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James Comey Educational Background: Is James Comey well educated?

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Confirmed as the seventh director of the FB on September 14th of 2013, James Comey came under scrutiny after announcing a reopening of the Clinton e-mail investigation less than 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. While his impact on the election cannot be quantified, many believe that he may have swung the hotly contested race in Donald Trump’s favor. Before he assumed his current position, James Comey worked as the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. After leaving the Department of Justice in 2005, he went on to serve as a senior vice prudent at Lockheed Martin. After almost a decade away from the government, Comey assumed his current role in the public sector. However, long before he was an attorney, James was just another kid growing up in Allendale.

Born on December 4th of 1960, James Comey was one of four children belonging to James Brien and Joan Comey.  While born in Yonkers, James spent most of his formative years growing up in New Jersey. After attending local elementary schools, he completed his primary education at Northern Highlands Regional High School. It was during his senior year at Northern Highlands that James underwent an ordeal he credits with changing his life. One evening, he and his brother Matthew found themselves imprisoned in their own home by a notorious serial rapist. Though they escaped unscathed, it allowed James to develop an empathy for his clients that’s not found in all attorneys. These twenty-four hours helped determine his life for years to come. After graduating from Northern Highlands, he went on to join the ranks of William and Mary, majoring in chemistry and religion.

The second oldest school in the US, the College of William of Mary is sometimes called the Alma Mater of the Nation. It’s at this school that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson received their secondary education.  Comey graduated from this illustrious school in 1982 following four years of liberal-arts based coursework. From there, he set his sights on becoming a lawyer. To fulfill this dream, Comey then enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School. Two years after enrolling, Comey received his Juris Doctorate from that same university.



An Online Master’s Degree For Only $7,000

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The online master’s degree business is booming big time. Graduating students are looking for that additional push to get an MBA to try and secure that top spot at a worthwhile company. Top colleges are willing to give you a masters degree – for a hefty price tag.

Georgia Tech is doing things a little bit different, charging only $510 for a three credit class. You can get a master’s in computer science from an accredited, top ranked school like Georgia Tech for about only $7,000. Why would anyone even go to a four-year college anymore? Why would you go to Syracuse and pay over $50k?

The online program at Georgia Tech enrolls about 4,000 students which are mostly Americans, whereas on-campus students average about 300 students or so and are mostly from other countries.

For more information on this emerging program, explore the master’s program at Georgia Tech.



Which College Town is Right for You?

There are already plenty of questions to consider when deciding where to go to college. Which school is the best for your program? How much can you afford to spend? How far from or close to home do you want to be?

Though those may cover the basics, some consideration should also be given to what kind of place your college or university is in. Are you looking for a quaint, quirky college town? Or are you looking for a little city within a big city kind of feel with your campus?

Source: WalletHub

Tons of options are out there, and the choice can be overwhelming. Thankfully, the folks at the personal finance site WalletHub have created a list of the best and worst college cities and towns in America. They reviewed 280 cities across 23 different metrics like quality of higher education, crime rates, cost of living, and average monthly cost of purchases students are most likely to make.

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For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration, Again

A new set of rules designed to regulate for-profit colleges caused industry lobbyists to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration. According to the lobbyists, the rules are arbitrary and unconstitutional.

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The rules released the last week of October are an amended version of the gainful employment regulations proposed by the Obama administration earlier this year.

Under the rules, for-profit colleges would not receive federal funding for career training programs if their graduates graduate with a lot of debt but find only low-paying jobs.

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Want Free Tuition? Germany May be the Place for You

Those looking to save on a college education may want to try their luck in Germany. The country just committed to tuition-free higher education for all students, including international students.

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Lower Saxony was the last of seven German states to abolish tuition after the country began charging for it in 2006. Germany has a firm commitment to universal education, so the German states began dropping their tuition fees one by one.

The minister for science and culture in Lower Saxony, Gabrielle Heinen-Kjajic said in a statement, “We got rid of tuition fees because we do not want higher education which depends on the wealth of the parents.”

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For-Profit Colleges Under Fire

Earlier this year, President Obama and his administration made waves when they announced new steps to address concerns about student loan debt. They announced new regulations that would require career colleges to do a better job of preparing students for gainful employment. If the schools do not meet the new regulations, they could lose access to federal student aid.

