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Commentary – Ways of Knowing

The following is an edited transcript of remarks delivered by Robert Pippin at the New Humanities panel discussion on June 5, 2014. Professor Pippin and the other two panelists were asked to respond to The Point’s issue 8 editorial on the new humanities. [Snipped] “This is a critical time in the history of American universities and anContinue Reading

Almost 17 percent of outstanding past-due balance of student loans is held by those over 50

Becky Yerak and Kristin Samuelson, Chicago Tribune reporters: “A report released Wednesday by Barclays notes that 15.5 percent of outstanding student loan debt is owed by people 50 and older, including 4.2 percent held by people 60 and older. Those are staggering amounts given that outstanding student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion, exceeding theContinue Reading

2014 Financial literacy annual report – CFPB

“Empowering people to take more control over their economic lives is essential to our mission. That’s why we’ve made financial education a critical component of our work. Our financial education strategy focuses on providing information and tools to help consumers navigate financial choices, and integrating financial capability training into other programs and services where consumersContinue Reading

Nearly 1 Million Community College Students Denied Access to Federal Student Loans

“With Americans increasingly having to borrow to pay for college, a new report from the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) finds that nearly one million community college students cannot get federal student loans because their school chooses not to offer them. Without access to federal student loans, students may not be able toContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Coastal Zone Management, High Containment Labs, Medicaid, Special Education, U.S. Launch Enterprise

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT: Opportunities Exist for NOAA to Enhance Its Use of Performance Information, GAO-14-592: Published: Jul 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2014. HIGH-CONTAINMENT LABORATORIES: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses, GAO-14-785T: Published: Jul 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2014. MEDICAID: Assessment of Variation among States in Per-Enrollee Spending, GAO-14-456: Published: Jun 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2014. SPECIAL EDUCATION: Additional FederalContinue Reading

Law School Training for Licensed ‘Legal Technicians’? Implications for the Consumer Market

“Chambliss, Elizabeth, Law School Training for Licensed ‘Legal Technicians’? Implications for the Consumer Market (July 14, 2014). South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 65, No. 3, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2466042 “In January 2014, the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education released its report calling, among other things, for limited licensing andContinue Reading

Apprenticeships are Good for Business

By Sarah Ayers and Ben Schwartz | July 14, 2014: “Employers are increasingly worried about finding and holding on to quality, skilled workers and economists warn of a widening skills gap. What are employers to do? Apprenticeship—that age-old worker-training model that pairs on-the-job training with classroom instruction—just may be the solution to employers’ woes. According to the GeorgetownContinue Reading

Learning ‘The True, the Good and the Beautiful’ in Law School: Educating the Twenty-First Century Litigator

Colatrella Jr., Michael Thomas, Learning ‘The True, the Good and the Beautiful’ in Law School: Educating the Twenty-First Century Litigator (March 1, 2014). Review of Litigation, Vol. 33, No. 4, p. 1, 2014. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2465231 “The author uses the ancient Greek ideal of learning “the true, the good and the beautiful” toContinue Reading

11 Net Neutrality Principles released by Library and University Groups

“The above organizations firmly believe that preserving an open Internet is essential to our  nation’s freedom of speech, educational achievement, and economic growth. The Internet now serves as a primary, open platform for information exchange, intellectual discourse, civic engagement, creativity, research, innovation, teaching, and learning. We are deeply concerned that public broadband providers have financialContinue Reading

Majority of STEM College Graduates Do Not Work in STEM Occupations

Census news release: “The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and math — commonly referred to as STEM — are not employed in STEM occupations. In addition, men continue to be overrepresented in STEM, especially in computer and engineering occupations. About 86Continue Reading

Young First-Time Mothers Less Likely to be Married, Census Bureau Reports

“The percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping, according to Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012, a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. In the early 1990s, at least half of all first births to mothers younger than age 23 occurred in marriage. Since 2005, more young mothers were cohabitingContinue Reading

News Literacy: Teaching the Internet Generation to Make Reliable Information Choices

“In the Digital Age, the ultimate check against the spread of rumor, pernicious falsehood, disinformation, and unverified reports masquerading as fact, will never be just more and better-trained journalists and professional gatekeepers, these scholars argue. Instead, it will require a generation of astutely educated news consumers, as well as native producers and distributors, who willContinue Reading