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February 27, 2013
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  • Survey: Families are now saving less for college
    About half of parents with children younger than 18 reported in 2012 that they are saving for college, compared with about 60% who reported saving in 2010, according to "How America Saves for College," an online survey sponsored by Sallie Mae. The decline is likely because of a weak economy and competing financial priorities, researchers concluded. The survey also found parents underestimate projected college costs and how much financial aid and scholarships will be available. Education Week/College Bound blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for reducing college costs, borrowing
    Living off campus, studying abroad and applying for financial aid regardless of income level are among the 11 suggestions from financial-aid officers and college students that were compiled for this article on reducing college costs and the need for borrowing. "You can share a place and really cut down on rental costs, and you also pay less for things like food if you share with roommates," Brown University student David Ellman said. U.S. News & World Report (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SAT to be redesigned with college success in mind
    The College Board will revamp the SAT to make it more valuable to higher education, it was reported Tuesday. Although more students took the SAT in 2012 than ever before, the number of students taking the SAT was surpassed for the first time in 2011 by the number taking the ACT. Most schools accept both exams, but College Board President David Coleman said the redesign will be aimed at ensuring the SAT focuses more on the "core set of knowledge and skills" needed in college. The Washington Post (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • What you need to know about digital resumes
    More employers are requesting a digital resume, so make sure you have one ready to go through LinkedIn, Career Igniter or Resume Builder Online, Josh Weiss-Roessler writes. "If you already have your own website, hosting it there is a great way to go because employers will automatically see you as someone who knows what they are doing on the web," he writes. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to shed your "too-young" image
    Being seen as too young can cost you a promotion, or the opportunity to work on an important project, Anita Bruzzese writes. To fight these perceptions, initiate personal interactions with colleagues, don't wear wrinkled clothes and avoid making too many references to your mom or dad, she writes. The Fast Track (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Colleges work to increase diversity on campuses
    Decades after the desegregation of American higher education, many institutions are still trying to balance issues of diversity. Southern universities such as Clemson University and the University of North Texas still have low enrollment among black students -- 6% and 12% respectively. "[W]e're still challenged in faculty, graduate and undergraduate programs. We don't believe we're where we should be," said Leon Wiles, Clemson vice president and chief diversity officer. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Texas State NSCS Chapter participates in 2013 Science Fair
    The Texas State University NSCS chapter participated in the 2013 Crockett Elementary School science fair. The chapter interacted with the students that visited the Community Relation and San Marcos Animal Shelter booths. Learn more about the Texas State chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ULM Chapter to serve lunch at Ouachita Council meeting
    The University of Louisiana at Monroe NSCS chapter will be serving lunch at the Ouachita Council on Aging (OCA), a community-based system to serve seniors in the area. OCA is responsible for carrying out a wide range of functions relative to advocacy, planning, coordination, and more to the develop a comprehensive system to serve seniors in leading independent, meaningful, and dignified lives in their own homes and the community. Learn more about the ULM chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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