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As businesses hunt for educated workers, states loosen purse strings for higher ed again

Many states are boosting their budgets for public higher education more than at any time since 2008 and proposing even higher allocations down the road as politicians are focusing on the need for educated workers in an economy that’s short of talent.... Read more»0

Momentum builds behind a way to lower the cost of college: A degree in 3 years

Several conventional colleges and universities are offering bachelor’s degrees in three years instead of the customary four as students and families increasingly chafe at the more than four years - and the cost - it now takes most of those earning degrees.... Read more»0

Analysis

Another million adults ‘have stepped off the path to the middle class’

A sharp decline in the number of Americans going to college - down nearly a million since the start of the pandemic and by nearly 3 million over the last decade - could alter American society for the worse, even as economic rivals such as China vastly increase university enrollment.... Read more»0

Long disparaged, education for the skilled trades is slowly coming into fashion

Education for the skilled trades appears to be returning to fashion, as Americans see firsthand the labor shortages and rising pay in fields such as construction, transportation and logistics - along with the lower debt and the shorter timetables needed to train for them.... Read more»0

A surprise for America’s many career switchers: They need to go back to school

For years, economists have been warning that people hoping to switch careers would need additional education - even in industries that have not previously required it. Now that prophecy is coming true, to the surprise of many of the record number of Americans quitting their jobs.... Read more»0

Most college students don't graduate in 4 years, so 6 years counted as 'success'

Colleges have gradually moved the finish line to give themselves credit for success if students graduate in six years — or even eight years, which is what consumers find reported on the government’s newest consumer website, College Scorecard.... Read more»0

Google ads to NFL sponsorships: Colleges throw billions at marketing to attract students

Catholic University is spending $5 million on marketing and branding - a small sum compared to what other colleges and universities are investing in advertising, marketing and promotion, which has been rising and is on track this year to be nearly double what it was last year.... Read more»0

Is ASU the model for the new American university?

After more than a decade of remaking itself, the university has become a model of what higher education in America should be, according to a book by its outspoken president, Michael Crow: a place judged not by who it turns away, but by who it accepts, and how many of its students graduate. But critics wonder whether other campuses should copy ASU’s dramatic changes.... Read more»0

U.S. university enrollment continues to slide

Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports.... Read more»0

Stopping the clock on college credits that don’t count

As March Madness nears its all-consuming climax, a less widely noticed kind of intercollegiate competition is forcing students to churn endlessly through the higher-education system, wasting their own—and taxpayers’—money. In this game, the players score but it doesn’t count.... Read more»0

More schools offering credit for work experience

A national campaign that starts Wednesday will promote the sometimes-derided practice with a nationwide program to help adults prepare portfolios of their job experience online that will be evaluated by independent faculty for academic credit.... Read more»0