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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)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Financially Speaking — Are We an Illiterate Nation?

The Huffington Post – H. D. Carver

“It is a constant source of amazement to me that in the United States, arguably the center of the capitalist system, we fail to educate much of our youth in the most rudimentary of macro and personal economic principles…We push our children to go to college, get a degree and earn more money (in theory), yet we fail to demand for our children basic instruction in our schools on how to best employ those earnings in their day-to-day lives.”(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Which College—and Which Major—Will Make You Richest?

The Atlantic – Derek Thompson

“A new study finds that nine of the 10 most lucrative degrees in America are in computer science programs at elite colleges…[but] the best colleges tend to get the best students. So what you’re seeing here isn’t just the quality of the school’s education but also the quality of the students it attracts.”(more)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Narrower special education voucher bill advances

Education Week – AP

“A narrowed version of a special education voucher bill for Mississippi students is moving ahead. The measure would give debit cards with more than $6,000 on them to parents who withdraw their special education students from public schools. The money could be spent on private school tuition or private tutoring services.”(more)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Schools Explore Teaching Fundamentals Of Financial Literacy

Education News – Grace Smith

“At the present time there are only 4 states that require a course on personal finance for high school students — courses which have as their only function teaching the tenets of money management and also being mandatory for graduation. Because of the recent recession, educators are realizing that lack of knowledge and skills in the area of finance must be addressed in classrooms.”(more)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Opinion: To reach the top, girls need financial literacy

Long Island Newsday – Patrice Hirsch Feinstein & Tara Sonenshine

For too long women have been arguing with men about discrimination, inequality, reproductive rights, shared responsibilities, political participation and a host of important issues related to the central tenet — inarguably the right tenet — that women deserve the same opportunities as men to succeed. But we have undervalued one key to success: money. Women and girls today need the financial tools and financial literacy to understand money — and to earn it.”(more)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

6 key findings about going to college

Pew Research Center – Andrea Caumont

“College-educated millennials are outperforming their less-educated peers on virtually every economic measure, and the gap between the two groups has only grown over time. Here are six key findings that provide a compelling answer to the question: Is going to college worth it?”(more)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Net Neutrality Path Will Have Effect On Education

Education News – Mirabel Shanny

“Chaos could be looming as a result of a recent ruling by a federal court on the Open Internet (Net Neutrality) Order…ISPs [Internet Service Providers] will be allowed to throttle delivery of services depending on how much those needing to make the delivery, the content providers, pay…for example…video for courses from the University of Phoenix or Coursera run quickly, but those from edX and your local community college run at slower speed and lower resolution.”(more)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Majoring In The Humanities Does Pay Off, Just Later

Forbes – Susan Adams

“Majoring in the humanities seems like a bad idea these days. Employers don’t want to hire you, we hear, and when they do, they pay poorly…But a new study out today gives hope to liberal arts graduates.”(more)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Why It Pays To Be Bilingual

Language Stars – Staff Writer

“Being bilingual provides a variety of perks…[it] pays dividends – monetarily, cognitively, and culturally. Here’s why.”(more)