As a result of the merger between Boston University and financially-distressed Wheelock College, 111 Wheelock employees–including 39 faculty–will lose their jobs. “The loss of a college with a powerful public mission is hearbreaking,” said one faculty member to the Boston Globe.

The recently-announced plan to merge Connecticut’s 12 community colleges into a single entity has encountered resistance from educators and lawmakers.

A study by the Associated General Contractors of America finds that construction employment increased last year in 269 of 358 metropolitan areas.

Arizona forecasts a 2.6% annual increase in job availability, which will outpace the estimated 1.9% growth in population.

An article in West Virginia’s State Journal explains how modern, domestic manufacturing is wrongly perceived as an occupation for low-skilled laborers with bleak futures. As manufacturing expands in areas of robotics, biotech, and 3-D printing, this blue-collar stigma has become outdated.

The University of Arkansas offers a nine-week Administrative Assistant Training Program for those interested in business support services. The cost is $1,599, and scholarships are available.

James Madison University is just one of several colleges offering a “Hacking for Defense” curriculum, where students are challenged to help solve technical threats to US infrastructure.

Stony Brook University announced the availability of a new BA degree in Biology. The BA version differs from the traditional BS offering (which the school regards as a “specialist degree”) in that it combines less intensive biology training with a complementary minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. The school says the BA and BS Biology degrees should take about the same amount of time to complete, and either version should be sufficient for continuing in medical school.

In an effort to reduce student dropout rates, the University of Arizona monitors students’ ID card swipe activity. Students use the cards to enter buildings and make purchases, among other things. The Verge reports that researchers have tracked the card data for three years and can now predict dropouts with 73% accuracy.

In the UK, an advertising watchdog has formally recognized complaints about online essay mills which promise a “guaranteed grade, every time,” concluding such services are “misleading.” We wonder if the group is aware of our own investigation into the dark world of term paper services.

A Forbes contributor (who is a Professor Emeritus from Ohio University) questions, “Why Should Taxpayers Support Universities?” The author recommends “slashing public spending on universities,” drawing largely on the arguments of Professor Bryan Caplan, whom we recently interviewed.

In an article on mental health issues on campuses, Time cites a 2017 survey where 40% of college student respondents said they had “felt so depressed in the prior year that it was difficult for them to function,” and 61% reported they had felt “overwhelming anxiety.”