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How The College Bubble Will Pop | Zero Hedge

How The College Bubble Will Pop | Zero Hedge | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
In 1970, when 11% of adult Americans had bachelor's degrees or more, degree holders were viewed as the nation's best and brightest. Today, with over 30% with degrees, as the WSJ notes, a significant portion of college ...
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This article is showing that even with a college degree it's hard to get a job. At one point in time a college degree meant you were guaranteed success almost. At this point in time it's almost a necessity to make it in the middle class. This is due to inflation and high unemployment rates in the world. It also talks about how college is more money than it needs to be which many people can definitely agree with. 

 

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Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers? | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
Universities say they're looking for students who are engaged citizens and independent thinkers with a desire to be a part of the school’s community. But many of the measures used to determine college admission don’t test for those qualities.
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This article makes the interesting connection that many colleges say they're looking for creative thinkers and leaders to be apart of their student body, but don't always necessarily choose them based on their admission requirements, as they require and rely on standardized tests and whatnot. This creates a problem because students become less actively engaged in actually learning, and are just worried about earning a good grade to get into school. This is a good call to action to change the way universities look at how they admit students. 

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Vince Cable calls for restraint of university bosses' pay - The Independent

The Independent Vince Cable calls for restraint of university bosses' pay The Independent The Business Secretary's comments came in response to a letter from the secretary general of the University and College Union (UCU) Sally Hunt calling on...
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This is a good article because it's essentially saying that university big wigs should be paid less, because most of their pay comes from the public sector. If this becomes the case, then more of that money can be redistributed into programs for the students, or potentially lowering the cost of University all together. 

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Oxford University Is Older Than the Aztecs | Smart News | Smithsonian

The historical timeline you keep in your head is all messed up.
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The reason I found this article Scoop-Worthy is that it's a testament to society's stress on higher education and the importance of learning. A college has been around longer than what's considered to be an ancient civilization that doesn't exist anymore. That is how long men and women have been devoted to becoming enlightened and educated, and is probably a good testament as to why so many people go to college today. 

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WSJ: College costs and inter-student subsidization getting more and more bloated - Hot Air

WSJ: College costs and inter-student subsidization getting more and more bloated - Hot Air | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
WSJ: College costs and inter-student subsidization getting more and more bloated Hot Air As the federal government continues to indiscriminately dish out inexpensive loans to any and all students, college costs have only continued to skyrocket —...
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Essentially what this article is getting at is that due to poor legislation college is becoming more expensive, and student subsizdations are increasing in tandem with that, and as a result the system is just becoming more bloated, making it harder for students who can't get scholarships and whatnot to go to college. This is a good example of how the university system in the United States is messed up. 

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College loans can trap unwary parents - STLtoday.com

College loans can trap unwary parents - STLtoday.com | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
College loans can trap unwary parents
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Many college graduates carry a huge debt burden, but at least they have a couple of things going for them.
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This article highlights a program that can prove to be detrimental to many people. This program creates a non-defferable, non-forgivable debt to certain parents if they sign for a loan for their child's college. This really helps add to the importance of finding other ways to pay for college other than loans. This becomes a debt trap for parents.

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Is it easier to get into college this year? Schools scramble as applicant pool ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

Is it easier to get into college this year? Schools scramble as applicant pool ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
Is it easier to get into college this year? Schools scramble as applicant pool ...
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This article grants me a lot of optimism in the coming months. The gist of it is in the title. Essentially, the number of high school graduates this year is dramatically lower than usual, and as a result universities are going to be less selective with who they allow into their classes. This is good for me and other people applying as there will be less competition across the board. 

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Hands-on with Sennheiser's HD6, HD7 and HD8 DJ series headsets - Engadget

Hands-on with Sennheiser's HD6, HD7 and HD8 DJ series headsets - Engadget | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
Hands-on with Sennheiser's HD6, HD7 and HD8 DJ series headsets
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Sennheiser, long a staple at CES with its stellar audio goods didn't disappoint this year by launching a new line of DJ headsets.
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It turns out that Sennheiser's new headphones are actually pretty good. As a DJ it's important to have a good pair of headphones to be able to preview the music and mix it, while still being attentive to the music that's being played for the people. It's important to know what equipment is worth purchasing and using.

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The College Degrees With The Highest Starting Salaries - Forbes

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The College Degrees With The Highest Starting Salaries
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The data come from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a non-profit group in Bethlehem, PA that links college placement offices with employers.
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According to this article, Engineering and Computer Science majors are the two best paying majors (base pay) once you have your bachelors. Lists like this are important when choosing your major, as college is a financial decision and you should only do something if it's financially sound and there's a hope of return. 

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Campbell Barnhart's curator insight, January 13, 2014 11:16 AM

This article is a list of degrees you can get that start with the highest salary. And the top few are ones I'm interested in. Like Engineering at number 1, and science at number 5. So this is good news to me.

