HIGHER ED DIGEST: Daily Briefing – Dec. 1, 2021

The unbundling of professional learning and entrepreneurship education

Gone are the days when the only way to get a fantastic business education, for example, is via a $50,000-$250,000 MBA, and where the only route to highly skilled professions is via a $20,000-$300,000 university course. Similarly, within this increasingly democratized system, access to coaching and mentoring at the individual and group levels is improving.

New approaches range from companies like The PowerMBA, which offers an MBA alternative for $800-$1,000, to On Deck, which offers professional development courses and communities for about $3,000, and Dorm, which sells mentorship support and networks to entrepreneurs for $150 per month.

Rhys Spence – Techcrunch

Drop in students who come to the US to study could affect higher education and jobs

Many U.S. universities would find it difficult to maintain graduate programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, without international students. This is made clear by a 2021 report showing that international students constitute the majority of full-time graduate students in many STEM fields. For example, at the graduate level, international students are 82% of all petroleum engineering students, 74% of all electrical engineering students and 72% of all computer and information sciences students.

The Conversation

Education Department Addresses Student Loan Forgiveness

Targeted loan forgiveness includes U.S. Department of Education efforts concerning automated disability discharge, borrower defense to repayment discharge, and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver. The PSLF waiver allows payments made in the FFEL program and in any repayment plan to count toward PSLF, if the borrowers consolidate their loans and/or file a PSLF form through October 31, 2022.

Finally, Richard Cordray discussed the U.S. Department of Educations regarding the restart of repayment of federal student loans in February 2022. These include direct and indirect communications to borrowers, making it easier for borrowers to renew or sign up for auto-debit, and encouraging struggling borrowers to sign up for income-driven repayment.

Mark Kantrowitz – Forbes

Texas A&M Central Texas is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution

A Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), is defined as a higher education institution with at least 25 percent Hispanic students and a high overall percentage of students receiving need-based federal financial aid. 

Texas A&M – Central Texas is now eligible for additional resources through federal grants due to their new classification, according to the university. 

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