White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal


White House Has Plan to Offer Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students Nearly a century ago, a movement that made high school widely available helped lead to rapid growth in the education and skills training of Americans, driving decades of economic growth and prosperity. America thrived in the 20th century in large part because we had the most educated workforce in the world.  But other nations have matched or exceeded the secret to our success. Today, more than ever, Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without having to take on decades of debt before they even embark on their career.

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US News & World Report Announces the 2015 Best Online Programs


To help the more than 7 million students expected to enroll in online courses in the new year, U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools, today released the 2015 Best Online Programs. Pennsylvania State University—World Campus tops the list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. At the graduate level, California universities make a strong showing with the University of Southern California claiming No. 1 in Best Online Information Technology Programs, the University of California—Los Angeles taking the top spot in Best Online Engineering Programs, and the University of California—Irvine placing first in the new Best Online Criminal Justice Programs.

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McGraw-Hill Education Debuts New Version of SmartBook at 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show


Today at CES 2015, McGraw-Hill Education introduced the newest version of SmartBook, the company’s adaptive reading platform, which helps students study more effectively and efficiently by guiding them through a personalized study experience that continually adapts to their needs and focuses their attention on what they need to learn the most. The latest version of SmartBook—now available for the higher education market—expands on the platform’s functionality by introducing students to personalized learning resources at the precise moment of need, allowing them to close knowledge gaps in real time. The result is more confidence, better grades and greater success.

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Library of Congress to Offer Junior Fellows Summer Internships

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The Library’s Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program once again is offering 10-week paid fellowships to college students. For a stipend of $3,000, the 2015 class of Junior Fellows will work full-time with Library specialists and curators from June 1 through Aug. 7, 2015, to inventory, describe and explore collection holdings and to assist with digital-preservation outreach activities throughout the Library. The program aims to increase access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and available to Members of Congress, scholars, researchers, students, teachers and the general public.

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Dept of Labor Announces $100M in Grants to Transform Apprenticeship for the 21st Century

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$100M in grants to transform apprenticeship for the 21st century by expanding training into new high-skilled, high-growth industries. The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that $100 million in grants are available to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. Registered Apprenticeships have long been known as one of the best training models for skilled trades (“earn while you learn”), yet the model remains underutilized in the United States.

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2015 Rankings of Best Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs

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List identifies top online RN to BSN programs according to multiple factors, including quality, flexibility, and affordability College Choice, an independent college search and rankings website, has published its 2015 ranking of the top 50 online Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the U.S.  SUNY College of Technology at Delhi tops the list. The University of Alabama and Western Carolina University came in second and third respectively.

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Top US Community Colleges Commit to Collectively Graduating Nearly 50 Percent More Students by 2020

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Aspen Institute announces new $100,000 award for “Most Improved” in student success as part of March 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Award Top community colleges in the nation today committed to collectively graduating an additional 6,500 students by 2020, including many from disadvantaged backgrounds. At the White House College Opportunity Day of Action, a summit hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the 15 participating colleges – all former winners and finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence – pledged to increase the total number of graduates produced by nearly 50 percent above current levels.

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More Hispanics Earning Bachelor’s Degrees in Physical Sciences and Engineering


New study from the American Institute of Physics shows that while raw numbers are up, Hispanics are still underrepresented in many fields of science and technology A new report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Statistical Research Center has found that the number of Hispanic students receiving bachelor’s degrees in the physical sciences and engineering has increased over the last decade or so, passing 10,000 degrees per year for the first time in 2012. The overall number of U.S. students receiving degrees in those fields also increased over the same time, but it increased faster among Hispanics.

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USA TODAY Introduces First-Ever Customized Campus News App

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USA TODAY announces the launch of The Buzz, a mobile app that delivers customized news to the digital-first generation of students across the country. A first-of-its kind, The Buzz reinvents campus news by offering college students access to targeted and relevant information, incorporating national, world and personalized campus news into one, easy-to-use mobile interface. Content will be specifically gathered from USA TODAY and USA TODAY College, as well as individual college papers. Future product integration will include content from Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing newspapers and user-generated content.

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