August 2011

One Year Out: I wasn’t prepared for college

College is great, say recent high school graduates, but they weren’t prepared for college-level math, science and writing. College Board’s One Year Out (pdf) survey asked members of the class of 2010 how their high school experience prepared them for work and college. In addition to wishing they’d taken harder classes in high school, 47 […]

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How to earn a debt-free degree

It’s possible to earn “a fine bachelor’s degree at a reasonable cost and without going into debt,” write Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus in The Atlantic. But students and their parents will have to stop thinking that name-brand prestige assures academic quality. The reverse is often true: professors who are rewarded for research are less […]

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Students choose lower-cost colleges

Families spent 9 percent less on college last year, according to a new Sallie Mae study. Spending had been going up each year, despite the recession, but more parents say they’re asking their children to choose lower-cost colleges, live at home or attend part-time. Twenty-two percent of students from high-income families started at community colleges, […]

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Basic skills, job training are team effort

The Dallas Urban League and El Centro College (ECC) are partnering on a program that combines basic skills, English fluency and job training, reports Community College Times.  Using a state Adult Basic Education Innovation Grant, ECC will offer classes to 150 students with very low reading, writing and math skills. During the first year, students […]

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18-year-old sophomore is high-tech CEO

At 18, Daniel Brusilovsky is CEO of Teens in Tech Labs, which runs a website for teen entrepreneurs to connect, an annual conference and a six-week summer incubator that matches young entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley funders. He’s also starting his sophomore year at College of San Mateo, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Brusilovsky was […]

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High-paying jobs for two-year grads

Registered nurse leads Monster’s list of high-paying jobs with an associate’s degree. Also on the list:  dental hygienist (hygienist salaries), respiratory therapist (respiratory therapist salaries), programmer  (programmer salaries), telecom installer (telecom installer salaries), industrial engineering technician (salaries for engineering techs), police officer (police officer salaries), HVAC mechanic (HVAC mechanic salaries) and paralegal (paralegal salaries). Heating/air-conditioning […]

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Louisiana: CC grads earn more, work more

Louisiana’s associate-degree graduates are more likely to find jobs — at higher pay — than graduates with four-year degrees, according to a state report. Eighteen months after graduation, 72.5 percent of associate-degree graduates were employed in Louisiana, compared to 59.5 percent of graduates with bachelor’s degrees, 60.5 percent with master’s degrees, 38.3 percent with doctorates […]

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Online to a college degree

Online degrees could transform high-cost higher education, writes the New York Times. As Wikipedia upended the encyclopedia industry and iTunes changed the music business, these businesses have the potential to change higher education. Four years on a college campus may be the ideal, but many people don’t have the time or money — or the […]

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Hispanic college enrollment surges

Hispanic college enrollment surged by 24 percent from 2009 to 2010 according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of Census data. In 2010, 32 percent of Hispanics 18 to 24 years old were enrolled in college, compared to only 13 percent in 1972 and 27 percent in 2009. The Hispanic enrollment increase is a result […]

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Pell use soars at community colleges

Community college students nearly doubled their Pell Grant use in the last decade. In 2000, 35 percent of community college students received Pell Grants. That rose to 65.9 percent by 2009. Pell Grant use also rose at four-year institutions, but not as sharply.

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