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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Here’s the New Way Colleges Are Predicting Student Grades

Time – Jon Marcus

“For years, Stephanie Dupaul would jokingly consult her collection of Magic 8 Balls when students asked her questions such as, “Will I get an A in that class?” Now, she can give them an answer far more accurate than anything predicted by a toy fortune-teller.”(more)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

White House’s college ratings system controversial even before completion

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“The Obama administration is developing a national rating system for colleges and universities to provide more transparency and give students and taxpayers a better sense of where to spend their education funds.”(more)

No need for irrational fears of student loans

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – The next generation of college students has heard the message loud and clear about the perils of taking on too much student loan debt – so much so that many are unwilling to go into debt at all in order to attend college.”(more)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Real Disruptive Innovation in Education

Gallup – Brandon Busteed

“Clayton Christensen, the Harvard Business School professor and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, is on record saying that as many as half of U.S. colleges and universities will go out of business in the next 15 years. His case for arguing this stems from extensive research on technology-driven “disruptive innovations” across many industries. In recent years, he has looked closely at the disruption caused by online courses in the education world, and his predictions have caused quite a stir.”(more)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

How to budget for student loan payments

USA Today – AJ Smith

“The annual cost of college education has risen by 130% in the past 20 years, according to the College Board, so it’s no surprise so many of us have student loan debt. Finding out if you can afford your student loan payments is an important preliminary step, but making the payments happen can prove even more challenging. These tips can help ensure you make your payments without sacrificing the other expenses in your life.”(more)

Monday, November 24, 2014

When calculating U.S. college costs, proceed with caution

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – U.S. colleges have started, however reluctantly, to share more information about what students might actually pay to attend – the so-called net price. But the calculators that Congress has forced schools to provide since 2011 are often hard to find, vary widely in quality and should be used with some caution.”(more)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.” (more)

Monday, November 17, 2014

A guide to figuring out your real cost of college

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – Many parents will not learn how much they must pay for their children’s college education until financial aid packages arrive this spring. By then it may be too late to get a better deal.” (more)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Student borrowing is down as tuition rises more slowly, study finds

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“Challenging the widely held fears that student debt continues to grow monstrously, new data show some financial good news for college students, particularly for those in California.” (more)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Big Ten and the Next Big Thing

Inside Higher ED – Paul Fain

“Competency-based education is going upmarket. Three brand-name, Big Ten-affiliated institutions are now offering degrees in this emerging form of higher education.” (more)