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You Want College Credit With That? Try McDonald's, Walmart

Big retailers are teaming up with colleges to get their workers credit for skills learned on the job

(Newser) - The cost of a college degree is ever-more skyrocketing, and simply unattainable for some would-be students, sending them into low-paying jobs instead of the ivory tower. But some of those low-paying jobs could get them college credit, reports NPR in a look at the likes of McDonald's and Walmart,...

Among College Students, a 'Shocking' Find
Among College
Students, a
Troubling Find

Among College Students, a Troubling Find on PTSD

Diagnoses more than doubled from 2017 to 2022

(Newser) - Current college students have lived through a chaotic few years, and it's turning up in their mental health assessments in at least one significant way. The New York Times reports that diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder , or PTSD, within this demographic more than doubled from 2017 to 2022, with...

College Grads Receive a Big Gift, With a 'Catch'

UMass Dartmouth students get $1K each from billionaire Robert Hale, but they have to donate half

(Newser) - Students threw their graduation caps into the air at UMass Dartmouth this week, and they were on the receiving end of quite a surprise during what the college calls an "unforgettable ceremony." CBS News reports that Boston Celtics co-owner Robert Hale served as commencement speaker on Thursday, and...

Turned Off by the Ivy Leagues? Here Are the 'New Ivies'

'Forbes' recommends 20 other public, private colleges and universities

(Newser) - Ivy League schools are having a moment, and not in a good way, with everything from plagiarism to antisemitism accusations making headlines. That's led some to "sour" on the Ivies, per Forbes , which has put together a list of the "new Ivies"—"the 10 public...

A Booming New Sideline: the 'Empty-Nest Coach'

More hyper-involved parents turning to coaches to ease the transition

(Newser) - In the age of helicopter parenting, coming in for a smooth landing as kids get older and leave home is a rougher ride for some. Enter the "empty-nest coach." Per Axios , the process of moving into this next phase of life can be so stressful, more parents are...

Columbia's Classes Go Remote: 'We Need a Reset'
Columbia's Classes Go
Remote: 'We Need a Reset'

Columbia's Classes Go Remote: 'We Need a Reset'

Monday classes will be virtual at Ivy League, where pro-Palestinian protests are at center of commotion

(Newser) - On the West Coast, a canceled valedictorian speech ; on the East Coast, canceled in-person classes at Columbia. The Israel-Hamas war factors into both incidents, as tensions continue while the conflict rages overseas. Columbia President Nemat "Minouche" Shafik has announced classes at Columbia will be held virtually on Monday, as...

Struggling College Calls It Quits
Struggling College Calls It Quits

Struggling College Calls It Quits

Alumni of Vermont's Goddard College include William H. Macy, most of Phish

(Newser) - Vermont's Goddard College, a small school known for its progressive education, is closing after years of declining enrollment and financial struggles, the board of trustees announced Tuesday. The decision to close at the end of the semester was heart-wrenching but unavoidable as the school faces financial insolvency, the board...

More Colleges Crack the $90K Threshold
Some Colleges Cost
$95K This Year

Some Colleges Cost $95K This Year

Wealthy families face a hefty bill, though lower-income students are getting bigger breaks

(Newser) - As more than 2 million graduating high school students from across the United States finalize their decisions on what college to attend this fall, many are facing jaw-dropping costs—in some cases, as much as $95,000. A number of private colleges—some considered elite and others middle-of-the-pack—have exceeded...

168-Year-Old Alabama College Is Closing

'This is a tragic day for the College, our students, our employees, and our alumni'

(Newser) - Birmingham-Southern College, a private liberal arts college in Alabama, will close at the end of May after running into financial difficulties and being unable to secure a financial lifeline from the state, officials say. The College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to close the longtime institution, officials said in a...

