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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Building a Better College Ranking System. Wait, Babson Beats Harvard?

The New York Times – Kevin Carey

“For a long time, U.S. News & World Report had a monopoly on the college rankings game. Every August, the magazine would announce that, once again, Harvard was America’s best college, or Princeton, or, to shake things up, a tie between Harvard and Princeton.” (more)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stem skills: colleges are failing to meet industry needs

The Guardian – Professor Sa’ad Medhat

“Our report, published today, could make uncomfortable reading for further education institutions. Based on consultations with more than 100 Stem-based companies (organisations heavily reliant on science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills), we’ve found a growing disconnect between the types of competencies sought by industry and the learning focus of most further education colleges.” (more)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Worrying about your child when they leave home is part of letting go

The Guardian – Harriet Swain

“But as a parent, it’s normal to worry about how you child will manage away from home. If your child is leaving home in a few months time, here are some tips to help you both prepare.” (more)