College - August 2011
The Dallas Cowboys, long referred to as 'America's Team', apparently does not have the entire country on their side when it comes to the manufacturing and distributing of college apparel. The latest venture by the owner of the Cowboys has been met with opposition at two college campuses that could rival the opposition the team faces on the field during the NFL season. Education Insider takes a closer look at why some are protesting this new merchandising affiliate.
With the intent of making a profit, a number of unaccredited schools are posing as legitimate higher education institutions. The Education Insider takes a closer look at how these sham universities are offering educational visas to foreign workers and intending international students.
College is expensive, but your dinner doesn't have to be. This article contains just ten of the hundreds of fast, affordable and healthy meal ideas perfect for the student budget and schedule.
Most college commencement speeches consist of bad jokes and bland advice, but there are a few that are made memorable by genuine wit and wisdom. Below are 10 noteworthy commencement speeches offering worldly advice from famous comedians, authors, politicians, entrepreneurs and even a prison inmate.
There are many factors that can affect your post-graduation salary potential, including the type of degree, your major, where you live and even the school you attended. But expensive Ivy League schools aren't the only institutions that offer the possibility of high earnings. Read on to discover the 10 public universities with the highest-earning graduates.
Sure, everybody knows Harvard, Yale and Princeton, but when it comes to getting a good education, Ivy League schools aren't the only game in town. If you're thinking about applying to college this year, don't miss these little-known and up-and-coming college and universities.
Blogs are a good place to find information on writing. We've picked out the 12 most insightful blogs for freelance writers, fictions writers, bloggers and other writers who are dedicated to the craft. Check out at least one of these blogs today.
While many college campuses have a park-like atmosphere, taking full advantage of their natural surroundings, some are a bit more impressive than others. Here's a list of some of the most attractive college campuses in the U.S. If you're looking for a school with a campus that will take your breath away, keep reading!
Google, Bing and Yahoo! are great for broad questions, but research can often be a lot easier with a focused search. Check out these 20 useful search engines that can help students find academic information, people, video, photos, audio and more.
University libraries are unparalleled sources of information. Although most people think that you have to be affiliated with a university to take advantage of research opportunities, the truth is that many prestigious university libraries can be accessed online. Here are 20 that you can visit today.
Even for the best of students, college can seem like an overwhelming challenge. While there's no guaranteed way to make it easy, the following tried-and-true tips can help you get the most out of your college experience academically, socially and professionally.
When a group of students from Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury University set a Guinness World Record for cramming 20 people into a Volkswagen Beetle, they weren't just having fun. They were bringing attention to the nearly 27 million people who live in the bonds of slavery. Though often hidden from view, modern slavery is a plague that these college students hope to see eradicated.
Students entering their senior year in college have a lot to worry about as they try to meet the rest of their degree requirements and prepare to continue on to graduate programs or enter the workforce. The Education Insider provides some tips that will help keep these students on track even when being tempted by senioritis.
Attention Quidditch fans! The 2009 Quidditch World Cup is due to take place this month at Middlebury College. On October 25, more than 20 teams from around the world will descend upon Middlebury to participate in a unique athletic tournament inspired by the Harry Potter books.
As you navigate around the Web, it's so easy to get pulled into rabbit holes of irrelevance. The Internet is filled with sites that offer nothing of value for college students. But if you know where to look, there are quite a few sites that are legitimately useful. Here are 25 valuable sites that you'll want to bookmark today.
The cost of books can add up quickly for college students. Fortunately, there are a lot of great sites that offer free unabridged books online. Here are 40 of the best places to find free textbooks, audio books and full-text works of fiction and nonfiction.
Writing is one of the many things that students are expected to do well. To make sure you live up to expectations, we have combined a list of 45 resources that you can use to write essays, complete research, organize ideas and improve your writing.
Are you interested in traveling the world while furthering your education? There are several ways you can travel affordably and in many cases for free. Some benefits of traveling as a student are that you'll learn about different cultures, visit famous landmarks, and meet fellow students from around the world.
Do you love working with kids? Whether you're interested in teaching, providing health services or supporting families, there are many great careers you could pursue. Here are five majors that can prepare you for a kid-focused career.
Incoming freshmen are faced with many difficult and daunting situations. They are forced to adapt to a new environment as quickly as possible in order to succeed academically, which may increase their level of stress. The following tips will help ease the transition.
It's National Catholic Schools Week, and today we're continuing our celebration of America's great Catholic colleges with a profile of Georgetown University. Learn how this Jesuit school has become one of the nation's leading universities.
As more and more schools vie for top students, the concept of a 'new Ivy League' has become increasingly popular. Students - and education publications - hope to promote the idea that tradition and elitism don't necessarily translate into a quality academic experience. But will the New Ivies ever gain the prestige of the original Ivy League?
A Victorian Fantasy: Study.com Speaks with the Organizer of the Albright College Victorian Fashion Ball
Each year, fashion design students at Albright College in Pennsylvania host a Victorian Fashion Ball featuring 19th century costumes and dancing. Study.com recently caught up with Paula E. Trimpey, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Fashion at Albright and the originator of the Victorian Ball.
In the pursuit of increasing access to education, Study.com has recently launched an interview series with OpenCourseWare (OCW) providers around the world. These institutions are at the forefront of the open education movement, which provides free educational resources to any student or self learner with an Internet connection. Read on to learn about OCW opportunities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) from Blake Haggerty, Assistant Director for Instructional Design.
As usual, the coming of fall signifies the beginning of football season. It's not just the NFL we'll be watching, of course - college games are also underway. But this year's season brings with it an unusual amount of scandal, and perhaps a little more attention than usual to the oft-repeated question: how should college sports treat their athletes?
College students are often confronted with high academic expectations that may lead to anxiety and stress. Fortunately, there are some measures you can take to reduce anxiety and paranoia while in college.
We've all been there: It's the first day of class and you already feel lost. Maybe the subject matter is out of your comfort zone, or it's an exceptionally advanced class. Either way, the coursework is hard and you're going to need some tools to handle the pressure. Don't miss these tips for tackling difficult college classes.
You're probably familiar with inspiring athletes who have competed in the Paralympic Games, the ultimate athletic competition for individuals with a physical disability. Adaptive recreation programs located throughout the U.S. are helping to prepare the next generation of Paralympic champions.
It's simple math, really. College applications increase at a much faster rate than the number of students accepted. Something's got to give, and so each year many schools expand their dreaded admissions waitlist. This can force students to make a really tough choice, especially when they're waitlisted by their favorite institutions. What should they do?
The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle recently won a Golden Apple award for its groundbreaking work in K-12 science education through the Center for Inquiry Science (CIS). We recently caught up with Dana Riley-Black, director of the CIS, to find out more about how the organization is transforming both medicine and science education.
Virginia Tech is one of the country's top-ranked universities and computer engineering (known at VT as CPE) is one of its best programs. Study.com recently caught up with Ali Nazemi, a CPE student who's earning his second bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech, to learn more about this excellent program.
In response to the growing popularity of public universities, U.S. News & World Report has released a supplement to its Best College 2011 rankings. The Top Public Schools: National Universities list features institutions that ranked highly in their original categories, and each comes with one big bonus - public school tuition.
Many young adults around the world dream of attending a college or university in the U.S. The Education Insider looks at some of the ways that postsecondary institutions across America are catering to international students.
Under the guidance of outgoing president Anthony Marx, Amherst College has made admissions changes that have made this elite school's student body more diverse. But the effort isn't focused on bringing in students from different ethnic backgrounds. Rather, it's designed to attract students from lower-income families.
Last December, Texas Longhorn Sam Acho was named winner of the 21st National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy. The award recognizes outstanding success in football, academics and community leadership. Study.com recently caught up with Sam to learn more about the achievements that earned him this honor.
Many incoming freshmen are uncertain of what major to choose and are confused about whether or not to claim an undeclared major. Read on to learn the benefits and possible drawbacks of being undecided when it comes to your major area of study.
The field of anthropology has been studying human cultures at least since the writings of Lewis Henry Morgan in the mid-19th century. Famous names such as Louis Leakey and Margaret Mead are still part of our cultural heritage. But in recent years, with the rise in the importance of post-colonial thought in academia, the difficulties of studying culture have become a focal point within the discipline.
Earlier this week, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics released a study exploring the perceptions and opinions of university presidents regarding their athletic programs. More than 80% of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly known as Division 1A) college presidents participated in the survey, which asked them about the 'challenges, benefits and costs of supporting intercollegiate athletic programs.' Although there was little consensus on a solution, one problem emerged loud and clear: Intercollegiate athletics, especially football, cost too much.
Community colleges offer their students a variety of career training and educational opportunities. However, 2-year degree and certificate programs are the most common programs available at community colleges. According to a new study, most community college students are aiming higher than these lower-level degrees.
There are lots of ways to educate yourself, but only one way to get credentials to prove it: getting a college degree, right? Maybe not for much longer. Recent announcements from the Mozilla corporation and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have increased support for digital badges, which are quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional university credit when it comes to showing what you know. How might the future get easier for credential-seekers?
Perhaps the visual arts excite you, but drawing, painting, sculpting and the like exceed your reach. That's okay! Colleges around the country offer a number of options to put your creativity to the test, even if you can't draw a straight line to save your life.
From Seattle, Washington, to Houston, Texas, college campuses across the country are home to some beautiful - and strange - works of art. Here are six of our favorite university installations.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) just released their First Look report on postsecondary education for the 2008-2009 school year. The report offers statistical data that backs up early observations of the effects of the recession on higher ed: As college enrollment has climbed, so has the gap between revenue and expenses.
Adaptive sports have long served as recreation for people affected by physical disabilities, but they're also becoming more popular among able-bodied individuals. The University of California - Berkeley hosts a wheelchair basketball tournament that's open to everyone. Learn more about this event in the following interview with organizer Berton Mahardja.
Lots of college cookbooks exist that purport to give college students cheap and easy recipes that they can prepare in their dorms. Anything that requires dicing vegetables or using skillets, though, can't be that cheap or easy, especially for time-crunched students. Here's some food you can make, without the aid of oven or stove, that truly doesn't take much time or money. That's more opportunity for you to study or have fun.
