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Class of 2015 Might Have a Little Better Luck Finding a Good Job

Liberty Street Economics – NY Fed – “With the college graduation season well under way, a new crop of freshly minted graduates is entering the job market and many bright young minds are hoping to land a good first job. It’s no wonder if they are approaching the job hunt with some trepidation. For a number of years now, recent college graduates have been struggling to find good jobs. However, the labor market for college graduates is improving. After declining for nearly two years, openings for jobs requiring a college degree have picked up since last summer. Not only has this increase in the demand for educated workers continued to push down the unemployment rate for recent graduates, but it has also finally started to help reduce underemployment, though the underemployment rate remains high. While successfully navigating the job market will likely remain a challenge, it appears that finding a good job has become just a little bit easier for the class of 2015.”

New GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Nutrition Assistance, Rural Housing, School Meals, Aviation Safety, Defense Contracting, Regulatory Guidance Process

Afghanistan: Embassy Construction Cost and Schedule Have Increased, and Further Facilities Planning Is Needed, GAO-15-410: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Nutrition Assistance: Actions Needed to Address Potential Online Sales of Infant Formula, GAO-15-605T: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Rural Housing Service: Progress on GAO Recommendations and PreliminaryContinue Reading

Beyond college rankings: A value-added approach to assessing two- and four-year schools

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Jonathan Rothwell and Siddharth Kulkarni: “The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality. This is especially true for colleges granting credentials of two years or less, which graduateContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Coast Guard Acquisitions, Information Management, International Education Assistance, Military Personnel, UN, Unmanned Aerial Systems

Coast Guard Acquisitions: As Major Assets are Fielded, Overall Portfolio Remains Unaffordable, GAO-15-620T: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015. Information Management: Additional Actions Are Needed to Meet Requirements of the Managing Government Records Directive, GAO-15-339: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015. International Education Assistance: USAID Has Implemented Primary GradeContinue Reading

Insights from Accenture Strategy 2015 U.S. College Graduate Employment Study

“The Accenture Strategy 2015 U.S. College Graduate Employment Study finds that new college graduates are well prepared as they enter the workforce. They’re responding to the growing need for STEM degrees. They’re thinking about potential jobs before choosing a major field of study. They’re pursuing internships and ongoing training opportunities. And colleges are doing theirContinue Reading

The many benefits of libraries continue in town and cites around the country

NPR – “A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such asContinue Reading

World Happiness Report 2015

“Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation’s economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy. This year’s report looks at the changes in happiness levels in 158 countries, and examines the reasons behind the statistics. The WorldContinue Reading

Website About Endangered Species and the Efforts to Save Them

“Over the last 18 years, Bagheera has been visited by millions of people who have requested tens of millions of pages of information on endangered species. Bagheera was created by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff in 1996 as part of Microsoft’s Schoolhouse Project. It is the first of many endangered species websites created by Craig toContinue Reading

State of the World’s Mothers 2015

“In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children is publishing its 16th annual State of the World’s Mothers report with a special focus on our rapidly urbanizing world and the poorest mothers and children who must struggle to survive despite overall urban progress. Every day, 17,000 children die before reaching their fifth birthday. Increasingly, theseContinue Reading

ARL Joins Hague Declaration for Changes to Intellectual Property Law, Equal Access to Knowledge

ARL – “More than 50 organizations around the world—including ARL—have signed the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age, which calls for immediate changes to intellectual property (IP) law and the removal of other barriers preventing widened and more equal access to data. Improved treatments for diseases, answers to global issues such asContinue Reading

IRS IG – Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – Billions of Dollars in Potentially Erroneous Education Credits Continue to Be Claimed for Ineligible Students and Institutions, March 27, 2015. Reference Number: 2015-40-027. “The IRS still does not have effective processes to identify erroneous claims for education credits. Although the IRS has taken steps to address some ofContinue Reading

House Members Introduce Student Privacy Bill

EPIC – “Congressmen Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO) have introduced the “Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015.” The student privacy bill would prohibit companies from selling student information, using student information for targeted advertising, or otherwise disclosing student information for non-educational purposes. The Student Digital Privacy Act would implement portionsContinue Reading