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January 16, 2013
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  • Does paying for your children's college education affect their grades?
    Parents who contribute a significant financial amount to their children's college education also may be unknowingly contributing to lower grades, according to a new study. Students from wealthy families were more likely than lower-income students to graduate; however, the study suggests that shielding students from financial obligations seems to liberate them from educational responsibility. "It's a modest effect, not big enough to make the kid flunk out of college," said study author Laura Hamilton. "But it was surprising because everybody has always assumed that the more you give, the better your child does." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top schools work to attract high-achieving, low-income students
    Despite incentives, including free tuition and aggressive recruiting strategies by administrators, elite colleges are still struggling to attract top-tier students from lower-income backgrounds. Experts say the problem isn't that the pool of talented low-income students is small, but the resources of many of these students are limited, leading to a smaller chance they'd even consider applying. As a result, one economist at Stanford University is working on intervention programs to help encourage such students to understand the full scope of their potential. National Public Radio (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. colleges see growth in number of women pursuing STEM degrees
    Over the past four years, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Fox Valley Technical College have witnessed a 56% increase in the numbers of women seeking related degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition, female student enrollment at the two schools combined grew by 23% during that same span. "Women are more likely to think about science if their parents encourage them and their high school teachers encourage them. That will get them to sign up for a class their freshman year (of college)," said Jennifer Mihalick, a UWO chemistry professor and director of Women in Science. Oshkosh Northwestern (Wis.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Tech job opportunities are growing in some unexpected places
    Northern California's Silicon Valley still may be the technology capital of the U.S., but the real growth in the industry is happening in places such as Austin, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; and Salt Lake City. These communities have two important features that may be fueling their growth: a higher percentage of educated workers and a lower cost of living than other tech hubs such as San Francisco and New York City. Forbes (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Use these apps to boost your job search
    LunchMeet, MeetMe and Job Compass are some of the smartphone applications that can help you be more effective in your job search, Emily Green writes. For example, Job Compass "searches millions of jobs, locating and plotting them on a map showing you exactly where the jobs are in relation to your location," she writes. (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • FIU NSCS chapter to volunteer for MLK Day of Service
    Service is one of NSCS' four pillars and, as such, chapters across the nation are actively participating in service events in their communities. For the upcoming MLK Day of Service, the Florida International University (FIU) NSCS chapter will be partnering with Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation and other campus organizations to beautify Goulds Park. Learn more about upcoming events with the FIU chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Oregon State NSCS chapter to support fight against Muscular Dystrophy
    The Oregon State NSCS chapter will be volunteering at an upcoming Muscular Dystrophy walk in Portland, Ore. The chapter will set up tables prior to the event, pass out water bottles during the walk and assist with cleanup afterwards. Learn more about the Oregon State chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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