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Cuts in State Budgets Threaten Nation’s College-Completion Agenda

Cuts in state budgets are putting the nation's college-completion agenda in jeopardy, says a new report by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama. The center surveyed members of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, whose institutions' main goals these days are graduating more students and adequately preparing them for [...]

I Don’t Know What to do With the Rest of My Life

This is a question that I hear all the time. And you know what? Very few high school students really know what they want to do when they grow up. When I was growing up computers were something we had heard about but had never seen. My first experience with a computer was in high [...]

Obama-Singh Initiative for Indo-American Education

The number of Indian students enrolled in higher education including graduate programs is roughly 100,000, second to China's nearly 200,000, but more than Korea's. Almost 1/4 of all international students in the US come from these three countries. Yet, only 3,000 US students are studying in India. The US post secondary degree continues to be [...]

How to Kick Off Your Student Loan Repayments

For students who take out loans to finance their education, the built-in grace period most loans carry can serve as early relief on the path to repayment. For six months after graduation, loan holders can search for jobs and launch the next chapters of their lives without immediately thinking about their looming financial burdens. Read [...]

Global Citizenship and the University: Advancing Social Life and Relations in an Interdependent World

Worldwide immigration, the rise of globalization and its challenges to the nation-state, and supranational documents such as the United Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) are among the important factors that have stimulated a prolific and rich literature on citizenship and citizenship education within the last two decades. Read more...

Why Do Colleges Not Use Score Choice?

Some very selective colleges don’t use score choice. Why not? There are potentially two issues that the colleges are looking at when they request all scores be sent. One is the simply issue of how many times have you taken the SAT. Taking the SAT two or three times is not a problem. But if [...]

Study: Online Education Continues Growth

The number of college students enrolled in at least one online course increased for the ninth straight year, according to the Babson Survey Research Group's annual survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities—including both nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Read more...

Learn What Obama’s Student Loan Plan Means for You

We promised in last week's post that this week we would cover the details of President Obama's new executive order to make it easier for students to repay their federal student loans. For your convenience, we'll break this into three parts: Loan consolidation: There used to be two programs for borrowing federal loans, but the [...]

College Students’ Borrowing Hits An All-Time High

Students are borrowing more money to pay for college than ever before. New data show that students who graduated in 2010 carried 5 percent more debt than in the previous year. And education debt is expect to grow in the coming years, as students struggle to pay higher tuition costs. Last week, we learned that [...]

The China Conundrum

Dozens of new students crowded into a lobby of the University of Delaware's student center at the start of the academic year. Many were stylishly attired in distressed jeans and bright-colored sneakers; half tapped away silently on smartphones while the rest engaged in boisterous conversations. Eavesdropping on those conversations, however, would have been difficult for [...]