Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Study Finds Spatial Skill Is Early Sign of Creativity

Study Finds Spatial Skill Is Early Sign of Creativity
By DOUGLAS QUENQUA

A study suggests that a child’s gift for spatial reasoning may better predict future innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math and science fields.

Monday, July 29, 2013

FCC. Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Interne

F.C.C. Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Internet
By EDWARD WYATT, NYTimes

The Federal Communications Commission wants to fix E-Rate, a program to give schools telecommunications services, which has been criticized for not keeping up with modern technology.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Program Links Loans to Future Earnings

Program Links Loans to Future Earnings
By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD, NYTimes

Several companies are connecting students and entrepreneurs with private investors willing to lend them money that is later repaid as a percentage of the borrower’s annual salary.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Frayed Prospects, Despite a Degree

Frayed Prospects, Despite a Degree
By SHAILA DEWAN, NYTimes

College graduates from two or three years ago are being overlooked — often deliberately — by — by recruiters eager to scoop up those from the latest graduating class.
Graphic

Friday, July 26, 2013

Unpaid Interns: Silent No More

Unpaid Interns: Silent No More
By ROSS PERLIN, NYTimes

The author of “Intern Nation” says that in fighting to be paid for their work, interns are taking their case beyond the nation’s courtrooms.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

U.S. Online Course Provider Tries to Enter China Market

U.S. Online Course Provider Tries to Enter China Market
By JOYCE LAU, NYTimes

Two Shanghai universities say they will be working with Coursera, though the company says contracts are not yet finalized.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Should University Systems Be Graded, Too?

Should University Systems Be Graded, Too?
By D. D. GUTTENPLAN, NYTimes

Depending on whom you ask, a proposed international testing system will either be the next big thing in higher education or a pointless, expensive exercise.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks

Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, NYTimes

The hacking attempts, many thought to be from China, are forcing universities to spend more to prevent and detect intrusions and to constrict their culture of openness.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Makes Appeal at U.N.

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Makes Appeal at U.N.
By JENNIFER PRESTON, NYTimes

On her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai spoke at the United Nations and called on world leaders to make education available and compulsory for every child.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Vying for a Spot on the World’s A List

Vying for a Spot on the World’s A List
By D. D. GUTTENPLAN, NYTimes Ed Life

It takes a reputation to make a reputation. International rankings have become so influential that some countries use them to set policy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

High-Tech Cheaters Pose Test

High-Tech Cheaters Pose Test
By CAMERON MCWHIRTER, WSJ.com

New Industry Sprouts to Curb Hacking, Wireless Transmission of Exam Questions (also listen to a interview with the author on the same page)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Trimming the Ivy

Trimming the Ivy
By TAMAR LEWIN, NYTimes Ed Life

Senator Tom Harkin answers questions on the for-profit business model and the federal role in higher education.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Colleges Struggling to Stay Afloat

Colleges Struggling to Stay Afloat
By JEFFREY J. SELINGO, NYTimes Ed Life

You won’t find this in the guidebooks (but you probably should): insight into colleges’ financial weaknesses. It can mean the future.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Two, Three Essays? More Can Mean Less

Two, Three Essays? More Can Mean Less
By ERIC HOOVER, NYTimes Ed Life

How much writing do colleges need to see, anyway? When application supplements require additional essays, fewer students apply.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rigorous Schools Put College Dreams Into Practice

Rigorous Schools Put College Dreams Into Practice
By KYLE SPENCER, NYTimes Ed Life

The early college high school is lauded as a way to provide low-income students with a road map to and through college. Bard’s new school also offers an escape from Newark’s mean streets.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bill Nye: Firebrand for Science - Aims to Change the World



NYTimes: Bill Nye: Firebrand for Science - Aims to Change the World

In recent years, Bill Nye has emerged as a fearless voice against climate change deniers. The Science Guy has gone from taking on science lessons for children to taking on pundits on cable television on climate change, evolution and science in general.

Check out:
Bill Nye the Science Guy website
Bill Nye the Science Guy on YouTube

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Geek Appeal: New York vs. Seattle

Geek Appeal: New York vs. Seattle
By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, NYTimes Ed Life

Which city will be the next hotbed, beyond Silicon Valley, for educating data analysts of the future?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Data Science: The Numbers of Our Lives

Data Science: The Numbers of Our Lives
By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, NYTimes Ed Life

Big data, big money, big skill set now required. Universities are on it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Building a Better Tech School

Building a Better Tech School
By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, NYTimes Ed Life

Silicon Valley East? How Cornell is creating a cutting-edge graduate school from scratch.

Monday, July 8, 2013

‘Disaster University’ to Address Pacific Quakes and Tsunamis

‘Disaster University’ to Address Pacific Quakes and Tsunamis
By JOE COCHRANE, NYTimes

The University of Hawaii is working with Asian institutions to create a field of study that covers all aspects of natural disasters. Indonesia has been chosen as the focus country.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rite of Passage for French Students Receives Poor Grade

Rite of Passage for French Students Receives Poor Grade
By SCOTT SAYARE, NYTimes

The weeklong test called the baccalauréat is the sole element considered in awarding high school diplomas, but critics say it has evolved into an exceptionally inefficient way to weed out the least proficient students.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

What It Takes to Make New College Graduates Employable

What It Takes to Make New College Graduates Employable
By ALINA TUGEND

Closing the gap between what employers need and what colleges produce will require effort from both sides, specialists say.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Financial Crisis Amplifies Education's Value

Financial Crisis Amplifies Education's Value
By D. D. GUTTENPLAN, NYTimes

A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that unemployment rates were much higher for workers with less education.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

In Queens, Modern Takes on Tradition - Intersection



NYTimes: In Queens, Modern Takes on Tradition - Intersection

In Jackson Heights, Queens, some residents discuss how their style represents their culture just as much as their favorite trends.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The most, least expensive U.S. colleges in new lists from U.S. Department of Education

The most, least expensive U.S. colleges in new lists from U.S. Department of Education
By Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune

Updated lists released Thursday by the Department of Education show which colleges have the highest and lowest sticker prices and average net costs after financial aid...

The federal government has recently created other tools for families, including the College Scorecard and Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. The latest College Affordability and Transparency Lists are at www.collegecost.ed.gov.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Student loan rates to double after lawmakers bicker
Associated Press

A compromise to keep student-loan interest rates low proved unwinnable before Monday's deadline, and interest rates on new loans are going to double - at least for a while - senators said Thursday.

Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate education panel, said none of the proposals being circulating among lawmakers could win passage, and he urged lawmakers to extend the current rates for another year when they return from the July 4 recess. (read more)

Monday, July 1, 2013

State site shows careers, education, pay

State site shows careers, education, pay
Nanette Asimov, SFGate.com

For the first time, California community college students interested in a particular career can check a new state website to see what people earn after completing a degree or certificate in the field.