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Can Students Improve Financial Management with Help from Peers?

Hechinger Report

April 26, 2016

Karina Concepción is one of the financial learning ambassadors at Valencia College in central Florida — students who help fellow students understand the labyrinthine details of paying for college and balancing other life expenses, which many are alarmingly ill-equipped to do. The idea is simple: “Students would rather listen to someone who’s in their own shoes or in a similar situation tell them about their finances,” said Elizabeth Coogan, senior advisor in the federal student aid office of the U.S. Department of Education.

Guess Which Group the Price of College Is Rising Fastest For

Boston Globe

April 26, 2016

The average “net price” of college — what families pay per academic year after factoring in financial aid and grants — has risen across the board in recent years. And ironically, the sharpest increase has been for students who can least afford it.

The Growing College-Degree Wealth Gap

The Atlantic

April 26, 2016

The nation’s colleges continue to graduate far fewer students who grew up in poor households. With the country’s economic potential possibly hanging in the balance, a new report urges the United States to dedicate more resources and know-how to closing the college-completion gap between wealthier students and those from low-income backgrounds.

Common Application to Change Gender-Identity Options

Chronicle of Higher Education

April 26, 2016

Starting this summer, students who use the Common Application will be asked to state their “sex assigned at birth.” There also will be an optional free-response text field in which applicants may describe their gender identity.

Guiding a First Generation to College

New York Times, Opinionator - Blog

April 26, 2016

Tina Rosenberg writes: Many of the causes for the unequal participation in higher education are very difficult to address. But we do know what to do about one big part of the divide: the information disconnect.

Service Academies: Where the U.S. Military Meets Liberal Arts

Washington Post

April 26, 2016

Students come to West Point, Annapolis and Colorado Springs in quest of an officer’s commission and a bachelor’s degree. Many cadets and midshipmen gravitate toward majors in science or engineering.  But the nation’s service academies also want these future officers to learn something about the human condition.

Big Donors Under Fire tor Landmark Gifts to Universities

Forbes - Opinion

April 25, 2016

Forbes Contributor William Foster writes: Conventional wisdom has long held that donations to universities virtually guarantee praise, publicity, and a physical symbol, like a new building, of the donor’s generosity. It is thought to be about as safe a bet as one could make—the philanthropic equivalent of a slam dunk.

Can AI Fix Education? We Asked Bill Gates

TheVerge.com

April 25, 2016

Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft’s co-founder and chairman has invested more than $240 million to date in a developing field known as "personalized learning." It’s a diffuse set of initiatives, led mostly by private companies, to develop software that creates individual lesson plans for students based on their performance, coaching them through trouble spots until they have mastered the subject at hand. Teachers still play a central role in the classroom, but they do less lecturing and more one-on-one coaching.

What Workplaces Gain When They Send Their Employees Back to School

The Atlantic

April 25, 2016

Far less common is an employer evaluating whether its creel of college perks actually benefits the company. A new analysis did just that, and the results suggest that bosses can get serious mileage out of their workers even after spending up to $12,000 annually per employee on their college educations. Though the report focuses on one company, its findings may tamp down suspicions that the recent spate of company offerings are in effect feel-good PR strategies with limited benefits.

A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching

Chronicle of Higher Education - Opinion Piece

April 25, 2016

Phil Hill writes: With all of the discussion around the role of online education for traditional colleges and universities, over the past month we have seen reminders that key concerns are about people and pedagogy, not technology.
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