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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)

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)

Friday, November 14, 2014

College vs. creativity: Context of education is changing

The Tennessean – John Huber

“Creativity, hiring managers’ buzzword du jour, is no longer a bonus but a necessity for today’s economy…But are universities, the bastions for learning and enlightenment, actually shrinking creative capacity in their students?…for the engaged student, college fosters intellectual discovery and development with diverse learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, that help teach you how to integrate knowledge and make connections. These are critical skills…” (more)

Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of College

Fox Business – Andrea Murad

“What you study and the skills you develop during college can make a difference when you start your job search after graduation…Experts provide five tips to help you plan your college career.” (more)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Finally, a glimmer of good news about college debt

The Christian Scientist Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“College prices are still rising – but not as fast as they used to be. And the amount students are borrowing has taken a dramatic dip. These headlines – from two annual reports released Thursday by the College Board – spell relief for countless American families.” (more)