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Is a Double Major Right for You?

Girl Reading a Textbook in a lecture roomIf you’re ready to declare a major, this single thought may be lingering in your mind: Should I or shouldn’t I attain a double major? Sure, it could mean more job opportunities and higher pay, but a double major could also mean twice the stress and a hefty tuition bill.

To ease such torment, read these pros and cons of double majoring, and decide the right path for you.

Pros:

  • As a prospective employee, you’re more marketable. Having a double major shows that you’re flexible and well-rounded in more than one area of study. For instance, foreign language as a second major, specifically Spanish, is always a huge plus with employers. With this tough job market, a double-whammy could mean that you’ll get hired straight out of college.
  • It may be the only solution if you’re equally torn between two majors. It’s likely that if you don’t follow your destined education path now, you’ll head back to school after you graduate. Going back isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s tough to do when you’re working a full-time job. It’s best to get your degrees out of the way now while you have education on the mind.

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Students Are Now Majoring in Emergency Managent and Disaster Response

The devastation in Japan left many students asking what they could do to help.

When I was in kindergarten, the OKC Murrah Building was blown up by a bomb. This experience was quite shocking for me, but since it was not in my town, I was not nearly as affected by this disaster as Carlene Pinto. When Pinto was in middle school, she watched the second World Trade Center Tower crash to the ground and then walked home as paperwork and dust fell from the sky all around her. Lindsay Yates was another young child who saw disaster strike her hometown when Hurricane Fran killed 24 people in her state. What do we three women have in common besides tragic events in our childhoods? We could all study disaster mental health at SUNY New Paltz.

The university is one of many schools that are now offering programs that focus on emergency management and disaster response. This new trend is in direct response to the numerous catastrophes that have plagued our nation and the world in recent years. In 2001, there were only about 70 emergency-management programs in the USA; today, that number is more than 230.

“This generation has never known a time without terrorism or disaster, and I think it has drawn many of them to this field,” said Karla Vermeulen of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health. “They were 10 at the time of 9/11 and 14 during Katrina, and it’s really shaped them.”

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Georgetown Study Finds the Value of Bachelor Degrees

Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce has released a new study assessing the monetary value of college degrees. The report highlights the average income of graduates, grouped by bachelor degree subjects. Findings also address the gaps in gender by degree program and average income differences by gender and race. Of the 171 majors analyzed, the incomes range from $120,000 down to $29,000.

Titled “What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors” the study aimed to analyze the connection between degrees and average incomes. While findings show that bachelor degrees do pay off, the more important findings prove the importance of picking a degree program.

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NoMajorDrama.com Helps Students Pick a Major Without Undue Stress

Picking a college major is a really hard decision for some people. Sure, a few people know what they want to study in college and do with their lives from the time they are six-years old. But for most of us, having to decide what you will study and then hopefully work as for the rest of your life when we enter college is a stressful process. Luckily, there’s a new app that can help make this process much simpler for you…or at least give you a little guidance.

NoMajorDrama.com is a new website that helps you select a college major by analyzing your skills and interests. It starts by asking you what things you are good at and what things you are interested in. After selecting up to seven things from these two categories, the app asks you to choose between your options. For example, the app asked me if I would rather study a major that had a high level of emphasis in non-English skills but little emphasis on animals, or the opposite. No Major Drama continues to evaluate your choices between the two hypothetical majors, and after you choose between all of your interests, it tells you more than 300 different majors and fields of study that would suit you.

I am studying advertising and Spanish language in college. After No Major Drama analyzed my responses, it recommended that I major in a foreign language, followed by a business recommendation. It was also correct in not recommending that I study science or mathematics, both of which are things that I do not particularly enjoy.

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Teachers’ Colleges Upset by Plan to Grade Them

Ask any teacher in the country how they measure students’ understanding of the material they are taught, and all of them will tell you they have some sort of grading system. This rings true even if they don’t use a traditional grading method. No matter what symbols are used to communicate, students and parents are given some report of their level of comprehension of the things they are taught each day in school.

