Online salary, benefits, and compensation company Payscale.com set out to determine college ROI (or return of investment) for schools across the country. Payscale conducted this survey to discover where American college students can get the most valuable education for their money. The website produced a report which lists all of the schools in the U.S. The site ranked these schools by the ratio between their total tuition costs and the earnings of the schools’ alumni. They factored in schools which offer financial aid (and those that don’t), schools that provide on-campus/off-campus accommodation, as well as private/public schools. Finally, the interactive report also calculated ROI based on school category and major. Each year, the website pools tuition and earning data. The amount of necessary information amassed must meet certain criteria for inclusion in order to stop short of the service’s 10 percent error threshold.
For prominent schools, the system above might work. This system is particularly problematic for smaller schools. An error threshold as high as 10 percent could make a big difference for these schools. For this article, we will not factor in out-of-state school prices. These prices are naturally higher. We will examine the bottom three worst colleges in the US according to the PayScale.com system. These schools supposedly provide the lowest ROI and have been deemed the least valuable schools in the county. But are they truly that bad? Or, do they simply provide other advantages for graduates which are less tangible than money? We believe the PayScale.com List of Worst Colleges in the US Is Inaccurate.
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On July 9, 2014, the president of one of the most important colleges for African American women, Beverly Tatum of Spelman College, announced she would step down next year. Spelman will retire on June 30, 2015. She helmed the school through a fruitful ten year-long fundraising campaign. Dr. Tatum announced this news in conjunction with the announcement on the campaign’s total results. This total amounted to a record-breaking $157.8 million raised and the participation of 71 percent of alumnae (i.e. 12,000 graduates of Spelman College). As I’m sure you can imagine, the academic world was surprised to hear that the Spelman College President announces retirement next year.
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The month of June brought some good news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent data on the matter, published under the title THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2014, states there were 288,000 new paid jobs last month in the United States. Unemployment declined by .2 percent in June. This figure is down to 6.1 percent which indicates a positive June US employment growth rate. This total decreased to 1.4 percent for 2014, with women and African Americans as the two demographics that have experienced the biggest improvement in these last months. The number of long-term unemployed individuals also decreased in June by 293,000. This figure is now down to 3.1 million. Overall, massive job growth occurred across the U.S. This growth is an indicator of an US economic recovery in 2014 according to the most optimistic of analysts. These positive predictions are based on the fact that 2014 saw the most rapidly accelerating pace of job growth of all the post-recession years. Major global press agency Reuters, for instance, notes that the jobless rate in June 2014 was the lowest recorded in six years. Reuters continued on to declare this as “decisive evidence” that the economy is “growing briskly heading into the second half of the year”.
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When someone asks the generic question, “How much does college tuition cost in the U.S.?” it is usually met with a generic answer. “A lot.” College tuition has been growing at a steady clip. This pace is 2-3 percent faster than the rate of inflation. The big issue for American households started in the 1980s when the increase in college expenses began to regularly pass the increase in median family incomes. According to an often cited report by Cornell University’s Ronald Ehrenberg, today’s high college tuition costs can be explained through the fact that top schools consistently choose to increase the quality of the education they offer by spending more. They routinely fail to focus on cost efficiency and expense cutting measures. These costs leave many wondering about how to save money for college and afford a quality education.
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Expensive college tuition costs have become the norm for prospective U.S. college students and graduates. Collegetuition debt is literally prohibiting young graduates from moving on with their lives. The complex nature of this issue isn’t helping numerous families across the United States. Many people are left wondering how they can avoid student loan debt pitfalls. These people would love to know how to find a career with a living wage. Recent reports of tuition fees being on the decrease may provide a ray of hope for those facing debt. But, many of these reports fail to tell the whole story. The tuition fee ratio increase for 2013 was the smallest one since the mid 70′s, standing at only 2.9 percent. However, grants and other financial aids are not keeping up with the increases in tuition. That leaves most families paying more for the cost of college in 2013 than they did at the peak of the recession. Read more ›
Anybody who’s ever gone to school has probably heard this argument time and time again. A good degree will help you land a good job. But, do the statistics actually confirm this thesis? And, what exactly is a good degree, anyway? In early June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a chart that sheds some light into these issues. The chart does a good job at explaining the correlation between employment rates and education level across demographics. In this article, we will examine the Bureau’s findings and how the numbers stack up for the unemployment rate compared to education level. Read more ›
In early June, the media reported on a worrying new trend on the job market: employment scams. As people desperately continue to seek employment, more and more of these fake ‘employers’ try to take advantage of the job-seekers’ situations. According to an article by nwi.com about the job scam phenomenon, money transfer mystery shopping ‘jobs’ and pay per click jobs that compensate through Western Union are some of the most common attempts at this type of fraud. Perhaps the most common form of employment scam is the one which involves upfront job costs. Such alleged costs would cover credit checks, job application processing, recruitment fees, and office supplies. As the more cautious of you would imagine, securing a job should never involve upfront money. The above mentioned article advises job-seekers to exercise prudence and never send money to someone they don’t know or haven’t met in person. You should follow this advice no matter how professional the employer may seem. We’ll help you avoid employment scams in the job market. Read more ›
The title of highest earning college degree goes to the College of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. A recent survey conducted by NerdWallet examined schools to find the top 50 College Diplomas with the highest earnings. They came to their conclusions based off of the starting salary of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 class of graduates. NerdWallet then examined the average earnings over that three year period. What they found was not all that surprising. The list is absolutely littered with “hard science” diplomas from the county’s top universities. One unfortunate caveat of the study is the lack of data from Ivy League schools. These schools rarely release salary info. Read more ›
Let’s face it — times are changing. With the nation’s economic and technological landscapes constantly shifting, it may be in your best interest to expand your career opportunities.
