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As embattled encampments go, the president’s office at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is not exactly Zuccotti Park in the fall of 2011. On May 8, students moved in to protest the school’s decision to charge undergraduate tuition for the first time in 150 years. Since that day, their perch atop Greenwich Village has become an Occupy Wall Street in miniature.
Many young couples are dealing with delicate conversations about debt, such as student loans, credit cards or other debt — or financial experts say they should be having those discussions this wedding season. It's best to come clean before saying "I Do" when it comes to what some call the anti-dowry — or when you bring debt to the marriage. About two-thirds of college grads in the Class of 2013 will graduate with some student loan debt. The average debt is about $28,000.
Calvin College is cutting 22 faculty and staff positions in an effort to save money and meet next year's budget goals. Calvin College President Michael K. Le Roy released a letter to faculty and staff, saying in part, "Most of these reductions were made weeks or months ago through faculty and staff attrition and non-renewal of faculty contracts."
Donna Randall, president, Albion College, writes: The current debate in Congress about hiking the student loan interest rates has once again raised questions for America's families about the affordability of higher education. Private higher education, in particular, is often singled out as being too costly - and presumably out of reach - for most. However, the facts say otherwise.
Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute looked at commencement speakers for 2012 and 2013 from the top 100 universities and top 50 liberal arts colleges. All told, he wrote, "there were only three identifiably conservative speakers at the top 50 colleges and 12 at the top 100 universities, compared with a total of 69 identifiably liberal speakers." Like conservatives before him, Hassett concludes that liberal arts colleges are "hostile territory." But the overall numbers may be due to another factor: It keeps getting harder to find conservatives worth listening to.
Colorado College has everything one would expect at a traditional liberal arts college: small classes, prestigious faculty, high-achieving peers, a beautiful campus and an innovative curriculum with majors in the humanities, arts and sciences. Unlike most colleges, but true to the liberal arts tradition, Colorado College doesn't offer a major in business. But it now offers one in education.
Hoping to help Ph.D.s secure jobs and challenge old notions about academe, Stanford University will encourage and pay for humanities graduate students to pursue careers as high school teachers, starting next year.
Central Oklahoma and DuPage both plan to create a new "lecturer" classification for instructors who work off the tenure track and teach at least 75 percent of a full-time professor's course load. Those faculty members will have access to the same health-insurance coverage as their full-time colleagues.
InsideTrack turned over a trove of information to two researchers at Stanford University, who conducted an independent analysis on the impact of the company’s coaching. According to the results of the study, which were released two years ago, retention rates improved by up to 15 percent among students who received coaching. And graduation rates went up 13 percent.
The educational attainment of young Americans has increased over the past two decades, and those who have completed more education earn more money, on average, and are more likely to be employed. That's just one corner of the picture painted by "The Condition of Education 2013," the annual treasure-trove of data from the U.S. Department of Education, released on Thursday.
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