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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)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Students Are Paying More for State Schools

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), students are now paying more of the costs associated with attending public universities in their home states than state governments are, making college even less affordable…The rise in tuition payments come at the same time that more students are attending state schools. Between the 2002-2003 school year and 2011-2012, the number of students enrolled in state schools rose 20%. At the same time, state funding for each student dropped 24%…According to the GAO, the collapse of the financial markets in 2008 played a large role in the decrease of state contributions to higher education…In order to make up the money they were no longer receiving, state schools increased tuition costs. Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, tuition prices rose 28% over the rate of inflation. However, federal grant aid and other free money has not kept up with the increasing costs associated with attending college…”(more)

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)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

What to Watch For In 2015, Higher Education Edition

Forbes – Andrew Kelly

“As a busy year in higher education policy draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2015. What should higher ed leaders and wonks be paying attention to in the new year? Here are three things I’ll be watching:.”(more)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year’s Tips for College Savings

Forbes – Reyna Gobel

“New Year’s Eve is a time for making resolutions, hopefully ones you plan on keeping. If you made a resolution to put aside money for your children’s college educations, these five tips will help you stay on track.”(more)

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Resolution for 2015: Let’s Turn Higher Education Into an Engine of Upward Mobility

Forbes – Andrew Kelly

“Over the course of 2014, I spent a lot of time mulling over the seeming contradiction between increasing college-going rates among low-income Americans and stagnant social mobility (culminating in a paper for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute released this month). The disconnect is as follows:.”(more)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Interest in Asian Studies at FIU Explodes

FIU Magazine – Deborah O’Neil

“Growing up in Miami far from any cultural connection to Asia, Jennifer Garcia ’09, MA ’11, became enchanted with the hit Japanese anime TV series Sailor Moon. At the time, she didn’t really know anything about this special genre of animation, nor was she familiar with Japan’s vibrant pop culture. Instead she was drawn to the series’ heroine, Usagi Tsukino, and its portrayal of magical girls who use their powers to thwart evil…That extracurricular interest grew and by the time Garcia was ready for college she knew she wanted to study Asia, and specifically Japan. She found all she wanted and much more at FIU [Florida International University], eventually earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Asian Studies…Many are drawn to FIU’s popular Asian Studies degree programs for the same reasons. Students often fall into two camps, says director Steve Heine: they want to study Japan for its culture or they want to study China for its economy. They can do both in FIU’s Asian Studies Program…The program continues to expand based on student demand. “In terms of world regions in the Pacific Century, there’s no question China and Japan both economically and culturally are the fastest growing leaders,” Heine said.”(more)

Friday, December 19, 2014

For the Kids: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Huffington Post – Rich Linton

“As the holidays approach, so do requests from family and friends about what to give the kids this year. Meanwhile, visions of unused toys and clothes dance in parents’ heads. Instead of asking for the hottest toy this year, consider a gift that will actually keep on giving: an investment in your child’s future. Not only does a financial gift provide an opportunity to talk to kids about responsibility, but it can also set your child on the path for sound savings habits and help protect your own hard-earned savings.”(more)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Girl Scouts get hands-on with science, technology at Cal State San Bernardino

The Sun – Beau Yarbrough

“Since 1979, the majority of college students have been women, according to the U.S. Department of Education. As of 2012, they make up 56.8 percent of all college students. But it’s not evenly distributed, with relatively few female students studying science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) majors: In 2007, women only earned 17 percent of the degrees in engineering, compared to 79 percent of the degrees in education, according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. At Cal State San Bernardino, things are a bit better — 35 percent of the students in STEM majors are women — but university officials and the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio hope to further improve those figures.”(more)