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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bill Gates On Higher Education

Forbes – Lucie Lapovsky

“Bill Gates addressed the business officers of colleges and universities Monday at the annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business Officers in Seattle. He began from the premise that “all lives have equal value” and that the United States stands for equal opportunity.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Getting your children involved in saving for college

Real Vail – Jeff Nelligan

“Most articles about college planning focus on advice for parents or other adults who expect to pay the cost for a younger person’s education. But what about the beneficiary who plans to attend college? Although most young people don’t have the assets for college savings that their elders do, being part of the planning process can be educational, offering financial lessons for the future.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Financial Literacy Gap Costs College Graduates Thousands

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“A recent study highlighted the huge gap in financial literacy among American students…With the push for American students to go to college and spend thousands of dollars on their education, the financial literacy gap leads many students to make painful early mistakes with their money…these problems can follow them throughout their lives.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

National survey reports foreign languages and literature majors get top pay

University of Hawaii – Lynn Stoddard

“The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently reported that the top-paying liberal arts majors for 2014 graduates are foreign languages and literature, with the average starting salary of $46,900.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Parents: Stop Taking Out Loans For Your Child’s College Education

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“It’s almost time to write that first check for your child’s first year at college. Ouch. Looking at that first statement from your child’s university can be painful – even if they are attending a public college, you’re going to be paying several thousand dollars per year. It’s not cheap.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News – Delece Smith-Barrow

“In June, the Association of American Colleges and Universities announced 20 schools were ​selected ​to participate in Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM, ​ also known as TIDES. The new initiative aims to help faculty learn how to better engage women and underrepresented minorities, such as African-Americans​ or Hispanics, in STEM, as well as create curriculums​ that are more inclusive for these students. The program’s primary focus is to ​foster change for students interested in computer science.” (more)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Survey: Long-Term Effects of Student Loans Worry Parents

Education News – Grace Smith

“According to a Discover Student Loans survey, most parents are worried about the long-term impact of students loan debt. The survey included 1,000 adults with children 16-18 years old who are planning to attend college and was conducted by Rasmussen Reports, an independent survey research firm.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Chinese language education major puts Calvin College in rare company

Michigan Live – Brian McVicar

“Calvin College is launching a new major in Chinese language education…Nationally, an estimated 1,600 districts public and private k-12 districts now offer Chinese, up from 300 a decade ago…“More and more, parents are seeing the handwriting on the wall, and that writing is in Chinese characters,” said Larry Herzberg, director of Calvin’s Asian Studies program.” (more)

The Science Behind Graduating A Class With Majority Women Engineers

Forbes – Maria Klawe

“So what can colleges and universities do to engage more women in engineering?…Engineering design is the process by which we come up with new and innovative ideas and are able to meet people’s needs and solve issues that impact society. If you help women see that they can have a strong, positive impact on the world through creating technology, well, that is a really appealing idea for anyone.” (more)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Math, science grads in U.S. earn best wages, survey finds

The Star – Anne Flaherty

“While only 16 per cent of students took home degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, those who did were paid significantly better.” (more)