Graphic: The price of college tuition

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The average sticker price and average net price for tuition and fees at public and private colleges in the U.S. over the past 15 years.

There are two ways to think about college tuition price:

  1. Sticker price is the full price colleges list in their brochures and on their websites.
  2. Net price is the price students actually pay. Net price accounts for the fact that many students receive grants or scholarships. So it can be considerably lower than sticker price.

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Canada plays the visa card to lure foreign students to its universities

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Four years ago 60,000 international students came to Canada for school now that number stands at 90,000.

Canadian universities used to find it hard to draw attention away from the U.S. when trying to lure foreign students to its business schools.  Not anymore. Over the last two years, Canadian full-time MBAs have seen the biggest increase in applications of any region, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a business school association.

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Colleges obsess over national rankings, not students

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A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna resigned after acknowledging he falsified college entrance exam scores for years to rankings publications such as US News.

Nearly 30 years ago, US News & World Report debuted its list of “America’s Best Colleges”.  The magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families.  But instead they have had a much bigger affect on colleges themselves.

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Students find high-tech ways to cheat

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Everything’s going digital these days — even cheating.

Educators are on the lookout for new kinds of cheating as students gain access to sophisticated gadgets both at school and at home. Kids are finding new ways to get ahead when they haven’t studied, from digitally inserting answers into soft drink labels to texting each other test answers and photos of exams.

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First of it’s kind national program will put 3D printers into high school students’ hands

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The DARPA MENTOR program should boost engineering skills for high school students.

The trend to put Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology into schools continues. Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) announced that it has been chosen by the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide its Dimension 3D Printers to select high schools across the U.S. as part of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program.

 

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Private colleges cutting tuition costs

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Seton Hall University is offering discounts up to 66% on tuition.

Discounted programs and other ways to save are being offered by a growing number of private colleges and universities.  Students and families have been turned off by the potential six-figure tuition bills from private colleges.  So some are cutting their prices.

 

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