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October 24, 2012
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  On Campus 
  • Where the presidential candidates stand on student aid
    Both President Barack Obama and his Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney have expressed support for affordable higher education, but their policies on student aid differ. Obama has expanded the federal Pell Grant program, for example, while some have speculated that a Romney administration would scale back the program. Fox Business (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will colleges that hosted debates attract more students?: Officials at colleges that hosted presidential or vice presidential debates during this election season say they are hoping their time on the national stage will improve their image and attract more applicants. That has been the case for most colleges that hosted debates in the past three presidential races -- the majority of which saw single-digit percentage increases in applicants. The Wall Street Journal (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dual-enrollment classes support future college success
    A new report by education nonprofit Jobs for the Future underscores the value of taking rigorous courses in high school. High-school students who take at least one college course are about 50% more likely to attend and graduate from college than their peers who do not take such classes, according to the report. Moreover, dual enrollment was an especially strong predictor of college readiness among lower-income students. The Huffington Post (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Workplace trends call for more education, specific skills
    Getting a good job in the years ahead will require more education and specific job skills, according to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management and the nonprofit organization Achieve. The report was based on a survey of about 4,700 human resource professionals, and 51% said that more jobs today require technical skills and 46% said most jobs require higher education. USA Today (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.H. led the way in student-loan debt load in 2011
    The average student-loan debt load for a graduating college senior in 2011 was $26,600. However, the amount can vary widely from state to state. Students graduating from schools in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Minnesota had the heaviest average debt loads. 24/7 Wall St. (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Students could benefit from enhanced "College 101" courses
    A recent study of "College 101" courses in Virginia community colleges finds they were beneficial in improving students' "skills and knowledge of college resources." However, the study by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, also found that improvement was needed. Researchers suggest the courses go deeper in depth and include more involvement from faculty. Education Week/College Bound blog (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Providence College to sell candy grams for charity
    The Providence College NSCS chapter will be selling candy grams, Halloween-themed goodie bags, for $1 that students can purchase and send to their friends on Halloween. All proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club in Providence. Later this semester, Providence also intends to co-sponsor a Thanksgiving party at the Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers will help cook dinner, decorate and host arts and crafts with the children throughout the day. Learn more about the Providence College chapter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stephen F. Austin State University plans Thanksgiving Homebound event
    The Stephen F. Austin State University NSCS chapter is participating in a "Thanksgiving Homebound" event in which the chapter has adopted a family and will provide them with food for their Thanksgiving meal. Chapter members are donating food items and gifts for the family to celebrate Thanksgiving. Learn more about upcoming events with the Stephen F. Austin chapter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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