Study: Nearly 80 percent of college students can’t figure out QR codes

According to a recent study conducted by youth marketing company Archrival, the majority of college students with smartphones have no idea how to scan a QR (Quick-Response) code, Digital Trends reports. The study was conducted with over 500 college students across 24 different college campuses. While 81 percent of students owned a smartphone and 80 percent were familiar with the concept of a QR code, only 21 percent were able to scan a provided QR code when asked. Of the 79 percent that were unable to scan the code, some tried and ultimately gave up while others attempted to take a picture of the code with the built-in camera. Others complained of the process taking too long and some students didn’t want to download an app to scan it. ..

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Preventing Adderall abuse in colleges

As a college student, there was a small container that I held sacred: my medications. I was diagnosed with ADHD my sophomore year and immediately put on Adderall. Despite a few annoying side effects (including sleeplessness), the medication really helped to curb impulsive behaviors, says S. Gustafson for Yahoo! News. My grades immediately returned to the A’s and B’s I had received in a more structured high school environment. I was really grateful to have Adderall, but also worried that it might get stolen. ADHD stimulant abuse is common at many colleges and I suspected that my school was no exception. My psychiatrist warned me to keep my drugs safe, telling me horror stories of students whose drugs were stolen and sold on the black market. My paltry insurance plan didn’t cover the cost of Adderall and I really couldn’t afford to lose the pills for which I paid nearly $300 a month…

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Endowing scholarships, attaching strings

Georgetown has a scholarship with your name on it…if your name is Murphy, the Washington Post reports. Arthur J. Murphy Jr., a 1969 Georgetown University graduate, established a scholarship “to be given to an undergraduate student in the College whose surname is Murphy,” and who is needy. Only if no eligible student is found can the money go to a needy non-Murphy. For some donors, the joy in creating a scholarship is surpassed only by the fun in telling a college how to spend it. Each winter, the arrival of admission season sends college aid officials scrambling to match quirky scholarships to students. As often as not, collegiate charity comes with strings attached…

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Yale offering course on New York City nightlife

Move over Stefon. There’s a new breed of nightlife gurus with intel on the hottest nightclubs, and they’ve got Ivy League degrees, the Huffington Post reports. Yale University is now offering a course for credit titled “Dance Music and Nightlife Culture in New York City” to enrich intellectual minds on the ins and outs of the partying lifestyle of New Yorkers. According to the course’s syllabus, the seminar seeks to answer the mind-boggling question, “Why do we go out at night?” The Yale Daily News, which is the nation’s oldest college daily, says students will venture out of New Haven to check out New York’s top clubs and also be graced by guest DJ’s and nightclub experts such as Simonez Wolf and Michael Musto…

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College students go without textbooks as prices rise

UC Riverside tuition and fees have risen by $2,000 since last year.

Six in 10 students at the University of California, Riverside said they forgo purchasing recommended class supplies—including textbooks—because they’re strapped for cash.

The findings from UC Riverside, a campus of 20,000 students, reflect results of similar surveys conducted by the Student Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), an organization that has pushed for open online textbook programs that could slash book costs to a fraction of the $1,000 student spend today.

And while 60 percent of respondents to the UC Riverside survey said they “skipped buying [schools supplies] entirely,” two-thirds of students said they postponed buying textbooks and other supplies, leaving them without necessary class material in the first weeks of a course.

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“As instructors, we need to think about how to make course materials available to our students,” said Steven Brint, the university’s vice provost for undergraduate education who commissioned the survey of more than 5,300 undergraduates. “But at the end of the day reading is essential to learning. Instructors should continue to assess whether students are reading assigned materials.”

UC Riverside students said the price of textbooks – especially when they’re not available via rental services or buy-back programs – has had a major impact on their social lives.

Eight in 10 students said they spent less money on food to cope with book costs, and 83 percent cut back on going out with friends.

