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Jobs that are ‘IT intensive’ have shown dramatic growth, new research shows. Mark Agnor/www.shutterstock.com

Students need IT skills to compete in the new economy

More students must acquire IT skills in order to secure jobs with upward mobility, according to a researcher who developed an index that shows a dramatic growth in 'IT intensive' jobs.
In short, less advantaged students require significant additional supports, well beyond acknowledging their diverse pathways for entry into a degree program. Alan Porritt/AAP

ANU’s new entrance criteria won’t do much to improve equity

From 2020, ANU will require students to meet co-curricular requirements alongside ATAR. This significant policy shift is meant to improve equity of access, but won't change much.
Inflexible structures of higher education and competing demands related to settlement often make transition difficult for refugees, despite their desire to work hard. Shutterstock

Universities need to do more to support refugee students

Without developing a better understanding of the challenges refugee students face, we run the risk of further disadvantaging refugee students in Australia.
Harvard Business School classroom. mleiboff/Flickr

Debate: Do we really need business schools?

Since the financial crisis, business schools have been accused of every evil -- inequality, oppression, environmental devastation. So why should management schools be preserved?
The legacy of capping funding for universities will be a less skilled future workforce, and an Australian youth that miss out on the educational opportunities available to their parents. Shutterstock

Capping university places will mean a less skilled and diverse workforce

Discontinuing the demand driven system will mean less people are able to get a higher education, particularly groups of people who are already at a disadvantage.
Research shows that the concept and practise of ‘other-mothering’ can help Black students navigate the complex and often secretive world of academia. (Shutterstock)

Navigating racism: Black graduate students need support

Black students need support within an academy that marginalizes them. Other--othering -- a philosophy of care that recognizes the holistic impact of racism is one solution.
Most mental illnesses begin before or during young adulthood, and a quarter of young Canadians have both a mood or anxiety disorder and a substance-abuse problem. (Shutterstock)

Mental illness on campus really is ‘a thing’

Today's students are at increasingly high risk for mental health diagnoses. Universities need to step up.
Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs gives Howard University’s commencement speech in 2014.

Rap and gown: Hip-hop artists as commencement speakers

While hip-hop is often viewed through its problematic elements, Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough explains why rap artists are ideal commencement speakers.
How peers perform in college can affect student mental health. mimagephotography/www.shutterstock.com

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

When students attend a college where the student body is academically weaker than the one where they went to high school, they are more likely to show symptoms of depression, new research finds.
Bernie Williams, right, a women’s advocate in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, embraces Carmen Paterson while testifying at the final day of hearings at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, in Richmond, B.C., on April 8, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Can we really teach ‘Indigenizing’ courses online?

University "Indigenization" efforts using Massive Open Online Courses promise to reach wide audiences. They also raise critical questions about how to embody Indigenous ways of knowing and relating.
New research shows double majors have a big competitive advantage in one critical area. fizkes/Shutterstock

Why double-majors might beat you out of a job

New research shows double majors beat their peers in one critical way that makes them more attractive to employers. Colleges may have to adapt to that reality to help their graduates compete.

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