Henry Ford College Helps Students Apply For Scholarships

Late in 2014, in an effort to more efficiently manage scholarship processing, Henry Ford College implemented AcademicWorks. This new system automatically matches students to scholarship opportunities that they are qualified to receive. Students have until …
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Chinese Students Lead Foreign Surge at U.S. Colleges

In 2013-14, colleges in the United States enrolled a record 886,052 foreign students, an increase of 8 percent over the previous year, according to the latest “Open Doors” report from the Institute of International Education. China remains the dynamo …
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Colleges With Highest Paid Education Graduates

Education is a popular field of study for many students as it opens up the potential for a variety of jobs, from teaching, to administration, or research and development of curriculums and teaching methods. While popular, education is not known as a well …
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Is a College Degree Worth the Investment

Many people borrow money — a lot of money — to go to college. The typical college student borrows nearly  $30,000 to pay for a college education, and about one of every eight college graduates owes more than $50,000.

Outstanding student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion.

Part of the reason for the expansion in student loan debt is because college has become very expensive. The average annual tuition, fees, room, and board comes close to $45,000 at private nonprofit institutions and about half that amount at public institutions. Meanwhile, median household income has remained almost flat during this time period, meaning that college costs take up a larger chunk of a family’s budget.

Student debt is now seen as a problem  because the job market for college graduates isn’t strong. Recent college graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher faced an unemployment rate of about 6 % in early 2013 compared to 4 % in 2007. The numbers are worse for young adults without a college degree! One of every five recent college graduates is working in a low-wage, non-career oriented job, such as bartender, food server and cashier.

In a recent survey conducted for the American Action Forum by Public Opinion Strategies found that 52 % of respondents said that a four-year college degree wasn’t worth the $26,000 debt burden they’d carry with them to their first job.
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College Degree Choices

You are in the last half of high school or just beginning college with the core curriculum. How do you choose what subject you want to major in?

Most students will approach this question from an emotional standpoint. What do they like doing? What are they passionate about? or what have they dreamt of becoming all of their lives?

Beyond these questions, it is only smart to look at where current jobs are available. After all, choosing a profession that is not in demand is not the smart thing to do. Additionally, choosing a profession that is predicted to die out is only going to require a person to have to get retrained in he future for a career that actually has solid jobs.

The bachelor degrees worth pursuing in these times are quite varied. The good degrees could end one up in a doctor’s office or hospital, a classroom, a bank or financial institution or elsewhere.
The following areas of study have the lowest unemployment rates and therefore would offer a good chance of employment after graduation.
Top Five Degrees

Nursing Degree
Elementary Education Degree
Finance Degree
Marketing Degree
Business Management & Administration

Based on current unemployment rates one would advise students not to pursue the following degrees due to the difficulty of finding employment in their chosen field.
Top Degrees To Avoid

Degree in Information Technology
Degree in Architecture
Degree in Anthropology
Degree in Film, Video, Photography
Political Science Degree

So it is important when you are choosing your major in college or university that you choose a profession that will be in demand when you finish your degree.  Further education is a huge commitment in time and money. Make it count!

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Scholarships, Merit or Need?

If the goal of scholarships is to make universities more accessible, should the money be distributed to the needy rather than the successful? How effective are merit-based scholarships when it comes to boosting post-secondary enrolment?

Merit scholarships are awards based on grades, character, proposals or accomplishments, whereas needs based scholarships require applicants to demonstrate financial need before receiving aid.
According to a survey conducted by Higher Education Strategy Associates it is evident that needs-based scholarships are far more effective than merit scholarships in increasing post secondary enrolment.

Merit scholarships tend to favour children coming from higher-income families, because those students can afford to spend more time on school and extracurricular activities since they don’t have to work.

Universities offer students merit awards based on their ability to achieve a certain grade point average on finishing high school in the hope that they’d be more inclined to stay enrolled in a school.

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The College Dilemma

A college degree once all but guaranteed a well-paying job and higher earnings than high school graduates. But fewer of these good jobs are now available thanks to the long-term economic changes and the effects of the last recession.

People with college and advanced degrees are working jobs that don’t require them, whether by choice or necessity. That in turn pushes people without college degrees out of those jobs.

