April 2010 Archives

We know it's going to cost a bundle to send our kids to college, but many families aren't prepared. While most parents expect their children will go on to higher education, just six in 10 parents have saved for it, according to a 2009 Sallie Mae-Gallup poll. Earlier this week, we learned about how many students are saddled with high student-loan debt. A 529 plan is a great vehicle to save for college tax, but many don't understand how they work. Half of parents not using 529 plans say it is because they are not at all familiar with them, ...


It can be overwhelming for high school students to sort through all the choices to pursue after graduation &mdash and decide on what classes to take to prepare for the next step. Today, a new transition team approach pioneered by Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland, is being recognized as an Outstanding Change Agent by the Maryland State Department of Education. The honor is one of several being given in Baltimore at the 2010 Career and Technology Education Awards of Excellence. Schools need this kind of extra support that AACC provides, as students face an array of options in ...


Today, the College Board released a report,"Who Borrows Most? Bachelor's Degree Recipients with High Levels of Student Debt" that looks at students who left campus in 2007-08 with more than $30,500 in debt—a total of 17 percent of college graduates. The report found that a growing minority of college graduates are borrowing too much and using the kinds of loans that are likely to cause them significant repayment difficulties. Highlights of the report include: -High debt levels are most common in students at for-profit colleges. Some 53 percent of graduates from for-profit colleges had more than $30,500...


With summer internship season just around the corner, here's some information about how to figure out if your students' internship does indeed fit the legal criteria for being unpaid. The U.S. Department of Labor released a fact sheet Wednesday to help determine whether interns must be paid the minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act for the services that they provide to "for-profit" private-sector employers. Students can participate in private-sector internships or training programs without compensation if the following six criteria are met: 1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of ...


Women have caught up with men when it comes to completing college, according to new figures from the U.S. Census. About 29 percent of women in the United States older than 25 have at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 30 percent of men. While women outpace men in employment rates and appear to have weathered the current recession better than men, a pay gap still exists. Women working full time earn about 80 percent of what men make. For the complete Associated Press story, go here....


Today, Melinda Gates announced a pledge of up to $110 million to improve remedial programs on community college campuses. Delivering a speech at the annual American Association of Community Colleges convention in Seattle, Gates urged community college presidents to come up with new technologies and fresh ideas to replace weak remedial programs. The foundation has already given about half its commitment to colleges and programs to improve developmental education since 2008. Another $57 million will be given as grants over the next two years. Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, called traditional remedial or developmental education programs ...


Community colleges with creative programs to help at-risk students, provide health care, and train workers to improve the environment were honored in Seattle today at a conference of the American Association of Community Colleges. The three winning colleges of the 2010 MetLife Foundation Community College Excellence Award, administered by Jobs for the Future and sponsored by MetLife Foundation. are: Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill.; and Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash. Each winning school will receive a $50,000 grant. Finalists receive $20,000. In the Service to Students category, ...


If you think you know all about the college-preparation-testing-search-financing process, just because you've been there, think again. The landscape has changed. For many, the process of preparing and applying for college is more complicated than a generation ago. Also, it could be that you are raising your child in a different part of the country or your money situation is tighter or more plentiful, depending. We parents tend to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to education because we've all been students after all, right? Not really. It's fluid, and we need to adapt. My college-application experience growing ...


It does indeed take longer for students to get their bachelor's degree these days— and it comes down to money. A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research compares college outcomes of two high school classes from 1972 and 1992. It found that about 58 percent of the students from 1972 received their B.A. degrees within four years of finishing high school, while only 44 percent of the 1992 high school cohort did so. However, there was a difference in time-to-degree rates depending on the type of institution. It took longer for students enrolled at less-competitive four-year...


There's a buzz around community colleges these days. And it's not just because Chevy Chase is starring in the NBC sitcom, "Community," about the quirky life of misfits on a community college campus. The recession has fueled a surge in enrollment on community college campuses. Nationally, the number of students enrolled in credit-bearing courses has increased 17 percent from 2007 to 2009, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. And classrooms aren't just filled with laid-off workers retooling for a new career. One of the fastest growing populations in community colleges are first-time, full-time freshmen. Do the math, and ...


Hello and welcome to College Bound. In this blog, I will cover what happens after high school as students move into community colleges, universities, and careers. Look here for the latest on issues of transition and access, such as college-admissions tests, AP classes, financial aid, college-prep programs and support services for incoming freshmen. This is an exciting time to be following higher education. The political spotlight is shining brightly on campuses, and expectations are high. The Obama administration's goal that America would once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020 translates into an additional ...


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