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Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges

The glossy color brochures, each crammed with photos depicting a Chinese student’s high-achieving life from birth to young adulthood, pile up in the admissions office at Grinnell College here. “Hi Professors!” one young woman announced in her bound booklet, sometimes known in China as a “brag sheet,” which included a photo of herself as a [...]

Charges Against Muslim Students Prompt Debate Over Free Speech

When administrators at the University of California, Irvine, decided to suspend the Muslim Student Union for a quarter over the disruption of a speech last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States, most thought the latest controversy on campus had ended. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas of Orange County, however, disagreed — and filed [...]

Channeling That Animal Spirit

There are many reasons behind my decision to major in finance as an undergraduate business student. I can primarily attribute this to two parents who have been involved in the industry for a number of years. My dad worked in IT for Shearson Lehman and Credit Suisse, and my mother was an over-the-counter trader with [...]

High Enrollment Strains Two-Year Colleges

Community colleges, long regarded as the most accessible realm of higher education, are becoming more difficult to access thanks to record enrollments combined with belt-tightening by state legislatures. In a survey to be released Wednesday by the Pearson Foundation, a nonprofit educational think tank in Mill Valley, Calif., about 20% of 1,434 community college students [...]

Undocumented students face uncertainty after graduation

Cindy, a University of Chicago senior, has never been on a plane or driven a car. She’s 21, but without a state-issued ID, she’s never been inside a bar. Her family illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border when she was 3. Today, Cindy, who asked for her last name to be withheld due to her immigration [...]

The Lowdown on the Online M.B.A.

Those interested in pursuing an M.B.A. have a lot of options: full-time or part-time programs, abbreviated courses designed specifically for executives, and joint degrees with other academic disciplines, to name a few. In the past decade, another option has emerged and continues to gain popularity: online M.B.A. degrees. While the quality of online M.B.A. degrees [...]

Keiser University Goes Nonprofit

Keiser University, a Florida-based for-profit institution that has been active in the fight against the Education Department's proposed "gainful employment" rule, has converted to nonprofit status. The sale of the university to Everglades College Inc., a nonprofit entity that operates Everglades University, was finalized this week, Keiser's chancellor, Arthur Keiser, confirmed in an interview today. [...]

Your New Home for M.B.A. Admissions Advice

Are you considering going back to school for an M.B.A., and feeling overwhelmed by the program options, requirements, and expense this career-boosting decision implies? Well, I hope this new blog can help with that. I'm Stacy Blackman, president of Los Angeles-based Stacy Blackman Consulting, and a specialist on the M.B.A. application process since 2001. I [...]

MIT Introduces Complete Courses to OpenCourseWare Project

This week, MIT’s OpenCourseWare project launched OCW Scholar, a new series of courses “designed for independent learners who have few additional resources available to them.” To date, MIT has given students access to isolated materials from MIT courses. Now, with this new initiative, lifelong learners can work with a more rounded set of resources. OWC Scholar [...]

6 Electives that will Impact any Professional Career

As you advance through your college career, course selection will make a critical impact on your education. Once you decide on a major, most of your courses will be preselected. However, you do have the choice on a few electives each year. Selecting the right electives will provide you with a well-rounded education. Having communication, [...]