Brint said UC Riverside instructors and professors have done what they can to make textbooks more affordable. Some faculty members have made book copies available on the campus library’s reserve list. Others have posted textbook material on an online learning program called iLearn.

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University gives students space to work ‘remotely’

Students can work for businesses from the ECSU campus.

While Elsa Nuñez knows American businesses will continue to outsource jobs, she doesn’t see why those jobs necessarily have to go overseas.

Why not send them to Willimantic?

“My goal is to get companies to outsource to me, not to India,” the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) president said Thursday.

That’s part of the thinking behind the “Work Hub,” which opened this semester on the school’s campus in Windham’s downtown Willimantic section.

The hub, housed in Winthrop Hall, offers workspace for student interns who can work remotely for businesses and other organizations.

For the program’s initial run, the university has partnered with Cigna, which has hired 12 Eastern students to work on a number of web development and other information technology projects for the Bloomfield-based financial services giant.

Thomas Boisjolie, a recruiting manager for Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program, said that the partnership with Eastern is going well and that he’s confident the company picked the right group of candidates.

He added that while Cigna’s development program isn’t new, the partnership with ECSU is.

He said Cigna benefits from its development program in that it reaches out to quality students early in their careers and gives the company to chance to develop them and bring them on board once they graduate.

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Malloy: Education effectiveness data lacking in higher ed

As next year’s education-focused legislative session approaches, the state will have to address a lack of adequate data about how well higher education teaching programs are working, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday, reports CT New Junkie. After a roundtable discussion on education at Central Connecticut State University, the governor said better teacher preparation will be necessary to improve the quality of Connecticut’s schools and close the wide academic achievement gap between children from low and higher income families. But making those improvements is difficult to do without objective data, he said.

“We’ve been slow about establishing objective standards by which we measure ourselves and you can’t establish them without sufficient data,” Malloy said.

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EU data protection reform to replace national laws

The European Union wants to replace a mishmash of national laws on data protection with one bloc-wide reform, updating laws put in place long before Facebook and other social networking sites even existed, the Associated Press reports. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said Monday that social networks must become more open about how they operate. Under her proposals, businesses—including internet service providers—would have additional responsibilities, such as having to inform users of what data about them is being collected, for what purpose, and how it is stored. EU regulators have been concerned about how commercial online services use customers’ personal data to attract advertisers, saying they want to make sure that citizens’ internet privacy rights are respected…

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Lessons from Syracuse, Penn State and Duke on responding to scandal

Ten days ago, Syracuse University put associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine on administrative leave amid accusations that Fine had sexually molested two boys, the Washington Post reports. Immediately, head coach Jim Boeheim attacked the credibility of one of the two accusers in an interview with ESPN: “It is a bunch of a thousand lies that he has told… there is only one side to this story. He is lying.” Since then, a third man has accused Fine of molestation, and the university fired Fine on Sunday. Boeheim told the media that he supported that decision, and he expressed regret for initial statements that might have been “insensitive to victims of abuse.” As university scandals unfold, and more facts are made public, academic or athletics leaders sometimes face criticism for their initial statements. At Penn State this month, now-former President Graham Spanier was criticized for issuing a statement that expressed “unconditional support” for two administrators accused of not reporting suspected child abuse…

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The other student loan problem: Too little debt

Jesse Yeh uses the University of California-Berkeley library instead of buying textbooks. He scrounges for free food at campus events and occasionally skips meals. He’s stopped exercising and sleeps five to six hours per night so he can take 21 credits–a course load so heavy he had to get special permission from a dean, the Associated Press reports. The only thing he won’t do: take out a student loan.

“I see a lot of my friends who took out student loans, then they graduated and because of the economy right now they still couldn’t find a job,” said the third-year student, whose parents both lost their jobs in 2009 and who grew up in the boom-and-bust town of Victorville, Calif., on a block with several houses in foreclosure. “The debt burden is really heavy on them.”

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