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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Simple Mistakes That Can Hurt Financial Aid Prospects

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“Now is the time to find the most financial aid possible to help with the costs of school. It can be a challenge, though, to find financial aid, especially given the fierce competition and limited amount available. It all starts with the FAFSA, the Free Application For Federal Student Aid. Then it includes the hunt for scholarships and grants. Finally, it ends with potentially taking out student loans. But what if none of these were options? What if a simple mistake made it impossible to get financial aid? It happens, and it can make financing college difficult. Here are the top mistakes families make when it comes to preparing and applying for financial aid.”(more)

How much should you pay for a degree?

The Hechinger Report – JOANNE JACOBS

“Does it pay to go to college? That largely depends on the student, said Robert Shireman, executive director of California Competes, a nonprofit focused on higher education. Students should ask themselves tough questions, he said. You’re not the average student. You’re you. What do you want from college? Do you have the academic skills and motivation to achieve your goals? With funding from the Lumina Foundation (which also funds The Hechinger Report), California Competes has proposed a “College Considerator” to help students think through these kinds of questions. Still in the alpha prototype version, the online tool focuses on the individual. It asks students about the rigor of their high school courses, their grades and their ACT or SAT scores, plus their approach to schoolwork, enjoyment of school and excitement about college.”(more)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Four Skills Every College Student Should Pursue

Courier Times – College Transitions Team

“A simplistic view of higher education is that people emerge from four years of college with a specific skill related to their primary area of study: Education majors learn how to teach, accounting majors learn how to crunch numbers, allied health majors learn skills particular to the healthcare profession, and so on down line. Yet, no matter your primary field of study, there are certain generalized skills that will serve you well in the modern economy where the average worker will change jobs an astonishing 11 times. Abilities in the areas of written expression, public speaking, foreign language, and quantitative analysis can and should be honed while pursuing a degree in any field…we now reside in a globalized marketplace where knowledge, trade, and investments know no borders. For anyone entering fields such as business, finance, information technology, software development, government, law enforcement, or healthcare (just to name a handful), fluency in a foreign language has never been more advantageous…Bi-lingual college grads entering the private sector right now can expect a 10-15% pay increase right off the bat; those conversant in Mandarin Chinese, German, Japanese, and Arabic may demand even higher compensation.”(more)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How To Make the Most of the Single Best College Tax Break

Time – Kim Clark

“Nearly 2 million Americans pay too much in taxes because of confusion over education benefits. Here’s how to avoid that mistake. Back in January President Obama proposed consolidating many overlapping education tax benefits, a plan that appears long dead. Too bad, since millions of taxpayers make mistakes writing off education expenses on their 1040s and pay hundreds in unnecessary taxes as a result. A 2012 Government Accountability Office report found that education tax breaks were so complicated and poorly understood that 1.5 million families who were eligible for one failed to claim it and overpaid their taxes by more than $450 a year. Another 275,000 families were so confused that they opted for the wrong benefit and overpaid by an average of $284.”(more)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Obama announces $240M in new pledges for STEM education

Philly.com – JIM KUHNHENN

“President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. At the White House Science Fair on Monday, Obama announced more than $240 million in pledges to boost the study of those fields, known as STEM. This year’s fair is focused on diversity. Obama said the new commitments have brought total financial and material support for these programs to $1 billion. “It’s not enough for our country just to be proud of you. We’ve got to support you,” Obama said. The pledges the president announced include a $150 million philanthropic effort to encourage promising early-career scientists to stay on track and a $90 million campaign to expand STEM opportunities to underrepresented youth, such as minorities and girls.”(more)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monolingual Myopia

The Huffington Post – Clayton Lewis

“Debates are sizzling about the efficacy of American education in preparing students for the global economy. Graduates face escalating competition as millions of recent job entrants hit the market from expanding middle-class economies such as India, China and Brazil. Of all the competencies that have the potential to set young Americans apart as they seek jobs, languages are most often overlooked. Recent statistics at both the high school and university levels reveal startling and preoccupying inconsistencies between a globalizing career environment requiring proficiency in more than one language and American students’ curricular choices. One measure of declining interest in language is the Advanced Placement Program, where in 2014, students took a total of 197,208 examinations in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. While that number may seem large, it is less than 5 percent of the almost 4.2 million AP examinations taken that year. Remarkably, far more students — 259,789 — took the AP psychology exam. The most common AP language is Spanish, as one would expect. However, the increase in the number of examinations in Spanish Language from 2013 to 2014 was flat. Enrollment in Chinese Language grew dramatically when it was first introduced as an AP course in 2007. Annual increases as high as 32 percent have fallen to only 6 percent in 2014, when a total of 10,728 students took the AP Chinese exam.”(more)

Nicky Morgan: girls who study maths and science go on to earn a third more in wages

The Telegraph – Rosa Prince

” Girls who take maths and science at A-level will go on earn a third more in wages than those who stick to the arts and humanities, new research has found. Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, said the data produced by the consultancy London Economics showed the importance of encouraging female pupils to take STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – as a means of closing the gender pay gap. Girls who take just one STEM A-level will see their wages rise by as much as £4,500 a year on average, while those who sit two maths or science subjects are predicted to experience a pay boost of 33.1 per cent. In contrast, boys who take two STEM A-levels are expected to earn less than eight per cent more on average than those who focus on other subjects.”(more)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Education = Cultural Capital + Skills

Forbes – James Marshall Crotty

“Nearly four years and 215 posts since I launched this column, I’ve concluded that everything I have written on education – from tutoring to for-profits to MOOCs to collegiate rankings to academic fraud to alternate certification to even corporal punishment in schools – boils down to two themes: cultural capital and skills. The former, which will be the subject of my next book, deals with that accumulation of intuited knowings and behaviors that mark an educated person. These are not skills or attributes that one necessarily picks up in the classroom. Rather, they are largely learned by osmosis in one’s home, community and among one’s peers. As a previous posts of mine entitled “Education Is The Answer To Income Inequality: Part Two” noted, cultural capital can be broken down into – though is not limited to – several components: A. The size and range of vocabulary in one’s environment; B. The emphasis placed on learning by family and peers; C. The quantity and depth of rigorous reading material (including learned journals of opinion, news magazines, non-tabloid newspapers, classic works of fiction and nonfiction) to which one is exposed; D. The depth and sophistication of conversations in the home, around the dinner table, in after-school programs, and amongst one’s peers.”(more)

Carnegie Science Center leaders promote STEM education at congressional hearing

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Dan Majors

“Convinced that they’re onto something with their new approach to science and math education, directors of the Carnegie Science Center went to Washington on Wednesday to spread the word at a congressional briefing. About 100 education leaders gathered for the session to learn how teachers can get kids more enthusiastic in learning science, technology, engineering and math — commonly called STEM. Business leaders are concerned about how much of tomorrow’s work force will have the skills for tomorrow’s jobs.”(more)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cornell arts and sciences dean: Colleges must foster good citizenship

The Washington Post – Gretchen Ritter

“What is the purpose of college? Certainly it prepares students for careers and offers opportunities for learning and personal advancement that they may not get otherwise. But what other purpose does college serve? Like many leaders in higher education, I believe that we also have a responsibility to foster good citizenship, and I think that’s one of the most important contributions college can make to society. I want our graduates to be thoughtful, informed participants in debates over key public issues…How does college foster these attributes of good citizenship? There are three things that matter deeply here: knowledge, public orientation, and human understanding…a liberal arts education should equip graduates with an orientation to knowledge and learning that prompts them to venture into new knowledge areas with a critical acumen that will allow them to keep abreast of issues in a changing world.”(more)