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April 11, 2012
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  • How do elite colleges choose new admissions?
    Admissions officers at the country's most competitive colleges and universities say they take a "holistic" approach in reviewing student applications. However, most first consider applicants' academic qualifications before studying extracurricular accomplishments, according to research by Rachel B. Rubin, a doctoral student in education at Harvard University. Her research also revealed that some schools consider whether the institution is a good fit for prospective students. InsideHigherEd.com (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Competing missions challenge community colleges
    The nation's community colleges play a key role in helping to fill a skills gap in the U.S. workforce, particularly in technical fields. However, faced with increased demands and limited funds, some community colleges have had to cut programs. Observers also question whether the growing focus on workforce development has distracted the schools from their mission to prepare students to enroll in four-year institutions. USA Today (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Facebook Fellows work on technology research for company
    Twelve students, serving as Facebook Fellows, will have their postgraduate studies funded for an academic year and receive other benefits from the social media company, including a stipend, travel expenses and money to purchase a personal computer. As fellows, the students work on technology-based research that could apply to Facebook and other purposes. The fellows also are eligible for summer internships. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SDSU's program aids veterans' transition to engineering careers
    Veterans studying engineering at San Diego State University are placed into paid internships with local companies through the school's Troops to Engineers SERVICE program funded by the National Science Foundation. "There?s a good body of research that says if you can get a student into an internship it enhances their chances to get a follow-on job in their chosen career field," said Patricia Reily, a former Navy commander who heads the program. KPBS-TV/KPBS-FM (San Diego) (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Survey: Education is a top issue in 2012 campaign
    Most people who participated in a recent survey listed education among their top priorities in selecting candidates for president and Congress this year. The survey, conducted by the College Board, found that education is "extremely important" to 67% of people. Most of those surveyed also said it is necessary to increase funding for education and 55% said they would be willing to pay an additional $200 a year in taxes if the money were spent on schools. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Help us Recruit Stephen Colbert to #FixYoungAmerica
    Join MTV, NSCS and the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), and become a #FixYoungAmerica rally leader at your school! Make your voice heard and organize a rally on your campus April 19 to help us reach our goal to gain the attention and support of Stephen Colbert! Click here to send a tweet to Stephen Colbert and "The Colbert Report" about our campaign. Don’t forget to also visit our Facebook event page to RSVP! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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