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Friday, September 19, 2014

Students drawn to study Mandarin and Japanese

The Sydney Morning Herald – Henry Belot

“Japanese and Chinese languages remain among the most popular studied at the Australian National University…Dr Mark Strange, head of the Department of East Asian Studies at the ANU, said the interest in the languages reflected both the geopolitical and economic importance of China and Japan…” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.” (more)

Survey: Foreign Education is Expensive, With US in 3rd

Education News – Grace Smith

“An international education is very expensive in most cases. US students seeking higher education in a foreign country will find that the annual cost for college in Australia is $42,000, Singapore costs $39,000, and the UK will run about $37,000.” (more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Governor: Science, math key – and so is writing

The Argus Leader – Steve Young

“High school graduates in South Dakota looking at $25,000 in debt for a college degree should do the math first, Gov. Dennis Daugaard says.” (more)

Eleven public universities join alliance to help low-income students graduate

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“The idea behind the alliance is to identify successful pilot programs for increasing graduation rates, share them in ways they can be applied on other campuses, and take successful models to scale.” (more)

Monday, September 15, 2014

HR Report: College Degrees Worth $24K More in Yearly Salary

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“According to a report from human resources service provider TriNet, higher education could help prospective employees find higher paying jobs and lower the chances of becoming unemployed.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education

Forbes – Ashoka

“Nowadays, global business changes at such a stunning pace, entry-level professionals barely have time to acclimate themselves to a new company, a new competitive environment, or new operational requirements. The challenges faced by young workers include lack of experience, a complex corporate world, and business education that is too theoretical and out of sync with companies’ day-to-day needs.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Number of aging Americans paying student loans soars -U.S. report

Reuters – Scott Malone

“The rising cost of higher education is dogging Americans into retirement, with people aged 65 and older still carrying some $18.2 billion in unpaid student loans, according to a federal report released on Wednesday.” (more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

US falls behind in college competition

The Bangor Daily News – Liz Weston

“The United States has slipped behind many other countries in college completion and “educational mobility,” with fewer young Americans getting more education than their parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “Education at a Glance” report.” (more)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Companies invest in broader access to college – and in the future workforce

The Guardian – Sarah Shemkus

“With available jobs outpacing qualified candidates, some firms including Ernst & Young, Starbucks and even Walmart help steer youth to, and all the way through, higher education.” (more)