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January 23, 2013
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  • Colo. considers linking financial aid to college advancement
    The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is considering a plan to offer increasing amounts of financial aid to students as they advance through college, with awards dropping back down for fifth-year students. Amid a growing need for financial aid among students, the plan would allow the state to "do the most good" with the funds it has to offer, said the commission's deputy executive director, Matt Gianneschi. "We want students to persist and graduate. That's the point at which the state receives a return on its investment," Gianneschi said. Education Week/College Bound blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dartmouth to stop accepting AP test scores for college credit
    Dartmouth College no longer will award credit for high scores on Advanced Placement exams amid growing concerns that the high-school courses are not up to par with the college's standards. The decision follows an experiment by the school's psychology department, which administered the Psych 1 final exam to incoming students who passed the AP psychology exam with a score of 5 -- the highest possible -- rather than giving them the credits. Of more than 100 students, just 10% passed the exam, the school reported. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: High-school students benefit from college mentors
    High-school students are more likely to enroll in college if they are mentored by college students, according to research by economics professors Bruce Sacerdote and Scott Carrell. The researchers conducted a study in which high-school seniors met weekly with Dartmouth College students to discuss their applications, financial aid and other issues. Even though some meetings didn't start until March, participating students were more likely to go to college. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Companies seek graduates who are social media savvy
    Companies increasingly are looking to hire graduates who are experts in social media marketing, some educators and experts say. However, some say schools are struggling to include lessons in Facebook and Twitter as part of their business curriculum, primarily because it is an ever-changing field -- making it difficult for the curriculum to keep up. (Canada) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 ways to make a good video interview impression
    More employers are turning to video interviews as a way to vet job candidates, so work on honing your skills so that you come across as personable and confident, HireArt's co-founder Elli Sharef says. For such an interview, dress professionally, mention why you want to work for the company and try not to sound like you're reading a script. USA Today/Gannett News Service (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New Facebook tool could help you find a job
    The Graph Search being tested by Facebook can help recruiters find talent by sifting through information from millions of Facebook users, Danny Rubin writes. To get on the radar of more recruiters, users should include their full job title, job description, schools and civic group involvement in their Facebook profile, he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa to volunteer at the Freeman Seabird Preserve
    The University of Hawaii at Manoa NSCS chapter is volunteering on Saturdays throughout the winter months doing habitat restoration at the Freeman Seabird Preserve. The chapter will be removing invasive plants along with trash and debris so the birds have a healthy habitat to return to and nest in the spring. Learn more about the Hawaii chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Mexico State University to host "Meet the Geeks" RUSH activity
    The New Mexico State University NSCS chapter will be hosting a "Meet the Geeks" event on campus as part of their RUSH campaign to recruit new members. The session will highlight the benefits of NSCS in a creative and engaging way that emphasizes the importance of academics and getting involved on campus. Learn more about upcoming events with the NMSU chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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