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‘More Than A Major’

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Business executives care more about their new hires' thinking, communication and problem-solving skills than they do about their undergraduate majors, according to a survey being released today by the Association of  American Colleges and Universities. The association first conducted the survey in 2006, and has done so periodically since then.

The report, entitled "It Takes More …

Online Classes: Are They Worth It?

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Ohio State University committed $13.8 million in December of 2012 toward efforts to advance methods of delivering digital content to students who are eager to learn. This initiative included the creation of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), focusing not only on implementing more web content into university courses, but also offering more …

Career Education Names Veteran Educator And Business Leader Scott Steffey As President & CEO

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Apr 9, 2013 — Career Education Corporation (CEC), a global provider of postsecondary education programs and services, today named Scott Steffey – former Chief Operating Officer of Strayer Education, Inc., and Vice Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) – as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Steffey, whose appointment is …

Closing Doors No More

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Pima Community College likely will be an open-door admissions institution once again, thanks to an accreditation crisis that has rocked the large Arizona community college.

Complaints about Pima’s leadership spurred a recent campus visit by a site team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the college's regional accreditor. …

Apollo Jumps As Sales, Profit Beat Analysts’ Estimates

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Apollo Group Inc. (APOL), the largest U.S. for-profit college chain, rose the most in almost four months as second-quarter profit and sales topped analysts’ estimates, even as enrollment fell.

Apollo rose 7.1 percent to $18.25 at the close in New York, the most since Dec. 4. While sales in the period ended Feb. 28 dropped 13 percent to $834.4 million, they were higher than the $824.7 million average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

Net income in the quarter dropped to $13.5 million, or 12 cents a share, from $63.9 million, or 51 cents, a year earlier, Phoenix-based Apollo said today in a statement. Profit excluding some items was 34 cents a share, topping analyst’s average 19- cent average.

University Of The People On Course For Stability

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Three years ago, Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef launched the University of the People, investing $3 million (£2 million) of his own money in a project that aimed to take low-cost online degrees to high school graduates who otherwise would not be able to afford higher education.

Since the institution’s launch, the availability of free online education …

States’ Aid To Public Colleges Has Fallen 28 Percent Since 2008

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(Reuters) – State governments, which have been battling slow economic growth, cut aid to public colleges for five years and now spend 28 percent less per student than they did in 2008, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The reductions in every state except Wyoming and North Dakota average $2,353 for the 75 percent of …

State Funding Cuts Slam Public Colleges

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(MoneyWatch) Grappling with large cutbacks in state funding, America's public colleges and universities are responding by jacking up tuition, firing professors, shutting facilities and taking other drastic measures to reduce costs.

Every U.S. state except for North Dakota and Wyoming is spending less per student on higher education than they did before the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession, concludes the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington think-tank, in a new report. Nationwide, that amounts to a roughly $2,350, or 28 percent, per student decrease in spending.

MOOCs Are Here To Stay, Profs Say

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Do those who teach MOOCs think it's worth it? A new survey indicates the answer is a qualified yes.

The Chronicle of Higher Education attempted to survey all 184 college professors who have taught a MOOC to date. It got responses from 103 of the professors and published the data here.

The Chronicle asked, "What is it …

Colleges Assess Cost Of Free Online-Only Courses

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VIRGINIA M. ROMETTY, the chief executive of I.B.M., recently urged her employees to take 40 hours of continuing education this year. The company would not reimburse tuition, but would pay for expenses, like textbooks.

The offer inspired Todd Watson, an I.B.M. executive in Austin, Tex., to update his knowledge of corporate finance. But who needs tuition? …

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