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Looking Beyond the Classroom to Award/Earn College Credits

Tracy Lorenz | Posted 10.24.2014 | College
Tracy Lorenz

With the median age of a college student closer to 27 than 19, we need to provide options that enable students to capitalize and benefit from their experience. The advent of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a definite step in the right direction.

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 10.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

Education Is Worth the Investment

William J. Lowe | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
William J. Lowe

There is no greater financial investment in one's future than a college degree. While this viewpoint has its critics, the reality is the value of a degree has never been greater.

10 Top Paying Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

Bob Lotich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Bob Lotich

With the cost of a four year college education rapidly moving beyond the range of affordability for many families, this is an excellent time to take a close look as some well-paying occupations that don't require a degree. Fortunately, there are plenty of them.

Field of Study May Be Key to Achieving Gender Income Equality

Tracy Lorenz | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
Tracy Lorenz

While more women than men are attending college and earning degrees, pay equity between the genders remains elusive. However, according to new research, the gap in pay equity decreases when looking at the types of degrees individuals hold versus the institutions they attend.

Why I Let My Daughter Get A 'Useless' College Degree

Time | Randye Hoder | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

A new study from the Federal Reserve offers more evidence that my humanities-loving child will graduate with lots of debt and not so many job offers. ...

Majors Are More Important Than Where You Went To College: Study

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 09.13.2013 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

5 Reasons Female Ivy Leaguers Don't Have A 'Duty To Work'

Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.23.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

I think what any individual chooses to do with her degree is her own business. I personally went to college to learn, shocking as that might sound, and have no idea where life might take me next.

Are Career-oriented Majors a Waste of a 4-Year Higher Education?

Jeff Selingo | Posted 03.26.2013 | College
Jeff Selingo

We know the future economy needs more Americans with a high-quality education after high school. But that training comes in many forms. Several four-year colleges operate co-op programs coupled with a liberal education, for example, preparing their graduates to launch their careers.

Is A College Degree Essential For Success?, From Sheryl Sandberg (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

Although Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg attended Harvard University, she doesn't think that it really matters where you go to school. Sheryl ...

Why Colleges Are Tracking Down Students

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 03.17.2013 | College

ST. LOUIS -- Carmen Ricotta knows being a college graduate could mean higher pay and better job opportunities, and it's not like St. Louis Community C...

Young Men, Minorities Worse Off In Hunt For College Degrees: Study

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2013 | Black Voices

* 30 pct of women earn bachelor's degree vs. 22 pct of men * Whites twice as likely to graduate college by age of 25 * I...

Recession Wasn't So Bad For New Grads

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 01.09.2013 | College

-- It was a defining image of the Great Recession: floundering college grads stuck back home, living in mom and dad's basement. But while rooted in s...

College Degrees With High Placement Rates

Scott Willyerd | Posted 03.10.2013 | College
Scott Willyerd

As the costs of college rise, families are beginning to question the ROI of a college degree. But it's hard to argue with majors that offer students easy access to jobs post graduation.

U.S. College Degree Holders Sliding Among Global Competitors: Report

The Huffington Post | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

President Obama has made it a priority for the U.S. to regain its position as the leading producer of college graduates by the year 2020 — a goal th...

Closing the Skills Match Gap: Connecting College Students and Employers When it Matters Most

Michael Crosno | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education
Michael Crosno

Higher education is about more than getting a job. The investments that individual students -- and society overall -- make in higher education have important civic and academic benefits. But we can do a better job of making sure more students are achieving better career benefits as well.

Taking Stock

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.09.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The United States is moving in two directions. In one sense, it remains anti-intellectual in mindset and approach where the life of the mind plays second fiddle to the exploits of actors and athletes. At the same time, America has become a knowledge-based economy.

Career Prep Connundrum

Abby Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Abby Miller

Today's traditional liberal arts colleges and universities are facing a dilemma: stick with the "learning for the sake of learning" model, or integrate career preparation elements into their curricula.

It's About the Future

Jonathan Lash | Posted 12.24.2012 | College
Jonathan Lash

U.S. colleges and universities invest a lot of money. We need to think about the future we are investing in.

The Five Easiest College Majors

Uloop | Posted 12.23.2012 | College
Uloop

If you're undecided about your major, and, at this point, you just want to get your degree and get out, what could be less stressful than choosing one of the five easiest majors?

We're at a Tipping Point

Craig Powell | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Craig Powell

A generation of young people in, or heading towards, college are asking if it's worth it. These are Millennials, and they are trying to make sense of a post secondary education premise that is difficult to defend in the 21st century.

Higher Education Isn't a Political Issue

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

Granted, the different parties may have different approaches to increasing access to higher education and reducing the cost of a college degree. So if the issue isn't a political one, how do we categorize it?

The Best Weapon Is A Well-Trained Mind

Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

As a whole, the U.S. military is far better educated than the American population it defends. 82.8% of U.S. military officers in 2010 had at least a b...

PHOTOS: The Best-Paid Majors For Minority Students

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 10.05.2012 | Black Voices

For college freshmen and sophomores, August means plenty of shopping for dorm room decor and overpriced textbooks. Juniors, however, have a much more ...

New Democratic Senate Bill: No Aid For 'Worthless' Degrees

| Joanne Jacobs | Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. Sen. Tom Harkin’s Protecting Students from Worthless ...