Not all internships are unpaid drudgery, says the Huffington Post. Interns at Google, for example, get paid an average $5,787 per month, according to Glassdoor, an online database of anonymously posted company information. That would add up to an annual salary of nearly $70,000 per year, which is almost three times more than the median annual wage in the U.S. Glassdoor ranked the top 20 internships based on what their interns had to say about their experiences. Google came in first for the second year in a row……Read More
Colleges could soon have new national standards for how they handle reported sexual assaults on their campuses, thanks to a provision in the latest re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the Huffington Post reports. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act was first introduced in 2010 by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), but now depends on the passage of the Senate version of VAWA, which has incorporated much of its language. It’s the most significant reform of policy on how college sexual assaults are handled since the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 and the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights of 1992. The SaVE Act would require that schools provide victims with contact information for legal assistance and for counseling and health services. Officials handling disciplinary proceedings would be required to receive annual trainings, and campus crime reports would be expanded to include reports of stalking and domestic violence……Read More
There’s no shortage of students at Yale University who want to start a business. And while these students often aren’t sure how to get their ideas off the ground, they needn’t look too far, the Huffington Post reports. The university’s Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, now in its sixth year, is designed to “help aspiring student entrepreneurs bring to fruition their innovative ideas for startup companies,” the university wrote in a background paper for the Global University Leaders Forum. The YEI offers services to all Yale students, along with a fellowship program where selected students can receive a stipend, mentorship and accounting advice, as well as access to potential investors. Yahoo News reports that YEI has helped students launch “close to 100 companies, 52 of which are currently active.” These student-founded companies have created at least 130 full time jobs, with one-third remaining in New Haven, the New Haven Register reported……Read More
Opinions differ, of course, but an annual ranking by The Academic Ranking Of World Universities of 200 universities around the globe indicates that nine of the top 10 universities for computer science are right here in the U.S, the Huffington Post reports. The list is among several published by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The organization surveys more than 1,000 world-class universities each year and publishes an overall quality ranking of 500 on its website, breaking out smaller rankings of 200 related to institutions’ strengths within a range of academic fields. Originally, the ranking’s purpose was to gauge the global standing of China’s best universities. It’s grown to greater relevance and is considered — along with Times Higher Education’s ranking — among the most influential university rankings by higher education professionals……Read More
Ohio University is considering implementing a guaranteed tuition rate that would protect students from tuition increases during their four-year undergraduate careers, the Huffington Post reports. The Columbus Dispatch reported that OU first began considering the “frozen tuition” concept in November. The OU Board of Trustees may vote on a proposed overhaul of the school’s tuition model in April. At a meeting Thursday, the OU Board of Trustees heard from the school’s Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President For Finance Stephen Golding, who are studying how guaranteed tuition models have worked at other institutions……Read More
“Disruptive Innovation” is a buzz phrase that is running wild through the world of entrepreneurship these days, says Dr. James Nolan, president of Southwestern College. There are Disruptive Innovators discussion groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Though president of Southwestern College, Santa Fe, I am a card-carrying member. What is disruptive innovation? It may be more elucidating to start by naming some of the disruptive innovators of our era. Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Ebay’s Pierre Omidyar and Meg Whitman. Then there’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman, Skype’s Nikklas Zenstrom and Paypal’s Peter Thiel. These guys (used loosely) never believed for one second that there is nothing new under the sun. Disruptive innovators are insanely creative. They are, by definition, rule-breakers, and so almost invariably end up as entrepreneurs. They have to set their own rules, or create a world in which there are no rules. Richard Branson and his rocket ships. Like that……Read More
Elections are amazing things. For some reason, I thought of an address Michigan Governor Rick Snyder gave in front of the West Michigan Policy Forum last fall, says Patrick O’Connor, Associate Dean of College Counseling, Cranbrook-Kingswood School; Author, ‘College is Yours 2.0’. He reflected on the national effort to make a four-year college education accessible to more Americans by saying he thought the country had “sorta messed up.” At the time he gave the speech, there was a shortage of skilled trade workers, and a great deal of media coverage about the lack of jobs available to recent college graduates. This apparent mismatch of supply and demand was too much for the governor to take, so he summed up the efforts of the college access movement of the last four decades in four simple words: “How dumb is that?”…Read More
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) rehashed the education portion of the GOP platform Tuesday, promoting for-profit colleges in a speech labeled a “rebranding” of the Republican Party, the Huffington Post reports.
“Over the course of this Congress, we will also work to reform our student aid process to give students a financial incentive to finish their studies sooner,” Cantor said in his speech at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. “We will encourage entrepreneurship in higher education, including for-profit schools. And we will fix the way we subsidize education by making the costs more transparent to parents, students and the millions of taxpayers who help pay some of the bill.”
Cantor said a goal for the year is to “move heaven and earth to fix our education system for the most vulnerable,” and to “expand” choices for college. It’s those “most vulnerable” students that for-profit colleges have been accused of exploiting……Read More
Earlier today, a federal jury in Georgia found former Valdosta State University (VSU) President Ronald Zaccari personally liable to the tune of $50,000 for violating the due process rights of former student Hayden Barnes, the Huffington Post reports. Barnes was expelled from VSU in 2007 after posting a collage on Facebook mocking the university president’s plans for a parking garage. Barnes had protested the garage plans on the grounds that there were more environmentally friendly and cost effective ways to deal with the university’s congestion problem. In expelling him, Zaccari claimed that, because the collage referred to the parking garage as the “S.A.V.E.-Zaccari Memorial Parking Garage,” Barnes was a “clear and present danger” to campus……Read More
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) set off a firestorm this week when he declared “educational elite” have taken over colleges, and lashed out over what he says are worthless courses that offer “no chances of getting people jobs,” the Huffington Post reports. In a national radio interview Tuesday with Bill Bennett, U.S. Education Secretary during the Reagan administration, McCrory said there’s a major disconnect between what skills are taught at the state’s public universities and what businesses want out of college graduates.
“So I’m going to adjust my education curriculum to what business and commerce needs to get our kids jobs as opposed to moving back in with their parents after they graduate with debt,” McCrory said, adding, “What are we teaching these courses for if they’re not going to help get a job?”