Recent data reveals that in a single year, more than 262,000 American students spent time studying in another country. What causes these and other young people to leave their home universities for foreign soil? Here are some of the great benefits of studying abroad.
In the final installment of our National Catholic Schools Week series, Study.com explores Boston College, which grew from a small Jesuit college into a world class university.
MSG won't destroy your brain, nor will aluminum cookware give you Alzheimer's (also, shocker, Twinkies don't actually last forever!). There are a lot of crazy things people believe about the food you eat and its connection to your brain. Here's some stuff that's actually true.
Many of us have a story inside waiting to be told, but the difficulty and time commitment of writing a book can be too overwhelming. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a chance to meet that challenge. Whether you're a professional writer or a novel novice, join NaNoWriMo this November to let that story free.
Professors, administrators and analysts in higher education often make use of language and definitions that are unique to the field. Describing everything from university policies to technology integration, this jargon can confuse those outside higher ed. Here are some buzzwords in common use today.
Few industries were left untouched by the economic troubles of the past several years. Even higher education has felt the crunch, and many public university systems throughout the country have suspended programs and implemented faculty cuts across departments in response. But are things really bad enough to require such steps?
For better or worse, college campuses have been the locations of some major historical events that continue to shape the world. Read on to learn about some of the game-changing events in our nation's history that took place on college campuses.
Laptop use in college classrooms has been a contentious issue for over a decade. While some teachers feel that the devices are necessary learning tools, others chalk them up as mere distractions. How have professors taken to commanding students' attention in the classroom, and have some gone too far?
Having a car is an expense that not all college students can afford. But car-sharing programs on many campuses are giving students a chance to get wheels when they need them and get mobile. If you're debating whether to bring a car to college, learn about this option before you make your decision.
In November the Sloan Consortium will present its 2010 awards, which recognize 'excellence in online teaching and learning.' Read on to learn more about the educators being honored for their contributions to the growing world of long distance and online education.
Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that women have surpassed men in the number of earned bachelor's and master's degrees, particularly among employed adults. The 2010 educational attainment survey also shows that the overall percentage of the population with both a high school diploma a college degree has increased.
Most educators still view Wikipedia with skepticism as a resource for student research. But a new initiative by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation aims to improve the 'encyclopedia' by bringing in college students as critical editors.
This fall, The Princeton Review will expand their college prep offerings to online courses on college admissions and financial aid. Moderately priced, the courses target families who can't afford private admissions counseling but want more information for their college-bound kids.
The University of Louisville paid its men's basketball head coach $6.1 million for the 2010/2011 season. In contrast, the President of the University of Louisville made $456,132 in 2010. Is this difference in salaries justified or just out of control?
Thousands of 2011 college graduates are facing the uncertainties of tomorrow while wearing yesterday's throwaways. In a unique show of sustainability, dozens of colleges and universities across the United States have chosen to clad their graduates in caps and gowns made from recycled materials. So once the diploma is in hand and the cap tossed into the air, both the cap and gown can be tossed back from where they came from: the recycling bin.
More than 13 million Americans are unemployed. Few new jobs are being created. The country is suffering its worst recession in decades. Any one of these statements would be enough to bring the toughest to their knees. But not, for the most part, the graduating class of 2011. Somehow, some way, they are staring down these somber facts and facing their futures with steadfast optimism.
The college years have a lot to offer beyond textbooks and studying. The Education Insider takes a look at some of the life lessons we learn as undergraduates.
Congratulations - you've been accepted into college. Regardless of the school you've chosen to attend, an amazing experience awaits. Now that you know you're headed to campus, here are some terms you'll want to keep in mind as you settle into your studies and social life.
October is National Book Month. It's also that time of the year when college students everywhere are settling back into school. What better way to mark this serendipitous timing than by digging into a campus novel? Here are 10 great reads about academic life that are definitely worth checking out.
Have you been thinking about what you might like to major in? There are a lot of options out there, and it can be tough to choose. Every now and then, news stories focusing on college will pop up. How much should you let what you read impact your decision?
Confused by college rankings? Don't miss Study.com's three-part introductory guide to popular college lists. Here's the final installment: Newsweek.
Study.com is cracking open the college rankings process in our three-part introductory guide to popular college lists. Welcome to part two: The Princeton Review.
With almost 3,000 schools to choose from and opinions coming from every direction, the college selection process can be excruciating. Many students turn to rankings to help narrow down their choices, but these lists are only useful when they align with the prospective student's needs and values. To help demystify the world of rankings, Study.com presents an introductory guide to three popular systems: U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Newsweek.
College ranking systems are both wildly popular and deeply controversial. They have an enormous influence on student and peer assessment of schools, yet their methodology and data tend to be flawed. This article explores pros and cons of college rankings and what institutions can do to make them better.
Colleges and their students are about more than being self-contained and just helping those on their campuses. Members of the community can benefit when students volunteer off campus and institutions provide helpful public programing. Here is a look at what five schools are doing to make a difference.
Few could argue that for college students, stress and final exams go hand-in-hand. Little, it seems, can be done to ease the tension most students feel as they cram for these dreaded tests. But over the past few years, a therapy technique has been tried at some colleges and universities that seems to do the trick. The Education Insider examines how some institutions have gone to the dogs.
In 1960, students all across the South fought for racial equality by participating in lunch counter sit-ins. Fifty years later, events at campuses across the country honor African American history and the civil rights movement during Black History Month.
A growing number of institutions across the United States are now offering three-year bachelor degree programs. These programs can be beneficial to students and are oftentimes less expensive, but abbreviating the time to degree may have its drawbacks.
College enrollment is on the rise across the United States and somewhat surprisingly, considering past statistics, much of the increase is being seen from the Hispanic population. According to the latest numbers, nearly 350,000 more Hispanics enrolled in college from 2009 to 2010. Education Insider examines this trend and the impact it may or may not have on the number of Hispanics who finish school and attain a college degree.
In today's world of Internet slang, text message shorthand and using 'Google' and 'Facebook' as a verb, it's easy to lose track of the importance of good grammar. But a stellar piece of writing can be essential for earning that 'A', getting that job or simply making a good first impression. Read on for part I in Study.com's series on common writing errors: Homophones.
The winners of the annual Digital School Districts Survey and the annual Digital Community Colleges survey were announced this week. Winners of these surveys are being honored for their exceptional technology support and use of digital technology.
The American Association of Community Colleges unveiled their new Voluntary Framework of Accountability at their annual convention this week in Seattle, Washington. The system is designed to streamline how 2-year institutions collect and report student data in the hopes of improving graduation and transfer rates.
With the cost of tuition rising steadily and showing no signs of slowing, saving for college has become more important than ever. If you're a bit behind where you'd like to be, don't fret. There are many handy tools online that can help you boost your college fund and get back on track. Here are five college savings tools to explore today.
Researchers at the University of Washington have released a progress report on Project Information Literacy, an ongoing study on how students find information. They found that class handouts offer outdated guidance on conducting research that does little to train undergraduates for seeking information in the twenty-first century.
Academic cheating is nothing new. College students have been doing it for years to get by and to get the top grades that everyone seems to expect. But educators are catching on, and students are being forced to come up with new and more ingenious ways to cheat.
Over the last few days, Study.com reported on a few of the issues that have caused some to believe higher education's in crisis. Administrators are now trying to come up with innovative ways to combat diminishing funds and make their degrees more relevant to students. What do some think the future of higher education might hold?
Recently-released statistics have shown a significant drop in attendance rates at schools set up to educate Australia's indigenous population. And that's only part of the problem; a 2010 report found indigenous schools had trouble meeting even basic standards of literacy and numeracy. What can be done to alleviate this problem?
Oberlin College sophomore Darrin Schultz is currently taking steps to help end the problem of world hunger, and it all starts with some trash found in his biology lab. It turns out that in the right conditions, edible mushrooms can grow from paper waste like pizza boxes or paper towels. Schultz hopes to find a way to grow free, edible food using only discarded items. Study.com got in touch with him to ask him a little more about his research and his academic experience.
So you think you have to be a large university to attract a commencement speaker like Conan O'Brien? Think again. After years of turning down commencement address requests, the comedian and TV talk-show host is headed to Dartmouth College on June 12th to speak at the school's graduation ceremony. And all it took was a phone call.
We asked our readers to tell us why they chose to attend public or private universities and how that decision has impacted their current careers and lives. We received a wide range of responses, but one lesson is clear: choosing a college is not about what's 'best', but what's best for you.
After a year of negotiations, the Department of Education has released a set of proposed new regulations governing the use of federal student aid. The proposal covers a broad range of issues, from student recruiting practices to ensuring eligibility, but holds off on a controversial new rule governing for-profit institutions and 'gainful employment.'
Empathy is crucial to human understanding. It allows us to see another's perspective and reminds us of our common, shared experiences. Unfortunately, a recent study published in Personality and Social Psychology Review shows that since the early 1980s empathy scores have dropped a significant amount. The causes for this are varied, and educators are already thinking about how to address this critical issue in the classroom.
Dealing with bad behavior from immature students may be considered a normal part of an elementary, middle or high school teacher's life, but what about college professors? Aren't students at that age supposed to be more adult? Unfortunately, it's not always the case that college students behave flawlessly in the classroom, and their behavior can have a negative impact on their learning experiences.
In 2011, Stanford University endured a minor academic scandal when it came to light that student athletes were given access to a 'feeble class list.' The list contained courses thought by some to be exceptionally easy, which led to accusations of preferential treatment. This incident is only one of many critics point to as evidence of an un-level academic playing field in higher education.
When crimes happen on campus, there are some higher education institutions that do their best to keep it under wraps. But do these schools have an obligation to inform the general public and, of course, their own student bodies, about what happened?
Schools with on-campus housing rely on resident assistants, or RAs, to help maintain order while creating positive living experiences for other students. But what exactly does it take to be a great RA?
