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Monday, July 28, 2014

Has freshman year in college become grade 12½?

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Maureen Downey

“Once upon a time I taught college English at a local community college, but not any more. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on faculty and scheduled to cover three sections of freshman composition this fall. But it has become obvious to me that I am no longer teaching “college” English.” (more)

The Best Colleges for Your Money

Time – Staff Writer

“Using unique measures of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes, MONEY’s new value rankings will help you and your child find the right school at the right price.” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Getting low income students to college takes more than just academics

The Hechinger Report – Jason Bernal

“At a time when a college diploma is more important than ever to compete in the global economy, only 10% of students from low-income communities across the country who enroll in college are earning a degree…There are social, emotional and financial barriers that students from low income communities have to overcome.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Report: Higher Education Behind On Common Core

The Huffington Post – Jon Marcus

“America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation…” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Colleges Work to Engage Women, Minorities in STEM Fields

U.S. News & World Report – Delece Smith-Barrow

“Dozens of colleges across the U.S.​ have programs that help women and underrepresented minorities succeed in computer science and other STEM fields, which are often necessary for students to do well, experts say.” (more)

The Tough Conversation Parents Must Have Before Paying For College

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“Parents and students need to look at education just like any other investment…When you pay for education, the goal is to better yourself for the future. This should, in turn, pay dividends by giving the graduate higher wages than a non-graduate. However, if you overpay for your college education, the return on investment simply won’t be there.” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baby Steps for Higher Ed Act

Inside Higher Ed – Michael Stratford

“The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation boosting competency-based education and overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of how the Education Department discloses college data. The votes marked the first time that a body of Congress has formally weighed in on the ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the massive law that governs federal student aid, which expires at the end of this year.” (more)

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)