In response to the FBI’s reports of Chinese spies within American colleges and universities, congressmen have introduced legislation aimed at forcing transparency in matters of foreign influence on campuses.

Nice work-study, if you can get it: a delegation of students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management program will provide support services at this week’s Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

A study published in the journal Science finds that 55% of teaching in STEM mainly takes the form of lectures by faculty. The authors suggest this is a bad thing because lectures are considered less effective than “active learning” activities.

To help European lecturers improve their “digital skills” and better incorporate technology in the classroom, the European Union supports a program named AduLeT, promoting the Advanced Use of Learning Technologies in Higher Education. Italian education firm Pixel participated in a recent AduLeT conference.

The Indian government has taken a big step towards decentralization of its higher ed system as it granted “autonomous” status to 60 of its universities. With this designation, the universities will be more self-guided in their management of salaries, fees, and curricula.

In response to the planned reduction in humanities courses at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, administrators of several West Virginia colleges assert that liberal arts study is safe and secure at their schools.

Last week, we reported on a solar industry boondoggle in gloomy Buffalo, NY. This week, not surprisingly, we read that California leads the nation in solar jobs. However, the state has now measured a 14% employment decline in the field.  “It’s a very saturated industry,” says one expert.

Taiwanese tech company Foxconn, best known for its manufacture of Apple device components, has begun job fairs in Wisconsin in preparation for its new facility there. The company plans to employ 13,000 in a liquid crystal display factory.

McDonalds has announced an investment of $150 million over five years to expand its Archways to Opportunity education program, which provides support towards achieiving high school diplomas and college degrees. This larger program represents a threefold expansion and is attributed to the favorable treatment corporations received in the recent tax bill. McDonalds says family members of employees are eligible for these benefits in some cases.

The UK Work and Pensions Secretary says more teenagers should take on weekend jobs in order to prepare themselves for later career success. She notes there has been a recent double-digit decrease in the percentage of teenagers who have these types of jobs.

An article in the Kankakee, Illinois Daily Journal about the growth of skilled, tech-intensive manufacturing jobs in the US introduces a new term we like: “new collar jobs.” We’ve noticed a trend in reporting about this newer identity for American manufacturing, often accompanied by an argument that this work should no longer be stigmatized.

The New York Times, showing that March Madness extends beyond the court to the creative journalism which covers it, offers some tenuous theories on “Why Catholic Colleges Excel at Basketball.”