CBS 46: University System of Georgia introduces new college comparison tool

CBS 46: University System of Georgia introduces new college comparison tool. “It’s called Georgia Degrees Pay. The tool, announced at the August Board of Regents meeting on Tuesday, allows users to compare all 26 public universities and colleges in the University System (USG). Many of the features allow users compare up to two schools at a time – and include categories like cost of attendance, future earnings, and student success rates.”

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: College Promise Launches Searchable Nationwide Database for Promise Programs

Diverse Issues In Higher Education: College Promise Launches Searchable Nationwide Database for Promise Programs. “The tool, MyPromise, has information about the more than 350 local and state Promise programs in the U.S., including funding levels, eligibility requirements, and number of semesters the Promise covers. The tool offers an interactive map and a comparison tool.”

VoxEU: Social media and mental health

VoxEU: Social media and mental health . “Using the gradual expansion of the website across US colleges as a natural experiment, the authors find that students were more likely to report that mental health issues negatively affected their academic performance after Facebook was introduced at their college, with evidence suggesting that the effects operated through unfavourable social comparison.”

Comparitech: Ransomware attacks on US schools and colleges cost $3.56bn in 2021

Comparitech: Ransomware attacks on US schools and colleges cost $3.56bn in 2021. “In 2021, 67 individual ransomware attacks affected 954 schools and colleges, potentially impacting 950,129 students. We estimate that these attacks cost education institutions $3.56 billion in downtime alone. Most schools will have also faced astronomical recovery costs as they tried to restore computers, recover data, and shore up their systems to prevent future attacks.”

Chemical & Engineering News: New database on university spinouts highlights dissatisfaction

Chemical & Engineering News: New database on university spinouts highlights dissatisfaction. “A new open source database on university technology spinouts, also referred to as spin-offs, detailing terms negotiated between academic institutions and research entrepreneurs indicates a high level of dissatisfaction among company founders, especially those spinning out of universities in the UK.”

University of Michigan: U-M Black student database through 1970 is now public

University of Michigan: U-M Black student database through 1970 is now public. “A new public database of African American students created by the University of Michigan documents students who attended U-M between 1853 and as recently as 1970. A comprehensive compilation of this nature did not previously exist at the university and remains very rare for universities across the country. In the process, hundreds of compelling stories have been uncovered surrounding segregated housing, relocation after slavery and ‘segregation scholarships,’ which originated in the 1920s.”

Yale News: Zelenskyy calls on universities to help rebuild Ukraine’s higher ed system

Yale News: Zelenskyy calls on universities to help rebuild Ukraine’s higher ed system. “On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with presidents, chancellors, and provosts from America’s leading research universities — including Yale President Peter Salovey — to discuss his vision for rebuilding Ukraine’s higher education system, and how educators can help in the days and months ahead. The event, which was held over Zoom, was organized by the Association of American Universities (AAU).”

PR Newswire: College Overlook Puts College Research on the Map (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: College Overlook Puts College Research on the Map (PRESS RELEASE). “College Overlook gives prospective college students an interactive map to locate and explore hundreds of colleges and visualize their selections. Users can filter colleges by significant criteria, can search for a specific college with a few keystrokes, or can zoom and pan the map for inspiration. Selecting up to 40 favorites, users save custom maps for later viewing or to share via personalized links on social media, to family members, or to advisors.”

Austin Peay State University: Austin Peay unveils online database to give public more access to university’s vast art collection

Austin Peay State University: Austin Peay unveils online database to give public more access to university’s vast art collection. “For more than a year, the director of Austin Peay State University’s art collection has worked with several students to make the school’s vast collection more accessible to the public. This week, those efforts have culminated with a newly unveiled online database that allows people to search for and see the university’s collected artwork.” The database is still in progress and will have more information added over time.

Drexel News: COVID Cases Increasing, Indoor Masking Returns Starting April 18

Drexel News: COVID Cases Increasing, Indoor Masking Returns Starting April 18. “Starting this Monday, April 18, the University will once again require mask-wearing in all indoor shared spaces, with a few exceptions.All community members must wear a mask, even if you are fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks will remain optional at the Recreation Center as well as in Drexel Housing; however, we encourage you to mask up in these spaces as well, based on your personal and group assessment of risk.”

Inside Higher Ed: A New Tool for Assessing Campus Climate on Religion

Inside Higher Ed: A New Tool for Assessing Campus Climate on Religion. “Prospective students and their parents can find a wide range of useful information online about colleges and universities to help them decide which institutions might be the best fit. But there’s no go-to resource to assess how welcoming a college is to students from various religious backgrounds. That’s about to change. A group of researchers at Ohio State University and North Carolina State University has crafted a tool called the Interfaith, Spiritual, Religious, and Secular Campus Climate Index, or INSPIRES, which scores higher ed institutions on their levels of religious diversity and inclusion.”

Colleges must prioritize students’ mental health post-COVID | Commentary (Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando Sentinel: Colleges must prioritize students’ mental health post-COVID | Commentary. “Since that fateful week in March of 2020, students throughout Florida and the greater United States have been dealing with challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from college closures and graduations put on hold, the pandemic brought an even bigger challenge: mental health. How have colleges and universities adapted? How are they utilizing their resources to help curtail the ongoing physical and mental toll of COVID on students? To understand the impact of this pandemic on college students’ mental health, I want to break down some statistics and relate them to what I’m experiencing at my school, Rollins College.”