Architecture Majors Hit Hardest by Unemployment

Man working on a computerWant job security? Then you may want to consider the following majors: engineering, science, education and healthcare.

A recent report by Georgetown University revealed that if you want to land a job fresh out of college, you have to major in a field that is linked to these fastest growing industries. The study by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce also reported which majors are failing degree holders.

Architecture grads, for instance, have the highest unemployment rate of their peers. They’ll have to tackle figures of about 13.9 percent due to the decline in housing construction.

The survey also revealed that grads with non-technical degrees are facing tough unemployment rates. Those who majored in the arts have an 11.1 percent unemployment rate. While those with degrees in the social sciences have a rate of 8.9 percent.

Futures look grim for some of those students who want to study their passions in college. “People keep telling kids to study what they love — but some loves are worth more than others,” said one of the study’s authors, Anthony P. Carnevale.

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40 Percent of Students Majoring in STEM Subjects Change Majors

blue printsIn an effort to encourage students to enjoy science, President Obama held the first White House Science Fair last fall in the State Dining Room. During this event, he tested and played with various projects that students had made. This was just one way that President Obama has been trying to increase the USA’s international competitiveness in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries.

For years, politicians and educators have been trying to think of ways to increase the level of interest that their students have in science. This is even more important today than it has been in the past, as Americans are competing with people from other countries for jobs in the international marketplace.

Sadly, it seems like most Americans are still losing interest in this fields shortly after their days of science fairs end. Why? According to David E. Goldberg, an emeritus engineering professor, it is because when they get to college, they face “the math-science death march.”

Recent studies show that 40 percent of college students who plan to pursue a major in the engineering or science fields change their majors or do not earn a degree at all. If you include pre-med students in this figure, the percentage jumps up to 60 percent. This is twice as much as the attrition rate of all other majors combined.

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Girls Shy Away from Math Because it’s not “Feminine”

Have you heard the old “fact” that boys are better at math and science than girls, but girls are better at reading and writing? For a long time, I thought this really was the truth. However, in reality, the two genders are actually equal in all fields when they begin elementary school.

Sadly, by the time the students are in 8th grade, boys are twice as likely as girls to be interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the careers that can be formed from these education tracks. By high school, many girls are even less interested in these subjects and, therefore, are less likely to take AP classes while also more likely to have lower SAT scores on the math section of the tests.

So why do girls seem to have less of an interest in these subjects? According to True Child, it is because “these trends are connected to girls’ perception of STEM as masculine and their internalization of feminine norms. Girls are caught in a ‘double conformity’ bind, in which they must opt out of femininity or opt out of STEM.”

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Texas Professor Gives Final Lecture From Hospital Bed

William Kielhorn giving his hospital bed lecture

It’s unusual to lecture a class from a hospital bed, but one Texas professor has good reason.

“I very strongly felt that I’d like to complete this 45 years without a miss,” said William Kielhorn, an engineering professor at LeTourneau University suffering from stage four colon cancer.

In that 45 years he has never missed a beat, and Kielhorn was determined not to miss the final class.

“The first thing he asked the doctor was would he be out by 3:00 for class,” said  Amanda Streed, Kielhorn’s granddaughter. “He was laying in ICU, you know, they’re hooking him up to everything.”

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Lee Iacocca’s Education Background

Lee Iacocca is the former CEO of Chrysler. He is an Italian American whose parents moved to the USA from Italy. EDUinReview will now take a look at his education background.

Iacocca was born on October 15, 1924 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His parents owned a restaurant, Yocco’s Hot Dogs, in Pennsylvania’s steel making belt. His full name is Lido Anthony, an unusual name that is rumored to be because he was conceived during his parents’ honeymoon in Venice in Lido. However, Iacocca does not support this rumor.

Iacocca graduated from Allentown High School in 1942. After high school, he attended Lehigh University, where he earned his degree in industrial engineering. In high school, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi fraternity and the engineering honor society.

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Obama Hosts Science Fair at the White House

Barack_ObamaAs part of President Obama’s campaign to promote science, technology, engineering and math education, or STEM curriculum, the White House is hosting a science fair to honor top student projects from around the nation. Projects featured at the White House science fair include a toilet that conserves water, a model solar-powered car, a water purifier for rural communities and a device that uses light to help kill cancer cells.

“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too,” the President said in November.

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MIT Gets a $1.4 Billion Dollar Makeover

MIT One of the most famous educational institutions in America, known for its prestigious degree programs and alumni and research projects, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) epitomizes intelligence and innovation.

However, the 160-acre campus, which boasted over 4,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students last year, does not reflect the stature of its reputation- at least in the opinion of its board of trustees. Thus, MIT is getting a $1.4 billion makeover.

“The physical campus was not keeping pace with the leading-edge research of our scientists and engineers,” Susan Hockfield, MIT President, told the NY Times. Read the rest of this entry »

Does School Prestige Matter for Your Major?

EngineeringAccording to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, the reputation of one’s alma mater plays a more important role in career success for those with pre-professional majors. The journal conducted a survey of people who graduated between 1999 and 2010, asking them: “How important was your undergraduate school’s reputation and connections to your current job/career success?”

Engineering, international business and accounting majors most frequently responded “important” or “very important.” On the other end of the spectrum, history, psychology and communications majors felt that the reputation of their undergraduate school was a less important factor in career success.

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Women Earn More Doctoral Degrees Than Men

diploma-and-capOver the past several decades, women have been making gradual gains in the world of higher education, but, until last year, men continued to dominate doctorate degrees. Now, according to current data released by the Council of Graduate Schools, more women obtained doctoral degrees than men last year.

According to the analysis of graduate enrollments and degrees, the majority for women in doctoral programs is only slight, a mere 50.4 percent. However, the switch proves to be steadily rising and momentous. Just ten years ago, women made up only 44 percent of doctoral degrees.

Nathan Bell, with the Council of Graduate Schools, said that the increased female share of doctoral degrees was “a natural progression of what we have been seeing” in all levels of college degrees. Female enrollments have engulfed male enrollments in associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s programs. And he said this recently released data makes sense given that “the pipeline is increasingly female.” Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Your Bachelor’s Degree Worth?

degree worthYou probably thought that earning a bachelor’s degree meant making more money. But with the current challenging job market, recent graduates aren’t receiving the starting salaries that they probably expected.

But there’s still hope on the horizon. Although starting salaries had been on a downhill slope, they are starting to stabilize.

2010 graduates’ average starting salary is $48,288, according to a survey organized by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, also known as NACE. While that’s 0.7 percent down from last year’s average starting salary, Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, said that the decline appears to be leveling off. Read the rest of this entry »


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