"Tuition and fees at public universities increased less than 3 percent this academic year, the smallest rise in three decades, according to the annual College Board reports on trends in pricing and aid. “This does not mean that college is suddenly more affordable, but it does mean that the rapid growth of recent years did not represent a ‘new normal’ for annual price increases,” the report on pricing said."
Annual Rise in Cost of Public College Slows - NYTimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)
Three percent is still a big rise (given that most families’ incomes are not rising at that level). But good news that the curve may be shifting.
"Also a word about the Internet: Old people like myself are terrified by their ignorance of it, which you can and should use to your advantage by saying things at your job like, “You don’t have a tumblr? Oh you should really have a tumblr. I can set you up with that."
— From John Green’s Commencement Address at Butler University (via rachelfershleiser)
"Nearly half of the college graduates in the class of 2010 are working in jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree and 38 percent have jobs that don’t even require a high school diploma, according to a January report from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The report called into question whether too much public money is being spent on providing students with degrees that make them overqualified for the only jobs that are available."
284,000 College Graduates Had Minimum-Wage Jobs Last Year (via robot-heart-politics)
Is it a commentary on the lack of value in higher education? Or is it about the job market not taking advantage of the talent surplus in the labor pool? Are there corporate, government, or entrepreneurial opportunities being missed because job creators are not taking risks?
As Liz and other faculty and staff get ready to welcome the class of 2016, here are a few of the more striking notes on this year’s "mindset list" from Beloit College.
- They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
- There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.
- Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.
- A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
- They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
- They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.”
- There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.’
- While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’sBreaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances.
- Pulp Fiction’s meal of a “Royale with Cheese” and an “Amos and Andy milkshake” has little or no resonance with them.