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College, Inc.: March, 2012

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 03/29/2012

A banner year for admissions at U-Va.

Another banner admissions year — and a new Early Action program — seems to be elevating the University of Virginia to a higher tier of selectivity.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:40 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions | Tags:  University of Virginia, Harvard: Princeton

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Six colleges dominate in research stature

Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, Oxford, MIT and Berkeley are cited twice as often as any other university as best in various academic fields.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pedagogy, Rankings, Research

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Hispanics are crucial to college completion goals

Hispanics have made huge gains in college attainment, but there’s still a wide gap between completion rates for Hispanics and whites.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy, Research | Tags:  Hispanics, college attainment

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Five universities that really are up-and-comers

These schools, all founded or reconfigured in the past 50 years, have quickly joined the top tier of national research universities.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Administration, Pedagogy, Public policy | Tags:  higher education, top universities, UMBC

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Choosing a college without knowing its cost

Many public universities don’t yet know what they’ll charge in 2012-13, and some privates haven’t posted their rates. Yet, students are urged to decide early.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:49 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Admissions, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  college tuition, college admissions

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 03/16/2012

College accountability: a closer look

A movement to use tests to measure college learning is gaining steam.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:05 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 03/16/2012

College learning tests might not be the answer

The academic accountability movement is creeping into higher education. But there are better ways than high-stakes tests to measure learning, our guest blogger argues.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:39 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Liberal Arts, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  higher education, learning assessments, Academically Adrift

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Obama college-cost plan may not work as prescribed

The president wants to penalize colleges that charge too much. But the plan might punish low-cost schools, too.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Higher Education, College cost, Obama education plan, Colleges and universities

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Rising college prices: Is federal policy partly to blame?

Vassar president opines that spiraling costs are partly a response to misdirected federal incentives.

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama budget, higher education

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Complaint alleges UMUC made ‘hush money’ payments to disgruntled employees

The document, filed with the state auditor, alleges UMUC President Susan Aldridge and her administration wasted tax dollars paying exiting employees for their silence.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Finance | Tags:  UMUC, higher education

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Five tips for making online study work

The guest writer opines that success in an online course hinges on such simple tricks as having a good laptop and showing up for class.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Online | Tags:  online education, distance learning

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012

New graduation math = success for community colleges

Counting transfer students as “completers” will raise community college completion rates to 40 percent from - - well, from an unspeakably low number.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy | Tags:  community colleges, completion rates, higher education

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Juliette Bell tapped as UMES president

Chemist hopes to raise numbers of underrepresented minorities in the sciences.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:55 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration | Tags:  UMES, higher education

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Watch your favorite rock stars for credit

New Berklee extension class sets the bar yet higher for ambitious online coursework.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Online, Pedagogy, Technology | Tags:  rock music, online education

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Student loans surpass auto, credit card debt

New report shows one-third of all student loan debt is held by those under 30.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  Obama, student loans, higher education

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Cheetah robot breaks robo-speed record at 18 mph

Scary-sounding military “chase-and-evade” robot clocks in at 18 mph.

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research | Tags:  robotics, scientific research

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Grad-rate ranking reveals elite list of small, wealthy schools

The colleges with the highest four-year graduation rates tend to enroll around 3,000 students and to spend about $200,000 educating each one.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Rankings | Tags:  college completion, graduation rates, Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 03/02/2012

U-Md. collaboration blueprint released

After rejecting a merger, state regents roll out a series of initiatives to foster more collaboration between College Park, Baltimore campuses.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:53 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Research | Tags:  University of Maryland, University System of Maryland

 

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