Archive for March, 2010

The MFA barista—what is the true value of a degree?

2010 Mar 30
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New legislation being considered by the U.S. Department of Education is squarely aimed at for-profit colleges, with the intent of linking a student’s debt with their post-graduate earnings.  Their concern is that students—lured by advertising—are investing in credentials or degrees that don’t actually deliver the earning power that the student expects, generating flotillas of “underwater” [...]

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Reputation is On the Line When Choosing New Deans

2010 Mar 26
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Upon reading the first article in a three-part Business Week series examining high-profile searches for new business school deans, it struck me that it is hard to overstate the importance of getting this process right. As with a corporate CEO position, the individual leading each of these institutions — or at any top business school [...]

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Somebody tell me why…

2010 Mar 23
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…colleges and universities are advertising so lavishly in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  It’s a trend that’s been accelerating lately, and it’s really getting out of hand.  In the March 12, 2010 edition there are full-page ads by: •    University of North Texas •    Arcadia University •    East Carolina University •    Texas A&M (three pages [...]

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Education-focused Nonprofit Launches: Complete College America

2010 Mar 10
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Complete College America is a new nonprofit focused solely on dramatically increasing the nation’s college completion rates.  CCA is funded and supported by the Gates, Lumina, Carnegie, Kellogg, and Ford foundations.  CCA was launched last week with a national media teleconference and media outreach. One aspect of CCA’s mission is its Alliance of States.  These [...]

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YouTube Video vs. Written Essay: The Ultimate College Decision

2010 Mar 1
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What do you get when you combine the increasingly competitive college admissions process with the age of social media? YouTube videos as a college application supplement, of course. At least that is what Tufts University has started to accept this year. In addition to poring through the traditional essays, recommendations and transcripts, this year Tufts [...]

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