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matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.
The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.
“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”
Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.
NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

shortformblog:

matthewkeys:

Starbucks will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, through an unusual arrangement with Arizona State University, the company and the university will announce on Monday.

The program is open to any of the company’s 135,000 United States employees, provided they work at least 20 hours a week and have the grades and test scores to gain admission to Arizona State. For a barista with at least two years of college credit, the company will pay full tuition; for those with fewer credits it will pay part of the cost, but even for many of them, courses will be free, with government and university aid.

“Starbucks is going where no other major corporation has gone,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and chief executive of the Lumina Foundation, a group focused on education. “For many of these Starbucks employees, an online university education is the only reasonable way they’re going to get a bachelor’s degree.”

Starbucks is, in effect, inviting its workers, from the day they join the company, to study whatever they like, and then leave whenever they like — knowing that many of them, degrees in hand, will leave for better-paying jobs.

NYTimes: Starbucks to offer free college education to employees

More of this, corporate America.

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

EDUCAUTION is a journey documentary film created by graduate students who are concerned about the future of the American Higher Education System.

By focusing on the economic issues surrounding the higher education system, the film examines the increasing concerns of many Americans regarding the continuing decrease in the quality, value, and financial return of higher education in the market place. 

newsweek:

Did you go to college? Do you think it was a lousy investment? Megan McArdle writes this week’s cover story on the mythomania around getting a degree - sending parents to the poorhouse and saddling kids with buckets of debt and no guarantee of a job to pay it back. There is also a chilling piece about Nazi ties to the drug thalidomide and we take a deep look inside Naomi Wolf’s Vagina. You can get it on iPad today http://bit.ly/b4mv6q and at the newsstand Monday! 

newsweek:

Did you go to college? Do you think it was a lousy investment? Megan McArdle writes this week’s cover story on the mythomania around getting a degree - sending parents to the poorhouse and saddling kids with buckets of debt and no guarantee of a job to pay it back. There is also a chilling piece about Nazi ties to the drug thalidomide and we take a deep look inside Naomi Wolf’s Vagina. You can get it on iPad today http://bit.ly/b4mv6q and at the newsstand Monday! 

So the president’s student loan is more important than ever. Here’s what it does. You need to tell every voter where you live about this. It lowers the cost of federal student loans. And even more important, it give students the right to repay those loans as a clear, fixed, low percentage of their income for up to 20 years. Now what does this mean? What does this mean? Think of it. It means no one will ever have to drop out of college again for fear they can’t repay their debt. And it means that if someone wants to take a job with a modest income, a teacher, a police officer, if they want to be a small-town doctor in a little rural area, they won’t have to turn those jobs down because they don’t pay enough to repay they debt. Their debt obligation will be determined by their salary. This will change the future for young America.

President Bill Clinton, speaking at the Democratic National Convention to nominate Barack Obama, September 5, 2012 (x).
theatlantic:

The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education

As of yesterday, a year-old startup may well have become the most important experiment yet aimed at remaking higher education for the Internet age. 
At the very least, it became the biggest.   
A dozen major universities announced that they would begin providing content to Coursera, an innovative platform that makes interactive college classes available to the public free on the web. Next fall, it will offer at least 100 massive open online courses — otherwise known as MOOCs— designed by professors from schools such as Princeton, CalTech, and Duke that will be capable of delivering lessons to more than 100,000 students at a time. 
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education

As of yesterday, a year-old startup may well have become the most important experiment yet aimed at remaking higher education for the Internet age. 

At the very least, it became the biggest.   

A dozen major universities announced that they would begin providing content to Coursera, an innovative platform that makes interactive college classes available to the public free on the web. Next fall, it will offer at least 100 massive open online courses — otherwise known as MOOCs— designed by professors from schools such as Princeton, CalTech, and Duke that will be capable of delivering lessons to more than 100,000 students at a time. 

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Despite educational push, high-flying science jobs hard to come by

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  • push In recent years, the National Science Foundation and other major science-related groups have pushed for universities to churn out more scientists, and Obama has encouraged more science education in schools.
  • problem Unfortunately, lab-based science jobs are proving hard to come by — academic jobs are scarce, and the pharmaceutical industry has cut hundreds of thousands of jobs over the past decade. We’re talking about unemployed PhDs. source

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Got outstanding student loans? You’re in luck: Congress just passed legislation keeping your interest rates at 3.4% for another year. ›

shortformblog:

Rates were set to double at the end of the month, but a huge package negotiated by Democrats and Republicans will retain the low(er) rates for another year (this only applies to federally-backed loans). The legislation passed the House and Senate today, and the White House has indicated that President Obama will sign it. So, yay! There’s a lot more policy in the bill, too, including extensions of federal highway programs and national flood insurance.

The 13 Most Useful* College Majors (As Determined By Science)

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newsweek:

1. Nursing 

2. Mechanical Engineering 

3. Electrical Engineering 

4. Civil Engineering 

5. Computer Science

6. Finance 

7. Marketing and Marketing Research 

8. Mathematics 

9. Accounting

10. French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages 

11. General Business 

12. Elementary Education 

13. Economics 

*Useful, for our purposes, is defined by majors most likely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings, and which are in industries projected to grow in the next decade according to research from Georgetown University and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Previously: The 13 Most Useless College Majors

Currently working on our ShortFormNursing vertical.

The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)

newsweek:

1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts 

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(Ed: Your primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

Update! Our arts critic has some words of encouragement for you.

2012 Student Loan Forgiveness Act: FAQs

stfuconservatives:

joiesdevivre:

I was reading the FAQs on the 2012 Student Loan Forgiveness Act on Hansen Clarke’s website, and these two points stuck out:

  • Would I still be eligible to enroll if my loans are in default?

Yes.  Unlike the federal government’s program of Income Based Repayment (IBR), there is no requirement for the borrower to be current on his or her loans in order to qualify for enrollment in the new 10/10 program.

  • What if I’ve already paid the equivalent of 10% of my discretionary income for at least 10 years?

Under the terms of this bill, those who have already paid the equivalent of at least 10% of their discretionary income over the prior 10 years totaling 120 payments would immediately qualify for forgiveness upon passage of the bill.

Guys, if this bill actually passes it would be huge. HUGE. I have no idea what its chances are, but this bill would have such an immediate and pervasive impact on people’s lives and the economy I just don’t understand why every democrat and non-asshat republican isn’t rallying behind it RIGHT NOW.

Sign the petition to make this happen.

(via stfuconservatives)