It’s no secret that universities and colleges are major factors in the economic development of cities and metro areas. Stanford is often credited as the innovative spur to the Silicon Valley, while MIT is seen as a catalyst for startups and high-technology in and around Greater Boston. My own research considers universities to be creative hubs for America’s leading knowledge regions. At the same time, I have also argued that it is a mistake to pose colleges and medical centers—so-called “eds and meds”—as cure-alls for distressed local economies. Still, there is no doubt that their sheer size and scale create substantial effects on local economies.
Efforts to improve conditions and outcomes for federal student loan borrowers typically revolve around changing the terms and conditions under which they borrow and repay their loans (e.g., lowering interest rates and introducing more flexible payment plans). However, a growing body of evidence suggests that much of the difficulty borrowers experience may be due more to their inadequate knowledge of the student loan system than to the system itself. Several recent legislative proposals and administrative initiatives include provisions designed to expand borrower education so that students borrow responsibly, know their repayment options, and successfully pay off their student debt.
They say it doesn’t matter what you major in during college. It might matter, however, if you want your personality to match your chosen field—lest you end up the lone nod-greeter in a marketing class full of exploding fistbumps.
Community colleges continue to face severe shortages, so much so that some students must wait six years to enroll in nursing.
A new survey reveals that college admissions officers’ use of resources like Facebook and Google to gather more information on applicants has reached an all-time high.
Areport this month from the World Economic Forum says 5.1 million jobs could be lost over the next five years because of automation. In 2013 a study from the University of Oxford found that about 47 percent of jobs in the United States are at risk from automation. Those statistics lie at the heart of a popular narrative of doom: the robot revolution in the workplace.
Michigan’s community colleges do a good job helping students transfer to four-year colleges, according to a new report. But once at the four year schools, the transfer students often struggle to earn a bachelor’s degree in a timely manner.
Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are fighting to be best in class on an issue that resonates loudly with young Americans – runaway student debt.
As charitable donations to higher education soar to a new record high, the richest institutions continue to distance themselves from the rest.
Open digital badges are changing how individuals’ credentials are recognized as publicly viewable artifacts that not only contain claims to learning, but also provide evidence of that learning.