Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:34:30 AM CST
Higher education in America has long been considered prestigious and valuable across the globe, and getting an American college degree can definitely help students stand out during job interviews. 1. Take TOEFL and U.S. college entry exams ASAP: Almost all American universities require students to report their score on the TOEFL, the test of English as a foreign language, when applying. As an international student, I was once obsessed with U.S. News' National University rankings, and I know that many of my friends from other countries feel the same way. Although college rankings can help you narrow down an initial school search, you probably want to focus more on sorting schools according to the major you want to study.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:25:00 AM CST
Louisiana lawmakers should give up their authority to control college tuition costs and put limits on the state's free college tuition program called TOPS, a group studying higher education funding recommended ...
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:59:06 PM CST
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Students attending public universities in Florida can keep weapons in their cars while on campus, a state appeals court has ruled. The ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeals came in a case brought by a University of North Florida (UNF) student who challenged the school's policy barring firearms because she wanted to store a gun in her car for self-defense. In a 12-3 ruling on Tuesday, the appeals court said the Florida Legislature ultimately holds the power to regulate guns, trumping local governments and universities. For decades, the Legislature has spurned tighter gun control.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:51:03 PM CST
Democrats who control California's Assembly said on Wednesday their priorities for the next state budget include more spending on early childhood and higher education and leaving $2 billion in reserve at the end of the next fiscal year. The plan suggests they would like to tap much of the state's expected surpluses and comes as Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, prepares his initial budget plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year beginning next July. He will present his plan to the legislature next month, followed by a revised plan in May. After the state's budget watchdog agency last month projected a $5.6 billion reserve for California's next fiscal year if the state's finances improve and its current fiscal policies do not change, Brown urged lawmakers to be cautious in calling for spending increases. California is seeing a budget surplus after years of deficits following austerity measures and tax increases approved by voters last year.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:05:13 PM CST
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing more than $183 million in increased state funding over the next two-year budget cycle for higher education. The governor announced the proposals on Wednesday. Most ...
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:46:52 PM CST
The free education available in massive open online courses (MOOCs) was supposed to revolutionize education. But it seems online students are pretty much the same as regular college kids. They don't bother to go to class, even in cyberspace.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:34:55 AM CST
By Alexandra Ulmer SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Red-hot favorite Michelle Bachelet is almost certain to cruise to victory in Chile's presidential runoff election on Sunday, propelled by her warm style and vows to redress steep income inequality. Bachelet's right-wing opponent Evelyn Matthei is likely to take a beating, hurt by her ties with the unpopular government of outgoing president Sebastian Pinera and with the 1973-1990 dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. In a twist that has captivated Chile, Bachelet and Matthei were neighbors and playmates as children on an air force base, though the brutal 1973 coup later divided the two military families. Bachelet, a center-leftist who was president from 2006 to 2010, has promised to hike corporate taxes to reform Chile's higher education system, shred the dictatorship-era constitution and legalize abortion under certain circumstances.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:59:00 AM CST
Millennial women are off to a record breaking start in the work force. Not only do they earn more advanced degrees than their male counterparts, but they appear to have taken a significant bite out of the gender wage gap, says a new Pew Research Center study. It looks like millennial women have a lot to feel optimistic about. In fact, more than half of the young women Pew surveyed said society still favors men over women, while just six percent say society favors women over men — a nearly identical split to their older female counterparts.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:32:12 PM CST
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration ...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:28:02 AM CST
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. More college students are graduating with student loan debt, and the amount of debt is increasing, according to new research from The Institute for College Access and Success. While many students are graduating with a hefty bill, some are graduating with relatively small debt. Princeton University students who borrow money graduate with the least average amount of debt, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 1,006 ranked schools.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:53:44 AM CST
By Niklas Pollard STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - When one of the biggest private education firms in Sweden went bankrupt earlier this year, it left 11,000 students in the lurch and made Stockholm rethink its pioneering market reform of the state schools system. "I think we have had too much blind faith in that more private schools would guarantee greater educational quality," said Tomas Tobé, head of the parliament's education committee and spokesman on education for the ruling Moderate party. In a country with the fastest growing economic inequality of any OECD nation, basic aspects of the deregulated school market are now being re-considered, raising questions over private sector involvement in other areas like health. Two-decades into its free-market experiment, about a quarter of once staunchly Socialist Sweden's secondary school students now attend publically-funded but privately run schools, almost twice the global average.
