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Penn Campaign Raises $4.3 Billion, Transforming the University

The University of Pennsylvania has raised $4.3 billion through its Making History campaign. The funding will be put toward five objectives: “Opening Educational Doors: Expanding Student Financial Aid,” “Recruiting and Retaining a World-Class Faculty and Staff,” “Expanding a Green Urban Campus: Buildings and Facilities,” “Extending Penn’s Reach, Locally and Globally,” and “Engaging Alumni: The Power of the Penn Community.” For its global objective, Penn plans to create a "world house" in 2015 through which world leaders and Penn faculty members will work to tackle major global problems. Each year, a new problem will be selected. While Penn does not plan to start branch campuses abroad, it is preparing to open a center in China for a range of activities, including faculty research and interviewing applicants. “Penn Campaign Raises $4.3 Billion, Transforming the University.” Penn News, 28 Feb. 2013. Read article »

Here’s Exactly How Many College Graduates Live Back at Home

45 percent of recent college graduates live back home with their family – a figure that’s up 45% from 2001. Combining recent college graduates with not-so-recent graduates in a pool of 18-34 year olds, the increase from 2001 to 2011 is even greater at 61%. The research was conducted by Pew economist Richard Fry. While significant, the results were not as staggering as the 85 percent figure that was erroneously reported by CNN, Time, and The New York Post last year. Weissmann, Jordan. “Here's Exactly How Many College Graduates Live Back at Home.” The Atlantic, 26 Feb. 2013. Read article »

GMAC Introduces ‘Soft Skills’ Test, but Not for Admissions

The group behind the GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, are introducing a new test designed to measure students’ personality-related skills, such as resilience, drive, and collaboration. The Graduate Management Admission Council expects that the $99, 45-minute test will be used by employers to gauge the “soft skills” of student applicants. GMAC does not intend, however, for the test to be used as an admissions tool by graduate schools. “GMAC Introduces 'Soft Skills' Test, but Not for Admissions.” Inside Higher Ed, 20 Feb. 2013. Read article »

The College Grad/Employment Mismatch

A report based on federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that “nearly half of the 41.7 million graduates of four-year colleges in the U.S. work force hold jobs that require less than a bachelor's degree.” Worse yet, it predicts that the mismatch between college graduates and the number of jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree will worsen over the course of this decade, with 31.1% projected growth for the former and 14.3% for the latter. The director of Georgetown’s Center on Education questions the findings of the studying, arguing that “the market is very responsive to labor supply” and that the study does not take into account the effect that a college education may have on earnings for someone in a high school-level job. Lederman, Doug. “The College Grad/Employment Mismatch.” Inside Higher Ed, 28 Jan. 2013. Read article »

$1.1 Billion in Thanks From Bloomberg to Johns Hopkins

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $350 million to Johns Hopkins University, making him the most generous living donor to any education institution in the United States. $250 million of the donation will be put toward the hiring and endowment of 50 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors “whose expertise crosses traditional academic disciplines,” while the remaining $100 million will be devoted to financial aid. Over the weekend Mr. Bloomberg revealed that starting with his first donation of $5 to Johns Hopkins in 1965 (the year following his graduation), he has given a total of $1.1 billion to the institution. “The mayor, who is 70, has pledged to give away all of his $25 billion fortune before he dies, and he has built up a foundation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to carry out the task.” Barbaro, Michael. “$1.1 Billion in Thanks From Bloomberg to Johns Hopkins.” The New York Times, 26 Jan. 2013. Read article »

MOOCs for Credit

“Two announcements this week suggest that MOOCs -- massive open online courses -- will increasingly include a route for students to receive academic credit.” Georgia State University announced that it will review MOOCs in a manner consistent with how it would review courses that students have taken at other institutions, “and Academic Partnerships, a company that works with public universities to put their degree programs online, announced an effort in which the first course of these programs can become a MOOC, with full credit awarded to those who successfully complete the course.” Offering the first course in these programs for free, officials at these universities believe, will result in more students signing on for the program at full tuition cost in the long run. The two announcements, along with some made by other institutions in recent months, share in common the idea that “awarding MOOC credit can be a way to help non-traditional students earn degrees.” Jaschik, Scott. “MOOCs for Credit.” Inside Higher Ed, 23 Jan. 2013. Read article »

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We want to scour the world to try to find those things that strike us as truly forward-looking. President Jim Yong Kim