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Will Massive Open Online Courses Replace Traditional Forms of Higher Education?

Does a little piece of paper ever really mean that much? Usually, the answer has been no, unless that piece of paper is a college diploma. However, according to some, these colleges diplomas that people spend thousands of dollars and countless hours pursuing might become just another piece of paper in the near future, thanks to the advent of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

MOOCs and other higher education courses that are available online are changing the future of higher education.

“Who needs a university anymore?” David Wiley, a professor at Brigham Young University, asked. “Employers look at degrees because it’s a quick way to evaluate all 300 people who apply for a job. But as soon as there’s some other mechanism that can play that role as well as a degree, the jig is up on the monopoly of degrees.”

Wiley thinks that this change will be coming sooner than you might have thought, maybe by the end of the year. He proposed that it will become common place for people who studied through MOOCs to have high-paying jobs at companies like Google.

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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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5,000 Janitors in the U.S. Currently Hold PhDs

mop and bucketThe state of the U.S. economy has left a substantial number of people without work and a very bleak outlook for the future. These difficult times have also caused many people to go back to school to earn a higher level of education. Reflecting on these times, people often think the higher their education level, the better their chances of gaining employment when the economy starts to bounce back. Some also think that if they are more educated, that might help stave off unemployment in the future. Something that many don’t consider during these times is how many people of high level education might be forced to do jobs they are overqualified for just to find work. Read the rest of this entry »



Recent College Grads Still Facing Unemployment

concered-college-gradAlthough much media attention has been paid to statistics showing the value of a college degree is on the rise, recent college grads are still struggling with unemployment or inappropriate employment. Reports show that workers with a college education fared better during the economic crisis, this was found to be particularly true of people over thirty and professional women. However, this has not been the case for those with degrees under the age of 25.

Recent college grads are facing underemployment  or “malemployment,” meaning that they are working at jobs that do not require a college degree.  Professor of Economics at Northeastern University Andrew Sum estimates that during the first half of 2010, more than 50 percent of young B.A.-holders were employed at jobs not requiring a college degree.

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Low Graduation Rates for Community College Students Has Many Calling for Reform

graduation ratesOnly 25 percent of community college students earn degrees within six years. This statistic is not only shocking, it’s bad news for our recovering economy. Why are community college students not succeeding? A large part of the problem lies within developmental education. A conference was held at the Teachers College of Columbia University to delve deeper into this subject.

Developmental education is the term used for sub-college level courses. Remedial course is another phrase used to describe these classes. Remedial courses include classes that teach basic reading and math, skills students should have learned long ago. These courses provide students with the skills needed to succeed in their college-level coursework and are often required for new students who do not score high enough on placement tests.  Read the rest of this entry »



The Value of Your College Degree is on the Rise

jobsWith a troubled economy still very much a reality, people are looking for ways to cut cost corners. Unfortunately for some students, that means questioning if they should go to college after high school or go straight into the work force to help out their families. Many families have had to dip into their kids’ college funds to pay the bills and those that aren’t lucky enough to have a college fund are in even more of a tight spot.

With all of the layoffs and job-loss facing millions of Americans, many are questioning if going to college and earning a degree is worth it anymore. Those wanting to go to college should feel optimistic, as new information has surfaced to answer that very question. In a study done by the College Board, it has been shown that the value of a college degree is indeed going up. Read the rest of this entry »



States with the Highest and Lowest Percentages of College Graduates

diploma-and-capAccording to a recent report by The Lumina Foundation for Education, only 37.9 percent of Americans have earned a college degree. The foundation recommends that 60 percent of Americans should have their college degree by 2025, in order for the U.S. to stay academically competitive with other countries.

However, this 37.9 percent is a national average. There are several states that have a higher-than-average percent of college graduates. Is your state one of them? Check out the list of the 10 states with the highest percentages of college graduates.

1. Massachusetts: 49.6 percent
2. Connecticut: 46.6 percent
3. New Hampshire: 46 percent
4. Colorado: 45.3 percent
5. North Dakota: 45.2 percent
6. Minnesota: 45 percent
7. New Jersey: 44.6 percent Read the rest of this entry »



What Your GPA Means

report-cardThere are a lot of different terms that are thrown around when you enter college and many of those terms come in the form of acronyms. From entrance exams like the ACT or the SAT, to degrees like a BA or BS, all those letters can get confusing. One acronym that has followed you from high school, however, is your GPA, or grade point average.

A grade point average is a way to universally measure student performance on the same scale. Usually on a scale of 0 to 4.0, with 4.0 being the highest, each grade you receive is assigned points and averaged out. (It is possible to receive higher than a 4.0 if you complete extra credit in addition to your perfect grades.) Typically, an A is worth four points, a B is worth three points, a C is worth 2 points and a D is worth one point. For instance, if you take five classes, and earn three A’s and two B’s, your total points would be 18 for that semester. Then you would divide your 18 points by the five classes you took for a grade point average of 3.6. Read the rest of this entry »



The Best Marketing Schools in the U.S.

marketing womenOne of the more fun and flashy careers around is marketing. Marketing has a pretty broad scope, but generally involves the process of companies creating customer interest in the products or services they sell. Everything from commercials to direct mail to product placement in movies is a product of the marketing industry. Growth Marketing as a career has been very popular because it involves different elements of creativity which opens up a lot of career opportunities.

Whether you decide to go into corporate marketing or work for an ad agency, it’s important to get good experience from your college courses and internships. Receiving an internship will offer you real life experience that looks great on a resume, which can be done while still in college earning your undergraduate degree. Read the rest of this entry »



The Best Communication Schools in the U.S.

classroomThe art of communicating isn’t often one that you would think someone would specialize in for a career. However, communication has become quite a popular college major. Communicating is a process where information is enclosed in a package and then given by a sender to a receiver via some medium. Pretty broad, huh?

A bachelor’s degree in communication can result in several different types of jobs because of its flexible nature. As a degree, communication combines convincing arguments with the appropriate channels to deliver your message most effectively. Some of the great careers that can be had by those with a communications degree include public relations specialist, corporate communications, publicist, communications director, among many others. Read the rest of this entry »





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