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Is High School Too Much of a Pressure-Cooker?

Is the pressure to score high on SAT tests, get into Ivy League schools, and load up on AP classes depriving kids today of a carefree childhood? Monday's Washington Post has an opinion piece written by a mother lamenting the heavy workload of her high school junior and suggesting that the demands may be harmful to her daughter's health. While that intensity may be the case in some circles, it's not universal. Indeed, many students are not adequately prepared for college-level work and are forced to take remedial classes when they first enter college. In a recent focus group where ...


Report Outlines Ideas to Improve College Completion

Current and former governors, university presidents, chancellors of state university systems, and other national education leaders recommend ways to improve college completion in a report, "Front and Center: Critical Choices for Higher Education" released this week. The report is based on discussions from a conference in December. Both the conference and report were sponsored by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. The recommendations include: 1. Promote and reward institutional changes, such as putting more money into instruction and online learning, that can help increase the number of people ...


New Study Tracks Lifetime Income Based on College Major

While the value of a bachelor's degree has been chronicled in recent studies by the American Institutes for Research and Pew Research Center, a new report released today by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce looks more closely at the lifetime payoff depending on what you study. Pick engineering for your major and your lifetime income advantage over solely a high school diploma is about $1.1 million. Go into education and you can expect a boost of about $241,000 with your bachelor's degree. Researchers found as much as a 300 percent difference in earnings potential ...


New High School Ranking Out Based on College Tests

Education writer Jay Matthews offers a different approach to ranking schools: looking at the number of college-level tests taken.


Counselors Have Negative Opinion of U.S. News College List

They don't like how the list is generated, the impact the rankings have on how schools operate, or find it useful in narrowing the college search, but they know they have to deal with it.


Faculty Come Together in Campaign Defending Higher Ed.

A new initiative to push for access and affordability in higher education was unveiled with support from college faculty members from across the country.


New Pew Research Surveys Question Value of College

Two new national surveys by the Pew Research Center reflect discontent among families and administrators about the value and quality of a college education.


Ideas for Summer Activities for High School Juniors

As the academic year winds down, many high school juniors are looking ahead to summer. Aside from work and visiting campuses, what should they do to prepare for college?


Study Chronicles Financial Benefits of Bachelor's Degree

For all the money, time, and effort it takes to earn a bachelor's degree, people often wonder: Is the investment worth it? The answer for the student is a clear "yes" when it comes to the advantage in lifetime earnings, according to a new study released today by the American Institutes for Research, a not-for-profit behavioral and social-science research organization in Washington, and Nexus Research and Policy Center, a non-profit institution based in San Francisco that promotes access to higher education and policies to improve proprietary schools. And, the more competitive the school, the higher income the student can expect. ...


Students Chime In With Ideas to Improve College Completion

The national discussion over how to improve college-competition rates often takes place among policymakers and educators. But why not ask students themselves about what keeps them from getting a degree?


New List Out of Colleges With Space Remaining in the Fall

Still looking for a college this fall? High school seniors continuing to search may want to check out the 2011 Space Availability Survey released this morning by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling This survey's results are compiled into a searchable list of 279 public and private colleges that are still accepting applications for Fall 2011 freshmen and/or transfer admissions. It also includes availability of housing, financial aid, enrollment figures, and contact information. The list is based on an email survey of four-year colleges that are NACAC members. As space availability changes at schools, it is updated and ...


Public Radio and TV Join Efforts to Boost High School Grads

Moving beyond programming to educate young children, the nation's public radio and television stations are reaching out to middle and high school students with a new initiative announced today to help improve graduation rates. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is giving $4.4 million to stations in cities where dropout rates are particularly high to raise awareness of the issue and support programs to help students stay in school. Some of the cities in the two-year project include Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The project, American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen, is a partnership with CPB, the ...


Decision Over: Colleges Review Yield; Seniors Reflect

As of yesterday, many high school seniors were likely breathing a sigh of relief. After months of visiting campuses, comparing aid packages, and weighing options, May 1 was the deadline when most students finally had to decide where they will be headed to college in the fall. Next, colleges and universities will be calculating their yield rate—the percentage of admitted students who decide to enroll. From an institutional perspective, this is an important statistic. Admission officers lobby prospective students hard to lure them to campus in hopes of improving their yield. Fewer than half of all students admitted to a...


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