Throughout my posts on higher education, the subject of whether colleges should steer students into majors more likely to yield jobs has come up numerous times. But the good news is that, across all majors, academic engagement is a strong indicator of employment. In other words, students who demonstrate an accumulation of knowledge are more
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how my once and future alma mater, the University of Maryland, was considering a tuition increase specifically for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, collectively known as STEM programs. I discussed how the university should carefully consider such an increase, given that, nationally, 40 percent of students
News reports about the U.S. unemployment rate often point out that the unemployment rate for people without a college degree is higher than the rate for those with a degree. And it’s true. According to last month’s U.S. government data, the unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma, but no college, was 8.8
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The state budget crises that occurred in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown have often resulted in significant cuts to higher education. Nationally, state and local funding for higher education reached a 25-year low in 2011, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Yet, Maryland has been among the few states that have avoided
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni study “Losing America’s Memory” surveyed students at the top 25 U.S. national universities and national liberal arts colleges, according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings when the study was conducted in December 1999. (Due to ties in the U.S. News rankings, students from 55
Earlier this week I discussed which questions college students seemed to particularly struggle with in the American Council of Trustees and Alumni February 2000 report “Losing America’s Memory.” Now let’s take a look at which questions students did particularly well on, questions where at least 70 percent of the respondents selected the correct answer. (This
A few weeks ago, I referenced the 12-year-old study “Losing America’s Memory” by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The report surveyed seniors from top U.S. colleges and found that four out of five got less than 70 percent of the questions correct, meaning they would’ve received a grade of D or F had
The New York Times published a story today regarding the rising cost of higher education in the U.S. While it is certainly no secret that the cost of higher education has climbed significantly in recent years, it is jarring to see just how high the cost has climbed, 559 percent since 1985, according to the U.S.
It’s always nice when you’re pondering a good topic for a blog post and one falls into your lap. Such was the case this week when the University of Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback reported that the university has pitched to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents a tuition increase for students majoring