Why Women Outnumber Men In Higher Education

Why Women Outnumber Men In Higher Education

The business and higher education landscapes are changing, and no we’re not talking about the Internet. We’re talking about women and minority groups enrolling in colleges at record-breaking rates and now beginning to earn more advanced degrees than men. The most recent census figures released in April 2011 show that women now hold more advanced degrees (master’s, PhD degrees) than men for the first time, according to the Associated Press and an article in the Wall Street Journal. Women have outpaced men in bachelor’s degrees since 1996. Roughly 20.1 million women have bachelor’s degrees, compared to about 18.7 ... Read More About Why Women Outnumber Men In Higher Education

Decreased Funding For Early Childhood Education

Decreased Funding For Early Childhood Education

Budget cuts have trickled all the way down to early-childhood education, as funding for these programs has decreased between 2009 and 2010, according to a study published in the Washington Post. The Obama administration urged states to increase their pre-kindergarten programs for three- and four-year-olds, but there simply wasn’t enough funding to meet the president’s request. Total-state funding for these programs dropped about $30 million across the nation. Many states are putting most or all of their funding dollars in K-12. So, decreasing funding for early-childhood education has helped many states preserve funding for K-12, ... Read More About Decreased Funding For Early Childhood Education

A Card Game Boosts Social And Academic Skills

A Card Game Boosts Social And Academic Skills

Bridge, a card game with seemingly complex rules to those who don't play, is becoming the game of choice in classrooms.  A recent article in the New York Times article points to ridge as being as intellectually stimulating as chess, but with an added social component.  Whereas chess is a two person game, bridge can be played with four persons at a time, and variations of the game can accomodate any number of even players. The game has even drawn the support of the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who donated $1 million back in 2005 to promote bridge in schools. With terms like "tricks" and "dummy", bridge is a game that combi ... Read More About A Card Game Boosts Social And Academic Skills

AP Classes Go Online

AP Classes Go Online

Despite strict budget cuts, interest in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at high schools has skyrocketed, and students are now taking AP classes online, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. Online classes and digital classrooms have been gaining popularity for quite some time. But, digitizing AP programs is a fairly recent trend. The AP program has been booming lately, as students look to get a head start on college classes and credit. Taking an AP class can also improve a student’s chances of getting into a better college and can cut tuition expenses. About 90% of colleges give high school students college credit for pas ... Read More About AP Classes Go Online

Why College Student Debt Is Growing

Why College Student Debt Is Growing

There is now more accumulated student loan debt than accumulated credit card debt for the first time in the United States, according to an article in the New York Times. Accumulated student loan debt will likely reach a trillion dollars this year, as more students are enrolling in colleges and borrowing government dollars. However, economists argue that this is actually a good sign and could boost the economy as students pay back loans with interest. They believe that it’s a healthy investment that will lead to higher earnings, unlike credit card debt, which only hurts consumers’ budgets, giving them less disposable income to put ... Read More About Why College Student Debt Is Growing