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In a release about the new regulations, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, “Higher education should open up doors of opportunity, but students in these low-performing programs often end up worse off than before they enrolled: saddled by debt and with few – if any – options for a career.”

“The proposed regulations address growing concerns about unaffordable levels of loan debt for students enrolled in these programs by targeting the lowest-performing programs, while shining a light on best practices and giving all programs an opportunity to improve.”

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55 Universities Under Title IX Investigation

After pressure from lawmakers, sexual assault survivors, and activists, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating 55 colleges and universities under Title IX.

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These colleges and universities are under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual assault and harassment on campus, which violates Title IX, the gender equity law.

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Top College Choices That Aren’t Ivies

You’ve taken the necessary tests and sent in your applications. Now you wait. College applications season is a stressful one, but there may be nothing more stressful than waiting to hear back from your top choices. For those out there who set their sights on an Ivy League school, waiting can be extra worrisome.

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If you’re worried about getting into an Ivy or already know you didn’t, why not check out some other colleges and universities that are just as great and have a higher acceptance rate? Ivies aren’t the only schools out there, and these 10 schools, according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges: Beyond the Ivies, are just as academically outstanding.

Amherst College
This private liberal arts school may be small, it enrolled 1,785 students in 2013, but it’s one of the top-ranked schools in the country. It’s also exclusively undergraduate.

Duke University
Duke is a private research university located in North Carolina. Not only does it have excellent academics, but I’m sure you’re familiar with Duke’s athletic reputation as well.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is known for its prowess in the fields of physical sciences and engineering. It may be as difficult to get into as an Ivy, but if you want to major in the sciences, it’s certainly worth some consideration.

Pomona College
Located in Southern California, Pomona College is a liberal arts school that focuses on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Stanford University
A leading research and teaching university, Stanford is another well-known California school. Not only does it feature great academics, but it has one of the most unique college mascots: a tree.

Swarthmore College
This unique college focuses on liberal arts and engineering curriculum. It also has a noted Honor’s Program and strives to integrate ethical and social responsibility into all programs.

University of Chicago
This is a private research university in the heart of one of the Midwest’s biggest cities. Its location offers many cultural benefits and allows for a different educational experience than you might get in a traditional college town.

Wellesley College
Noted as the top liberal arts college for women, Wellesley may be a school you’ve not heard of, but it’s definitely one you should consider.

Wesleyan College
The second women’s-only college on the list is Wesleyan. Another private liberal arts college, Wesleyan recently added the option for students to take an additional class over winter break so they could experience a class that may be higher in demand during the semester.

Williams College
A four-year liberal arts college, Williams offers more than 30 majors in 24 different departments. It also is the number one liberal arts college in the United States according to a recent ranking.

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Highest Paid Public Employees in the U.S. are College Coaches

“Find something you love to do, and then convince people to pay you for it. As long as it’s something legal.”

That was the advice from my high school band director to a group of upperclassmen as we faced college and career decisions. We thought it was fairly original, but a look at this map from WTHR-TV shows that at least one group of professionals heard similar advice and ran with it.

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That’s the only way I can wrap my head around the fact that 39 of the 50 states have a sports coach as the highest paid public employee.

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Oklahoma State University Strives to be America’s Healthiest College Campus

Oklahoma State University is after a title. No, not for football or basketball or even anything academic. Instead, OSU has put itself on the track to be America’s Healthiest Campus.

The quest to be America’s Healthiest started earlier this year with the implementation of updates like the campus’ new Reboot Center, a space designed to help students relax and get away from the stresses of student life. It opened to good reviews in March, and helped pave the way for additional health-centered initiatives.

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With the same goal of improved student and faculty health in mind, in October, OSU hired a Chief Wellness Officer. OSU President Burns Hargis said “this new position emphasizes the commitment we have to the well-being of our students and employees as OSU strives to be America’s Healthiest Campus.”

More healthy changes came right on the heels of this new appointment: Within days, Oklahoma State announced a new on-campus food nutrition labeling system. This new system helps students make healthier eating choices by labeling more than 800 kinds of prepared foods with information about serving size, number of servings per package, ingredients, nutritional values and allergen information. Read the rest of this entry »





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