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Thursday, April 23, 2015

To Get More Students Through College, Give Them Fewer Choices

NPR Ed – Anya Kamenetz

“How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy? In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy. This experiment contributed to the literature of what’s known as “the paradox of choice.” Too many choices can lead to feelings of frustration, dissatisfaction and paralysis, which is especially bad in cases where not making a choice is the worst one of all. College is no different from jam, according to a surprising new book, redesigning America’s Community Colleges. The authors, three Columbia University education researchers, argue that the best way to help the largest number of students get through college is to give them fewer pathways than they have now.”(more)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jobs For Recent College Grads Likely To Grow

The Huffington Post – Paul Wiseman

“The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014…That’s good news for college seniors and graduate students preparing to accept diplomas this spring, and a sign that new graduates will fare better than they did in 2014…”This is a real breakout year,” said Philip Gardner, director of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute. In a survey of employers last fall, the employment center found that hiring of graduates with four-year degrees will rise 16 percent this year. “It’s led by the ones you would expect – engineering and business,” Gardner said. “But there seems to be a lot of room for everybody… Even arts and humanities are making a comeback.””(more)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Urgency of Increasing Higher Education Attainment in America

The Huffington Post – Jamie Merisotis

“As postsecondary skills have become essential to success for millions of Americans, few would argue that our nation has all of the talent it needs to prosper. New data reveal that our country risks falling behind in a global race — the competition for innovation and, above all else, talent — unless actions are taken now to significantly increase postsecondary attainment. Projections by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce show that more than 65 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by the end of this decade. And yet, according to Lumina Foundation’s just-released annual Stronger Nation report on postsecondary attainment rates across America, only 40 percent of working-age adults (ages 25-64) now hold at least a two-year degree…we must do significantly better if we intend to grow our economy, meet the labor needs of our employers, strengthen our democracy and provide opportunity to individuals across the country…Here are the areas where action is most needed:”(more)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Global Challenges Drive Need for International Awareness

The Huffington Post – Dr. Scott D. Miller

“The shrinking nature of the globe through the interdependence of national economies, the advance of terrorism, and common threats facing the world’s environmental systems, among many other factors, makes a compelling case for increasing international studies at our colleges and universities…If we expect our budding “citizens of the world” to take their responsible place in an interconnected planet, we also need to make them literate in public policy, international diplomacy and finance, global security, and environmentalism…We also have an obligation to introduce our students to the wonders of the world, other cultures, different ways of thinking and behaving…we should rethink how and what we teach about geography, world history, languages, and the origins of cultures. Focusing on topics of paramount importance to our nation’s prosperity and security is a good place to begin.”(more)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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)

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)

UK Universities Gain Places on Top 100 List, US Slips

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“According to the recently-released 2015 Times Higher Education world reputation ratings, 12 of the world’s 100 most prestigious universities are located in the United Kingdom. The UK came in last year with 10 universities making the top 100. Harvard University came in yet again as the top school on the annual list of most prestigious universities in the world…The rankings this year continue to highlight a particular group of six institutions from the US and UK, labeling them as “super-brands”…In all, the US came in first with 26 universities out of the top 50 on the list and a total of 43 institutions on the complete list, although that number is down from 46 last year. Of the universities that made the most progress this year within the US, Columbia University came in 10th, up from 23 in 2011, the first year of the survey. New York University also made great strides, climbing to 20th place from outside the top 50 in 2011…The results come from the views of a global panel of leading academics.”(more)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reinventing Higher Education

The Huffington Post – Joshua Wyner

“Nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges. As a nation, we must both support these institutions and challenge them to improve their record of student success if community colleges are to fulfill their potential as drivers of economic growth and social mobility. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence was created to both recognize and challenge community colleges. A year-long process of research and analysis has enabled our expert selection committees to identify powerful examples of how the best community colleges are helping reinvent the delivery of higher education. Today we celebrate the 10 finalists for the 2015 prize…The 2015 winner, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, shows how completion and transfer outcomes can be transformed. When students first enroll in community colleges, the degree they most aspire to is one the community college typically cannot deliver: a bachelor’s degree…The 2015 Aspen Prize winner Santa Fe College, in Florida, shows how a community college can help students transfer to a four-year school and receive a bachelor’s degree at a rate more than double the national average. Santa Fe has created clear, rigorous pathways to degrees at nearby University of Florida (UF). In addition to receiving strong advising and experiencing a highly visible UF presence on the Santa Fe campus, students are aided during class registration by unique technology that enables them to align their course choices with transfer requirements (and avoid missteps along the way).”(more)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Is the purpose of college to get an education or a job?

SmartBlog on Education – Katharine Haber

“Is the purpose of college to get an education or a job? Debate over this question is not new, but a new answer is needed, said Jeffrey Selingo, professor of practice at Arizona State University, during his presentation, “Redesigning the Overworked Bachelor’s Degree.” Selingo, a former editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, envisions a redesigned bachelor’s degree that addresses the need to provide students with a broad education, yet also provides them with the practical skills they need to land their first job in the 21st century. Under a new model, programs would provide students with skills in areas such as problem solving, decision making, critical thinking and analytical reasoning — skills some employers say are lacking in today’s college graduates…While some schools may be forced to make such changes to survive, Selingo explained that a number of higher-education institutions already are piloting innovative alternatives to the bachelor’s degree that are designed to better meet the needs of today’s economy.”(more)