledge not to bring cars to campus

One hundred freshman at The University of Dayton were given bikes this fall after the students signed a pledge not to bring a car to campus during their first two years at the Ohio school.

People Watch: Kathleen McCartney becomes president of Smith College

Also: Thomas Rosenbaum named president of The California Institute of Technology; Christopher Blake takes helm at Middle Georgia State

Kathleen McCartney was inaugurated as the 11th president of Smith College (Mass.) on Oct. 19. She follows President Carol Christ, who resigned in June. McCartney had previously served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She created a strategic plan there that led to the creation of two new degree programs—a doctorate in education leadership and a faculty Ph.D. in education.

College enrollment caps a threat in many states

Survey says community colleges in 10 states facing space crunch

Leaders at public flagship universities, regional institutions, and community colleges are reporting more capped enrollments than in past years, according to “2013 National Survey of Access and Funding and Issues in Public Higher Education” released last month by the Education Policy Center at The University of Alabama.

Colleges face new rules on automated calls and texts

Updates require written consent for cold calls, other communications

Recruitment practices at private colleges and universities just got a little more complicated under the 2013 updates to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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