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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Good News: There’s a New Way to Get Out from Under Student Debt

Time – Kara Brandeisky

“Wells Fargo and Discover plan to offer new loan modification programs to help borrowers who are suffering temporary financial hardship.”(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)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

U.S. must make teacher education more rigorous

The Indy Star – ESTHER J. CEPEDA

“Much research has shown that the standards to get into a university education program are, generally, quite low. Yet the issue is regularly ignored by policymakers. That’s why we’re still asking why our schools are failing and our students can’t read, write or do simple math.”(more)

The Case for Studying Abroad

The Huffington Post – Richard Stengel

“Today marks the end of International Education Week 2014, when we celebrate the benefits of educational exchanges and the myriad programs that make studying abroad possible. Over the past 15 years, the number of Americans studying abroad has more than doubled — but the number is still too low. According to the annual Open Doors Report on international and U.S. student mobility, about 300,000 American students studied in foreign countries last year and fewer than 10 percent studied abroad before graduating. Many of those who didn’t said they worried that there would be limits to what they could study and feared they wouldn’t graduate on time, or they were concerned that it would cost too much.”(more)

Report finds economic gaps for Colorado students attending top schools

The Denver Post – Yesenia Robles

“High school graduates from well-off families are nearly 12 times more likely to go to a top college than students from low-income households, according to a report released Tuesday by a group of local nonprofits.”(more)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A matter of honours

The Economist – Staff Writer

“Sending students abroad has been central to China’s efforts to improve its education since the late 1970s, when it began trying to repair the damage wrought by Mao’s destruction of the country’s academic institutions. More than 3m Chinese have gone overseas to study. Chinese youths make up over a fifth of all international students in higher education in the OECD, a club mostly of rich countries. More than a quarter of them are in America.”(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

100 Thousand Strong: Students Strengthen U.S.-China Relations

GW Today – Julyssa Lopez

“Students from colleges around the country came together at the George Washington University on Tuesday and Wednesday with one goal: increasing the number of American students studying in China…The mission is part of the Obama administration’s “100,000 Strong Initiative”…The foundation focuses on encouraging young generations of Americans learning Mandarin and studying in China.”(more)

AJC Opinion: Graduating more engineers should be a national priority

Ajc.com – Maureen Downey

“Simply put, our nation should make every effort to graduate more of these students, because the skill sets developed through an engineering education serve only to benefit humankind…the need for the inherent problem-solving capacity of scientists and engineers has never been greater…Who will take up these challenges? We must start with American schools.”(more)

The College Degrees With The Highest Starting Salaries in 2015

Forbes – Susan Adams

“College graduates in the class of 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering can expect an average starting salary of $57,000. Computer engineering graduates are close behind…After the top two engineering degrees, employers are paying the most for grads with degrees in software design and computer programming…Here is CERI’s chart of 25 degrees and expected starting salaries for the class of 2015:”(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)