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Business School Applications up 50%

Business school is becoming an unemployment safe haven, with applications up 50%, but what's waiting for MBA holders on the other end? David Schmittlein, dean of MIT Sloan School of Business, shares his view.

Some Firms Struggle to Hire Despite High Unemployment

Longer-term trends are at play. For one, the U.S. education system hasn't been producing enough people with the highly specialized skills that many companies, particularly in manufacturing, require to keep driving productivity gains. "There are a lot of people who are unemployed, but those aren't necessarily the people employers are looking for," says David Autor, [...]

Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

At Rhode Island College, a freshman copied and pasted from a Web site’s frequently asked questions page about homelessness — and did not think he needed to credit a source in his assignment because the page did not include author information... It is a disconnect that is growing in the Internet age as concepts of [...]

Once a Leader, U.S. Lags in College Degrees

Adding to a drumbeat of concern about the nation’s dismal college-completion rates, the College Board  warned Thursday that the growing gap between the United States and other countries threatens to undermine American economic competitiveness. The United States used to lead the world in the number of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees. Now it ranks [...]

College Board: 10 Recommendations for College Completion

The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center (CBAPC) recently released a series of resources for educators and policymakers, including a progress report on the United States' goal to become a world leader in educational attainment by 2025. The report tracks several indicators at the state and national levels aligned to recommendations by the Commission on [...]

How much do your kindergarten teacher and classmates affect the rest of your life?

Economists have generally thought that the answer was not much. Great teachers and early childhood programs can have a big short-term effect. But the impact tends to fade. By junior high and high school, children who had excellent early schooling do little better on tests than similar children who did not — which raises the [...]

Foreign Institutions and Diploma Mills

There is an important distinction between foreign institutions and agencies that accredit foreign institutions. The U.S. Department of Education does not recognize foreign accrediting agencies, however, accrediting agencies that have been recognized by the Secretary of Education may accredit foreign institutions. There are also foreign institutions that market their degrees in the United States, and [...]

Important Questions About Accreditation, Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills

How can I determine if an institution or program is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization? What accrediting organizations are recognized? How can I learn more about accreditation? What questions should I ask to determine whether a degree provider is a “mill”? Where can I find additional information about organizations believed to be “degree mills”? [...]

Community colleges helping students get degrees faster

Community colleges across the country are responding to the call by many education experts to get the lead out and meaningfully decrease their students' time to degree and program completion. Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, for example, will change from the semester to a trimester class format this fall. Classes will run for [...]

Should You Go Back to School? 8 Questions to Ask Before Going Back to School

1. Why are you thinking about going back to school? 2. What exactly do you want to accomplish? 3. Can you afford to go back to school? 4. Does your company offer tuition reimbursement? 5. Can you afford not to go back to school? 6. Is this the right time in your life? 7. Is [...]