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Deferring Six Figures on Wall Street for Teacher’s Salary

This article calls out Teach for America and other teaching programs like NYC Teaching Fellows as increasingly attractive choices for top college graduates. The article highlights similarities and ties between the financial sector and elite teaching programs like TFA. Dartmouth acting co-director of Career Services Monica Wilson says that “as Teach for America has been around longer and hired very smart people, it’s gotten even better at how they recruit students, while the financial services industry has slowed down and experienced negative publicity in the media. Many regard earning a spot in Teach for America a ‘badge of success.’” TFA and others are luring an increasing percentage of business and economics majors away from the financial sector and into their programs, says the article. Eidler, Scott. “Deferring Six Figures on Wall Street for Teacher’s Salary.” The New York Times Deal Book, 2 Jan. 2013. Read article »

The Price is Right

“A survey released Thursday by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges found that while board members generally think higher education costs too much, most think their institution is perfectly priced. And majorities at both public and private institutions believe that their own institutions can’t do much more to cut costs.” “Since trustees at most private institutions and some public institutions hold ultimate authority for setting tuition prices, and since boards are generally responsible for holding administrators accountable and articulating institutional priorities, this disconnect could prove to be a major barrier to bringing about change.” Kiley, Kevin. “The Price is Right.” Inside Higher Ed, 14 Dec. 2012. Read article »

Coding Is 21st Century Literacy

Thanks to coding courses offered by companies such as Codecademy, people are launching new businesses by taking coding matters into their own hands. Since it launched in 2011, New York City-based startup Codecademy has been teaching aspiring programmers the basics in syntax and web development to get companies and new services off the ground. Its online courses can turn anyone into a computer programmer, as it walks students through how to create a CSS-styled button, a web form or a JavaScript drawing. Meanwhile, an advanced track can teach experienced programmers a thing or two about coding too. Murhpy, Samantha. "Coding Is 21st Century Literacy." Mashable.com, 11 Dec. 2012. Read article »

Saying No to College

“Education isn’t a four-year program – it’s a mindset,” says Benjamin Goering, a software engineer who left college in 2010 and began working at a social software company in San Francisco. He is part of a growing pool of people who are skeptical of the traditional college track, “inspired by billionaire role models” like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, and “empowered by online college courses.” , Groups like UnCollege have sprung up in recent years to challenge traditional higher education system and “change the perception of dropping out from a personal failure to a sensible option.” Williams, Alex. “Saying No to College.” The New York Times, 30 Nov. 2012. Read article »

How to Bridge the Hiring Gap for College Graduates

Robert Goldfarb of the NYT explores the modern paradox of large numbers of both college graduates who can’t find work and employers who can’t find qualified applicants. He suggests that a wise CEO should bring a balance of workers to her company by hiring those with “hard” skills (quantative, job-based, etc.) alongside those recent graduates whose liberal arts grounding allows them to bring a global perspective to a workplace and an ability to assess conflicting points of view. And if provided adequate training, says Goldfarb, the latter type of graduate will quickly pick up the other skills so valued by hiring managers. Goldfarb, Robert. “How to Bridge the Hiring Gap for College Graduates.” The New York Times, 10 Nov. 2012. Read article »

The Football Dividend

An analysis has found that many universities see a modest boost in academic reputation and an increased number of applications for admission when their football team does better from one season to the next. Annual giving to those institutions’ sports programs also increases. The analysis, carried out by an assistant professor at UC Berkeley, finds that a one-win increase in a football team’s season record is correlated with: • $74,000 in increased giving to athletic programs, but no statistically significant increase in non-athletic donations. • Modest increases in academic reputation (as measured by surveys by U.S. News). • 104 additional applications for admission. • A drop in the acceptance rate of applications of 0.2 percentage points. Jaschik, Scott. “The Football Dividend.” Inside Higher Ed, 29 Oct. 2012. Read article »

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