The struggling economy is causing U.S. citizens and politicians to cast about for solutions. Many point to 4-year universities as the solution, but is going to college the only way to reach the middle-class? Learn about the alternatives to college, and weigh the benefits of each path.
Dr. Angelia M. Paschal, PhD, Med, a faculty member at the Mississippi University for Women (MUW), is working to revolutionize access to dental care for children and underserved adults in the U.S. Previous to joining MUW, Dr. Paschal was instrumental in a Kansas-based Give Kids a Smile program, which provided free oral health services to uninsured children. Now she's the co-recipient of a grant to expand her research in oral health and healthcare issues among uninsured American children.
University of Illinois professor Lynford L. Goddard has made quite a mark on the electrical and computer engineering (ECE) community. In February it was announced that he'd be the first ever recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Early Career Award. That's due in large part to his overseeing an annual GLEE (Girls Learning Electric Engineering) summer camp in central Illinois aimed at bringing high school girls into the world of ECE.
'All the world's a stage, and we are merely players.' William Shakespeare said that. So did Rush. It's possible, however, that although you embrace the theatrical side of life, you're not really comfortable with the idea of being an actual actor. That's okay! There are still college courses out there that can help you scratch that dramatic itch.
Thanks to current students at Richard Nixon's alma mater, the phrase 'Tricky Dick' is now more than just an epithet for the disgraced president - it's also the name of a yearly variety show performed at Duke University in his 'honor.' This represents a major change in the school's attitude towards one of the most controversial men in American history.
For many students, college life means piles of stress unlike any faced before. Classes, dorms, social obligations: to say it's overwhelming can seem like an understatement. Here are some tips that can help you stay sane as a full-time college student.
Throughout the world, higher education plays a large role in workforce development. Postsecondary programs in every country educate and train students so that they may become professionals who grow economies and meet community needs. However, higher ed systems are not universal in the way they work. Here are three examples from around the globe.
From about the time we hit our sophomore year of high school, we are geared toward college preparation. Take SATs, fill out applications, schedule campus visits. Then graduation, and enjoying fewer than three months off before entering the world of academia once again. But an increasing number of students across the United States are choosing to take the road less traveled when it comes to transitioning from high school to college and beyond. Enter: the gap year.
Emily Loui manages the Service and Civic Leadership department at the University of California San Diego. In this role, she leads groups of student and community volunteers on trips throughout the world to participate in service projects. The nature of the projects includes a broad range of goals, from empowering women to animal conservation. We spoke with Emily to find out more about this exciting work.
The unaccredited Tri-Valley University is currently under investigation by the U.S. federal government. The California-based institution has been accused of selling over 1,000 visas to international students who never attended the university.
In a time when colleges are doing whatever they can to save money, some are defying the norms in order to stand out. This has meant seeking fewer applicants and lowering tuition, both moves that might seem to be financially disastrous, yet are intended to strengthen the schools.
A progress report released by the College Board shows the U.S. falling behind many other countries when it comes to the amount of younger citizens earning college degrees. Now the goal has been set to increase that number over the next 14 years.
Dr. Peter Wood is an emeritus history professor at Duke University and the recent recipient of the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association. We caught up with him to discuss his dual passions for history and teaching and how he keeps the past alive for his students.
Corporal Evelyn Thomas is most well-known for her battle to overturn the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) legislation, but she's also an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teachers and students. Read on to learn more about this passionate advocate for equal rights.
In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Study.com is highlighting some of the country's oldest and most well-known Catholic universities. Join us today to learn more about the University of Notre Dame.
College can be a liberating yet confusing time for many students. This is true not only academically and socially, but also spiritually. When University of Denver (DU) Chaplain Gary Brower arrived on campus, he set about helping students and faculty develop their faith and strengthen their spirituality.
The transition from high school to college can be an intimidating one for new freshmen. But getting to know the five people below can certainly make for a smoother start to your college years.
Need more money for college? There are still plenty of organizations holding scholarship contests. Here is a list of five scholarships you should apply for this month.
When it's time to select electives to fulfill your degree requirements, take a good look through your school's course catalog to find something different. Here are just some of the unique electives being offered at higher learning institutions.
Students who are feeling the effects of the economic recession have turned to vocational schools and for-profit institutions like Kaplan and Phoenix. Because federal financial aid like Pell Grants and subsidized Stafford loans follow the student, a major portion of these recently boosted federal aid programs have gone to for-profit schools.
While scholarship requirements vary, many might include writing an essay, maintaining a specific grade point average or even having a clean criminal record. Some schools are now adding a thank-you note to their list of scholarship requirements. The Education Insider takes a closer look at this practice and if it's having any impact on new and continuing funds.
Earlier this month, Forbes released its annual ranking of undergraduate institutions. Rating 650 colleges and universities, the rankings focus on providing students with insight into which institutions are worth their cost. Forbes' spotlight on value makes for some unexpected rankings when compared to other top colleges lists.
The man who helped usher New York City out of the horrors of 9/11 has been tapped to help usher a graduating class into the post-college world. On May 28th, 2011, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at Cornell University's graduation ceremony being held at the school's Schoellkopf Stadium.
A recently released study shows that college students might not be eating as healthily as they should be. Could this lead to the infamous weight gain of the freshman 15 becoming the freshman 50?
Dr. Robert Hannum is a professor at the University of Denver who teaches statistics with a twist - several of Dr. Hannum's classes use gambling to bring the discipline to life. Study.com caught up with Dr. Hannum to find out how he got into the stats game and what a little fun and games can do for the classroom.
So your friend tells you that, with high school graduation behind her, she can't wait for the summer to be over so she can begin her next educational experience in South Africa. No, she says with a laugh, she's not attending University of Cape Town. She's decided to forego her first year of college and take advantage of a gap year. A volunteer opportunity with AVIVA, she says, could change her life.
Education should be more than textbooks and lectures, it should be an adventure. And it can be, in more cases than not, if you choose to pursue a self-fulfilling and soul-searching gap year experience rather than life on campus. One way you can fulfill your self and search your soul is by signing up for a Raleigh International expedition.
Does this describe you: a young and ambitious high school graduate ready to start college but having a desire to work outdoors, help the environment and gain an education you can't find in a traditional classroom? If so, a gap year might be just what you're looking for. And a gap year volunteering for the Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) might be just what you need.
More and more students are taking college courses online. In fact, recent data shows that over 4.6 million college students (or more than 25%) are enrolled in at least one online class. Maybe you're drawn to the flexibility and convenience of taking classes on the Internet, but have questions about what tools you'll need to succeed. Read on!
A May 2011 piece in 'The Huffington Post' reported the troubling statistic that as many as half of all college graduates under 25 are underutilized when it comes to their jobs - they're either unemployed, underemployed or working in fields that don't require degrees, often for low pay. Considering the massive amounts of debt many college graduates now face, that's a problem. How can the 20-somethings of so-called 'Generation Limbo' tough it out?
Much ado has been made lately over the distinction between the typical college liberal arts curriculum and job-centric vocational training. Depending on which educational professionals you talk to, you might hear that one or the other is capricious, impractical or essential to the foundation of higher education. In a recent editorial for 'The New Yorker,' college professor Louis Menand takes an interesting approach to bridging that gulf. Why not, he argues, do both?
As schools like the University of Toronto and the National Autonomous University of Mexico begin expanding their operations on a global scale, the difficulties that their administrations must face mount. How can schools successfully transition to international status?
A recent study by professors Stuart Rojstaczer (Duke University) and Christopher Healy (Furman University) shows a steadily increasing pattern of grade inflation at American colleges and universities since the 1960s.
The summer between high school and college, as well as the (potentially much longer) post-college summer, allows plenty of opportunities for students in a transitional period to knock a few things off their to-do lists. They could travel the world, secure a helpful internship or even indulge in a couple of good books. Here are some reads that new high school and college grads might find appealing.
Responding to demand from students and employers, colleges and universities across the country are rapidly adding majors and minors in the hottest 21st century field: sustainability.
In 1970, Earth Day started with environmental rallies across the country, concentrated primarily on college campuses. Forty years later, students continue to play an important role in one of the biggest environmental events in the world.
Everyone has some bad tendencies, but there are certain habits that could get in the way of a student's college success. It's important to identify these habits and address them so something like being late doesn't hurt students' grades or get in the way of them doing the best they can in school.
Most of us celebrate our birthdays with parties, cake and presents. Many universities around the world do the same, but they add a few touches: operas, symposiums or massive fundraising drives, for instance. What do various schools do to mark the passing of time?
In a September 2011 editorial in 'The Atlantic,' Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen and Brigham Young University - Idaho advancement guru Henry Eyring champion the growing movement of online college education. Why is it inevitable, and why should educators embrace it?
History isn't merely being taught in college courses. Scholars on many campuses are preserving documents and recordings that allow students and community members to see, hear, and even touch a part of history themselves.
Between the Gulf oil spill and increasing political pressure to reduce carbon emissions, the environment is on everyone's minds. Study.com recently spoke with Dr. Max Boykoff about climate change, environmental research and how college students can make a difference.
Distance learning presents some legal challenges when students take classes through schools outside of their own states because credit hour and other rules vary by state. The Department of Education recently introduced rules to address this problem, but higher education groups are calling foul. A new bill to repeal these rules recently made it out of committee in the House of Representatives.
Student athletes may find themselves under a lot of pressure as they balance classwork with trying to be a top sports performer week after week. For African American athletes playing at the collegiate level during the Civil Rights movement, the pressure was far more intense as they dealt with racism while fighting for equality and tolerance.
PLA, or Prior Learning Assessment, offers a way for college students - especially those returning to school later in life - to gain course credit for knowledge they already possess. That can provide a real help to students who worry about not having enough time or money to complete their degree program. In fact, a 2010 study conducted by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has shown that PLA has major correlation with earning a degree. How can students obtain PLA credit?
In a September 2011 editorial for 'The Chronicle of Higher Education,' college professor Claire Potter offers up a bold message to higher ed institutions: your students are alcoholics, and they're drinking themselves into failure. Is she right? If so, what should schools do about it?