Monday, December 9, 2013 4:30:00 AM CST
It wasn’t quite cold enough to need a vest on a mid-November Texas morning, but Matt Dossey was wearing one anyway. Dossey is the superintendent at Jonesboro Independent School District, a compound of three low, pale-brick buildings sandwiched between broad oak trees in the back and a horse pasture across the road up front. Jonesboro is a tiny community nestled in the rolling Texas scrubland 110 miles north of Austin, but aside from the schools, a post office, and two churches, there’s little to suggest a town. Jonesboro straddles the border between Coryell and Hamilton counties, and it’s more than 15 miles to the nearest sheriff’s department.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 9:09:52 AM CST
"If people say, 'Oh, I like your Christmas tree,' I say, 'It's a chemist-tree – nondenominational," says Mr. Rosenthal, who himself is Jewish and is also a multimedia artist with a studio in Manhattan. But his use of wit and an irresistible pun to replace the word "Christmas" show the lengths that some people have gone to navigate the culture war over Christmas – and indicate that this struggle is very much alive today, especially in so-called red states. When it comes to displays in public schools or other civic spaces, such arguments have almost become a holiday tradition themselves. Then "Merry Christmas" enjoyed a resurgence.
Friday, December 6, 2013 12:49:37 PM CST
Friday, December 6, 2013 8:09:37 AM CST
As she takes a visiting journalist for a tour of the Quincy Jones Elementary School, Jennifer Epps is interrupted by a beaming fifth-grader, Janiyah Williams. Although academics and educational pedagogues might come up with a more complex answer, it's just this kind of utter simplicity that is behind the phenomenal success of Jennifer Epps, the founding teacher, and now principal, of Synergy Charter Academy. SCA shares this elementary school campus with Quincy Jones School but operates with its own funding and budget. Ms. Epps helped lead SCA to a national blue ribbon in 2010 – the highest honor a school can receive in the United States – from the US Department of Education.
Friday, December 6, 2013 6:36:18 AM CST
"Of particular concern is the relative frequency of apathetic boredom observed in the present research," lead psychologist Thomas Goetz of the University of Konstanz in Germany and his colleagues wrote. Among high-school students studied, they found, apathetic boredom made up 36 percent of their boredom experiences.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 4:48:51 PM CST
Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a beloved leader, a moral authority and an extraordinary human being. Imprisoned for 27 years for opposing the racist institution of apartheid, Mandela later became the first black president of South Africa, where he brought about a peaceful transition from the white-dominated government to a multiracial democracy. "He stood for something very simple, which was for equality and fairness," said David James Smith, author of the biography "Young Mandela: The Revolutionary Years" (Little, Brown and Company, 2010). Mandela became a symbol of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Smith told LiveScience.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:58:00 AM CST
Nelson Mandela, the one-time revolutionary who ushered South Africa out of Apartheid, died on Thursday at the age of 95. The beloved leader and freedom fighter will doubtless inspire pages of eulogies even with just part of his resume — South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, philanthropist. And it was this thoughtful and mature Mandela who would lead South Africa into democracy, after the abolition of Apartheid in the early 1990s. At the end of his term in 1999, instead of launching a political personality cult from his popular presidency, Mandela opted to step down, thereby signaling that South Africa should be a government of the people rather than of a single leader.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:16:38 AM CST
A judge told teachers in Montana Wednesday that he hopes to make a decision before the start of the year on their request to maintain pension inflationary increases until their challenge to pending cuts ...
