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Category Archives: Education

Wikimedia Commons is now 10 years old – huge resource for free educational media

News release: “Wikimedia Commons is turning 10 years old [September 7, 2014] — will you help celebrate? We’re asking everyone to join the Wikimedia community by sharing a freely licensed image with world. Wikimedia Commons is one of the world’s largest resources of freely licensed educational media. It is the central repository of the majority of illustrations forContinue Reading

Foreign Powers Buy Influence At Think Tanks: Financing of Research Often Isn’t Disclosed

Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams and Nicholas Confessore, New York Times: “The arrangements involve Washington’s most influential think tanks, including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Atlantic Council. Each is a major recipient of overseas funds, producing policy papers, hosting forums and organizing private briefings for senior United States governmentContinue Reading

College May Not Pay Off for Everyone

Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz.  This post is the third in a series of four Liberty Street Economics posts examining the value of a college degree. “In our recent Current Issues article and blog post on the value of a college degree, we showed that the economic benefits of a bachelor’s degree still far outweigh the costs. However, this does not meanContinue Reading

Report – America’s Young Adults 2014

“The well-being of young adults in the United States today remains an area of key interest to the public and policy-makers alike. This age group faces the well-known challenges of achieving financial and social independence while forming their own households at a time of greater economic uncertainty than in the past. Better understanding of theContinue Reading

The Value of a College Degree – NY Fed

Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz: “Not so long ago, people rarely questioned the value of a college degree. A bachelor’s degree was seen as a surefire ticket to a career-oriented, good-paying job. Today, however, many people are uncertain whether going to college is such a wise decision. It’s easy to see why. Tuition costsContinue Reading

National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

Sarah Ayres | August 27, 2014 “Apprenticeship, a time-tested model of worker training, can help meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the United States. Expanding apprenticeship, however, will require employers to understand its value. While today’s registered apprenticeship programs are high quality, few employers know what an apprenticeship entails or what competencies a potential employeeContinue Reading

In U.S. 55% of Workers Get Sense of Identity From Their Job

Seven in 10 college graduates get a sense of identity from their job: “U.S. workers continue to be more likely to say their get a sense of identity from their job, 55%, as opposed to having their job just be something they do for a living, 42%. These results have been consistent throughout multiple GallupContinue Reading

Why You Should Talk to the Librarians

Paula Krebes, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University: “If you haven’t spent a good few hours going over your syllabi with a librarian trained in your subject area, you’re shortchanging your course and your students (and yourself). Librarians keep up with the technology in your field. They know the campus holdings and canContinue Reading

Gap Between Higher- and Lower-Wealth Households Widens

“Median net worth increased between 2000 and 2011 for households in the top two quintiles of the net worth distribution (the wealthiest 40 percent), while declining for those in the lower three quintiles (the bottom 60 percent), according to new statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The result was a widening wealth gapContinue Reading

Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013

News release: “Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation*) for food, housing, childcare andContinue Reading

Plan and protect your finances with a my Social Security account

CFPB – “Whether you’re one of the millions of workers who pay Social Security taxes or the 50 million retired Americans and dependents who receive benefits, it’s good to keep track of your Social Security benefits. National My Social Security Week takes place August 17 to 23 — the perfect time to take a step toward creatingContinue Reading

A new school year, a new resource for parents and kids

CFPB – “Parents are the strongest influence on how kids learn and think about money, and the back-to-school shopping season is a great time for some major money lessons.This year, try thinking differently about back-to-school shopping. While you plan and shop, say what you’re doing—your children are listening. You don’t have to give lectures. Just makeContinue Reading