The number of college graduates has grown much faster than the number of jobs that require high-level education skills. As more college graduates flood the market, supply outweighs demand and employers are able to offer lower wages.

Because college is so expensive, many students are facing a dilemma: If they go to college, they still might not get a job that requires a college degree, and they’ll be on the hook for big student loan payments. But if they don’t go to college, they might be pushed out of entry-level jobs by overqualified college graduates who can’t find other work.

Under the current economic climate high school graduates should not only be asking themselves if they can afford to go to college but also if they can afford not to?

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Who Wins in Education?

Everybody talks about the need for higher education but how do we pay for the ever-increasing costs of college and university education, and are students getting their money’s worth.

Costs of tuition, fees, room and board at public universities have doubled in the last twenty years, whereas middle-class wages have remained flat since the 1970s. Students are forced to take out loans to acquire a college education.

Colleges and universities are also being forced to take on massive debt to become more “market-oriented,” building the high-quality, expensive, living and dining amenities students say they want, excluding facilities that achieve excellence in education.

Unfortunately, graduation rates are falling, high costs are resulting in a decrease in enrollment numbers, some students drop out early, while others who graduate fail to earn enough in their first years of employment to repay their loans.

School administrators pay more attention to “profits” and “return-on-investment” than giving our students the education they need and deserve.

We need to refocus on education, not the popularity of our institutions. Students need to be freed from the burden of debt, scholarships and grants are preferable to higher levels of debt.

We must also distribute a far greater portion of our national wealth to help students get the education they need and deserve. Otherwise we further weaken our democracy and ruin the middle-class way of life that sustains it. When the banks win, students lose.

John G. Fike is an adjunct professor at the Eastern Michigan University Political Science Dept.

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Online University Application Woes

The Common Application, which has been in use since the 1970s, enables a student to fill out a single application for multiple colleges. The number of schools accepting online applications has more than doubled in the last decade and includes nearly all of the nation’s most prestigious institutions. The company now processes well over one million applications a year.

This year’s application was designed and built from scratch, in an effort to make it simpler to use, with a newly standardized supplemental form that can be adapted to each college.

Unfortunately this new version of the online Common Application has been plagued by numerous malfunctions putting admissions offices weeks behind schedule and causing panic amongst thousands of students trying to meet early admission deadlines.

Problems became evident as soon as the application was released in August, the company has been frantically trying to fix the problems over the summer and fall and have indicated that the number of applications is up 20% over last year indicating that high school students were able to navigate the system successfully.

The recent problems mean that college admission offices will have to work overtime to go through applications, and some plan to take on temporary extra staff. But they say they still intend to send out acceptance and rejection notices on time in mid-December.

With the bugs being resolved, they expect the larger regular round of applications — usually submitted by January deadlines, with replies sent in the spring — to go more smoothly.

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Students With High GPA Scores More Prone to Facebook Jealousy

New research suggests that students with high GPA scores may be more prone to feelings of romantic jealousy than those who are less studious.

Undergraduate students, who had a higher grade point average (GPA), were more likely to experience jealousy over misunderstandings on the social network among people in romantic relationships.

As one might expect, women had higher levels of Facebook jealousy than men. However men are more jealous of sexual infidelity and women more jealous of emotional infidelity.

The findings regarding GPA are preliminary, and the researchers still need to tease out the reason for the possible link, said study researcher Denise Friedman, an associate professor of psychology at Roanoke College in Salem, Va.

But it may be that people with high GPAs tend to have a personality type that makes them more prone to jealousy.

“Students with higher GPAs are often more conscientious, show greater self-control and tend to be more of a perfectionist,” Friedman said. “The perceived infidelity likely upsets their attempts at perfection across the board.”

The researchers plan to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed journal this summer. Some of the findings were presented at the Association for Psychology Science meeting in May.

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Will British Universities Adopt Grade Point Average System?

The Grade Point Average system, as applied in the USA, attempts to rank students by ability across a range of disciplines by collating a mean average of letter marks (that is, ABCD and F), which are quantified as 0-4 numerically and then averaged.
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University Students Make Dean’s List

Northern Michigan University named local students to the fall Dean’s list. Those students who earned a grade-point average of 4.0 were Helen Kiilunen of Brighton and Luke Gruenberg of Hartland Township. Several students earned recognition for a GPA of 3.25-3.99 …
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