Should elected lawmakers truly represent us, or should they be smarter than us? That's a blunt way of asking a question that recently motivated 'The Chronicle' to investigate where the legislators of our 50 states got an education, or whether they did at all. Some of the results may strike you as fairly surprising.
Are American college students getting smarter? If the number of As being handed out at many colleges and universities across the country is any indication, it would appear to be so. But a new study finds that more As is not necessarily a good thing, and not always necessarily earned. The Education Insider discusses why high grades don't always get high marks.
Some students at large universities feel like a single grain of sand in a giant desert. But going to a big school doesn't have to equate to being a faceless number. If you play your cards right, you can situate yourself to make the most of a large community.
'The New York Times' published an article in June 2011 discussing a Texas initiative that would require public postsecondary institutions to go beyond simply enrolling students in order to receive government funding. Instead, part of the proposed funding formula would take into account performance data. Continue reading to find out how outcomes-based funding will affect students and professors.
For some students, procrastination can lead to disaster at important points in the school year. But unless professors and teachers are naive or completely ignorant, they've probably heard every excuse in the book, and aren't likely to do much more than roll their eyes at an 11th-hour email. There are some steps students can take to avoid putting themselves in the potentially damaging position of having to make excuses.
Many students experience anxiety and depression as they transition into college due to the unfamiliar school setting and the pressures of excelling academically. Although these feelings may vanish as you adjust to college life, there are steps you can take to help maintain a healthy mental state.
There are individuals all over the globe that could use a helping hand from others and just because someone is still a student doesn't mean that they can't pitch in and make a big difference. Education Insider takes a look at just some of the organizations students might want to get involved with.
How to Balance Human Rights Advocacy with Student Life: Girls Learn International Founder Jordana Confino Talks to Study.com
Most middle schoolers are so wrapped up in personal crises, they don't even think about worrying about other kids. But Jordana Confino was different - she and her mother founded a nonprofit organization, Girls Learn International (GLI), before young Jordana even had a driver's license. In this interview, Study.com's Education Insider talks to Ms. Confino about GLI's mission and how to balance schoolwork with philanthropy.
Though college students across the country express significant interest in study abroad programs, ''The Chronicle of Higher Education'' reports that as few as 1.5% of students actually go. While financial and scheduling worries certainly provide a barrier for some students, others may just not know how to pick their destination! For those of you who fit that description, here are some helpful tips.
Some students aren't willing to accept a grade they feel isn't as high as it should be, so they try to get their professor to change that grade. While the results of doing this can be positive, students need to follow the proper etiquette.
When they're not busy attending class, completing homework assignments or studying for exams, almost every college student likes to have some fun. However, they typically have to do so with a limited budget because there isn't much left over after they pay for school and all their other bills. Here are some tips on how students can have fun without breaking the bank.
A recent study undertaken by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has shown a significant correlation between the application of PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) credit and a successful college experience. Depending on what an institution supports, students can earn PLA credit through standardized tests, portfolio assessment, career experience and more. But how do students use that credit once they earn it?
Small colleges offer lots of great advantages. For some students, being a part of a small, tight-knit community makes the college experience a truly special one. However, there are some things all students should keep in mind as they move through small colleges.
It's a no-brainer: to do well in college, you have to make your classes a priority. However, if you want to make the most of your college experience, here are some other things you should take into consideration.
College students face enough financial hardship just paying tuition fees. But with rising costs for textbooks, how can students ensure a good education when they can't afford to purchase textbooks and other materials? Here are a few strategies.
To have the best college experience possible, it's important for all students to be active in campus organizations. But what happens when none of the activities fit a student's interests? Students willing to take some initiative and do a little hard work might want to consider starting a new organization.
Are you nervous and a bit terrified about starting your first semester at your chosen college or university? Maybe you've just finished high school and are beginning as a traditional freshman, or maybe you've been a working adult for some time and are looking to seal your accomplishments with a college degree. Whatever your situation, read on for some tips that can help you survive your introduction to undergraduate life.
Some professors might agree that something needs to be done with the nation's grandparents, since they always seem to be dying around finals week. When a big assignment is looming, professors can count on hearing some creative excuses. But what if those excuses are valid, and genuinely bereaved students are truly deserving of some compassion and understanding?
According to recent reports, student interest in college study abroad programs is higher than ever. But when it comes to offering international options, every school's different. What sets certain study abroad programs apart and what can you do if your school doesn't offer the option you want?
While national university rankings have been used for many years, international rankings are relatively new. Begun in 2003 by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, global university rankings are often criticized for, among other things, their negative impact and choice of indicators. Study.com's Education Insider takes a closer look at international university rankings and whether they have value for students and other universities.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently released a Humanities Departmental Survey exploring the state of the liberal arts at 1,400 colleges and universities. The study found that while tenure-track positions are disappearing and the number of new faculty positions are in decline, student interest in disciplines such as English, history and foreign languages remains strong.
In honor of the upcoming Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Study.com has interviewed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) instructors at universities across the country. Read about Dr. Tom Evans, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Director of the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change (CIPEC) at Indiana University and co-chair of IU's GIS Day event.
In honor of Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Study.com has interviewed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) instructors at universities across the country. Read on to hear from Dr. Dawn Wright, aka 'Deepsea Dawn,' professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU).
In honor of the upcoming Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Study.com has interviewed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) instructors at universities across the country. Read here about Tina Enderlein, GIS Officer at Penn State University.
In honor of Geography Awareness Week and GIS Day, Study.com has interviewed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) instructors at universities across the country. Read on to hear from Patricia Carbajales, Geospatial Manager at the Branner Earth Sciences Library at Stanford University.
The Posse Foundation is one of America's most important resources for increasing college access and educational attainment for underrepresented students. Read on to learn more about their accomplishments and how they do what they do, from the mouth of Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial.
In response to an ongoing investigation by the IRS into financial management practices at over 400 American higher education institutions, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) recently released a voluntary survey of the same data by independent accounting firm Ernst & Young (E&Y).
Inside a Top Fashion Merchandising Program: A Discussion with Sookhyun Kim of Johnson & Wales University
Studying fashion merchandising enables a student to pursue a career in the fashion or retail industry. One of the top schools for this major is Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. We recently spoke with Dr. Sookhyun Kim, an assistant professor of fashion merchandising at the institution.
Today the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine released their 2010-2011 World University Rankings. In addition to THE's broad surveys, the rankings draw on data from the new Thomson Reuters Global Institutional Profiles Project to produce much more fine-grained results than in past years. Read on to learn more about the new international ranking system and discover which universities are ranked the best in the world. Spoiler alert: The U.S. tops the list.
Elmhurst College, located just outside of Chicago, recently made headlines when it announced that it would be adding a question to its application starting in the 2012-13 academic year: 'Would you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community?' As expected, some believe posing such a question is acceptable; others do not. Education Insider asks, Is it ever okay to ask students about their sexual orientation?
History has long been a typical part of any student's list of required courses throughout their school years. But does this class still deserve a spot in core curriculums?
As high school students around the country wait to learn whether they've made it into their top-choice schools, an important question may linger on their minds: Is where you go to college really that important? The answer: It depends. Here are five questions you can use to decide whether aiming for an elite institution should be important to you.
Who better could a college school of law name as a commencement speaker than a former Harvard Law School dean and current Supreme Court justice? Some schools probably don't get lucky enough to land a speaker with comparable credentials, but the University of New Mexico (UNM) was fortunate enough to nab Elena Kagan, the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, for its 2011 law school graduation ceremony.
Most colleges and universities have an alumni association. While this may seem like more of a resource for graduates than current students, this network can be an invaluable source of information and connections. Learn why current students should reach out to a school's alumni association.
While some college students know exactly what they want to do with their lives, others are less certain. If you are confused about what you want to study, or how to turn your degree choice into a career, you might be looking for some guidance. Learn how the career center at your school can help.
Could you use some extra help in a class? Is there an interesting concept from one of your courses you want to learn more about? Most professors, and even some lab or teaching assistants, have office hours. At these times, faculty members make themselves available to students who need assistance or want to discuss class material.
State legislators are one of the most educated groups of citizens in the United States. However, some of them do not hold a college degree. In fact, legislators' opinions on the importance of a college degree differ widely. Some believe that it's essential and critical to moving up in society, while others are less upbeat about its relevance, especially to specific fields.
Adults who are considering going back to school to earn a degree may be interested to learn that some institutions offer life experience credits. Keep reading to find out more about taking advantage of what you've already done in your life.
Thinking about studying abroad? Although some of the best colleges in the world can be found right here in the U.S., there are many top-quality institutions in other countries. Read on to learn about 20 of the top-ranked universities located outside of the United States.
Top universities and colleges can be recognized by their world-class faculty, range of academic activities and cutting edge research facilities. Find out more about the best universities and colleges in the world.
The personal statement or essay can be one of the most intimidating parts of a college application. Don't let anxiety give you writer's block! Check out these often funny and always creative college essays for a little inspiration to help you get started.
The College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, touts itself as 'the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program,' one through which students at over 2,900 colleges can earn course credit for knowledge they've already gained. What should students know about CLEP?
Two seniors at Pepperdine University, Luci Prosapio and Zachary DeLap, have been awarded the Rotary Ambassadors Scholarship. This scholarship will enable both students to pursue graduate study in a foreign nation. In this interview, we talk with Luci and Zac about their plans for international study and what it means to be an international ambassador.
Though practicality is generally a good trait to have, it can sometimes prove awfully limiting to one's options. Such is the case when it comes to choosing a college major. Parents and grizzled workforce veterans may insist that you study something 'useful' so you can secure a job right out of college, but it turns out that employers may not care much about your major at all.
After a school year of hard work, you may be tempted to spend your summer vacation lounging around. But there several things you can do to be a little more productive during those months without sacrificing having fun.
Sue Harsa is an Illinois French teacher who is the recipient of a 2010 Golden Apple Award. Study.com recently caught up with her to find out just what makes her such a passionate and inspirational teacher.
