Wednesday Linkpile: A Hodge-Podge of Higher-Ed Happenings

Wednesday Linkpile: A Hodge-Podge of Higher-Ed Happenings

By: Sylvia Smith on May 25, 2011

Wednesday Linkpile compiles, for your information and delight, links to noteworthy news articles pertaining to all things online and higher-educational.

  • For-profit college stocks rebound. Via Bloomberg Businessweek comes a May 24, 2011 Associated Press article, "Sector Wrap: For-profit sector." "Shares of for-profit education companies ended higher on Tuesday as a William Blair analyst said a long-awaited "gainful employment" rule from the Department of Education won't likely hurt vocational school chains as much as investors might think, and the recovering economy will make it easier for schools' students to repay their debt."
  • On May 25, 2011 the NPR show Mind/Shift offered "5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools." "Most people think of online learning as a quiet, solitary experience. But over the past few months, after interviewing students, parents, and educators, a different sort of picture has emerged. We’ve learned about who teaches and learns online, and why, what works and what doesn’t, and perhaps most importantly, whether online learning affords the same quality of education as that of traditional schools."
  • And of course student-loan defaults continue to bedevil higher education. "Quakes Along Defaults: Reforming Student Aid for Higher Education." "Students from the three major sectors -- public, for-profit, and private non-profit universities -- suffered increased rates of student loan default, but the biggest increase was in the number of defaults involving borrowers from for-profit colleges, who make up about 12 percent of all undergraduate students."
  • A May 24, 2011 U.S. News Money article offers advice on how newly minted degree holders can crack the employment market. "New Grads: Tips for Starting Your First Job." "[I]f you’re new to the workplace, or simply starting work at a new organization, let me lend a hand. Follow these tips to ensure you make a good first impression."
  • A May 23, 2011 Forbes piece advises, "Parents, DO Let Your Daughters Grow Up to Be Liberal Arts Majors." "Much has been written about Gen Y’s preference for passion-fueled careers. It’s reported that graduates today are less concerned about nailing the best salary, and more intent on finding jobs in companies whose missions match their values and work-life fit."
  • Microblogging your way to an "A?" A May 24, 2011 U.S. News and World Report article presents "5 Unique Uses of Twitter in the Classroom." "While some platforms, such as YouTube, have been widely accepted in the classroom, Twitter has been slower to catch on as a teaching tool. In the same survey, only 2 percent of professors reported using the microblogging site -- which limits posts to 140 characters -- in class."
  • Washington state stands poised for an employment boom. "Seattle Cattle Call: Jet City Set to Hire More College Grads." "Things are looking sunny in the rainy city of Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that Washington state’s job outlook appears brighter for college graduates. This brighter outlook is due to an improvement in the economy. The unemployment rate decreased in April to 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent in March. The private sector added 8,300 jobs, led by the manufacturing, construction, and business sectors."
  • A May 23, 2011 UK Guardian article reports, "Rupert Murdoch uses eG8 to talk up net's power to transform education" "Murdoch said it was not a question of putting a computer in every school, but concentrating on opening up opportunities for youngsters to flourish by using targeted and tailored software."
  • A career-college kingpin pokes fun at community colleges. A May 23, 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education article reports, "For-Profit Group's Western Spoof Takes Shots at Community Colleges and For-Profits." "A video clip featuring the head of the major association of for-profit colleges, Harris N. Miller, dressed like the character Woody from Toy Story and cracking jokes that make fun of community colleges and his member colleges' own advertising messages, was live on YouTube for the past several days before it was abruptly taken down on Monday." 

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