Women are majority in med schoolWomen make up the majority of students enrolled in medical school for the first time ever, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Women represented 50.7 percent of new enrollees in medical schools in 2017, compared to 49.8 percent of enrollees in 2016.The number of female matriculants increased by 3.2 percent in 2017, while the number of male matriculants decreased by 0.3 percent. The number of women enrolling in medical school has increased by 9.6 percent since 2015. However, overall enrollment at medical schools declined by 2.6 percent in 2017.Read more at http://bit.ly/2je1cQz.More students enrolled onlineThe proportion of college students enrolled in at least one online course continues to rise, according to data published by the National Center for Education Statistics. In the 2016 academic year, 31 percent of college students were enrolled in at least one distance learning course, up from 29.2 percent the year before.Students enrolled at for‐profit institutions were most likely to be taking courses at least partially online, with 57.5 percent reporting taking at least one class online, even as overall enrollment at for‐profit institutions dropped.Find more about enrollment trends at http://bit.ly/2B6cmNK.Student loan debt worse than thoughtStudent loan default rates are worse than previously thought, according to a study released by the Department of Education. The study analyzed federal data on student loan debt and default rates and found that cumulative debt default rates continue to rise 12 to 20 years after students start loan repayment. That means that nearly 40 percent of students who took out loans in 2004 could default by 2023.The data also found that default rates depend more on student and institutional factors than on the level of debt accrued.Read the full report at http://bit.ly/2mAYmGn.California grows online educationCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has included a provision to form a new online community college to serve millions of adult learners in his most recent budget proposal. Brown and supporters say the new community college could help serve millions of Californians who are unable to take classes on a physical campus, but who require further education or training for career success, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.Brown, who has in the past been critical of the cost of public education in the state, also signaled that the move could help community college become more affordable for Californians.
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Published: Jan 1, 2018
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