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Friday, September 5, 2014

Education Is Worth the Investment

The Huffington Post – William J. Lowe

“There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree…the pay gap between college graduates and those without a degree reached a high in 2013…And, the wage gap is only increasing…” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

California Bill Would Allow Community Colleges to Award 4-Year Degrees

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A number of community colleges in California could begin to offer four-year degrees if a new bill is signed by the state’s governor…the state will need about 1 million more workers to hold a four-year degree within the next 10 years.” (more)

Friday, August 29, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Strengthens Federal Student Loan Servicing

Ed.gov – Staff Writer

“As a result of President Obama’s executive actions to help make student loans more affordable, the U.S. Department of Education has announced several new steps to help federal student loan borrowers better manage their student debt.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“In higher education today, only two things are certain: change is coming, and nobody knows what that change will look like…Currently, education is measured by completing a specified number of classes…Competency-based education does away with the defined duration and credit hours, replacing time with mastery.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why You Might Want More Than One College Savings Account

Time – Kerri Anne Renzulli

“The good news: There is no difference in how Coverdell ESAs and 529 savings plans factor into your child’s student aid, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com, a website that helps people plan and pay for college.” (more)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Prepping students with autism for life after K-12

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Transitioning to higher education or the workforce is a challenge for most K-12 students, but it can be more challenging for students with autism as they learn to navigate new environments.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don’t Let Your Education End at Graduation

The Wall Street Journal – Lindsay Gellman

“If you’re a new graduate fortunate enough to have landed a full-time job, this season likely marks the first fall in recent memory when you won’t be going back to school. But that doesn’t mean course work and self-improvement need to end. There are a wealth of free and low-cost educational resources available to anyone with the desire to keep existing skills sharp or learn new ones.” (more)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

5 higher-ed skills to teach K-12 students now

E-School – Meris Stansbury

“From ePortfolios to YouTube videos, and from PowerPoint presentations to blogs, more colleges and universities are looking to see students’ skills in software, presentation, and social media.” (more)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Nonprofit group’s class teaches youths basic skills for college

The L.A. Times – Jason Song

“Davis is one of about 25 students taking the course being taught by administrators from West Los Angeles College and the Brotherhood Crusade, a nonprofit organization in the South Park area. To be eligible, students do not need to be admitted to a college, but have to express an interest in attending.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation

Forbes – Henry Doss

“What does it really mean to be “educated”? And what is the role of institutions of higher education?…Whatever your answers to these kinds of questions might be, the fact is that we are in the midst of an increasingly rapid transformation in education, across dimensions of purpose, content, pedagogy and methodologies.” (more)