Despite the economic downturn, there are quite a few growing industries that are in especially high demand across the nation. While all these careers will require some formal education or training, if you’re planning out a new career path, why not choose a road that will lead you towards one of the 10 fastest growing occupations in America? If you’re pondering your education and career options, take a look at some of the fascinating statistics below (as featured in our latest infographic!):
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Harvard’s Secondary School Program, or SSP, has earned criticism as of late for taking advantage of high school students’ feverish desire to attend a prestigious Ivy league college. For many, Harvard University is the pinnacle of such a college, and it’s no secret that some high school students attending SSP believe their participation gives them an edge with Harvard admissions.
Critics say, even though no promise of admission is made, the University plays up its Ivy League reputation and admissions expertise to attract new summer students—and thereby generate more revenue. The SSP program guarantees a revenue stream for the University at a time when costly buildings on campus would otherwise remain empty. Read more ›
Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One semester into an innovative new online program at California’s San Jose State University, school administrators have decided to suspend all coursework co-created with education entrepreneur Udacity
. The reason: most of the students in the trial run failed their final exams.
A spokesperson for the school noted, “The plan right now is to pause for one semester, there are a couple of different areas we need to work on.”
Udacity, a private company based out of high-tech Silicon Valley, is a MOOC provider. MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are fully-online classes from established schools that are offered for free or at extremely reduced rates. The cancelled classes at San Jose State cost $150 each. Read more ›
John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Wikipedia)
Last week Congress moved to overhaul interest rates on federal student loans. Under a new, market-based approach, students will be charged interest based on the going rates for long-term government debt securities. The bill, which the President is expected to sign, results in low-interest loans today—but pricier ones in the future.
After months of debate, politicians had failed to stop student loan interest rates from doubling by July 1. The hike affected approximately one-fourth of federal loans. The new legislation reverses this unpopular rate hike, solving the short-term problem with a long-term fix: tying rates to 10-year U.S. Treasury notes.
The final bill also ties the outcome to the budget deficit, at the urging of the Obama administration and most Republicans. If there are any savings realized from the switch, they will be redirected to reduce the federal deficit. Read more ›
13th President of University of Chicago Robert Zimmer (Photo credit: Eric Guo)
Starting in 2014, new students who want to attend the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
in Singapore will instead have to go further north to Hong Kong. The school has announced it will relocate its elite executive MBA program much closer to Chinese students.
University president Robert J. Zimmer noted that “Asia is a critical region” and explained the move as a means for growing “engagement” in the area.
Students who already attend the Singapore campus will be able to finish their degrees, but new students will no longer be accepted. The Hong Kong campus will open its doors in July of 2014. Read more ›
Top tech leaders from over 40 U.S. universities and colleges recently converged on San Diego to discuss the future of new media in higher education. A key panel featured CIOs from Amherst College, Wesleyan University and Rollins College—schools that have confronted a controversial new movement known as MOOCs, or Massive Online Open Courses.
MOOC platforms, like Coursera and Udacity, have earned praise and scorn alike for sharing college coursework with the public, free of charge. Read more ›
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Labor experts examining the modern workplace have found that employees today are less likely to take time off than employees before the start of the 2008 recession.
Despite the fact that the recession officially ended back in 2009, the unemployment and the underemployment rate is still high.
A recent survey performed by the Families and Work Institute found that not only are employers cutting back on maternity-leave pay, pension plan contributions, and allotted vacation time, but employees themselves are spending less vacation time and are less likely to negotiate for benefits. They’re also less likely to ask for a raise, and more likely to feel stressed. Read more ›
In a recently published report stated that the # of employees employed full-time by the American school system had grown 2.6 times as fast as student growth during the period of 1992-2009.
However, the report by the Friedman Foundation for Education choice also showed that the extra staff didn’t actually improve academic outcomes. The report, entitled “The School Staffing Surge”, argued that the government could have saved a significant amount of money with virtually no effect on education, had staff growth rates remained constant with student growth rates. Read more ›