Percentage of college degrees conferred by women, by major

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Men outnumber women in Computer Science classes.

There is a glaring gender disparity in Computer Science classes.  In any given Computer science class men usually outnumber women by as much as 8 to 2.  In most other college majors women are outnumbering men an average of 3 to 2. Do other STEM majors suffer the same gender disparity?

 

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The new $10,000 college degree has everyone talking

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Students leave college with an average $29,400 in loans.

The appeal of a $10,000 college degree is impossible to deny. Average tuition for a public university is more than $35,000 for four years. Students leave college with an average $29,400 in loans. Who wouldn’t get behind an effort to offer bachelor’s degrees that won’t shackle young people to debt for decades after they graduate?

 

 

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The ‘impossible’ $10K degree marches on in Texas

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Governor Perry wants public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books.

Bill Ayers did not have in mind any endeavors of conservative Texas governor Rick Perry when he observed that “every revolution is impossible until it happens, and then, looking backwards, every revolution appears inevitable.” But Perry may have launched a revolution of his own with his 2011 state of the state address. Perry challenged Texas’s public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books, and to achieve the necessary cost reductions by teaching students online and awarding degrees based on competency.

 

 

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1 in 4 adults hold educational credentials other than an academic degree

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A report  from the U.S. Census Bureau says that in the  fall of 2012, more than 50 million U.S. adults, or one in four, had obtained a professional certification, license or educational certificate apart from a postsecondary degree awarded by colleges and universities. This is the Census Bureau’s first-ever report on this topic.

 

 

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There may not be as much as you think in a college degree

What you can’t typically get from online study—yet—is a degree from a reputable and accredited university.

“You just spent 150 grand on an education you could have gotten for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.”  That is one of Matt Damon’s best lines in Good Will Hunting when he chastised a book smart scholar.

 

 

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When MOOCs profit, who pays?

A typical MOOC is an online course open to people all over the globe via the Internet.

MOOCs are massive open online courses that have been heralded as an inevitable transformation in higher education. They have been called a revolution, a boom, and, a “disruption” – a term that at first invokes a welcome alternative to the stagnation and elitism of the American university.

 

 

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History of the job market for new college graduates

Congratulations class of 2013: you weren’t the class of 2010.

For most undergrads, college graduation is an occasion to celebrate, but in this economy we know it’s also a time of gnawing, career-oriented dread for plenty others. Even at Harvard, where Oprah is sharing some words of wisdom at commencement this week, just 61 percent of soon-to-be grads told the Crimson that they had an actual job lined up. One in ten said they had no set plans for the future.

 

 

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Good news: College enrollment is falling faster than we thought

We should want more college graduates. But we should also want fewer students at colleges with high drop-out rates.

During the Great Recession college enrollments went up.  Since 2012, college enrollment has gone down. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, Spring 2013 enrollments fell 2.3 percent from last year. The drop-off has sped up since the Fall.

 

 

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50% of female graduates see value and benefits of college

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Fifty percent of all women who have graduated from a four-year college give the U.S. higher education system excellent or good marks for the value it provides given the money spent by students and their families but only 37% of male graduates agree. Also, women who have graduated from college are more likely than men to say their education helped them to grow both personally and intellectually. These results of a nationwide Pew Research Center survey come at a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion.

 

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Top 10 high paying jobs that only require a high school degree

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Smaller companies will hire a pilot without a college degree if they have enough logged flight time and aircraft knowledge.

Going to college used to be a nearly sure way of getting a steady job.  A sure way of getting a steady job was getting a college degree.  But many recent college graduates will tell you this is no longer the case.

 

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