- Job Prospects Looking Up for College Grads- The Chronicle of Education reports that job prospects for college graduates have risen by 4% this year. While this percentage may look small, this will be the second year that the job prospects for graduates will have improved since the 35%-40% drop in 2008. Yet graduates that find employment will still be making the same salaries as their predecessors.
- How to Measure Student Engagement- Inside Higher Ed looks at the results of the NSSE (The National Survey on Student Engagement) 2011 survey, which measures “things like good study habits, interaction with diverse peers, and engagement with faculty.” The survey found that 88% of college students take notes in class as part of their learning strategies and only 70% of students will look for help if they do not understand course material. The current NSSE test is still in its pilot stage, and NSSE will be using “NSSE 2.0” next year, which is a revised version of the test based on what the organization has learned over the years.
- How to Game the College Application Process – in a Good Way- The New York Times tells the story of a young girl named Nathaly whose parents do not know enough about the SATs to help her prepare and don’t have the money for prep classes. So Nathaly uses a free program that assists low-income teenagers, called Let’s Get Ready. This program teaches Nathaly and other students about “the stuff the College Board tries to trick you on,” allowing 80% of them to go on to four-year colleges. There are 70 programs on the east coast achieving similar goals staffed by college volunteers.
- Canada Goes After International Students- The Chronicle of Education reports on the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s annual conference where attendees discussed how Canada could start attracting more overseas students. While Canada has had trouble bringing overseas students to the country in the past, they are currently improving their support services for students wanting to stay in Canada after graduation and making the student-visa process more efficient. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada already announced that they have reached record-breaking success with an 11% increase in foreign-student enrollments.
- A New Private-Public Scholarship Fund- Inside Higher Ed looks at the new public-private scholarship fund created in Washington state called the Opportunity Scholarship Program. The program will combine private funds with contributions from Washington state to provide scholarships of a minimum of $1,000 for qualifying lower- and middle-income students attending public universities. The fund’s goal is to give private corporations more control over the beneficiaries of their donations with the aim of attracting more donations. The program is off to a good start with $25 million pledges from both Microsoft and Boeing, two of the biggest companies in Washington.
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