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Friday, April 18, 2014

California High School Students Ill-Prepared For State’s Colleges

Education News – Grace Smith

“Only 4 in 10 California high school students have the qualifications they need to be accepted at an in-state school…Public Policy Institute of California Senior Fellow Hans Johnson is afraid that there will be 1 million fewer college graduates than will be necessary in the work force in 2025.”(more)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

“Death Spiral” – Harvard Professor Predicts Up To Half Of US Universities May Fail In 15 Years

Zero Hedge – Tyler Durden

“Soaring student debt, competition from online programs and poor job prospects for graduates are shrinking the applicant pools for many universities and, as Bloomberg reports, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities warns “there will clearly be some institutions that won’t make it…through these difficult steps.” Rather stunningly, Moody’s found that expenses are outpacing revenue at 60 percent of the schools it tracks even as many try to slash their way to balanced budgets,” and concluded “what we’re concerned about is the death spiral… this continuing downward momentum for some institutions.”"(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Global Education and Corporate Leaders Gather to Prepare for College 2025

The Huffington Post – Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

“Education, corporate and philanthropic leaders from around the world who met in Essex, NY at a two-day Summit believe that many colleges will be unrecognizable in another decade and that unless millions more low-income students attain college degrees we face a global economic crisis.”(more)

Measuring the ‘Value’ of Higher Education

The Huffington Post – Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D.

“In nearly all aspects of life, we want our time and money spent well. Same is true for those in pursuit of higher education…Students get the best bang for their dollar when a quality education is offered at an affordable price. In other words, AFFORDABLE education + QUALITY education = REAL VALUE.”(more)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Will the revised SAT be: A. Better; B. Worse; C. Irrelevant

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Now, the testing giant has reversed course and announced that a new version of the SAT will drop the mandatory essay. (And the arcane vocabulary words like pertinacious, unctuous or timorous.).”(more)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Making a financial stretch is key to saving for college

Reuters – Liz Weston

“Parents who aren’t saving for college could learn a lesson or two from low-income parents who do.”(more)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

NPR – Staff Writer

“Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt.”(more)

What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should)

The New York Times – Richard Perez-Pena

“In fact, consumers have more tools than ever to decipher college prices and financial aid. College websites are required by law to have net-price calculators, to help people estimate what they would really pay, rather than relying on inflated sticker prices.”(more)

Friday, April 11, 2014

More Diplomas Mean More Funding for Colleges, Universities

Education News – Grace Smith

“With state funding for colleges and universities tied to the number of degrees each gives, schools across the country are coming up with new ways to generate more diplomas to hand out each year.”(more)

Monday, April 7, 2014

STEM majors growing in US, suggests research

The Times Higher Education – Scott Jaschik

“Policy makers regularly talk about the need to encourage more undergraduates to pursue science and technology fields. New data suggest that undergraduates at four-year institutions in the US have become much more likely to study those fields, especially engineering and biology.”(more)