New trend: Students enrolling with no intention of graduating

‘Skill builder’ students are enrolling in college, but not for the degree

students-degrees-skillsKevin Floerke has been down this road before.

A student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, Floerke, 26, already graduated in 2010 from UCLA, where he majored in archaeology.

This time, however, unlike many other people in his field, he’s not interested in getting yet another degree. He’s just trying to master a set of techniques and technologies that will help him verify the details he finds while doing fieldwork.…Read More

Really? Universities creating ‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur degrees

In a new trend taking over universities, innovation courses and degrees are being created to capitalize on America’s obsession with “Shark Tank” entrepreneurship

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Credit: ABC Television Network

If you’re not watching ABC’s critically acclaimed entrepreneur-themed show Shark Tank, you’re missing out...at least, according to universities.

Now in it’s fifth season with more than 8 million viewers, entrepreneurs pitch in front of six “shark” multimillionaire and billionaire entrepreneurs and investors, to help save or grow their business.

The show is syndicated on CNBC and transcends demographics: Teens, parents and grandparents tune in each week to see which new innovation will pique the curiosity (or sometimes ridicule) of a shark.…Read More

Misleading: Student loan debt NOT from undergrad degrees

New report says there’s a myth about student loan debt, and the real cause may shock you

loan-debt-studentAccording to a new report, the current national concern and outrage over student loan debt is misguided, since many believe the debt occurs while obtaining an undergraduate degree. Not true, say data experts, who revealed that most student loan debt comes from pursuing graduate degrees.

The report, “The Graduate Student Debt Review: The State of Graduate Student Borrowing,” released by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute, basis its findings from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS)—a research dataset published every four years to compile information on student-level records, financial aid, student demographic, and enrollment data.

After reviewing the data, the report states that much (40 percent) of the $1 trillion in outstanding student loans derives from graduate and professional degrees, rather than bachelor’s or associate’s degrees.…Read More