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:49:48 PM CST
The United States placed well out of the lead in an international test of 15-year-old students in science, math, and reading whose results were released this week. At a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters on Wednesday, Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers, offered four steps for improving the nation’s performance on future versions of the Program for International Assessment (PISA) test. Results from of the 2012 PISA test given to 510,000 students in 65 countries showed that 29 countries or education systems had higher math scores than the US, while in science American 15-year-olds were outranked by their counterparts in 22 countries, and in reading by teens in 19 nations. Ms. Weingarten, who previously taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., began her list by noting that “the countries that out-compete us actually really value, deeply respect, and value public education.” She argued that the PISA results offer “a big caution flag” for policies where public schools have to compete with other choices.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 4:39:54 PM CST
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Two Orlando-area high school students got into fight Wednesday at the bus pickup area and one of them opened fire, wounding the other, police said.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 1:23:48 PM CST
Among the class of 2012, 71 percent graduated with debt – and of those, the average burden carried forward was $29,400, estimates the Project on Student Debt at The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), a nonprofit group with offices in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif. That’s up from 68 percent indebted in 2008, with the average debt rising about 6 percent a year. President Obama has proposed a college rating system to highlight affordability and value, and discussions are under way in Congress and among higher education institutions about how to rein in costs and the growing reliance on student loans. “Despite discouraging headlines, a college degree remains the best route to finding a job in this tight market. But students and families need to know that debt levels can vary widely from college to college,” TICAS president Lauren Asher said in a statement Wednesday. One sign of the continued value of college: The unemployment rate for those with only a high school degree in 2012 was more than double the unemployment of those with a college degree (17.9 percent versus 7.7 percent).
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:16:59 PM CST
Pennsylvania public schools would have wider latitude to furlough employees during tough economic times and would not have to start with the least senior workers under proposals that were debated Tuesday ...
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:00:22 AM CST
President Barack Obama is summoning college presidents and business leaders to a daylong Dec. 11 summit at the White House to discuss specific ways to make higher education more accessible to low-income students, Yahoo News has learned.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 8:42:33 AM CST
Alabama's health insurance program for education employees is looking at a $220 million shortfall in funding for the next fiscal year, which may have to be made up by requiring many participants to pay ...
Monday, December 2, 2013 11:50:55 AM CST
A Toledo, Ohio student, armed with a pellet gun and holed up by himself at a high school was taken into custody on Monday after police used a non-lethal "bean bag" projectile to end a standoff, authorities said. The 14-year-old Scott High School student displayed a pellet gun, but did not threaten anyone with it, Toledo Police Lieutenant Mark King said. "It was a pellet gun, but it looked real," King said in a telephone interview. Toledo Public Schools spokeswoman Patty Mazur said no shots were fired by the student and no injuries were reported in the incident that began at about 8:45 a.m. ET (1345 GMT).
Saturday, November 30, 2013 4:32:40 AM CST
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The weekly meetings of Mouthing Off!, a group for students at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, always start the same way. Members take turns going around the room saying their names and the personal pronouns they want others to use when referring to them — she, he or something else.
Friday, November 29, 2013 12:28:16 PM CST
By Kathleen Raven NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adolescents who experience the deployment of a family member in the U.S. military may face an increased risk of depression, suggests a new study. Ninth- and eleventh-grade students in California public schools with two or more deployment experiences over the past decade were 56 percent more likely to feel sad or hopeless compared with their non-military-family peers, the researchers found. The same kids were 34 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts. The study is one of very few that compare students from military families to their non-military peers, said Julie Cederbaum, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who led the study.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 12:35:18 PM CST
Nigeria's government on Thursday stepped in to stop a long-running strike by university lecturers, ordering an immediate end to the dispute and vowing to sack teachers who refused to cooperate. Education minister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike said he was dismayed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was issuing fresh demands, three weeks after a meeting with the government raised hopes of a swift return to work. The lecturers walked out in July over claims that the government had failed to implement a 2009 agreement to improve their welfare and upgrade facilities on state-run campuses. "As a responsible government we cannot allow the continuous closure of our public universities for this length of time, as this poses a danger to the education system, the future of our youths and national development" said Wike.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 4:14:35 PM CST
