Vet groups say this rule makes troops vulnerable to ‘predatory schools.’ Here’s why.

“Veterans groups want to change a rule governing for-profit colleges that some have said can lead to shady recruitment of troops and vets. Known as the “90-10 rule,” it requires that for-profit colleges receive no more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal student aid. But the rule doesn’t count the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Defense Department-sponsored tuition assistance as federal education benefits subject to the 90-percent limit, so for-profit colleges can get around the rule by enrolling large numbers of veterans and active-duty service members.”

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Want Less Student Loan Debt and More Job Success? Plan in High School

“Though the financial benefits of obtaining a college degree are well documented, soaring student loan debt has many debating if it’s worth it. New research from Michigan State University finds that expectations and aspirations in high school may play an important role in students’ career paths later in life. According to Soobin Kim, author of the study and a researcher at the MSU College of Education, students need to be thinking about careers while in high school.”

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Student apprentices team up with school system’s plumbers, carpenters, masons

“Gary Wilson is having a summer like no other — awake before 5 a.m., on the job before dawn. One day, he is ankle-deep in muddy water, helping to replace a broken concrete storm pipe. Another, he is wielding a jackhammer as though he has done it for years. It’s all a big change from classes at Suitland High School in Maryland, these weeks of work as an apprentice to a master plumber. “We’ve been out there doing a lot, and I’m picking it up,” Wilson, a rising senior, said more than a month into the experience.”

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How those with artistic experience can sell themselves for a ‘non-creative’ job

“Dear Readers: Job opportunities in creative fields like writing and photography are not easy to find. The opportunities are shrinking with media consolidation, a move toward digital publishing, and the digital/cellphone explosion. How can someone who has majored in the creative arts in college, or who has been let go from a creative position, sell themselves for positions in “non-creative” professions?”

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Survey: 66 percent of American employees regret their college degrees

“If you’ve ever wondered if your college degree was worth the student debt, you’re not alone. In an online salary survey conducted by PayScale involving 248,000 respondents, two-thirds of employees reported having educational regrets. The participants were asked to select their biggest educational regret out of the given choices: student loans, area of study, institution choice, too many degrees, time to complete, academic underachievement, not making the right connections, and I have no regrets. “

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Opinion: Not enough emphasis on reducing student risk

“Much of the debate about college today focuses on tuition and mounting student debt, with Democratic presidential candidates even raising the possibility of forgiving all student loans. Not enough attention is paid to risk. Spending tens of thousands of dollars annually on four years of college (or more), with little promise that it will pay off in the form of a good job, is a big gamble.”

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Lots of college students drop out. There are degrees of success in preventing it.

“I once worked with a young woman who was smart, kind and industrious. Her success seemed assured, except for one thing. She had to drop out of college and could not afford to get back in. Many people have problems like that. In a remarkable new book on what hinders college completion, University of California at Berkeley higher education expert David Kirp reveals there are 34 million Americans older than 25 who have some college credits but dropped out before receiving a diploma.”

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How to bring structure to nondegree credentials

” As nondegree credentials become more common across higher education, a standard system to measure and ensure their quality will be critical, explains a new report from the Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations. The researchers provide a broad framework for doing so, including by focusing a credential’s design and the demonstration of its competencies; how it’s recognized in the market; and how to ensure its stated outcomes have value. Employers and educational institutions often tout these credentials as a low-cost way to quickly upskill, but the authors note that common quality standards are critical to ensuring value and equity.”

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’40-Year-Old Interns’ Are Helping STEM Companies Achieve Gender Parity

“What have you done lately?”

“Those were the words that weighted on Priti Shah when she went in for interviews after taking time off to raise her children. Despite previously earning her master’s degree and working in tech for most of her career, after over a decade out of the workforce, many tech companies weren’t taking her seriously when she decided she wanted to return to work. Fortunately for Shah, it wasn’t too long before she started the job search that IBM had signed onto a new kind of program designed for people just like her—high caliber candidates who have taken some time away from the workforce. “

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