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Employment-Based Retirement Plan Participation

Employment-Based Retirement Plan Participation: Geographic Differences and Trends, 2013. October 2014 . Issue Brief #405 Employee Benefit Research Institute, 2014 “The percentage of workers participating in an employment-based retirement plan rose in 2013, increasing for the first time since 2010 among all workers and private-sector workers. The retirement plan participation level depends on the type of worker beingContinue Reading

U.S. Chamber Foundation Report Focuses on Benefits of Data-Driven Innovation

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation…released a report which, through the insights of several notable industry experts, offers a look at current data-related issues and innovations and the ways in which they will shape the future of data-driven innovation and the economy. The report, The Future of Data-Driven Innovation, includes contributions from some of the topContinue Reading

Oxfam’s new report on global inequalty

“From Ghana to Germany, South Africa to Spain, the gap between rich and poor is rapidly increasing, and economic inequality has reached extreme levels. In South Africa, inequality is greater today than at the end of Apartheid.The consequences are corrosive for everyone. Extreme inequality corrupts politics, hinders economic growth and stifles social mobility. It fuels crimeContinue Reading

Tools You Can Use: Personal Finance

White House: “Here to help you make smart personal financial decisions and protect your hard-earned income. Including: College Scorecard; Savings Planner; Sales Tax Deduction Calculator; Free File; College Budget Calculator; Mortgage Payment Reduction Estimator; Finding a Housing Counselor; Student Loan Repayment Calculator.

Why Libraries [Still] Matter

Why Libraries [Still] Matter – Jonathan Zittrain…”To this day, the Harvard Law School Library, which I direct, claims distinction as the largest academic law library in the world. Volume of volumes was never the whole story, though. Libraries have, over time, inhabited the roles not only of guardians of knowledge, but of curators, and not merely forContinue Reading

Labor Department’s Office Web portal on accessible workplace technology

“The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy today announced the launch of http://www.PEATworks.org — a comprehensive Web portal spearheaded by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology. From educational articles to interactive tools, the website’s content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practiceContinue Reading

Tuition costs of colleges and universities

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Fast Facts: “What are the trends in the cost of college education? Response: For the 2011–12 academic year, annual current dollar prices for undergraduate tuition, room, and board were estimated to be $14,300 at public institutions, $37,800 at private nonprofit institutions, and $23,300 at private for-profit institutions. Between 2001–02 and 2011–12, pricesContinue Reading

Struggling private student loan borrowers are still searching for help

CFPB: “In the years leading up to the financial crisis, many of the same subprime lending practices that led to troubles in the mortgage market also existed in the private student loan market. Like the homeowners who turned to their mortgage servicer to modify their loans but ran into customer service dead ends, lost paperworkContinue Reading

Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action

“The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations … to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The new report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report, Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action, draws from a seriesContinue Reading

Pew – Share of Affluent Students Who Borrow for College Doubles

The Changing Profile of Student Borrowers – Biggest Increase in Borrowing Has Been Among More Affluent Students, Richard Fry – October 9, 2014. “In 2012, a record share of the nation’s new college graduates (69%) had taken out student loans to finance their education, and the typical amount they had borrowed was more than twice thatContinue Reading

EPIC Obtains New Documents About Lack of Student Privacy Enforcement

“EPIC has obtained new documents from the Department of Education detailing parent and student complaints about the misuse of education records. The Department released the documents in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. EPIC is expecting to receive more documents about the agency’s enforcement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.Continue Reading

Training Students to Extract Value from Big Data

“As the availability of high-throughput data-collection technologies, such as information-sensing mobile devices, remote sensing, internet log records, and wireless sensor networks has grown, science, engineering, and business have rapidly transitioned from striving to develop information from scant data to a situation in which the challenge is now that the amount of information exceeds a human’sContinue Reading