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July 14th, 2014 at 7:38 am

Department of Education shuts down for-profit Corinthian Colleges

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Federal regulations are designed to make sure that colleges that don’t offer a good value to students, don’t get student aid money.

Corinthian Colleges will put 85 of its U.S. campuses up for sale and close the remaining dozen under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. The for-profit college chain operates campuses under the names Heald, Everest and WyoTech. It has more than 70,000 students across North America. It’s the largest-ever college, by enrollment, to be shut down in this way.



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June 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am

Educational technology is making achievement gaps bigger between rich and poor


Poor kids don’t receive as much guidance in a library as affluent kids do.

“The Badlands” is the local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kennsington. The neighborhood is pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. The neighborhood of Chestnut Hill is just a few miles to the northwest of Kennsington but seems to belong to a different universe. In Chestnut Hill, educated professionals shop the boutiques along Germantown Avenue and return home to gracious stone and brick houses, the average price of which hovers above $400,000.

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June 27th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Computer science education – Is there a crisis?

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The U.S. graduated proportionally fewer computer-science majors in 2011-12 than in 1985-86.

There has been a lot of talk from journalists, programmers, and educators about computer-science education in the U.S. on whether every should or should not learn how to code. The question comes up often in the digital-media circles. Tasneem Raja, interactive editor at Mother Jones made a thoughtful, nuanced contribution to that conversation last week.


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June 23rd, 2014 at 11:48 am

Toddlers who play non-educational games on touch screens have lower verbal test scores: Study

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“Technology can never replace a parent’s interaction with his or her child.”

Children who played non-educational games using touch-screen devices had lower verbal scores upon testing, according to a recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. The study examined children from 0-3 years old that used touch-screen devices to determine if their use was of any educational benefit to infants and toddlers.


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June 20th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Percentage of college degrees conferred by women, by major


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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June 18th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

The ‘nanodegree’ – A new type of college degree created by AT&T and Udacity


An instructor for Udacity teaching an online Python class.

AT&T and the online education provider Udacity have partnered to create the “nanodegree,” a new type of college degree similar to the Micro Colleges that Futurist Thomas Frey predicted. The vocationally focused nanodegree is designed to be a lifelong learning portfolio that would be widely recognized by the tech industry and far cheaper to obtain.



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June 10th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

MOOC’s beat campuses in GPA’s and diversity

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The option to learn anywhere at any time boosts community college students’ likelihood of transferring to a 4-year college.

There is some good news for massively open online courses (MOOCs) in business topics: Student GPAs are slightly higher, and MOOCs are more likely to reach students in developing countries.



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June 5th, 2014 at 9:43 am

A third of 18- to -34 year olds in the U.S. live with their parents


The number of young Americans heading to college continues to increase where they are racking up debt to pay for rapidly increasing tuition costs.



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May 29th, 2014 at 10:02 am

Demand for computer science programs is booming at colleges across the U.S.

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Students work during a computer science class.

People in the tech industry have worked to persuade more young people in the U.S. to become interested in studying computer science for years. It now looks like they’ve finally gotten the message.


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May 23rd, 2014 at 9:52 am

7 easy steps for designing your own master’s degree


If you want to further your education without paying the big bucks, consider creating your own master’s program.

Getting a master’s degree has probably crossed your mind if you have been thinking about furthering your education.



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