Diversity in college—important for college students and college professors

As our population becomes more heterogeneous, U.S. college students are broadening the diversity in college. But that same varied representation of gender, races and cultures does not seem to be extending to college professors.

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Not only is faculty diversity lacking in terms of race, but also academic jobs seem to be disproportionately going to the graduates of the same group of schools. Why is this bad, and what can be done to change things? Read more

Increase in college enrollment: pros and cons

College enrollment has increased dramatically after the financial crisis of 2008 as newly unemployed professionals as well as young adult college students hope to attain the best college degrees so they can be more employable and find a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, enrollment increased 32 percent to a total of 21 million students.

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

The percentage increase of students older than 25 is larger than that of younger students. Here is some discussion on attracting and enrolling the non-traditional student, competition for jobs among degree holders and the economic pros and cons of the increase in college enrollment. Read more

President Obama offers free community college

President Obama recently proposed offering free tuition for two-year community college. The free tuition would be available for low-income students who maintain a good college GPA.

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

The goal of the proposal is to increase graduation rates of college students with some exposure to higher education, allow more students to transfer to four-year colleges and to prepare students for the modern job market. Some who criticize California community colleges say a nationwide program for free community college will not fare much better. Read more

Why aren’t more women college students aiming for STEM careers?

A blond, female MIT engineering student was recently featured in a story where she discussed people’s reactions to her major. Most expressed disbelief that she is studying engineering. These reactions may reveal why there aren’t more women in engineering, or math careers. STEM careers include those in science, technology, engineering and math.

Learn more about why women should pursue a STEM career. (Credit: reddit.com)

Learn more about why women should pursue a STEM career. (Credit: reddit.com)

If you love math and science, don’t let your fears or the prejudices of others keep you from the career of your dreams. There is plenty of inspiration to be found for aspiring women in STEM. Read more

College students beat second semester blues

You’ve made it through your first semester final exams, hung out with friends and parents back home for the long holiday break – now it’s time to get back to college for the spring semester. Although the jitters and doubt about how you’ll handle your first semester of college are over, the second semester may also provide anxiety for college students who might feel they can’t keep up their concentration and good grades.

Good advice to help one get over those second semester blues. (Credit: College Magazine)

Good advice to help one get over those second semester blues. (Credit: College Magazine)

For freshman and upper classmen alike, the second semester offers a chance to improve academics and enhance your college life experience. Read more

Conferences discuss diverse issues in higher education

Each year there are numerous conferences that discuss diverse issues in higher education. Many are sponsored by associations of colleges and universities as well as government relations task forces that foster discussions of ways to improve access to college for all who want it, ensure college graduation, and provide employment opportunities.

(College tuition is one of many issues faced with higher education. (Credit: Jimmy Margulies)

(College tuition is one of many issues faced with higher education. (Credit: Jimmy Margulies)

Here are various conferences that encouraged policy changes to benefit college students. Read more

Sony releases “The Interview” despite hackers

Unless you’ve been under a rock or living in a cave, you’ve heard of the flap over Sony Pictures release of the new film The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The comedy centers on a plan to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

"The Interview" has been released despite threats. (Credit: techcrunch)

“The Interview” has been released despite threats. (Credit: techcrunch)

Hackers from North Korea not only broke into the email accounts of Sony executives and leaked the results, they also posted threats of violence against theaters that showed the film. Sony executives decided to pull the picture, but has since made The Interview available through other venues. Read more

Liberal arts: Best college degrees?

There has been a debate for years about the value of a liberal arts and social sciences education to a successful professional career. Some say that in our increasingly globalized world, the best college degrees for college students are in such fields as social sciences, multiculturalism, politics, world religions and communications.

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Learn more about the value of a liberal arts degree. (Credit: newslanc.com)

Others say that a more concentrated study in a field like business would contribute more to society and American success. Still others say that the debate itself is misguided. Read more

What to know about the Orion spacecraft launch

The space shuttle program that fascinated so many during the 1980s and beyond may now be defunct, but America has not totally set aside our efforts to explore the world beyond our planet. The NASA Orion spacecraft is one of the space center’s next generation spacecraft that represents the first steps toward achieving a Mars mission.

Time for the Orion spacecraft to head to Mars. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Time for the Orion spacecraft to head to Mars. (Credit: MemeCenter)

The test launch of Orion suffered some delays, but the unmanned craft finally achieved lift-off on December 5, 2014, in what many see as a critical first step toward future manned missions into outer space. Read more

College comparison: Larger vs. smaller colleges

The college you pick says a lot about what you want out of college life. Besides academics and college sports, college students consider many features when choosing a college.

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

Classroom sizes will vary no matter if you attend a small or large college. (Credit: Her Campus)

The size of the school you attend can determine the diversity of students, professor to student ratio, prestige, class size and other factors. Here is a college comparison of large versus small colleges. Read more