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Colleges Use Facebook More Effectively Than Students Do

Facebook logoMost students have a Facebook account. If not a Facebook account, they probably have some other form of social media that they use to stay connected with their friends, follow trends, and network themselves.

However, would you be surprised if 100 percent of U.S. schools that were polled say they are also using social media to do the same things? Well, according to a recent study conducted at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, you shouldn’t be surprised at all because this is completely true.

“Prospective students, parents, current students, alumni – one common area in which they are all present in one or another is on Facebook,” said Kevin Morrow, the executive director of public affairs at Syracuse University. This explains why 98 percent of the universities surveyed said they have a presence on this social media website.

So, most schools are using social media to reach a large audience. But the ways they are using it vary by school and by purpose.

“The book hasn’t been written [on how to use social media],” said Michael Kaltenmark, director of web marketing and communications at Butler University. “We’re still figuring it out on a daily basis.”

So how are schools using social media? Hint, they are not just posting pictures from last weekend’s football game. Here are the top seven ways they are connecting with their “fans” on a daily basis:

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College Football 2011: Conference Play Arrives as Schools Continue to Depart Ways

ACC and Pac 12 Logos

By Cabrone D. Brewer

College Football is no stranger to basking in the media spotlight once fall rolls around, but the light hasn’t been quite this blinding in recent memory.

With a number of schools scheduled to begin conference play Saturday, the focus of the young season once again shifted from the field to the administration office earlier this week after Syracuse and Pittsburgh both announced that they would be ditching the Big East for the ACC.

The move by two of the Big East’s more prominent tenants was a surprise to say the least, as most of the week’s realignment talks centered on Oklahoma and Texas’ Pac-12 membership inquiry — a request that was ultimately silenced when Pac-12 officials decided not to expand the conference any further at this time.

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Universities Gain More Endowments After 2009 Losses

In 2009, the recession put a heavy strain on university endowments, but things seem to be turning around, according to the comprehensive Nacubo-Commonfund Study of Endowments, released last Wednesday.

The value of endowments increased an average of 11.9 percent for the fiscal year of 2010, which ended in June, nearly making up for 2009’s losses. They decreased an average of 18.7 percent in the last fiscal year. The gains follow a 14.4 percent increase of the S&P 500, a commonly-used stock performance benchmark.

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College Presidents with Million-Dollar Salaries

Thirty college presidents earned over $1 million in the 2008 fiscal year, according to a salary report by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  That’s quite a jump from the previous year’s 23.

On the other hand, 78 percent of college chiefs’ salaries were under $600,000 in 2008 and roughly half of them received less than $400,000. In 2007, 82 percent of the presidents’ compensation packages were under $600,000, and 58 percent received less than $400,000.

“As usual, there are a few outliers,” Jeffrey Selingo said, editor of The Chronicle. “When looking at the very big numbers, there’s always a lot of reasons why those people got such high compensation packages.”

With kickbacks of more than $50 million, Selingo gathered salary data from the tax filings of 448 private colleges. The Chronicle’s survey comes at a time of increased tuition rates amid an economic crisis, and it’s likely that this report will spark debates on whether or not college presidents are paid too much.

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2010 NBA Draft Roundup: Kentucky Steals the Show

The NBA Draft took place in New York last night, and the first overall pick, John Wall of Kentucky, set a tone for the first round. Every time you looked up, there was another Wildcat walking up to the podium.john-wall-washington-wizards

After Wall went at #1 to the Washington Wizards, fellow freshman DeMarcus Cousins went to the Sacramento Kings at #5, junior Patrick Patterson went to Houston at #14, freshman Eric Bledsoe went to the Thunder at #18 and freshman Daniel Orton went 29th to the Magic giving Kentucky an astounding five first-round selections.

It was reminiscent of the 2005 draft, when four North Carolina Tar Heels were selected in the first 14 picks.

When I think about the group of Kentucky players, a thought creeps into my head: has the class designation lost all meaning in D-I college basketball? Read the rest of this entry »



Joe Biden’s GPA and College Record

When I was watching the vice presidential debate, I was amazed by how intelligent and articulate Joe Biden came across.  Thus, it surprised me to find out that Biden didn’t do particularly well in college at all.

Biden attended the University of Delaware at Newark, where he earned a degree in history and political science in 1965. According to Paul Taylor’s See How they Run: Electing the President in an Age of Mediaocracy, Biden graduated 506 out of 688 in his class. Somehow, he managed to get into the Syracuse University College of Law. There, he admits that he underperformed as a law student, unlike Barack Obama, who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

Read more about Joe Biden’s University background, and check out the college records of Barack Obama, John McCain, and Sarah Palin.

Common Misspellings: Joseph Biden, Joseph Biden Jr., Jo Biden, Joe Byden, Joe Bidin



Joe Biden’s University Background

Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee for vice president, alongside running mate Barack Obama. He’s well-known for his commitment to his homestate of Delaware, and most of his educational background doesn’t venture too far outside those borders either. Take a look at his high school and college alma maters and see if you share any with him.

joe biden

High School:
Archmere Academy (private)
Claymont, DE
Graduated 1961

College:
University of Delaware at Newark
Double-major Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science
Graduated 1965

Syracuse University College of Law
Juris Doctorate (J.D.)
Graduated 1968





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