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Pay for Only 4 Years of College. Guaranteed.

Some private colleges are beginning to offer a four-year degree guarantee: if an incoming student should require an extra year to graduate, the school will pay for it. But read the fine print. The new student, along with a parent and the college president, could sign a special agreement that is emerging at some colleges [...]

Study: Minorities underrepresented in STEM jobs

Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks have over the past decade been underrepresented in U.S. jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in large part because of a lack of equality in educational opportunity, according to a new report being released today, the Washington Post reports. The Obama administration has made increasing and [...]

Discover Scholarships Just for Men

Up until the past decade or so, men were earning college degrees at a higher number than their female counterparts. And aside from athletic awards, scholarships specifically for men were not very common. But a 2010 report by the American Council on Education shows that males account for only 43 percent of students enrolled in [...]

Debt, not career prospects, weighs most heavily on students’ minds

Young people are more concerned about tuition fees and debt when thinking about university than they are about employment prospects, a new survey suggests. Around 60 per cent of the 16- to 18-year-olds polled said their main worry about going into higher education was the near-trebling of the tuition fee cap to £9,000 in 2012. [...]

Online Education May Transform Higher Ed

Can online education be the rock that disturbs the placid waters of American higher education? Several industry experts believe it will have a significant ripple effect on colleges and universities of all sizes in coming years—but only if it's subject to regulation, governed by a common set of accreditation standards, and widely accepted by institutions [...]

What Are Liberal Arts?

IT'S INEVITABLE. When you tell someone that you're planning to major in a subject like history or English, you get asked the dreaded question: "What are you going to do with that?" You don't really need to have an answer. If you want to major in a liberal arts subject, go for it. The practical [...]

College Students say High School Fails at Preparation

According to a new study by the College Board, the majority of students who just completed their freshman year of college feel that higher education is essential and worth the time and expense. But they do wish high school had prepared them better, writes Liz Dwyer at Nearly one-quarter of students were required to [...]

Generation Limbo: Waiting It Out

WHEN Stephanie Kelly, a 2009 graduate of the University of Florida, looked for a job in her chosen field, advertising, she found few prospects and even fewer takers. So now she has two jobs: as a part-time “senior secretary” at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville and a freelance gig writing for, [...]

Study shows common standards help prepare students for college

The new common core standards in math and English/language arts reflect the skills students need for college courses in various disciplines, a new study from the Educational Policy Improvement Center suggests. Nearly 2,000 college educators were surveyed and indicated the standards help define the knowledge and skills needed for success in many entry-level college classes, [...]

Advocates push public aid for undocumented college students

Scores of students, teachers and other advocates for illegal immigrants are launching rallies, phone drives, petition campaigns and other actions this week for what they see as their best hope to win access to public financial aid for undocumented college students. A small rally in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday was part of a statewide [...]