Public school districts across the nation are suffering. The pain is felt acutely in Michigan, which has one of the poorest economic outlooks in the U.S. A new plan aims to help students in the state's worst schools by giving administration more autonomy, but will it work?
Twelve years ago, MIT began a project that was intended to promote greater gender balance among faculty. The project has been largely successful, but it is not without critics. Keep reading to learn more about MIT's efforts to bring on more women professors.
Dr. Michel DeGraff is a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In two of his current projects, he's working with MIT colleagues to improve access to education in Haiti. Education Insider News Blog recently spoke to him about the challenges that Haitian schools face, and how he and his colleagues at MIT hope to overcome them.
Monroe College is being sued by a recent graduate who's been unable to find a job since earning her degree. The displeased grad demanded last week that the Bronx school refund her $70,000 tuition. A spokesperson for Monroe College rejected the claim and said the lawsuit is without merit.
Are you a people person with a passion for healing? Consider a career in massage therapy! In honor of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, Study.com spoke with a student training to be a massage therapist. Read on to learn what this preparation entails.
Numerous studies show no official correlation between music and memory. That means that listening to some tunes while studying does not necessarily help one's recollection of material, nor does it automatically hinder it. So if you're someone who enjoys hitting the books with a little accompaniment, check out the tips below for some help.
Music's in your soul, but any time it tries to get out everyone around you wants to push it back in. Does this sound like you? Even if you can't transform your love of music into a performance that someone would want to hear, you have lots of educational options to appeal to that passion. Here are a few of them!
Dr. Pancho Savery is an English professor at Reed College, a small liberal arts school in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Savery has a passion for education - he's been teaching since 1975, and joined the faculty at Reed in 1995. Read on to learn about the joys of life as a humanities scholar, and why the discipline is intrinsically relevant to our lives.
Many students feel pressed for time, but it's not impossible to balance schoolwork with a desire to do good for your community. One great example of this is Moriah Arnold, who organized a successful charity event in her junior year at Naropa University. In this inspiring interview, we talk with Moriah about her work at school and as a volunteer with the Boulder County foster care program.
At their recent annual meeting, the National Governors Association released a set of recommended college completion metrics for policymakers and higher education leaders. The project is an important first step toward improving degree completion rates at U.S. colleges and universities.
In the United States, Ivy League universities are widely perceived to be the most prestigious in the land. The Indian Science and Technology Minister recently announced a plan to set up 'Navratna Universities' - a group of institutions that will set the standard for postsecondary ed in India.
Student-athletes have long been stereotyped as being dumb and getting free rides to a degree that other students have to work hard to earn. However, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is hoping that reforms could make others take players more seriously when it comes to their academic performances.
Nerd. Bookworm. Egghead. Brain. Geek. Dork. We've all heard these terms, and we've all either known one or been nerdy ourselves. The Education Insider takes a look at the way nerds are being redefined as well as what it takes to succeed before and after college.
Grade inflation is a boon to students who benefit from it and a burden to those who don't. It's not uncommon for those in - and out - of the academic community to mention that earning an A doesn't really mean anything anymore. A new collection of data shows just how common the top grade has become.
The business major family - accounting, marketing, finance and management - is typically thought of as the most practical of all potential majors. Traditional wisdom holds that you study business, get a high-paying job right out of college and are set for life. But recent studies have shown that business majors may not be as prepared as they thought. Indeed, it may be the notion that business is somehow more 'real' than other fields that hurts them the most.
A recent study conducted by Harvard examines how 'Gen X' faculty approach their scholarly careers and work-life balance. The survey found that young professors value work-life balance and interdisciplinary work more than the Baby Boomers, but are happy overall with their careers.
For a new generation of college students, disasters, both unnatural and natural, have been a constant occurrence. As a result, many universities and colleges now offer degree and certificate programs in disaster studies and related areas. Recently, the State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz instituted an undergraduate minor in disaster studies, a recent addition to their list of diplomas and degrees in the field.
A group of university students in Albany, New York, formed Third World Impact (TWI) a few years ago in order to address global issues. The organization is led by students from throughout the world who are passionate about a multitude of issues. In March, TWI received an award from the Newman's Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge for their work in Uganda alongside The Giving Circle, a non-profit organization. We spoke with TWI member Nishta Modi.
Located in one of the major cities in the United States, New York University (NYU) hopes to one day become one of the largest universities in the world. Most recently NYU formed a partnership with a unique nonprofit online institution, a partnership viewed as another step toward creating a greater global presence. The Education Insider takes a closer look at NYU's expansion.
It's tough living in somebody's shadow. Columbus, Ohio's Capital University deals with that issue every day; they have to compete with what's famously known as THE Ohio State University, its mega-popular cross-town rival. To compensate, Capital has come up with some clever ways of engaging its student body, including an innovative use of social media.
In this year's Almanac of Higher Education, The Chronicle explores the rapidly expanding use of technology on college campuses by both students and institutions. They found that while many institutions are increasing their licensing of technological research to boost their bottom lines, the majority of public universities are cutting academic computing budgets. Meanwhile, students are spending more and more time online.
The new school year is well underway. Most students begin each fall with good intentions to stay organized while completing their studies. The task often proves difficult, though, and many people are off track by the time midterms come around. But with only a small amount of time and effort, you can get (and stay) organized.
A word of advice: Don't ever tell Anjali Forber-Pratt what she can't do. That is, unless you want her to do it. Paralyzed from the waist down since childhood, Anjali has spent her life overcoming limitations others have tried to impose on her.
While students might take pride in knowing they attend a party school, administrators aren't likely to crack open a bottle of champagne to celebrate being named a top party school by 'The Princeton Review.' The Education Insider takes a look at how schools react to this news and what actions they might take.
The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education recently released a study of six community colleges in Texas with higher-than-average success rates in transferring students to 4-year universities. The study seeks to highlight the qualities that make these schools stand out in order to promote greater access to bachelor's degrees among low-income and first-generation students across the country.
Lots of resources exist to help students acquire a little extra knowledge, navigate their college paths more easily or otherwise gain a slight advantage when it comes to their education. Education Insider News Blog is out to find the best of them in a number of categories, and we want our readers' help! Today we turn our attention to programs that grant college credit for knowledge gained outside a traditional classroom. How do these programs help students succeed in school?
Playing nicely with others is hard enough without technological difficulties getting in the way. Our nominees for Best Collaboration Tool offer different solutions to problems that arise when you work alongside other people. If you're new to the world of digital collaboration, check out our nominees. They might make your life easier!
The Internet's full of useful tools for students who need some extra information, and Education Insider News Blog wants to reward the best. That's why we've launched our first-ever Education Resources People's Choice Awards, and we're turning to our readers to help pick the winners. Today we look at an indispensible tool for the college-bound crowd with three sites that rank America's postsecondary institutions. But which is best?
Textbooks present quite a conundrum. It's great to have your own copy to reference whenever you need to, but they can be ridiculously expensive. Our nominees for Best Discount Textbook Provider feel your pain.
Our nominees for Best Education Advocate understand the importance of taking a stand. From public education issues to textbook costs, these advocates are drawing needed attention to education causes. Get inspired by learning more about the important work they do.
Whether you're a student, teacher, administrator or concerned citizen, education blogs help track news and developments that are vital to the education sector. Our nominees for Best Education Blog deliver news, opinions and analysis that can help you keep up-to-date on the latest education news.
Education Insider News Blog wants to know: what are the best educational resources on the Web? Where do our readers go to access helpful information, to supplement their studying or to find a compelling voice on the Internet? That's why we've launched our first Education Resources People's Choice Awards, where readers vote on exemplary performers in a number of categories. Today we're taking a closer look at education journalism. What reporters really shine?
Now through October 21, Education Insider News Blog is running a contest to find the Web's best educational resources, and we want your help! We're asking our readers to vote for those websites they find most useful in a number of categories - what on the 'net helps you learn? Today, we turn our attention towards the news and ask which outlet best keeps us most informed about the world of education.
The Education Insider News Blog is currently looking to find the most helpful Internet resources for education information, and we want your help! Where do you go to get the latest scoop? What sites help you study or otherwise give you an edge in school? Help us choose the winners in our first Education Resources People's Choice Awards! Today, we're spotlighting websites that focus solely on education news.
Lately, Education Insider News Blog has been asking our readers to consider the Internet's best educational tools for our first-ever Education Resources People's Choice Awards. Today we're taking half a step off the Web to check out organizations that sponsor educational efforts. Though they all maintain a digital presence, they also spend time and money in the physical realm to make sure good work is done. How are these sponsors changing the face of education?
Education can be a boon to any career, civilian or military. Many current and former military servicemen and women turn to school to improve their career prospects. Navigating the terrain of GI Bill and other funding can be difficult, but our nominees for Best Military Student Resources can lend a hand.
Distance learning has revolutionized education, particularly for students with time constraints. Whether the student is a single parent or an established professional with a career to maintain, distance learning has made it possible for learning to take place outside of the confines of the traditional classroom. And without excellent online learning platforms, delivering course content to distance learning students would be a lot more difficult.
The Internet gives us the power to review movies, stores, restaurants, doctors, laborers and individual products. Why not professors, too? If you'd like to share feedback about a professor with potential future students, our nominees for Best Professor Rankings can help.
The Internet's full of information resources - that's practically its job - but which are the best? That's what Education Insider News Blog wants to know, and we want your help. Now through October 21st, we're running our first-ever Education Resources People's Choice Awards, where our readers pick the most compelling objects on the Internet in a variety of categories. Today, we're looking at those sites that provide the most useful information for students of all ages.
Study.com is in the midst of its Education Resources People's Choice Awards, and we want your help determining the winners! Specifically, we want to know what learning tools you find most helpful out there on the massive World Wide Web. Today we're taking a closer look at Internet study aides, a long-time refuge of students looking for a little extra assistance with their classroom work.
Standardized tests have become incredibly important to college-bound students. Preparing for these tests has become a normal part of most high schoolers' lives. Who better to turn to than our nominees for Best Test Prep?
