The Starbucks Tuitional Deal Is Not As The Media Advertised It

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ASU "said that, for each third- or fourth-year student, it would provide College Achievement Plan scholarships of $2,420 per semester, based on a student enrolled for 12 credits. Prices vary for ASU Online’s degree programs, but that CAP scholarship would cover about 40 percent of the cost of several of the lower-priced programs. Depending on their financial need, students could also be eligible for need-based university grants of up to $1,000 per semester, plus Pell Grants and other government student aid."  More @ The Chronicle of Higher Education   

 It's still not a bad deal and more corporations should help their employes is this sort of way.


Who Gets To Graduate?

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Here's a hint:

"When you look at the national statistics on college graduation rates, there are two big trends that stand out right away. The first is that there are a whole lot of students who make it to college — who show up on campus and enroll in classes — but never get their degrees . . . The second trend is that whether a student graduates or not seems to depend today almost entirely on just one factor — how much money his or her parents make."  More @NYTimes

The wonks in training at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government will soon be exposed to the 99%: Checking Your Privilege 101

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"The wonks in training at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government will soon be subjected to a new and touchy-feely line of inquiry: Checking Your Privilege 101. In response to growing demand from student activists, administrators committed Friday to adding a session in power and privilege to its orientation program for incoming first-year students."

GASP!!!!  A whole session.  One session.  Good luck with that Harvard.
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To Remember A Lecture Better, Take Notes By Hand

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A new study—conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer—finds that people remember lectures better when they’ve taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones. 

What's more, knowing how and why typed notes can be bad doesn't seem to improve their quality. Even if you warn laptop-notetakers ahead of time, it doesn't make a difference. For some tasks, it seems, handwriting’s just better.

More @ The Atlantic

How many times must I see this study replicated? 

More college students battle hunger as education and living costs rise

A problem known as “food insecurity” — a lack of nutritional food — is not typically associated with U.S. college students. But it is increasingly on the radar of administrators, who report seeing more hungry students, especially at schools that enroll a high percentage of youths who are from low-income families or are the first generation to attend college.

Led by Stanford’s 5%, Top Colleges’ Acceptance Rates Hit New Lows

Enrollment at American colleges is sliding, but competition for spots at top universities is more cutthroat and anxiety-inducing than ever. In the just-completed admissions season, Stanford University accepted only 5 percent of applicants, an all-time low among the most prestigious schools, with the odds nearly as bad as those at its elite rivals. More@NYTimes

Can Free College Save American Cities?

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The idea was one part radical social engineering: How better to change the life trajectory of the city’s struggling urban poor than to send them to college? As economists have long known, the biggest single predictor of financial success in modern America is a college degree: those with bachelor’s degrees earn an average of $15,000 more each year than those who merely graduate high school; those with associate’s degrees make an average of $7,000 more each year. Increasingly, those with no higher education are the ones left behind. But the Kalamazoo promise wasn’t just a big idea about the new economics of education; the hope wasn’t just to send more kids to college – but to turn around an entire town. More@Politico

How Businesses Use Your SATs

The news about the SAT has been confusing lately. On one hand, so many colleges and universities have opted not to require it that the College Board, which administers the SAT, has announced a top-to-bottom revamp because the test is out of step with today’s academic expectations. On the other hand, many employers are still asking job applicants for their test scores, even if they are years out of date.   More @ NYTimes