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Bennett College hopes a $400,000 federal grant will help its students do better in science and math courses. The private women’s college said Thursday that the National Science Foundation award will help it develop a tutoring and mentoring program that could help its students stay in school — and stay on track to graduate. Retaining and graduating students in science and math disciplines is an issue not just at Bennett but across the county.
Columnist Chuck Raasch writes: Work colleges, including one in the St. Louis region and another in south central Missouri, could get more attention from Congress in the coming months. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, was at Blackburn College in Carlinville this week touting a bill he has introduced with Rep. Jason Smith, R-Cape Girardeau, that would make permanent a tax-exempt status to income earned by students at Work Colleges. At these institutions - seven of which exist in a consortium from Maine to Missouri - students work 10-15 hours a week to offset tuition. The goal is a debt-free education.
Seton Hall University Law Professor Michael Simkovic and Rutgers University Business School Professor Frank McInty write: Applications to law school have plummeted almost 40 percent since 2010 and enrollments have dropped by almost 30 percent. Law school applications have historically cycled up and down (enrollments have always been less volatile than applications), but the most recent drop in applications is unusually large and difficult to explain.
Brick-and-mortar colleges offering traditional liberal arts programs will continue to be the best bet for students seeking real-life job-oriented experience that online schools cannot duplicate, Curry College President Kenneth K. Quigley Jr. predicts.
An agreement signed Thursday by leaders of community colleges and private universities will make it easier for a student to transfer between the two. The agreement moves community college students toward a four-year degree completion by more clearly defining transfer pathways and how earned credit hours fit into the requirements of signatory institutions.
Forbes Contributor Robert Farrington writes: Almost every student goes to college with a simple goal – earn more money after graduation. And studies show that college graduates who are working full time earn about $17,500 more annually than their peers who have only a high school diploma, according to the Pew Research Center. But it’s definitely not an even trade off. There are some schools and college majors where you earn much more after graduation than others. There are also schools and majors where you get a very low return.
Politicians and pundits love to talk about the character-building experience of working your way through college. But how realistic is that ideal? As one way of answering that question, here’s a thought experiment: Let’s say you’re planning to attend your state’s best-known public university (at the in-state rate, naturally) and you’re hoping a minimum-wage job will cover the cost. How long would you have to work at that job to recoup a year’s worth of tuition and fees? We’ve created a tool to show you.
When Jon Erickson joined the ACT, in 1984, the college-admissions process was not yet a front-page fixation. These days, he can’t go to a dinner party without anxious parents asking him to explain the secret recipe for conquering the ACT and getting into a big-name college. In an interview this week, Mr. Erickson, president of the Iowa-based nonprofit organization, reflected on the admissions field and the role that standardized tests play within it. Mr. Erickson, 61, plans to retire on September 1.
USA Today Editorial Board writes: The United States is struggling to train its next generation of achievers. Despite rapidly rising sums that the federal government has devoted to loans and grants, American college students and recent graduates are wallowing in debt. At last count, they owed $1.2 trillion. Not surprisingly, the leading Democratic presidential candidates have come up with plans they say will make colleges more affordable and provide debt relief for millennials. Though well-intentioned, their plans threaten to drive up costs rather than rein them in. They would all throw more federal money at colleges while offering little but hope that these institutions would hold expenses down. [Tell States to Do Their Share: Opposing View]
Imagine this scenario: a presidential search is underway at a college. A candidate visits campus and is perceived by a board member as being overly ambitious and narcissistic. The trustee is ready to cut the candidate from the short list, but a subsequent test reveals that while the candidate is ambitious, that ambition is reserved not necessarily for self but channeled into whatever organization he or she is affiliated with. The candidate is hired. The test in question? A personality assessment.
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