It's that time of year again: time for caps, gowns, diplomas and commencement speakers. This year Walden University, an accredited online higher learning institution, is showing that brick and mortar colleges and universities aren't the only ones that can draw well-known keynote speakers. On July 30th, President Bill Clinton will be in Minneapolis to speak at the university's graduation ceremony.
Thinking about starting your own business? Want to become a leader in the corporate world? Don't miss the top 50 graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the U.S., as ranked by The Princeton Review.
The Design Media Arts Department at UCLA features innovative interdisciplinary classes that cover much more than the basics. Vigorous, research-infused teaching provides students with insight into where art, design and media intersect in our culture - and where they're going in the future. Study.com caught up with dynamic professor and researcher Peter Lunenfeld to find out what makes UCLA's Design Media Arts Department stand out.
The Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) have partnered to launch Project Win-Win, an effort to increase degree completion in the U.S. The program is linking up 35 2- and 4-year colleges with former students who have earned enough credits for an associate's, but were never awarded their degree, as well as those who are nine or fewer credits award from their degree.
Promoting Campus Environmentalism: University of Washington Student Martin Su Wins a Husky Green Award
Campus environmentalism is growing all over the country and students are thinking globally (and acting locally) like never before. Colleges like the University of Washington are even offering prizes to incentivize green-thinking amongst students. The Education Insider spoke with Martin Su, who recently received a Husky Green Award for his efforts to increase sustainability on campus, to learn more about how college students can save the planet.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation just released an evaluation of their ongoing Community College Transfer Initiative. The report identifies successful policies and programs that have helped high-achieving students successfully transfer from community colleges to eight of the nation's elite colleges and universities.
Online education can be a great way to earn college credits on your own schedule, but it's not for everyone. Explore some of the pros and cons of studying online to decide if a virtual learning environment is right for you.
State funding to public universities has been on a steady decline for over a decade, and recent economic hardships have only exacerbated the issue. That's left schools struggling to find ways to fill that revenue gap. For some, like California's vaunted public university system, that means adopting the tactics of private schools. But is this the right move?
Choosing a college major is a big decision, and deciding to change majors can be an even bigger decision. Here are a few questions students should consider before deciding to switch programs.
College enrollment rates often go up in times of financial hardship and high unemployment, but the recent recession began a new era in college enrollment trends. According to a recent report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2-year colleges saw an unexpected increase in enrollment rates.
According to the yearly Voluntary Support of Education survey, private contributions to colleges and universities dropped by 11.9% in 2009. This is the steepest decline since 1969, when the Council for Aid to Education started collecting data on fundraising in higher education.
A new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education found that the pay of academic leaders is rising along with college costs. Median salaries for presidents of non-profit colleges and universities increased 6.5 percent. The highest paid college president earned nearly $1.6 million in the 2008 fiscal year.
Okay, you've been assigned your first major paper or project of the term. Where can you go online for reliable information on your topic? And how can you find what you need without hours of searching? Check out these tips for making Internet research a breeze.
With the American College Health Association citing stress as the top reason for poor academic performance, it's no small wonder that colleges and universities are searching for ways to help students cope with the myriad of problems and responsibilities they face every day. The Education Insider takes a closer look at the results of current research on student stress conducted at the University of San Diego and Columbia University in New York City.
Though going away to college marks a difficult transition for most students, first-generation college learners have an especially big challenge ahead of them. Being the first of one's family to attend college possesses its own unique difficulties, especially when it comes to finances and unsure expectations. Lots of institutions, though, have set up programs to make that transition a little smoother. Here are some of the resources you might find helpful if you're a first-generation student.
Students all over the country experience significant and costly delays in earning their degrees because they arrive unprepared for college-level coursework and end up having to enroll in remedial courses. In an effort to accelerate this process, the Virginia Community College system is overhauling their remedial math program.
In this interview, Study.com speaks with Tampa Bay Rays player Jacob Jefferies. Jacob played for the University of California - Davis baseball team before being drafted by Tampa Bay. He maintains a focus on learning as he makes his way through the minor leagues by taking classes and internships in the off-season. Keep reading for Jacob's insights on balancing education with life as a professional athlete.
A chance to meet pop sensation Justin Bieber was used as a motivational tool to encourage students to raise money for children in need. These funds will now be used by Pencils of Promise to build schools all over the world.
The Center for Community College Student Engagement recently released its Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) for 2009. The report establishes six benchmarks for community colleges to retain entering students and improve their chances of graduating with degrees.
Service learning programs at higher education institutions across the country give students the chance to use what they're learning in the classroom to help others. These programs help build a sense of civic responsibility in students that could stay with them even after their college years, creating life-long volunteers.
The University of Colorado Boulder was recently ranked #1 in the nation for undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers after two years in the #2 slot. The university is #5 for all-time number of Peace Corps alumni. We recently caught up with Peter Simons, Director of Boulder's Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement, to find out how this institution has cultivated such a remarkable culture of service.
It's not uncommon to see charities taking advantage of the name recognition of some of their celebrity supporters. The Education Insider takes a look at if this is a good practice or if celebrities should be keeping their names to themselves.
College can serve as the ideal time to make as many new friends as possible, but can friendships between students and their professors get in the way of the learning process? Education Insider takes a look at if in these cases making new friends can be a bad idea.
The cost of textbooks is always a concern for students who are already on tight budgets. While students are shelling out cash for books, some professors might actually be making money off of books they've written and have then assigned for their own classes.
Campus newspapers give college students the opportunity to get journalism experience and keep their school communities informed. However, that's not always an easy road when some students are forced to deal with censorship issues. But should schools really have a say in the content of student newspapers?
Students of all ages devote a great deal of their time to social networking sites, using them as platforms to share photos of what they've been up to, tell friends where they are and even vent about their teachers. Schools are now being forced to figure out if it's their job to discipline students who post or say inappropriate things online, even when it happens off of school grounds.
Dana Besmanoff is a 19-year-old college sophomore from Freehold, New Jersey. She currently attends the State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, which has repeatedly been named one of the top two best-value schools for out-of-state students by Kiplinger's. We caught up with Dana to find out just what makes this little liberal arts college in Geneseo, New York, such a hidden gem.
Students: Worried that embarrassing picture of you on Facebook might come back to haunt you? Well, you should be. Don't miss these essential tips for protecting your online reputation, now and in the future.
Social Media in the College Classroom: Professor Corinne Weisgerber Talks About the Educational Value of New Media
Today's college students are true 'Millennials' - people who grew up as comfortable with computers as a pen and paper. Although educational technology has been slow to catch up, more and more professors have found innovative ways to bring new media into the classroom. This is part one in a three-part interview series with educators at the forefront of the social media movement.
This is the final installment in Study.com's three-part interview series with educators who are finding groundbreaking ways to bring social media into higher education. Read on to learn how Dr. David McDonald transformed cell phones in the classroom from a nuisance to an ingenious educational tool.
Social Media in the College Classroom: Professor Walter Wimberly Talks About Taking Facebook to School
This is part two in Study.com's three-part interview series with educators who are finding innovative ways to bring social media into higher education. Read on to discover how Facebook has transformed the way that Professor Walter Wimberly communicates with students.
Approximately 80% of the legislators in South Carolina hold a bachelor's degree, many from the University of South Carolina. Yet, in spite of this, the state has cut appropriations to the university over the past five years. This is a troubling trend for higher education in the Palmetto State and raises questions about some of the legislators' loyalty to their alma mater.
The latest college completion data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) spells troubling news for the U.S. Between 2006 and 2009, degree attainment rates among 25-34 year old Americans fell to 16th place out of 36 developed nations; only 39% of U.S. citizens that age earned one. South Korea, meanwhile, sits at the top of the charts, boasting 63% attainment. What is that country doing, and should we emulate it?
Spring Break Redefined: Rice University Students Alex Gregor and Peter Stone Discuss Academic Travel
Spring break in Mexico is a bit of a salacious stereotype for college students, but a group of students at Rice University recently did things a little differently. As it turns out, it's possible to go to Mexico for spring break and make important academic strides at the same time.
Playing the role of Winnie Cooper on 'The Wonder Years,' Danica McKellar was the television crush of a whole generation of teen viewers. Today Danica is known for far more than her acting career. An accomplished mathematician and best-selling author, she's showing girls that there's nothing uncool about math.
Hedy Lamarr may not be a familiar name to today's youth, but this star from the 'Golden Age' of film is one of the most extraordinary people in the history of Hollywood. Lamarr was not only an actor, but also a scientist who helped to develop a torpedo guidance system.
While his performance co-hosting this year's Academy Awards may have been panned by many critics, James Franco is still among the biggest names in entertainment. But the actor isn't only a Hollywood heartthrob, he's also an academic overachiever who seems to defy the limits of what's possible.
Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster is known for having performed in many challenging roles. In addition to her film credits, the actor also has an impressive academic pedigree. A Yale graduate, Foster attributes much of her success to the time she spent at the school.
John Krasinski is most well known for his role as the lovably mischievous Jim Halpert on the 'The Office.' A lot of fans also know him from films like 'It's Complicated' and 'Away We Go.' But this Brown University grad has talents that extend far beyond acting.
For a generation of television viewers, Mayim Bialik is most known for her role as the title character on NBC's 'Blossom' during the early 1990s. More recently, Bialik has earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology at UCLA, garnering her attention of a different kind - this time from the scientific community.
Acclaimed for directing movies that are in turn poignant, bittersweet and joyful, Mira Nair is known for a brand of socially conscious filmmaking that few in the entertainment industry are skilled or courageous enough to attempt. The Harvard grad has relied heavily on her academic background to help steer her film career.
Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance in 'Black Swan' has elevated her star power to a whole new level. While more people are becoming familiar with Portman's work in film, relatively few know that the Hollywood star was once an academic standout at Harvard.
In the past five years, Rashida Jones has gone from having a virtually stagnant acting career to being a major presence on the entertainment scene. Propelled by a stint on NBC's 'The Office,' the Harvard graduate is capitalizing on her increased visibility to pursue not only TV gigs but also other projects.
