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Chronicle of Higher Education
December 9, 2013
For this winter’s Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities' symposium, starting on Monday in Washington, the association holds its inaugural “State of the Workforce Symposium,” focused on employment trends, the “skills gap,” and how colleges (and not just for-profit ones) can prepare the work force. Speakers include economists from George Washington University and the RAND Corporation, a former president of the Service Employees International Union, advocates for veterans, chief executive officers from employers like Siemens, and representatives of nonprofit education associations. The theme is likely to return for years to come.
Inside Higher Ed
December 9, 2013
Some private colleges that managed to weather the recession are finding new troubles. So they are announcing layoffs, cutting programs and more. Almost all of these small to mid-sized privates are tuition-dependent and lack large endowments. National declines in the number of traditional college-age population mean students just aren't showing up to privates, which are facing competition from public colleges that are more stable now than a few years ago and the reality that privates cannot afford to indefinitely lure students by cutting prices with generous financial aid packages.
December 8, 2013
The two youngest members of the U.S. Senate are co-sponsoring legislation aimed at lowering college costs by withholding federal funds from schools that fail to meet new national affordability and quality standards — a proposal likely to draw strong opposition from higher education institutions.
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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