Private information of millions of current and former students, workers and suppliers at the Maricopa County Community College District was vulnerable to hackers because of security lapses in the district's ...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:26:25 AM CST
The first U.S. News Best Colleges rankings were published 30 years ago on Nov. 28, 1983. No one involved in those early years imagined the rankings would evolve into what they are today in the world of American higher education. The Best Colleges rankings have become the subject of Ph.D. dissertations, academic papers, higher education conference sessions, endless debate and constant media coverage. U.S. News was not the first to do academic rankings, but we have played a leading role in popularizing them for the mass market both in the U.S. and globally.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:24:16 AM CST
Parents who are able to save enough to fully fund their children's college education need to be aware of maximum aggregate limits on 529 plans, tax-advantaged higher education investment accounts. A maximum aggregate limit is the total amount a family can deposit into a 529 plan in order to pay for a child's education. Having a limit can be good for families, as it prohibits them from stuffing college savings accounts at the expense of retirement accounts, experts say. College savings accounts from different states can have different limits, a potential source of confusion for families.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 7:17:18 AM CST
Classrooms stuffed with 100 students, teachers striking over woeful pay and pupils taking to the streets in protest: Gabon's education system is far from top of the class. The government has temporarily shut public schools in the hope of containing protests that erupted when students returned for the new academic year in October, but the move has failed to cool a torrent of anger around the education system. In mid-November, students in middle school (aged 11-15) and high school (15-18) united to support their striking teachers by joining them in demonstrations in the capital, Libreville. "We are on strike here because our teachers are not being paid and we want to stick up for them," said Basile, a pupil at Lycee Technique Omar Bongo Ondimba -- named for the Gabonese president whose 42-year rule was tinged by accusations of rampant corruption, and whose son, current President Ali Bongo Ondimba, has faced similar charges from rights groups.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 6:09:45 PM CST
A test question asking drama students to direct a baby rape scene has sparked outcry in South Africa, where it is estimated someone is raped every four minutes. The exam question asked high school students to describe -- using the symbols of a broom and a loaf of bread -- how a rapist would stage the assault on a nine-month old baby. The question was based on an extract from the award-winning play 'Tshepang' by Lara Foot Newton, which was inspired by the 2001 horrifying rape of a nine-month-old South African child. Official statistics show that around 65,000 sexual offences were committed in South Africa in 2012 alone.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:42:37 AM CST
The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:22:21 AM CST
People retiring today can expect to live another 20 years, according to Social Security figures. There are no more raises, bonuses or employer contributions to your retirement plan. In 1983 the average college tuition was less than $4,000 a year. If your kids are grown up, you no longer have to worry about college tuition.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:05:41 AM CST
Marty Neuhard is a an HP Cloud Engineer who happens to spend his free time as an Adjunct Lecturer at Binghamton University in Vestal, NY for Basics in Web Application Development. Students in this course leverage their own equipment to learn the fundamentals of web development and are expected to build customized websites as part of the learning experience.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:05:36 AM CST
By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Militants released on Tuesday 11 teachers who had been kidnapped in Pakistan's lawless northwest during a polio vaccination campaign last week, local officials said. The teachers were seized by Islamist militants on November 21 from a school in the Khyber tribal agency, one of the semi autonomous tribal areas along border with Afghanistan. They were abducted just after a team giving polio vaccinations had left the school and the militants may have mistaken them for the polio team, Khyber official Niaz Ahmad Khan said. A tribal elder, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the militants freed the teachers on condition the government stop sending polio teams to the area.
Monday, November 25, 2013 5:23:22 PM CST
Michigan will sell lottery tickets and offer games online in a year's time after two companies were chosen Monday to run an "iLottery" billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the ...
Saturday, November 23, 2013 1:52:45 AM CST
By Jibran Ahmad KABUL (Reuters) - Militants kidnapped 11 Pakistani teachers involved in a polio vaccination campaign for school children on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks on health workers trying to eradicate the deadly disease. The teachers were taken from the private Hira Public School in the Bara area of the Khyber tribal agency, one of the semi autonomous tribal areas along border with the Afghanistan. The gunmen arrived just after teams administering the polio vaccines had left, officials said. Local official Khyali Gul said the gunmen took the teachers to an area controlled by militant leader Mangal Bagh and his Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam group.