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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Youths Must Be Trained For High-Tech Jobs

The Hartford Courant – Bruce Dixon

“The Obama administration has emphasized the critical need to prepare American students for future job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM. The president is right to make STEM a national priority. Yet he must be careful to also back critical efforts by industry to develop the next generation of high-tech workers. Our leaders must not only support STEM education, but those who create jobs and drive growth in a technology-based economy. Even as the economy is still recovering, workers with a background in STEM subjects are in high demand. Between 2000 and 2010, high-tech jobs grew three times faster than opportunities in other fields. There are now 2.8 STEM jobs for every unemployed person in Connecticut, and by 2018, the state will have an astonishing 116,000 positions to fill.”(more)

Helping students ‘climb the mountain’ of higher education

The Deseret News – Morgan Jacobsen

“SALT LAKE CITY — Fewer than half of Utah’s college freshmen graduate within six years of consecutive enrollment, many of them falling from the ranks before their sophomore year. Institutions measure this as retention, or the percentage of students who come back each year. But beneath the numbers lies a problem of student persistence — individual effort toward college completion — that challenges every college and university in the state. The numbers reveal a sobering trend. Last year, 86 percent of high school graduates said they intended to graduate from college, but only 40 percent of them who didn’t leave for a church mission or military service enrolled, according to a recent Utah Foundation report. And currently, only 47 percent of college students end up graduating within 6 years.”(more)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

An Investment in Education for the Next Generation of STEM Innovators Is a Smart Bet

The Huffington Post – Vivian R. Pickard

“It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has steadily increased over the years. As that price tag continues to rise, it becomes even more important for parents and their college-aged children to seriously consider the schools and majors they choose…As the focus on innovation and technology in American industries continues to sharpen, the need for qualified applicants in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields will also become more evident. Students who choose a STEM-related major can expect to enter a market where the number of jobs is projected to grow twice as fast as jobs in other fields over the next five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”(more)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

College Students Have No Idea How Much They’re Borrowing

Forbes – Kate Ashford

“Student loan debt isn’t getting any better. The average college borrower graduated with $28,400 of debt in 2013, according to the Project on Student Debt. And while more Millennials are staying at home to save on college costs, seven in 10 graduating seniors still have student loans. And it turns out—they’re not even sure how much they’re borrowing. Barely half of respondents at a public university were able to pinpoint what they paid for their first year of college within $5,000…In other words, undergraduates are not only borrowing vast sums of money to go to school, but they’re doing it blindly.”(more)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Want more kids in college? Check school counselor caseloads

The Seattle Times – Robin Respaut

“The job of high school guidance counselor is a catch-all: Part graduation-credits overseer, testing administrator, shrink and higher-education shepherd. Seem like too much to do well? New research agrees. So while President Obama talks about getting more students into community college, and Washington state does its part with College Bound Scholarships, the people actually tasked with guiding kids in this direction — high school counselors — are spread much too thin. The result: Many states essentially expect students to “just figure it out,” says the Education Commission of the States, a think tank tracking education policy.”(more)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Failure To Follow Up: The Sad Truth About Millennial Financial Literacy

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“…why, as millennials, do we fail to follow up with our money and financial life? It’s a growing trend that is harming millennial financial health. Millennials, as a generation, have a larger delinquency rate on their bills compared to all other ages…Why are millennials (or anyone really) late on their bills? It’s a lack of follow up and understanding of financial organization. Many young adults expect everything to just happen…As a society, we need to improve financial literacy among millennials, but it’s a challenge…We need to reach millennials financially in ways they understand – by teaching them about apps that could help manage all of their accounts in once place, and showing them how to setup online bill pay…All of that is possible with a little financial education about the tools needed for financial organization. Then, they won’t have to follow up…as much.”(more)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Tao of the liberal arts

The Washington Post – Valerie Strauss / Gerald Greenberg

“In this era when you can’t turn around in the education world without someone talking about science, technology, engineering and math, the liberal arts often get short shrift. Part of the reason is that people don’t fully understand what the liberal arts are and why they remain foundational to a real education. This post helps explain all of that…It doesn’t matter where you get your liberal arts education. What matters is that the school provides a liberal arts education that produces the appropriate result. What is that result? The transfer or creation of knowledge and the cultivation of the habits of the mind so graduates can develop and mature into successful, productive members of society who can appreciate others, experience and embrace the notion of empathy, and come to understand the joys and benefits of lifelong learning…In a world where people will change jobs multiple times in a lifetime and may hold jobs in the future that don’t even exist today, the knowledge they obtain in college and the writing, communicating, critical thinking, and analytic skills they acquire through a strong liberal arts CORE and liberal education will provide the foundation for a successful life, both professionally and personally.”(more)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Avoid easy-to-make mistakes on your financial aid application

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – One of the worst mistakes you can make with college financial aid is simply failing to file the all-important Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The U.S. Department of Education began accepting FAFSA applications for the 2015-16 academic year on Jan. 1, and most forms of financial help – grants, loans, work study – depend on your turning it in.”(more)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Don’t Believe the Hype: There’s Still a Student Loan Crisis

Time – Mitchell D. Weiss

“When it comes to student debt, it’s not fair to blame students for being in over their heads.”(more)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Homework assignment: Finish application for college aid

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel – Karen Herzog

“For the past three years, Teresa Piraino of South Milwaukee has diligently filled out the federal application for financial aid for her son Anthony, who is studying criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In the next few weeks, the Pirainos will scramble to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid again — this time for two kids, as daughter Jessica plans to study nursing at Alverno College in the fall. “I want to get right on it,” Teresa Piraino said of the online form known as FAFSA, which becomes accessible every Jan. 1. “The stakes are high and I want to get the most we can because I can’t give them the money they’ll need.” With the cost of college escalating — and with it, student debt — no one wants to leave money on the table.”(more)