Kat Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy is interviewed about charitable giving during the holiday season.
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Research co-authored by Christophe Van den Bulte of the Wharton School on customer referrals is cited.
David Porter and Lynn Schuchter of the Perelman School of Medicine talk about new therapies used to treat different cancers.
The University tradition of throwing toast at sporting events and singing “Drink a Highball” is highlighted in coverage of Penn Football win and share of this year’s Ivy League title with Dartmouth and Harvard.
Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School pens an op-ed about a recent study that finds patients receive better care when senior physicians are absent from the hospitals.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Is a high discount rate a guaranteed trouble sign for colleges? Not necessarily, experts say -- sometimes colleges can leverage discounts to increase revenue, at least if they are increasing enrollment. But maintaining very high discount rates can be a risky strategy and an indicator a college is in distress. The average discount rate offered by colleges to first-year students has risen significantly in recent years. In 2014 it was 48 percent -- the highest level ever, according to a survey of 411 private colleges by the National Association of College and University Business Officers -- up one-fifth from 2007’s average of 39 percent.
Since 2008, student aid from federal and institutional sources has increased. Political and foundation leaders have also focused on the importance of a postsecondary education, and the need to increase college attainment. But in the years since 2008, the proportion of low-income recent high school graduates who enroll in college has seen a significant drop, according to a new analysis from the American Council on Education. In 2008, 55.9 percent of such high school graduates enrolled in college. By 2013, that figure dropped to 45.5 percent. While overall enrollment rates increased just after the economic downturn hit in 2008, they have fallen for all income groups since. However the drop for those from low-income families has been the greatest.
Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association, sees a coming transformation of academic libraries thanks to technology. She says they are taking on greater roles in creating teaching materials and scholarship — and preserving tweets as well as books.
The statistic was shocking: Nine out of 10 colleges reported no rapes on their campuses in 2014. That finding, released on Monday by the American Association of University Women, seemed to contradict recent surveys of female undergraduates, as well as an oft-cited — and controversial — statistic that one in five women are sexually assaulted during their time in college. Advocates and researchers agreed something was amiss. But what do the low rates of rape reports — drawn from the campus-crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act — really mean? Here are three possibilities:
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