Higher Education

‘Reverse transfer’ could add 2 million degrees

As many as two million students could earn associate degrees through “reverse transfer,” with help from the National Student Clearinghouse. Using a Lumina grant, the Clearinghouse will design an automated system to identify students who’ve earned enough credits for a two-year degree.  Seventy-eight percent of students who transfer from community college to a four-year institution leave […]

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California: Student aid lags costs

Grants and scholarships haven’t kept pace with rising living costs  for low-income students at California community colleges and the second-tier California State University system, according to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Students who receive grants and scholarships are more likely to complete a degree, the report finds. At the community colleges and CSU […]

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Tennessee: Certificate holders out-earn 4-year grads

Tennessee workers with associate degrees and long- term certificates often start at higher wages than four-year graduates, according to a new College Measures study. It takes five years for graduates with bachelor’s degrees to catch up. “You don’t need to go to a flagship university to get a good job. There are many successful paths […]

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Second time isn’t the charm

Nearly all college completion data looks at first-time students. Completion rates are low for non-first-time students, reports Inside Track. Only 33.7 percent of returning students completed their degree, compared with 54.1 percent of first-time students. Only 27 percent of non-first-time community college students completed a certificate or degree in eight years, compared to 36 percent […]

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Why graduation rates are misleading

Federal college graduation rates don’t distinguish between certificates and associate degrees, presenting a misleading picture of community colleges and for-profit institutions, writes Ben Miller on EdCentral. According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), three-year graduation rates are much higher at for-profit colleges than at community colleges: 63 percent compared to 21 percent. However, […]

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Major decisions: What graduates earn

The average college graduate with a bachelor’s degree will earn $1.19 million over a lifetime, compared to $855,000 for an associate degree holder and $580,000 for a worker with only a high school degree, estimates The Hamilton Project.  But the choice of a college major makes a huge difference in earnings. Overall, more-educated people earn […]

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In MIT’s MOOC, everyone learned

MOOCs — massive open online courses — work only for the well-educated, many believe. But a new study finds that MOOC participants learned as much or more than traditional students in a MIT physics class. There was no evidence that less-capable students learned less, wrote researchers in a paper published in the International Review of Research […]

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More graduates are working less

Recent college graduates are having trouble finding jobs in this economy, reports Reason‘s Hit& Run.

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Career-minded students seek competency degrees

Career-minded adults are turning to “competency-based” degrees, reports U.S. News.  Online programs that award credits for mastery of skills and knowledge can provide a faster, cheaper route to a degree. President Barack Obama is a fan of the idea. “If you’re learning the material faster, you can finish faster,” he said in a speech last […]

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Professors on food stamps

Some adjunct professors make less than minimum wage, reports Matt Saccaro in Salon. Instructors with PhDs are earning less than fast-food workers, said Miranda Merklein, an adjunct at a Santa Fe community college. “If it’s a three credit course, you’re paid for your time in the classroom only,” said Merklein. “So everything else you do […]

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