Don’t say there’s a lack of STEM talent in the South

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His “quiet and relentless advocacy brought hundreds of African Americans into space industry jobs in the Deep South, helping to shift perceptions of black people in ways both subtle and profound,” wrote Michael Fletcher in the story. STEM jobs will grow 13 percent from 2017 to 2027 , as opposed to 9 percent for non-STEM work. Earlier this month, sports and culture news site The Undefeated published a story about NASA mathematician Clyde Foster.

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Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

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That’s starting to change as federal forecasts show part-time enrollment outpacing full-time enrollment through at least 2027 and other new figures shed light on how long it takes for part-time students to graduate. But not every student can make the leap to full-time status, said Karen Stout, president of the nonprofit advocacy group Achieving the Dream; many have neither the money nor the time.

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

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The federal government projects that graduate enrollment will rise by about another 3 percent through 2027 — a much more sluggish pace than in the last 10 years. The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students and other advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to mandate training for graduate mentors and advisors. The St. Thomas University School of Law. Like many other institutions, the university has expanded its graduate enrollment. Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report.