Education in The News

  • Posted at 10:29 am

    Free Financial Aid Calculator Helps Students Compare Net College Costs

    It’s become easier to research all aspects of attending a university before taking the plunge: college tuition, professor reviews and campus life are all easy to research online. Now, there is a tool that may ease the struggle for prospective students to calculate the potential net cost of college based on financial aid before they apply. College Abacus is a new, online tool that offers a college cost calculator for potential students. This tool may not only help to determine college costs, but also offers the ability to factor in financial aid packages, which may be available to those who qualify, to get a sense of just how much it might be to attend certain universities. While it is still in the beta version, the online tool appears to be very promising and offers this description on their site: “College Abacus is a free service that allows users to compare their projected financial aid packages across schools and to identify schools within their budgets. Using net price calculators (NPCs) built by US colleges as mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, College Abacus has built a system that generates estimates for more than 4000 post-secondary institutions in the United States."[i] Many news outlets have been writing about this new tool including CBS News,
  • Posted at 10:25 am

    Recruiters Think Global When Hiring College Graduates

    Kelly Bray
    Have you ever considered how globalization will affect your job search? According to The New York Times, results from the Global Employability Survey, commissioned by education firm Emerging, found that recruiters and senior international executives are practicing international recruitment strategies to hire ideal university graduates. The survey asked national and international recruiters to profile an ideal university graduate and the ideal university producing those graduates. When profiling ideal graduates, recruiters said they consider more than just academic qualifications among candidates, focusing also on the right experience, skill set, and interest level. However, attendance at specific universities remains a factor in the hiring process: 21.8% of recruiters surveyed said that the university attended by an applicant was the main criterion for selection 45.1% of recruiters surveyed said that the university attended by an applicant was an important factor 33.1% said they focused on the candidate’s skills and experience When profiling the ideal university, the survey ranked 150 universities according to the employability of their graduates. In the U.S., 45 universities appear on the list. Half of the recruiters said the following were important traits for an
  • Posted at 04:11 pm

    Have Weak Grades? Tips that May Increase Your Admissions Chances

    Maria Wen Adcock
    As much as we’d all love to have straight A averages, not everyone has a history of strong grades. Perhaps you’re better at some subjects than others or a life changing situation took place that affected your focus. Or, maybe due to youthful inhibitions, you just didn’t pay attention in school. Now you’re applying to colleges, and your grades matter. What do you do when you have a history of not-so-stellar grades? Here are tips that may increase your college admissions chances. Just keep in mind that some highly competitive schools may not bend when it comes to their strict entrance requirements. However, other schools may give you a chance if you’re able to show good faith in turning things around. Here are some college admission tips for students with low grades. Get Good Grades in Your Strong Subjects We’re not all equally good at math, English, science, social studies or foreign languages. However, if you’re really interested in a particular subject, make sure you ace these classes. Don’t fail the other subjects, but at least pass them. For example, let’s say you’re planning on majoring in English Literature. In this case, if your transcript shows strong grades in English classes but weaker ones in math, the latter may not matter as much. Show Improvement Perhaps the
  • Posted at 12:42 pm

    15 Social Media Tips: Pros and Cons of Social Media for Interviews

    A couple decades ago, if people wanted to know what was going on with friends they picked up the phone or mailed a letter. Today, in an age where anyone can access information instantly, both these options seem archaic. Even email is considered too slow. Texting, instant messaging and posting on social media rule. Social media, with its mass reach, may seem like an ideal place to post the diary of your life, but it can also be a double-edge sword, particularly when it comes to interviews. Whether applying for college admissions or for a job, social media presents pros and cons that can make or break your chance of getting that coveted spot. An increasing number of colleges and employers are taking to the internet to learn more about candidates beyond a resume and application. With advances in technology, finding information about “The Real You” is easier than ever thanks to social media. Interviewers want to know if a candidate will be responsible in their organization, and the reality is that what takes place in your social media personal life can color their perceptions of you. The news is filled with examples of candidates losing jobs or having their admissions revoked because of questionable social media postings. Many people leave their privacy settings open, thereby
  • Posted at 10:15 am

    Online Classes vs Traditional Classes: What American’s Think – Gallup Poll

    Melissa Hebert
    More and more Americans are either taking online classes – 6.7 million are taking them as they earn college degrees[i]  – or know someone who is, as more than 64% of traditional colleges are offering online degree programs.[ii] And they’re starting to like the idea of online classes. A Gallup poll of online classes vs. traditional classes found that Americans like online courses for the wide range of curricula options, and for the value.[iii] Seventy-two percent of those polled said that online courses were the same as or better than traditional in-person courses when it came to providing a wide range of options for curriculum. Thirty-three percent said that online courses were better at providing good value for the money, while 34% said they were the same as in-person courses. In a question of online education vs. traditional education, almost half, 46%, thought online courses were the same as or better than in-person courses at providing a degree that would be seen positively by employers. The poll also found that one in five students, and a total of 5% of all adults, are currently taking some kind of online course. Subjects covered by gallup polls including politics, education, health, economics and lifestyle. Interested in finding an online degree program? Click here for
  • Posted at 09:02 am

    California Students May Have to Pay More for Popular Community College Courses

    Melissa Hebert
    Would you pay more money to get into a class you really need to take? At community colleges in California, you may have to. And it may be part of a trend in higher education. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation creating a pilot program that would allow some community colleges to charge non-resident tuition for classes that are in demand and hard to get into. The courses would be held in summer and winter terms. The program, which will run through 2018, could raise the price for these courses up to $200 per unit. Courses offered in the program would include algebra, history and English, which are often needed by students to graduate or transfer. College of the Canyons, Crafton Hills College, Long Beach City College, Oxnard College, Pasadena City College and Solano Community College are the schools participating in the program. Are you a Californian? Find out more about career opportunities in the Golden State, and the education you may need for them, here. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, this move was opposed by some students and faculty, as well as California community colleges chancellor Brice Harris[i]. Santa Monica College attempted to set up a two-tier tuition plan in 2012, with in-demand courses being offered in the summer at a higher