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Class of 2015 Graduation Speakers


Class of 2015 Graduation Speakers American InterContinental University Aug. 8 Blair Underwood American University May 9-10 William Reilly senior advisor, TPG Capital and Former Administrator of EPA Sheila Johnson founding partner of BET Kathryn Sullivan under secretary of commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Mark Weinberger global chairman and CEO of EY Robert Smith founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners Thomas Goldstein Supreme Court practitioner Case Western Reserve University May 17  Barry Meyer (retired Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO) Clark University May 17 Matt Goldman (co-founder of the Blue Man Group) College of William and Mary May 16 Condoleezza Rice  Emory University May 11 Kenneth Cole Sir Salman Rushdie  Georgia Institute of Technology May 2 Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education General Philip M. Breedlove  George Washington University May 17  Tim Cook CEO of Apple Harvard University May 28 Deval Patrick former governor of Massachusetts Lehigh University (May 18) and Vanderbilt University May 8 Walter Isaacson Massachusetts Institute of Technology June 5  Megan Smith chief technology officer for the United States) Pennsylvania State University  May 8-10 Kelly Ayote U.S. Senator from New Hampshire Andrew Butcher chief executive officer and co-founder of GTECH Strategies Madeleine Dean state representative Jonathan C. Hall …

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Gerson Lehrman Group Calls for Social Impact Fellowship Applications

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GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.), the world’s leading platform for professional learning, today launched the second year of its Social Impact Fellowship with a call for applications. (The application is available here.) The GLG Social Impact Fellowship gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to peer-to-peer learning from GLG’s membership of 400,000 experts and thought leaders.

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ACT Announces Test Dates for District Testing for the 2015 and 2016 School Year

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ACT has announced testing dates and sign-up deadlines for school districts that want to administer The ACT® to all students during the school day as part of their districtwide testing program. Enrollment is now open for one test date in the fall of 2015 (September 29) and two test dates in the spring of 2016 (March 15 and April 19). The enrollment deadline for the fall date is March 13, 2015. For the two spring dates, the deadline is June 10, 2015.

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Top 50 Best Value Undergraduate Business Schools

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Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education, has published its 2015 ranking of the Top 50 Best Value Undergraduate Business Schools. The ranking is a thoroughly-researched, wide-ranging list of the most reliable investments for a bachelor’s degree in business. These are strictly the most well-respected, AACSB-accredited institutions, distinguished by an ideal combination of price and market value. Topping the list are the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business, and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Don’t Be Fooled by Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

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Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams on the Rise Need money for college? Doesn’t everybody? With tuition bills skyrocketing, and room and board going through the roof, students and their families are looking for creative ways to finance a college education. Unfortunately, in their efforts to pay the bills, many of them are falling prey to scholarship and financial aid scams. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, unscrupulous companies guarantee or promise scholarships, grants or fantastic financial aid packages. Many use high pressure sales pitches at seminars where you’re required to pay immediately or risk losing out on the “opportunity.” Some unscrupulous companies guarantee that they can get scholarships on behalf of students or award them “scholarships” in exchange for an advance fee. Most offer a “money back guarantee” – but attach conditions that make it impossible to get the refund. Others provide nothing for the student’s advance fee – not even a list of potential sources; still others tell students they’ve been selected as “finalists” for awards that require an up-front fee. Sometimes, these companies ask for a student’s checking account to “confirm eligibility,” then debit the account without the student’s consent. Other companies …

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Make it Count: Get the Most out of the End of the Semester!

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With the end of the semester swiftly approaching, students everywhere are scrambling to get in last minute extra credit and finalize plans for the upcoming break. Fortunately, there are tools and resources available to help students make the most of this important time. Below we have listed several of the most overlooked strategies from the Cengage Education Team to help get an end-of-semester boost.

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Starbucks and ASU Offer Unprecedented Four Years of College Education with Full Tuition Coverage

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Starbucks Corporation and Arizona State University today announced that Starbucks College Achievement Plan, first introduced in June 2014, will now offer 100 percent tuition coverage for every eligible U.S. Starbucks partner (employee). As part of its commitment to redefine the role and responsibility of a public company, Starbucks developed this program in partnership with ASU to create additional pathways to opportunity for its partners. Full tuition coverage was previously available to juniors and seniors, but now all eligible part-time or full-time partners can apply for and complete all four years of a bachelor’s degree through ASU’s top-ranked online degree program. In addition to partners receiving full tuition coverage, the company is offering faster tuition reimbursement – now at the end of each semester.   

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Best Online Colleges for 2015


Best College Reviews, an independent college search and rankings website, has published a ranking of the 25 Best Online Colleges in America. Northern Arizona University leads the rankings, which were compiled after surveying over 400 institutions who provided at least one degree fully online to measure affordability, flexibility, and academic rigor and support. Data from the Distance Education Council, Peterson’s, and the National Center for Education Statistics was also used in compiling the rankings. Arizona State University and Granite State College came in at 2nd and 3rd in the rankings, respectively.

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