Yale Reverses Course, Will Require Standardized Tests

It joins Dartmouth in the Ivy League in again focusing on tests such as the SAT and ACT

(Newser) - First, Dartmouth. Now, Yale. The latter has become the second Ivy League institution to reverse course and require standardized testing for incoming students, reports the New York Times . Both were among schools that ditched SAT and ACT requirements during the pandemic. Yale will allow students to submit scores from the...

Gay, Critics Concur: Harvard Hubbub Isn't Just About Her

In 'NYT' op-ed, Gay notes there's a 'broader war to unravel public faith in pillars of American society'

(Newser) - This week, Claudine Gay made the "wrenching but necessary decision" to step down as president of Harvard University, amid backlash on her testimony about antisemitism on campus, as well as accusations of plagiarism . But while she's lost her plum position as the head of an elite Ivy League...

University of Wisconsin Fires Chancellor Over Porn

Joe Gow and his wife have been making adult videos in recent years

(Newser) - The Universities of Wisconsin system has fired its UW-La Crosse chancellor because he and his wife have been unapologetically making adult content in recent years, reports . The board fired 63-year-old Joe Gow after discovering that he and wife Carmen Wilson have appeared in pornographic videos on adult websites...

Ivy League Presidents Face Backlash Over Comments on Israel

Penn president apologizes for focusing too much on free speech policies at House hearing

(Newser) - Presidents of three colleges faced a backlash Wednesday over their answers to questions on campus antisemitism at a hearing in Congress the previous day. The New York Times reports that the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania said they strongly opposed antisemitism and supported Israel's right...

Here Are the Best Colleges in America

WalletHub looks at everything from post-grad outcomes and campus experience to the cost factor

(Newser) - Deciding on where to attend college doesn't just come down to academic programs and prestige—it also depends on the cost, and whether students and their parents feel they're getting a decent bang for their buck. WalletHub analyzed more than 850 colleges and universities across the US to...

These Colleges Offer the Most Bang for Your Buck

'WSJ'/College Pulse rank higher-ed institutions based on their value

(Newser) - Picking a college or university can be a daunting task—especially when students and their parents have to fork over so much money to attend. Some higher-ed institutions offer more bang for the buck, however. Using research from the Third Way public policy think tank, the Wall Street Journal and...

Here Are the 10 Best Colleges in the US

Princeton University is No. 1, per new 'WSJ'/College Pulse rankings

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal is out with its annual college rankings , prepared in conjunction this year with College Pulse, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, an Ivy League takes the top spot. Princeton University is No. 1, and the Journal says that instructors, a rigorous curriculum, and ample resources all play a part...

California College Grad, 12, Busts a School Record

Clovis Hung entered Fullerton College at age 9, broke a school record

(Newser) - Clovis Hung is 12. He's also a member of the class of 2023—at Fullerton College, making him the youngest graduate in the California community college's history, per NBC News . Clovis' achievement outdoes the previous record set by Jack Rico, who graduated from the same college at 13....

Cops: College Student Planned 'Mass Casualty Event'

Waylon Kurts of St. Olaf College arrested after tip from school custodian

(Newser) - A student at a private college in Minnesota planned "a mass casualty event" that was prevented by a tip from a school custodian, police say. After the St. Olaf College custodian spotted packages for high-capacity magazines in a garbage can on April 5, a search of a student dorm...

College Wanted Art Pulled From Diversity Exhibit, Group Refused

Now entire display is yanked from State College of Florida over complaints about 3 pieces of art

(Newser) - For two decades, the Florida nonprofit Embracing Our Differences has hosted an annual outdoor art show in Sarasota, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This time around, however, the group is yanking its entire display from one of the venues, the State College of Florida, after school officials...

Next, Adele Wants to Study English Lit
Adele's Next Stage:
College Student

Adele's Next Stage: College Student

Singer says she already uses her love of English literature in her writing

(Newser) - In her songs and storytelling, Adele said she relies on what she calls her "passion" for English literature. She plans to deepen that knowledge, the Washington Post reports. "I really want to get a degree in English Literature," the singer told fans at an event this week...

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