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Go midwest, young college grad - Best and worst states for college grads

Go midwest, young college grad - Best and worst states for college grads | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
Recent graduates may want to consider a move to the midwest if they're looking to get a job.
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This is an important thing to think of after I graduate because of course getting a job is the endgame after graduating college. You need to move where you can get a job, no doubt. I wouldn't mind moving to the Midwest. Michigan is nice. 

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Looking for a college major? How about drone technology | USA TODAY

Looking for a college major? How about drone technology | USA TODAY | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it

In March, 47-year-old Stephen Myers ditched the information technology company that he built from the ground-up and went back to school.

 

His choice of study? Drone technology. He's now earning a specialized degree from the Unmanned Vehicle University in Arizona. Myers is taking an online course on how to control a drone's sensors and electronics, and he hopes to build a new commercial drone business.

 

"I think that something a lot of people don't understand is that when people think of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), they think of drones spying on them," said Myers, who lives in Naples, FL. "What they don't realize or what they don't understand are all the other applications."

 

Drones are already being tested by companies like Amazon, who hope to use them to deliver packages, and Dominos in the United Kingdom even wants to deliver pizza. "There is almost no industry that you can not think of that can benefit from UAVs," said Myers.


The Federal Aviation Administration just this week named six teams across the nation that will host the development and testing of drones to fly safely in the same skies as commercial airliners.

 

The announcement represents a major milestone toward the goal of sharing the skies by the end of 2015, in what is projected to become an industry worth billions of dollars. But technical hurdles and privacy concerns remain in a regulatory program that's already a year behind schedule.

 

Myers launched his previous IT career two decades ago during a time when computers were revolutionizing the world. Now, he's getting ready for a new digital revolution.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Dylan Ostrander's insight:

I found this article scoopworthy because it shows that you shouldn't limit yourself to a certain field of study, after no matter how much time. Myers was working on his career for decades, and then decided to change and get a degree in something else. It's a statement showing that you should always follow your dreams, even if they constantly change. 

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Jeremy Daniel Haubrich's curator insight, January 1, 2014 5:06 PM

since my senior project is fairly loose ended in the fact I still dont exactly know where I am going or what I am doing, I enjoy seeing articles like this. this article show the importance of UAV's. because when people think of drones they most likely think about spying and bombing, where there is so many application of drones we can use in every day life. this article shows that if you dont really have a major in mind, it is worth looking into drone technology because of the upcoming demand

 

Josh Lungstrom's curator insight, January 6, 2014 1:23 PM

While I don't plan on going to school for drone technology. This article still speaks to me in that you can change what you want to do even in the middle of your life. If I got to school to become a mechanic, I don't have to be a mechanic the rest of my life.

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Hercules DJControlWave Controller Transforms iPads into DJ Rigs

Hercules DJControlWave Controller Transforms iPads into DJ Rigs | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
Hercules has unveiled a new and reasonably-priced controller for aspiring DJs to learn their art. The device is called the

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This sort of portable controller is a testament to how strong the DJ industry is and how it's growing. The fact that this and devices like it are being produced as much as they are shows that my line of work is a lucrative one. This is also a high quality controller that would definitely be worth spending a few bills to have. 

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'Universities need to deliver value for money for students' - Telegraph.co.uk

'Universities need to deliver value for money for students' - Telegraph.co.uk | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk 'Universities need to deliver value for money for students' Telegraph.co.uk With university fees now almost triple what they were two years ago, and the cap on student numbers to be lifted next year, it's more important than ever...
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This article's contention is that universities are increasing fees, and as a result students should be able to expect an education of a greater quality, despite this not being the case. With no cap on students enrolled, unversities in general aren't offering more to their students, with more fees. Personally I feel as if the author of this article is right. If I pay more money for a certain service, I expect a level of reciprocation in the quality of that service.

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How non-rich people can go to college - USA TODAY

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How non-rich people can go to college
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I can't count how many roundtable discussions I've heard asking whether college is still worth the cost. They are important debates; college can be expensive.
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This article made a lot of fine sensible points. Its contention was that you shouldn't go straight to college after high school, and instead you should go to work, and get your associate's degree first. After you save some money up and know what the real world is like then you should apply to University. It would be cheaper in the long run and you'd have a better idea of what you know what you want. I think this is a perfectly sound plan. I will have my Associate's Degree right out of high school for free though so I can definitely relate, however I'm super excited to go straight to University. Hopefully it works out for me. 

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It's tougher to gain admission to Florida's universities - Florida Times-Union

It's tougher to gain admission to Florida's universities - Florida Times-Union | swiggidyswagwhatsinthebag | Scoop.it
It's tougher to gain admission to Florida's universities Florida Times-Union Increased competition means, in coming years, the average-performing students will be pushed out of public universities and instead might opt for private universities or...
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According to this article, as the title suggests, it's much more difficult to get into Florida Universities. The average GPA and average test scores of incoming freshman in Florida schools are increasing, as well as the minimums to get in. This is super important, because that means many students might opt for other options such as private universities. This is definitely going to end up being a global trend, and will greatly add to competitiveness when it comes to post-highschool education.

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