College flash mobs become pep rallies made for YouTube

Three steps to starting college: Meet roommate. Unpack in dorm room. Then, sometime during orientation, hear music, see a student start dancing, watch as more dancers join in, and join the campus flash mob, reports the New York Times. (Or if you miss the actual event, watch it over and over on YouTube, to see how many people you recognize.) Outbursts of seemingly impromptu dance numbers were so common at orientations this year that BostInnovation, a web start-up chronicling Boston life, ran a contest asking readers to watch the YouTube videos and vote for the local campus—Wellesley, Merrimack or Emerson—with the best welcome…

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How for-profit colleges can save themselves—and higher education

For-profit colleges are on the ropes. Damaging congressional investigations, a bruising fight over new federal regulations, and a stagnant economy have all combined to reverse what had been unprecedented growth in for-profit enrollments, the Atlantic reports. The latest numbers suggest that new student enrollments fell 14 percent at the top 10 for-profit universities, with giants like the Apollo Group and Kaplan University experiencing declines of more than 40 percent. As Bloomberg Businessweek reported last week, financial analysts now see an outlook for proprietary colleges that ranges from uncertain to gloomy…

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