Week in Review

Aug/10/2015 - 2:50pm

Hillary Clinton on Monday rolled out a sweeping higher education plan — a $350 billion proposal that would help millions pay for college and reduce interest rates for people with student loans.

The plan, which would change the way a large swath of Americans pay for college, borrows ideas from the left and the right and …

Aug/10/2015 - 2:35pm

Universal Technical Institute Inc. (NYSE: UTI) experienced another quarter of declining enrollment, revenue and income as the Scottsdale-based automotive technical training provider looks for new ways to attract students.

The declines were expected, said Kim McWaters, chairman and CEO. She is reaching out to industry employers to help attract prospective new students.

She talked about her strategy …

Aug/07/2015 - 2:48pm

On the surface, that's a good thing. It means employers are hiring and the economy is growing.

Deeper down though, a high number of job openings raises red flags because it means companies aren't finding the right people to fill the jobs. It signals a persistent problem in America's economy: the skills gap.

Vacant jobs can cost …

Aug/07/2015 - 2:43pm

Laura Strong, a 29-year-old in suburban Chicago, owes $245,000 on student loans for the psychology Ph.D. she finished in 2013. This year, she says she hopes to earn $35,000 working part-time jobs as a therapist and yoga teacher—not enough to manage a loan payment of about $2,000 a month. But Strong isn’t paying anything close …

Aug/07/2015 - 2:32pm

Walking across the stage and into debt. That's the reality for many of Mississippi's college grads. The state was named worst for student debt in a recent study by Wallet Hub.

"I wish that I had done some things differently regarding my financial aid for undergraduate as well as graduate," said Andre Terry.

Terry said he doesn't …

Aug/06/2015 - 11:09am

NDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital officials say they’re seeing an increasing number of patients right now, and they’re looking to hire more than 60 nurses to help care for them.

Stats from the hospital show the number of inpatient visits grew three percent in 2014, and the number of births there grew 11 …

Aug/06/2015 - 10:55am

In order to stay competitive regionally and globally, states have been pushing for more residents to earn a college degree or certificate.

It's an initiative that has been picking up steam across the country, as free-two-year college programs grow and colleges work on closing achievement gaps — all in an effort to get more college credentials …

Aug/06/2015 - 10:47am

Elida Gonzalez feared drowning in college debt on her road to a middle-class job, so instead she sold investors a piece of her future.

The now-23-year-old daughter of a farm worker from Santa Maria, Calif., signed up with 13th Avenue Funding, borrowing $15,000 to complete her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The …

Aug/06/2015 - 10:04am

The world of learning analytics is full of metaphors. Educational-technology companies are “islands,” disconnected from one another. Data are locked away in “silos.” As an initiative to standardize the collection and reporting of learning analytics nears a public launch, can colleges and vendors learn to speak the same language?

“Analytics” is one of the hottest buzzwords …

Aug/05/2015 - 1:08pm

Evidence is mixed, but a new survey indicates it's having greater impact now than on previous generations.

Young adults with student debt are postponing life events like buying a home or car, getting married, and having babies at higher rates than other age groups did, according to a new survey.

Overall, 45% of respondents who ever had …

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