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Cost of College a Problem But Diversity Issue More Serious

Some thoughts while watching CNN’s Ivory Tower documentary.

Va. Tech asks state to approve 2 degree programs

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BLACKSBURG, Va.— Virginia Tech is seeking state approval of two new degree programs.

The university’s Board of Visitors approved the programs earlier this month. One is a bachelor of science degree program in systems biology. The other is a master of arts degree in women’s and gender studies.

Virginia Tech says in a news release that the new programs would begin in the fall of 2015, if they are approved by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.

The state council recently approved a new bachelor of science in neuroscience degree program at Virginia Tech.

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A study of sub-baccalaureate programs in Washington state found that short-term certificates, which can be earned in less than a year, for the most part showed only small economic returns.

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Many for-profit institutions leave students with substandard educations, useless degrees and a large amount of debt.

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Top 100 Degree Producers Special Report

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Our annual Top 100 Degree Producers special report — the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award associate, bachelor’s, graduate and professional degrees to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students.

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New Jersey’s higher education secretary would be allowed to revoke the ability of for-profit colleges to award degrees if they fail to achieve minimum graduation rates under a bill advanced by lawmakers Thursday.

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Special Focus: Hispanic Heritage Month

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This issue contains a special focus on Hispanics in higher education in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. We highlight the top universities for graduating Hispanic students in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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College Education Worth the Investment

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There is no greater financial investment in one’s future than a college degree.

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Some college and universities are releasing average salaries earned by students according to their major and campus to help calculate return on investment.

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Most people know that the job market is particularly tough right now for recent college grads. But so tough that about half of them are either unemployed or underemployed?

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