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College doesn’t pay for everyone

 This chart explains why college isn’t for everyone, writes Chris Matthews on Forbes. “The bottom quarter of earners with a college degree don’t make more money than the average high school graduate.” Over the past 40 years, the cost of a degree has increased 12-fold, while graduates’ inflation-adjusted earnings have stayed the same. It’s possible those […]

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College is the new high school

A college degree is becoming the new high school diploma, the minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job, writes Catherine Rampell in the New York Times. It takes a BA to get a job as a file clerk. “Upcredentialing,” also known as “degree inflation,” is affecting a wide range of jobs in […]

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Tech training is gateway to middle class

College should not be the only gateway to the middle class, writes Robert Reich, who was Bill Clinton’s secretary of Labor, in Salon.  Obsessed with bachelor’s degrees, “we’ve allowed vocational and technical education to be downgraded and denigrated,” he writes. But our economy needs skilled technicians. As digital equipment replaces the jobs of routine workers […]

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For-profit students borrow more, but don’t earn more

For-profit college students borrow more than community college students, but don’t earn more, concludes a Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE) working paper. Six years after enrollment, for-profit students are more likely than community college students to have earned a certificate or associate degree. They have lower employment rates and earnings compared […]

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Mastery + modules = job training revolution

Online competency-based education is the most “disruptive” innovation in higher education, write Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen in Hire Education. Online competency-based providers create cost-effective, adaptable pathways to the workforce by breaking learning into competencies rather than courses, they write. The fusion of modularization with mastery-based learning is the key to understanding how […]

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Texas could expand 4-year degree options

More Texas community colleges could be allowed to offer four-year degrees starting in 2015, reports the Texas Tribune. South Texas College, Midland College and Brazosport College have been granting bachelor’s degrees since 2003, but other colleges have been denied. Opening the door for new bachelor’s degrees in nursing and applied sciences at community colleges is listed as a priority recommendation for the […]

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They earned a degree and then …

College students don’t work very hard or learn very much, concluded Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in their 2011 book, Academically Adrift. How did those students do when they graduated and hit very tough job market? Not well at all, they write in Aspiring Adults Adrift. Arum and Roksa followed 1,000 graduates for two years. “Fifty-three […]

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FabLab creates products, skilled workers

Students, entrepreneurs and small businessmen have used the fabrication lab at Mott Community College to create “everything from teething rings to automotive tools,” reports Michigan Live. A new 3D printer at the Flint, Michigan college will make it possible to “create products that are heat resistant, chemical resistant, waterproof and clear with three different choices […]

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Employers, colleges try German-style job training

Germany’s job training model — a mix of vocational classwork and on-the-job apprenticeships — is catching on in the U.S., reports Jon Marcus for the Hechinger Report. Students at Indiana’s Ivy Tech community colleges will be able to spend three days a week in class and two working — for pay — at companies such […]

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Skills are better than degrees, say workers

When it comes to career advancement, skills training is more important than a college degree, say workers who responded to Glassdoor’s Q2 2014 Employment Confidence Survey. “While education is still valued as one piece of the puzzle for a successful career, we’re seeing a shift in the workplace,” said Rusty Rueff, a Glassdoor career and workplace […]

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