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Higher Education in US – Only half of American adults think colleges and universities are having a positive effect

Americans see value in higher education – whether they graduated from college or not. Most say a college degree is important, if not essential, in helping a young person succeed in the world, and college graduates themselves say their degree helped them grow and develop the skills they needed for the workplace. While fewer than half … Continue reading

Higher Education in US – College majors that didn’t exist 5 years ago

As the work landscape changes, the educational landscape has to adapt as well. Just in time for graduation (which will likely bring a flood of resumes to recruiters’ inboxes), here are a few majors that probably didn’t exist when you were in college—and why they’re relevant to the growing workforce: 1. Robotics Engineering What: Bachelor of … Continue reading

The Price of College in US – Financial challenges are a consistent predictor of non-completion in higher education

Our research indicates that the current approach to higher education financing too often leaves low-income students facing unexpected, and sometimes untenable, expenses… Financial challenges are a consistent predictor of non-completion in higher education, and they are becoming more severe over time. Unexpected costs, even those that might appear modest in size, can derail students from … Continue reading

College Education in US – Boost to career earnings much lower for individuals who grew up in lower-income families

A college education, it is hoped, will help the children of the poor and working class gain a larger share of the economic pie. But how much does college really pay off for lower-income Americans? Perhaps surprisingly, there has been little research on how family income background influences the career earnings boost from a college … Continue reading

College in US – Of the 1,027 private colleges studied, 761 have graduation rates of less than 67 percent

But while, on average, college graduates have lower unemployment rates, earn higher wages and even have longer-lasting marriages, there’s less discussion of the many students lost between enrollment and graduation. The challenges can be greatest for the 7.2 million students who need federal loans to attend college. According to a new report by Third Way, … Continue reading

College in US – A’s were the most common grade

A’s were the most common grade on college campuses in 2013, accounting for 45% of grades awarded to students, according to an analysis of grade data at more than 80 schools by Stuart Rojstaczer, an independent researcher, and Chris Healy, a computer science professor at Furman University. By contrast, college students were most likely to … Continue reading

Colleges in US – The tremendous growth in the number of short credentials awarded

Over the past decade there has been tremendous growth in the number of short credentials awarded by public community colleges.  These programs of study are explicitly vocational and require fewer credits for completion than an associate’s degree.  However, it is not clear whether students benefit from obtaining these certificates.  On the one hand, these credentials … Continue reading

Higher Education in Ontario – College transfer students earned fewer credits each year, had lower GPAs, and were less able to earn credits from course attempts

Increasing the rate of student transfers from college to university has become a prior- ity in Ontario in recent years  and increasing numbers of Ontario postsecondary students have been transferring. However, little research has examined how the college students perform academically upon arriving at university . Given the emphasis on increasing migration from college to … Continue reading

College in US – Almost every student works Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds

About 14 million college students are working, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center). For the past 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been taking time from their studies to earn a paycheck. Learning While Earning: The New Normal examines these … Continue reading

College Graduates in US – Which skills employers are looking for

When hiring recent college graduates, employers say they place the greatest priority on a demonstrated proficiency in skills and knowledge that cut across majors. Written and oral communication skills, teamwork skills, ethical decision-making, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings are the most highly valued among the 17 skills and … Continue reading

US – Unemployment rates among college graduates are declining

Hard times are becoming better times for most college graduates, though how much better varies widely among college majors – and for Communications and Journalism majors, whose unemployment rates are still rising, better times have yet to arrive. Overall, however, unemployment rates among college graduates are declining. The earnings advantage they enjoy over high school … Continue reading

US College Admissions Process – Selling Students to the Highest Bidders

The U.S. college admissions process is expensive and stressful, for everyone from high-achieving high school students to first-generation adult learners. It is also surprisingly ineffective — only about 30% of students headed to a four-year college graduate from that college within six years (about 40% take longer or don’t graduate at all, and about 30% … Continue reading

The Class of 2015 in US – Employers expect to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates

Employers expect to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 survey cited company growth and attrition … Continue reading

US – Hiring of college graduates is expected to jump 16 percent

Hiring of college graduates is expected to jump 16 percent in the US, though the starting salaries will see only a modest growth, says a study. About 60 percent of employers said they will keep starting pay the same as last year for the newly minted degree-holders, the survey of more than 5,700 companies revealed. The … Continue reading

Certificates in US – Positive, significant returns research finds

The research from the center focused on certificates for programs that took one year or less to complete. Some have suggested that short-term certificates hold little value in the job market, although recent research has contradicted that notion. The forthcoming study by Di Xu and Madeline Trimble, both of whom are researchers at the Community … Continue reading

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