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Huffington Post - Presidential Opinion
December 5, 2013
Karen Gross, president, Southern Vermont College writes: In the current academic administrative landscape, much of the conversation is about the under-matching of first-generation students who commonly do not progress to four-year colleges, let alone elite colleges. This issue has gained prominence through the recent attention the First Lady is paying to higher education issues. Elite institutions could, in many instances, serve these students ably but the students do not consider applying to and enrolling at these institutions, in part due to information asymmetries.
Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
December 5, 2013
The disconnect between our conception of a college education as a process and our tendency to track learning as a finite set of productions (outcomes) is particularly apparent in the way that we assess our students’ development as lifelong learners. Typically, we measure this construct with a pre-test and a post-test that tracks learning gains between the years of 18 and 22 -- hardly a lifetime (the fact that a few institutions gather data from alumni 5 and 10 years after graduation doesn’t invalidate the larger point).
Chronicle of Higher Education
December 5, 2013
Seventy-one percent of students who graduated from four-year colleges in 2012 had student loans, an average of $29,400, according to a report released on Wednesday offering the most accurate assessment of borrowing nationally in years.
Inside Higher Ed
November 15, 2013
During a roundtable discussion that also explored privacy issues in health care and K-12 education, privacy experts and IT officials delivered a call to action on Thursday for higher education institutions and their private sector partners to lead on issues of privacy standards. Once the topic turned to higher education, however, panelists were quick to express their frustrations with the aging Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the concerns posed by technologies such as cloud storage solutions.
Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Times Leader - Presidential Opinion
November 12, 2013
Thomas J. Botzman, President, Misericordia University writes: As the nation’s economy continues to struggle an ongoing debate rages about the value of a college education. Is it worth it? What kind of job will I get after graduation? How will I pay for my degree? They are all valid questions. While a college education is not for everyone, it still remains the surest path to earning a good living in today’s challenging economy.
November 14, 2013
A new survey from CareerBuilder suggests that plenty of Americans never work in the field that they prepared for in college. Among the 2,134 workers surveyed, 47 percent of college graduates did not find a first job that was related to their college major. What's more, 32 percent of college grads said that they had never worked in a field related to their majors.
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