A bachelor's degree is worthless? That's what Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report joked during his show on September 13, 2011. Maybe it's not worth what it used to be, but worthless? We beg to differ. Without further ado, Study.com's open letter to one Mr. Stephen Colbert.
Colleges all over the country are encouraging students to give back to their communities through some of their campus organizations. Study.com's Education Insider takes a look at how some schools' student activities are helping make a difference.
Several colleges around the country participate in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs, in which handfuls of their students forgo traditional spring break activities to dedicate a week in service to various organizations around the country. One such college is Kansas State University. Recently, Study.com talked with K-State's student ASB coordinator Erika Williams about her experience with the project.
Political and religious strife have been the norm in much of the Middle East, especially in the area surrounding Jerusalem, a holy city to many cultures. However, groups of students on both sides of the tumultuous Israeli/Palestinian divide are attempting to change the status quo with regular meetings.
From Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin, women today are vying for the most prominent positions in American national politics since the late Geraldine Ferraro was the first major female Vice Presidential candidate in 1984. Yet just as these women have failed to win the highest offices in the nation, women at colleges and universities have been shut out of student governments. This gender gap is pervasive throughout the country.
Working for student newspapers gives future professional journalists a chance to get real world experience while reporting on the stories that are of interest to their campus communities. But bringing these stories to fruition can sometimes be difficult when student journalists aren't afforded the same rights as their professional counterparts.
The first year of college can be stressful for many students. College freshmen have to adapt to a new school and increased academic expectations. In addition, college freshmen currently face a struggling economy, rising tuition rates and growing doubts about the value of a college degree.
Thomas Turner is a current student in the information technology (IT) program at Florida State University (FSU). Study.com recently caught up with him to learn more about what it's like to study in this highly rated program.
Though it was established in 1994, New Saint Andrews College's values and curriculum have 200 year old roots. The college is part of a new movement, one that embraces an older and more religious approach to teaching and learning. Study.com's Education Insider takes a closer look at 'classical Christian' education as embodied by New Saint Andrews College and the support - and criticism - it is drawing.
Could you give up texting or Facebook for a week? What about abandoning the entire Internet and every other form of modern technology created in the last century? A group of college students did just this recently as an experiment while they prepared for a play set in the early 20th century.
There is no other program quite like the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team (EC-SAR) in the U.S. EC-SAR students learn invaluable skills while saving the lives and property of Tampa Bay boaters. Study.com recently spoke with Ryan Dilkey, current director of EC-SAR, about this unique student group and how it contributes to the community both inside and outside the school.
In a world driven by technology and a desire to own the latest, greatest gadget, it could be easy to assume that students are using those gadgets to take their class notes. However, a Facebook poll held by Study.com found that most students are still taking their notes by hand. So why exactly are handwritten notes favored over using a laptop?
Tech companies Lenovo and Intel have teamed up to offer a $20,000 scholarship to one lucky American college or university student, with runner-up prizes including a $1,000 gift card or a free laptop or Netbook. Read on to discover how you can win big for writing this back to school season.
The Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative (GLOSSARI) has been researching the effects of studying abroad for ten years. They recently released the final report from their efforts, showing that studying abroad is linked to better grades, higher graduation rates and improved understanding of cultural context.
Craig Yunker graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 with a master's degree in counseling psychology. He was the first quadriplegic to graduate from Northwestern's Graduate School. Study.com caught up with him to find out how he's overcome the obstacles in his life, and what he's doing next.
The Princeton Review, a decades-old source for college information and test preparation services, published its 2011 'College Hopes and Worries' survey. Some findings were not so surprising, such as the stress associated with the college applications process, but others were quite compelling. What's on the minds of college applicants and their parents? Read on to find out.
All students have had that class where they felt lost from day one, and facing challenging new material can be very frustrating. Education Insider takes a look at research in memory and educational psychology that suggests that guesswork is good for learning - even if you're getting it wrong.
Large universities can make individual students feel like a drop in the bucket. But if you play your cards right, you can situate yourself as a big fish in a seemingly small pond. Here are some tips for finding your place at a huge school.
According to FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, more than 275 colleges and universities nationwide have moved to a test-optional admissions policy in the belief that standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, are not appropriate gauges for academic merit. However, there are still issues being debated among educators, admissions officers and administrators, including the impact on a school's image, logistical challenges and the effect on students' academic behavior.
Wondering which bachelor's degree will give you the most earning power in the job market? Read on to discover the 10 top-paid bachelor's degrees for 2013, as well as the fields that received the most job offers.
Though only a freshman, Pomona College student Joel Fagliano has accomplished something many of his peers probably haven't even thought of: he's had three crossword puzzles published in the 'New York Times,' the most prestigious newspaper for puzzle-loving readers. His most recent puzzle filled the newspaper's Saturday slot, which notoriously holds the most difficult crosswords. We asked Joel about his unique experiences with the puzzle industry, as well as his take on education in general.
Five year combined bachelor and master's degree programs allow students to earn both degrees in less time. If you know that you want to earn a master's degree, this option could potentially save a lot of time and money...if you find the right program.
College involves many big choices, including whether to live on campus, live at home or find an apartment off campus. Campus life has several advantages that are hard to beat. Keep reading to find out about the benefits of choosing to live on campus.
In addition to fears regarding scheduling and money, potential college students might worry about wasting time in classes they don't need, covering material they've already learned in high school classes or even in careers. This especially holds true for adults considering a return to higher education. Enter PLA, or Prior Learning Assessments, a method schools can use to assign credit for material students know before taking a class.
It's not necessary to be finished with your degree before getting active in your field of interest. Many professional associations allow students the opportunity to join and start preparing for their futures.
Many high school students can't wait for graduation time so that they can move on to what should be one of the best experiences of their lives. But more and more students are realizing that this may mean taking on one of the biggest debts too. The Education Insider reviews some of the financial concerns that come from attending college.
'The Chronicle of Higher Education' just released their latest list of the ten most popular trade books on college campuses. Read on to discover what students are reading for fun.
The Riecken Foundation is committed to increasing access to educational resources in Central America by maintaining a network of 64 libraries in Guatemala and Honduras. Bill Cartwright, president and CEO of Riecken, has written a guest blog post for Study.com's Education Insider, explaining how Riecken Community Libraries are making a difference in their communities.
Struggling to find the right college? Get beyond the conventional ranking systems to find the best fit for you with these essential school selection tips.
It's that time of year again! Get a head start with this back to school guide for college students. Guide resources include tips on saving and making money, shopping for school supplies and getting good grades.
Recent economic struggles are leading some large public universities to seek funding from outside their usual state government sources. This and other factors are leading some university administrators to push for privatization and freedom from state budget constraints. But critics worry that privatization will make flagship universities less accessible to the lower-income students who often find success there.
A professor at the University of Utah has come up with a creative new way to engage students in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales': a board game! Read on if you've ever wished you could join Chaucer's pilgrims on their famous journey.
The Green Report: The Princeton Review Releases Third Annual Environmental Ratings of U.S. Colleges and Universities
The Princeton Review just released their third annual Green Ratings, which assign an 'environmentally friendly' score to academic institutions. In addition to the 703 schools rated on the company's website, The Princeton Review has published the 2011 Green Rating Honor Roll listing the 18 greenest schools in America.
Many schools have trophy cases recognizing the achievements of their student athletes. In more and more schools, those sports trophies are joined by Carson Scholars' trophies, which recognize academic success and community involvement. Through these trophies and scholarship money, the Carson Scholars Fund (CSF) is promoting scholarly achievement in our nation's schools.
Since the 1980s, the Seattle-based Pride Foundation has been helping LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) youth and their straight allies gain access to higher education through scholarships and community support. Study.com recently spoke to Anthony Papini, director of the foundation's scholarship program, to learn more about this organization's inspirational achievements.
Many school districts in the U.S have been forced to cut summer school programs due to state and national budget shortfalls. Read below for more information on the pros and cons of summer school.
In 2010, The Washington Post reported that close to one in three college students end up transferring schools. Changing colleges is a big (and usually expensive) decision that can impact a student's path to graduation. Consider the factors below before making such a crucial decision.
Everyone gets busy, and sometimes it seems like there's no time to slow down and enjoy a healthy meal. Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress, the founders of cooking websites Big Girls Small Kitchen and Small Kitchen College, want to spread the word that no matter who you are or what you do, eating right is easier and more affordable than most people think - and it's a lot of fun!
In August 2011, 'The Chronicle of Higher Education' published an article covering the details of Accelerating Opportunity, a program that provides adults with basic education skills as well as the education needed to gain a usable credential. Study.com's Education Insider takes a look at how this instructional series will secure a viable future for thousands of students who might have otherwise succumbed to impoverished circumstance.
You already know that ''U.S. News and World Report'' publishes the leading rankings for American universities. Their popular lists include Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools, broken down into categories like liberal arts colleges, national universities, engineering colleges, master's universities, law schools, business schools and medical schools. Now the magazine is weighing in on international education - they just published their second annual World's Best Universities listing.
For the most part, commencement speeches focus on providing words of wisdom to graduates as they prepare to enter the 'real world'. So, who better to speak of the world than someone who makes his living talking about world events? Fordham University will present such a speaker at its 166th commencement on May 21st when Brian Williams, TV news anchor of television's most-watched newscast, addresses the 2011 graduating class.
College students often find themselves in relationships with partners who live far away. This article provides tips for making a long distance romance work.
With high tuition and a struggling job market, many college students are concerned about translating their undergraduate education into a successful career. Consider one of the following academic majors to maximize your earning potential after graduation.
Sick of being broke? Here are the top ten ways for college students to save money on campus and off. (Includes links to 30 resources that you can check out today.)
There are many encyclopedia sites online offering instant access to the information you need to research your paper. Here is a list of the top encyclopedia sites to get you started.
While undocumented students in 13 states have scored a victory by being allowed to pay in-state tuition for public colleges, this victory could be considered short-lived. Once those same students have graduated, their problems have just begun - they've got to find a job. And while landing employment can be challenging for any college graduate in these tough economic times, those without legal status face a particularly tough uphill battle.
