In discussions about “college and career readiness” – one of the education catchphrases these days – the focus is usually on college. But increasingly, some educators are calling for more attention to the career part of the equation – and questioning whether a traditional four-year college degree is necessarily the best path for everyone.
Dean Eric Furda of Admissions discusses the large increase of applications and Penn’s no-loan financial-aid policy.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education comments on the giving rates by alumni of historically black schools.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her views on a proposal to merge a white and a black college in Louisiana.
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President Amy Gutmann says “ training prepares people for the jobs of 2011, education prepares people for the jobs of 2021.”
Ambitious and harried, pro-environment and pro-gay rights, waylaid by a bad economy: That's the typical college freshman this year, according to an annual national survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. Polled during the first few weeks of the fall semester, more freshmen than ever reported having above-average academic ability and "drive to achieve." But fewer than ever reported high levels of emotional health (see related article).
Once again, social science research is refuting the often-cited myth that U.S. News's Best Colleges rankings are the main reason that the average student chooses one school over another. That conclusion comes from UCLA's just-released "The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010," a highly respected national survey based on the responses of 201,818 students at 279 U.S. colleges and universities. The UCLA survey asks students to rate which factors were "very important" in influencing their decision to attend a particular college.