Now, some colleges that train teachers are upset, because they will be graded by the U.S. News & World Report. The report is planning to assign grades ranging from A to F to over 1,000 teaching colleges throughout the country. Several education school deans are upset about this new grading system for their programs, claiming that the rating system’s methodology used to grade the schools is flawed. There has also been a letter written from 35 prestigious education colleges and graduate schools stating that there is an implied coercion if schools don’t cooperate with the ratings. Schools were told originally that if they did not supply the requested documents, the information would be sought under open-records laws. If the information was not obtained through those means then the school would automatically receive an F rating.

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Everblue Earns Accreditation for Continuing Education in Environmental Studies

Enviromental StudiesThe environmental education start-up Everblue.edu has been granted accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Everblue, whose motto is “Building Earth’s Sustainable Workforce” offers continuing education certifications in a variety of green studies, including LEED certification training, Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications, Weatherization Training, Corporate Sustainability and Carbon Accounting. Previously, students who took these courses paid out of pocket, but with the new accreditation, the site can sell its services to large companies who wish to educate their employees on environmental topics, government veterans’ education programs and anyone using a government grant or loan to pay for their continuing education. Certification courses combine traditional classroom and online classes.

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Ohio to Start Grading University Teaching Programs

Teachers who go to school in Ohio will now be graded to reflect how well their college education has prepared them for their job. The state of Ohio has adopted a report card system that will go into effect in 2011 that grades teaching programs at private and public universities. This type of grading system will judge how well students perform after college.

There are a total of 14 standards that will be used to analyze a college’s performance through the teachers they produce. Some of the included criteria for evaluation include how well the university places teachers in hard to staff schools, how a graduate scores on the state’s new teacher performance assessment and how much students learn in a teacher’s class in one year.

Overall, this grading system has been accepted by both private and public university groups. The effort to increase accountability will offer room for improvement and produce more teachers who are equipped to do their job. Some data received from this grading system will be available immediately, but a full report on the findings will not be available until the end of 2012.

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Internships.com Makes Finding Internships Easy

Going to college ultimately fulfills one purpose: gaining higher education. Most people will use that education to gain a job, but often students face problems of even entry level jobs wanting you to have some level of experience. The best way to get experience, and even start making some professional contacts, is to participate in an internship while in college.

Getting accepted for an internship can be highly competitive and you have to know where to look for them. Internships.com was founded in 2009 by Robin D. Richards and Ouyang and is the world’s largest internship marketplace, offering positions in all 50 states. The site was launched earlier this year and is completely free to use. Students can search for internships and employers can post their internships for free on Internships.com.

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Half of Med Students Experience Burnout

med-studentA new study finds that more than half of med students experience burnout, which in turn leads them to engage in unprofessional behaviors when working with patients. The study was conducted by the Mayo Clinic and published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study found that stressed-out med students were unlikely to engage in academic dishonesty, but were prone to take short-cuts in patient care. “Although students recognize cheating and dishonest clinical behaviors as unprofessional, feel guilty about engaging in these behaviors and believe that the behaviors make them a less trustworthy physician, a relatively high prevalence of unprofessional conduct related to patient care was reported by students in this study,” wrote the authors.

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Unusual College Majors Cut From Schools

guitarWith the recent recession, universities across the country are trying to tighten budgets in any way possible. Several are cutting sports, others are laying off professors and some are even doing away with majors. The more popular majors, like business administration and psychology, are here to stay, but there are several obscure majors that are no longer available to students.

Here’s a list of five majors that you’ve likely never heard of, but have nonetheless been discontinued:

Music management and merchandising: Only a total of 18 students over five years chose this degree at Mansfield University. The major, which was discontinued in October 2009, gave music hopefuls a chance to join “a program that prepares individuals to organize and manage music organizations, operations, facilities and personnel.” Read the rest of this entry »





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