The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle recently won a Golden Apple Award for its partnership with Roosevelt, a local high school. Study.com caught up with Halinka Wodzicki, the Henry's education coordinator, to learn more about this award-winning program that's married art and education.
U.S. News and World Report released their 2011 college rankings this morning. Read on to discover this year's top national universities and liberal arts colleges, as well as the best schools at the lowest prices.
You've heard it from counselors, friends and maybe even parents. If you want a lucrative career, it's important to earn a degree in engineering, economics, technology, mathematics or another high-demand field. Maybe, though, you don't care about making a lot of money and would instead like to pursue a more colorful major. Here are ten you can consider.
Do you love horses? Then you may want to consider getting a degree in equine studies, which includes the study of horses' anatomy and physiology, along with health, nutrition and grooming. The following factors can help you decide if equine studies is the right major for you.
Still deciding on your major? Here's an idea: In honor of Hanukkah, Study.com is profiling Judaic Studies. Read on to learn more about this social and historical undergraduate major.
Are you someone who's interested in words? Maybe you wonder how human beings acquire language and think about the role it plays in other aspects of our mental processing. If this sounds like you, earning a degree in linguistics may be right for you.
Unknown to many undergraduates, materials science is an exciting area of study that allows students to learn about the substances that make up and benefit our world. Individuals enrolled in materials science programs enjoy crossover studies in engineering, physics and math. Learn more about this dynamic academic discipline.
Does the study of faith and religion fascinate you? If so, earning a degree in religious studies may be the perfect fit. Not simply a study of theology, this discipline allows students to explore faith from outside the framework of any particular religion. Learn more about this academic discipline.
When it comes to college, one of the most daunting decisions can be selecting your program of study. Especially if you're someone who likes many different subjects, choosing one can make it seem like you're closing the door on other interesting options. If this dilemma sounds familiar, you might want to check out Translation Studies, a discipline that allows you to dabble in many different academic subjects.
Grades. Standardized test scores. Letters of recommendation. Application essays. These are the trappings of the college admissions process, quite familiar to many high school upperclassmen. As students strive to secure spots at their schools of choice, a wave of anxiety tends descend on those caught up in the admissions game. But several education experts have a message they want to impart to university-bound teens: the admissions process is less in your control than you think, so relax!
If you pay any attention to discussion about college grades, you've probably heard the term 'grade inflation' before. What does that mean, and how might it impact you?
Have you ever been surprised by a final grade in a class? Maybe you'd been slacking off all semester, but ended up with a B in the class. Or perhaps the opposite has happened: you feel like you've been working really hard and doing what you need to do, but you end up with a C or D. It could be that the class syllabus holds the key to helping you understand why you got the grade you did.
Rutgers University allows it. So does Harvard. And, according to recent statistics, so do more than 75 other higher education institutions around the country. Once unheard of, a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities are allowing students to room with those of a different gender. In July 2011, University of South Florida (USF) became the latest school to make the allowance.
Public higher ed institutions across the U.S. are dealing with huge deficits as state budget shortfalls are leading to slashed education funding. Needing to overcome a likely cut of $200 million in state funding, the University of Washington in Seattle is turning away more in-state residents so that it can benefit from the higher tuition paid by out-of-state students.
In June 2011, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled a new website designed to show students and, probably more importantly, parents a list of college tuitions. Among other things, it allows users to compare tuition costs between colleges to help them determine which schools best fit their budgets. The Education Insider explores the usefulness and limits of the information this new website offers.
Academics don't always spend their lives locked up in the ivory tower. The following 10 VIPs either started off famous and brought their notoriety into the classroom or gained fame (and even fortune!) by bringing their research and expertise into the 'real world.'
A new report from the American Association of Colleges and Universities examines the climate of 'perspective-taking' on college campuses. The group found that while most schools aspire to teach their students diverse viewpoints, few students are truly engaging with different perspectives.
If you're looking to get someone to decide in your favor, it may be a good idea to ask in the morning. A team of academic psychologists has identified a principle called decision fatigue, and being aware of this can help you choose the best time to ask your professor to do you a favor.
It's hard out there for a job-seeking, college-educated 20-something. Pressure to follow a traditional 'degree, then career' path is still out there, but current economic strain is making that an impossible choice for many. Some might see it as a waste of time to pursue nontraditional interests, but is it really all that bad?
The Princeton Review's 2011 'Guide to 311 Green Colleges' is out. Schools that top the list demonstrated excellence in both sustainable campus practices, such as LEED-certified building and waste diversion, and environmentally-oriented academics.
The first day of class can be overwhelming for students, particularly if they're about to start their first year of college. However, there are some steps students can take before school actually starts to help ease some of the stress.
Historically, honors programs have offered highly motivated students a liberal arts-style education within a large university. But the dean of one honors program reports that more and more students have come to see admission into an honors program as more of a pedigree than an educational challenge.
The men's basketball team at Purdue University had their NCAA tournament hopes dashed early. Nevertheless, the Boilermaker Special, their mascot, will survive to see another day. What is this unusual mascot and how did it come to represent Purdue?
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is among the most prestigious public universities in the United States. In addition to its strong academic reputation, UCLA is also highly regarded for its sports teams, which use the Bruin moniker. It befits a city as rich and colorful as Los Angeles to use the name Bruin in place of bear.
The men's basketball team at Ohio State University failed to reach the final rounds of this year's NCAA Tournament. Despite this disappointment, the team has been a consistent threat in recent years. That high profile has brought attention to their unusual mascot, Brutus Buckeye. The origins of the Buckeye nickname are unique to the university's Ohio setting and cultural heritage.
The world of college athletics is full of common mascots. Eagles are particularly widespread, as are lions, tigers and bears. But Wake Forest University has one of the more unique mascots with their Demon Deacon. As you might expect, the origins of the Demon Deacon are as odd as its name.
As Study.com continues to study unusual mascots, we turn to Georgetown. While Georgetown sports teams are represented by Jack the Bulldog, the official nickname is the far more uncommon Hoya. As it turns out, a Hoya is less a thing than a concept.
While Penn State University got knocked out of the NCAA tournament early this year, its teams have historically been a force to be reckoned with. Yet how exactly did the university get its unusual Nittany Lion nickname?
Although the University of Maryland's basketball team missed out on the NCAA Tournament in 2011, they've been a perennial contender in years past. The team is known for its unusual mascot, the terrapin. People often wonder: What is a terrapin and how did it come to be this institution's mascot?
The president of any college or university has to handle many different responsibilities - raising funds, overseeing staff and working to maintain academic standards. With such diverse duties to worry about, what qualifications does one need to head up a higher education institution?
From popular documentary films like 'Waiting for Superman' to President Obama's ringing endorsement, charter schools have become one of the hottest topics in current education. How does their presence affect the college students among us?
The more you think about starting college, the more questions you probably have about what to expect. You can get answers to many of your questions while attending your school's freshman orientation.
Having the right professors can be a key factor in making sure students are maximizing their learning and increasing their chances of excelling in their courses. Exactly what qualities should students look at when selecting their professors?
Just before the publication of the popular U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2011, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni released their content-based alternative college rankings on WhatWillTheyLearn.com. The free site evaluates colleges and universities across the U.S. based on the content of schools' curricula rather than reputation or self-reported data.
It can be a good feeling to arrive at your first day of college knowing that you've already earned some credits towards your degree. Here are a few things you should know about transferring those credits from high school to your new college.
M&S Money has released a study comparing the contents of today's college students' bedrooms with popular dorm items from 1985. The study found that students' love of music, TV and the latest gadgets has endured for decades, but an increase in theft has followed the increase in the value of this gear.
No one would argue that's important for college professors to have a quality educational background. But where should that background come from? Earning a Ph.D. requires years of research and writing, but oftentimes involves very little real-world experience. Could someone with a strong professional background but no Ph.D. make a more effective professor?
Study.com knows that there are many different sides to the educational debate. We've asked readers to tell us what they think is wrong with American education today, and, more importantly, what they think needs to be done to make it right. Today's guest author, Perrin Carrell, discusses the difference between education and knowledge and asks: which is more valuable?
Activities advisors can play important roles in helping student organizations find success and function smoothly. But can these advisors remain impartial when representing two different groups with conflicting goals or problems?
With nationwide state deficits, public universities have been taking a hit. Budget shortfalls have led to rising tuition rates, enrollment caps, faculty layoffs and program cuts. In order to help these institutions stay afloat, various organizations are speaking out about what changes need to be made to readdress key areas and prioritize funding. What will be the future of public universities? Can they be saved?
Is the United States not as smart as many other countries around the world? According to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, maybe not: the U.S. has slipped from 12th to 16th in a global list showing the number of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 holding a college degree. Why the change? And what can be done about it?
The Department of Education recently tested fourth, eighth and twelfth graders' knowledge of grade-appropriate geography. Only 20% of American twelfth graders were shown to be 'proficient' in geography based on this assessment. Study.com's own Elspeth Green, former geography bee champ, looks at the possible reasons for this decline in performance.
With billions of dollars in deficit, cuts throughout California have been inevitable. For public universities, including California State University and University of California, cutbacks have meant larger class sizes, fewer course offerings and higher tuition fees. They've also meant reduced enrollment rates. The Education Insider takes a look at why community college students are transferring out of state to earn a degree.
Not every student who begins college will ultimately graduate. But what are the reasons for students dropping out? Is it the institution's fault, a predestined outcome specific to the student or an external factor? A group of scholars recently sought to find out.
It's no surprise that people tend to look for friends that share some of their interests, but a new study shows that the wider a person's choices, the more similar their friends might be. Do students cheat themselves by having friends that are too much like them?
Researchers Philip Babcock and Mindy Marks analyzed data from time use surveys given to American college and university students over a 40 year span. They found a significant drop in academic time investment across all types of students, suggesting that a decline in student input may be leading to a larger slump in productivity.
What constitutes correct writing? That depends on which stylebook you reference. There are many resources that provide guidelines on grammar, punctuation and usage. Here are some of the major tastemakers when it comes to writing style.