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An Elite Grad-School Degree Goes Online

Education Next – Joshua Goodman, Julia Melkers and Amanda Pallais

“Online coursework has been heralded as potentially transformative for higher education, including by lowering the cost of delivery and increasing access for disadvantaged students. Rather than physically attending a class with peers and an instructor at a set time and location, online students can satisfy class requirements at home and on their own schedules, by logging on to a website, engaging in chat sessions, and completing assignments digitally.” (more)

The highest-paying jobs that don’t require a graduate degree

The Mercury News – Nick Selbe

“For some people, four years of college just aren’t enough. There are many reasons a graduate degree can be helpful – including higher average salaries – and those willing to put in the extra time are often rewarded in the long run. “I think students today are increasingly aware that the more education you receive, the higher your pay will be down the road,” said Emilia Hodge, graduate-education outreach director for the University of Florida’s graduate school, according to the Treasure Coast Palm.”(more)

Parent-Preschooler Interactions Affected by Media Use, Study Says

Education News – Grace Smith

“A new study from the University of Michigan has found that even preschool-aged children are caught up in the electronic device rage. Parents and kids three to five- years-old are not communicating with one another because the young ones are using video games, mobile devices, and television so often. The difference in this study is that instead of relying on self-reporting by parents who were tracking their children’s media time, the scientists tried something different. The researchers used audio equipment to follow preschoolers as they interacted with their parents in 2010 and 2011…The surprising results showed that kids with mothers who had graduate degrees had much less exposure to media than young ones with moms who had only high school diplomas or who had one year of university. Nicholas Waters, the lead author of the study, said that moms who were highly educated were more likely to discuss media use with their kids. The research also found that these mothers had their children watch more education programming on television.”(more)