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Study: Women Earning Less Than Men Immediately After Graduating College

For anyone who thinks that the pay gap between men and women is something that doesn’t begin until later in their careers, or that this salary disparity is a disappearing relic of a bygone era, a new study claims that within one year of graduating from college, women are only earning 82% of what their male counterparts are making. [More]

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Minnesota Says No To Free Online College Courses

A new trend has popped up on the education radar lately — free online classes anyone from anywhere can take to learn about a plethora of subjects. It’s known as MOOC — massive open online courses, and Coursera is one of the big names out there offering a variety of learning material. But the state of Minnesota is miffed because the universities offering classes through Coursera didn’t get permission to operate there, prompting the company to change its terms of services for customers in that state. [More]

112 U. of Phoenix locations will remain

University Of Phoenix Not Exactly Rising From Ashes, To Close 115 Locations

With enrollment and revenue declining, the University of Phoenix announced yesterday that it will close about half of its physical locations around the country in an effort to save $300 million.

The closed locations includes 90 learning centers and 25 campuses, accounting for a total of 13,000 students. This will leave 112 Phoenix locations in 36 states. [More]

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Amazon Makes A Push To Get Kindles Into A Very Lucrative Market — Schools

Let’s see… where is a place with a captive audience that will always involve reading books, paper or otherwise, that will also need to keep updating its tools as the years go by? Oh yes, schools. They’re quite an attractive market for the makers of tablet and e-readers, and now Amazon is making a big push to make sure Kindles are the technology of choice in schools. [More]

Fed Chair Bernanke: Smart Consumers Are Good For The Whole Economy

Fed Chair Bernanke: Smart Consumers Are Good For The Whole Economy

Too often when people talk about being a good consumer or being educated about financial matters, the big picture is ignored in favor of images of individual wealth and well-being. But Federal Reserve Chairman Ben “It rhymes with stanky” Bernanke says that it’s really in everyone’s best interest for us to be smart about what we do with our money. [More]

Build Your College Fund With Your Kid, Not Just For Him

Build Your College Fund With Your Kid, Not Just For Him

If you harbor a dream of your child graduating from college without being buried in student loan debt, you’re probably going to have to save up a heck of a lot of money for the cause. The earlier you start saving, the more you’ll be able to contribute. But it’s important that you get your kid in on the effort. [More]

Apple Really Pushing iPads As The Future Of Textbooks

Apple Really Pushing iPads As The Future Of Textbooks

Textbooks suck. They’re pricey, heavy, often outdated and they don’t play videos or music. The folks at Apple have been pushing possible educational aspects of the iPad since its release, but today the company went hogwild on the topic, introducing both a new version of its iBooks e-reader app and an app to help anyone create truly interactive books on the fly. [More]

Some Private Colleges Are Actually Lowering Tuition

Some Private Colleges Are Actually Lowering Tuition

As everything else seems to be getting more expensive, including the cost of education at most colleges, there are a few places of learning actually cutting the price of tuition for those who want a private school experience. [More]

White House Announces Plan To Cut Some Student Loan Payments

White House Announces Plan To Cut Some Student Loan Payments

The Obama administration has announced two initiatives to lower student loan payments for some borrowers. One, an update to the existing income-based repayment program, will cap loan payments at 10% of discretionary income for certain borrowers. The other proposal will let some borrowers merge older student loans with newer ones. [More]

20 Colleges Costing Over $55,000 A Year Total

20 Colleges Costing Over $55,000 A Year Total

In 2007, there was only one college that had a total cost of over $50,000. Now, there are twenty that cost over $55,000. Here they are. [More]

This UPS Driver Needs A Review Of The ABCs

This UPS Driver Needs A Review Of The ABCs

It’s not that the UPS delivery driver who brought George’s wife’s Avon order to their apartment is stupid. He just has a very poor understanding of how the alphabet works. That’s the only explanation for why he brought the package to vacant apartment A instead of George’s apartment C, and how the package later ended up re-routed to another woman in a different town. Clearly letters are just symbols without meaning. [More]

Bundle Together Several Small Scholarships

Bundle Together Several Small Scholarships

Rather than banking on one big scholarship, students are finding success by stringing together several small scholarships. By filling out an online questionnaire, you can get matched up with organizations that focus on specific subjects, talents, interest groups, ethnicities, and industries. Here’s your first step: [More]

Quantifying The Value Of College Degrees

Quantifying The Value Of College Degrees

As college costs continue to rise, it’s reasonable to step back and take a look at how much a bachelor’s degree may be worth in terms of career earnings. [More]

How To Pick A Preschool: Hang Out In It For A Few Hours

How To Pick A Preschool: Hang Out In It For A Few Hours

Just because it says “Montessori” on the front door doesn’t mean it’s a good preschool. Over at the Science-Based Parenting blog they learned that the hard way after putting their kid in a place that called itself a Montessori school and he was miserable. It was only after going there and watching for a few hours that they saw diapers weren’t changed frequently, there was a layer of grime on everything, and the teachers spoke to the children in admonishments. So now they’ve learned their lesson: [More]

Class Of 2011 Have Most Debt Of All Time

Class Of 2011 Have Most Debt Of All Time

Congratulations, graduating class of 2011. You’ve pulled all-nighters, subsisted on ramen for weeks, and worn pajamas to class, all to achieve the beautiful shining goal of a college degree. Add to that another distinction, one that probably won’t be mentioned during too many commencement speeches. You’re also graduating with the highest debt of all time, an average of $22,000 a person. Hope that business about a degree giving you a higher earning potential is true, because you’re gonna need it. [More]

Win $5,000 Scholarship For Wearing Duct Tape To Prom

Win $5,000 Scholarship For Wearing Duct Tape To Prom

For those of us not lucky enough to be born poor or smart, there are tons of other scholarships out there that reward uniqueness, skills and “just being yourself.” For instance, there’s the $5,000 you and your date could win for wearing an outfit made of Duct Tape to prom. [More]

White House: More Women Are Educated Than Men, But Don't Get Paid As Much

White House: More Women Are Educated Than Men, But Don't Get Paid As Much

In a mysterious inequity, American women earn about 75 percent of what their male counterparts make at all levels of education, according to a White House report that claims to be the first comprehensive federal evaluation of the status of women since 1963. [More]

School Tracks Truant Students With GPS Devices

School Tracks Truant Students With GPS Devices

To combat seventh and eighth graders who constantly skip class, a school in California is equipping the worst offenders with GPS tracking units. If you have more than four unexcused absences, you’re assigned to carry a handheld GPs device. Five times a day you have enter in a code to verify your location. You also get an automated call in the morning reminding you to come to school and three times a week an adult assigned to you calls you to check in and discuss attendance strategies. The devices have increased attendance by truants to 95% up from 77%, but some parents feel it treats their kids “like common criminals.” Do you think this program is a good idea? Take our poll and sound off in the comments. [More]