The end of print newspapers on campus is near

The death of print has been touted for years now as more and more publications go online to keep readers. College student newspapers have been somewhat immune to this trend—up until now.

As more publications go online, print newspapers are starting to diminish. (Credit: MemeCenter)

As more publications go online, print newspapers are starting to diminish. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Recently newspapers on campus are also creating Web presences in order to stay vital. So is print dead in academia, too? Read more

Get the FAQs for college student academics

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, college students have many questions. Some are perennial favorites, like why do I have to take electives. Others concern study habits and best strategies for a term paper. Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions and some college tips to help you get a student advantage in your academics.

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

College academics can be a cinch with the right tools. (Credit: Johnny Lopez & Randall Salazar)

Are electives not related to my major a waste of time?

Actually no, and we’ll tell you why… Read more

Neil DeGrasse Tyson reboots Carl Sagan TV series Cosmos

Have you seen this meme? It's likely in jest, but science enthusiasts may enjoy imagining a White House run by these two popular science educators.

Have you seen this meme? It’s likely in jest, but science enthusiasts may enjoy imagining a White House run by these two popular science educators.

Along with Bill Nye (who, according to reports from news sources, is his best friend), Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a voice championing science educator. While Nye duked it out with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham in a creationism vs. evolution debate (blogged about over on Questia), Tyson has recently made his foray into Nye’s old territory: television. On March 9, Tyson, along with the National Geographic Channel, Fox, and executive producer Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) relaunched Cosmos, the television program that made Carl Sagan a household name and excited a generation of viewers about the possibilities of space exploration and the wonders of just how the universe was formed. But will the 13-episode reboot live up to the fame of the original? Read more

Future jobs for liberal arts majors: What are the job prospects?

When picking a college major, consider what gives you the best chance at a job right out of college.

When picking a college major, consider what gives you the best chance at a job right out of college.

Worried that your humanities major might be dooming you to a life of ramen noodles from your basement apartment at your parent’s house? Well never fear. A recent study from the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems has shown that liberal arts majors do have a shot at not only gainful employment, but also a career that equals the economic opportunities of graduates with a professional or pre-professional degree. So what are the job prospects for a liberal arts major? What future jobs are in store for you?

Long-term job prospects

There seems to be a lot of talk recently about the value in a liberal arts education, even though many people say that degrees in the humanities don’t offer the same job prospects that other courses of study do. However, on January 22, 2014, in “Liberal arts grads win long-term” for Inside Higher Ed, Allie Grasgreen reported that a study by the AAC&U and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems found, over the long term, liberal arts majors do just as well earnings-wise. Read more

Degrees that will increase college students odds of finding a job after graduation

Monroe Community College Graduation at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. (Credit: David Maiolo)

Monroe Community College Graduation at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. (Credit: David Maiolo)

If you’re wondering what college degree will guarantee you a job after graduation, there may not be a fool proof answer, but some degrees certainly hold their weight in gold more than others. Recent surveys show that some of the college degrees that increase your odds of finding a job after graduation are the ones that have been trending for several years now, but what’s interesting, are the ones that maybe you didn’t know even existed.

The most job offers

According to data from the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), reported in the Forbes post, “The College Degrees That Get The Most Job Offers,” by Susan Adams January 22, 2014, the top five college majors that produced the highest percentage of students reporting at least one job offer upon graduation were: Read more

College sports and academics: Reading level of student athletes

Recent research has questioned how prepared college athletes are in higher ed academics.

Recent research has questioned how prepared college athletes are in higher ed academics.

The revelation by University of North Carolina (UNC) whistleblower Mary Willingham that some college athletes read at a grade school level has received much attention. Willingham was a learning specialist in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes at UNC. After conducting research on the literacy levels of athletes, she discovered that of 183 athletes in revenue-generating sports admitted to UNC between 2004 and 2012, 8-10 percent were reading below a third-grade level, about 60 percent were reading between the fourth- and eighth-grade levels. She also discovered that a tutor had written a paper for a football player. UNC has disavowed her, discredited her research, refused to conduct further investigation and suspended her research. Willingham has also received death threats. Read more

Last call: Apply now for The Top TA Scholarships by CengageBrain!

While receiving a college degree will help provide numerous opportunities for your future in the workforce, it can be a costly item that doesn’t come easy. Sure, student loans can help alleviate the pain of college costs…for now. But down the road you’ll be required to pay back those loans, and the odds of you winning the Powerball and paying those loans off right away are few and slim.

In “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” according to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year was $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,203 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.” There is no signs pointing to a potential deduction in those costs in the future either. Here is where The Top Teaching Assistant (TA) Scholarships by CengageBrain comes in. Read more

Honor Code vs. paper mill: Know the academic and ethical penalties

Illustration by Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

Illustration by Alejandro Gonzalez, USA TODAY

Student success depends on making ethical choices during your college years. The reasons for buying a term paper online and passing it off as your own are many, not the least of which is that starting your adult life off by cheating makes you a loser. Your student advantage should not include buying term papers. Consult your school’s Honor Code and learn the academic penalties for plagiarizing. Some can be immense and life- altering.

Honor Code and Honor Committee

Many colleges have an Honor Code that addresses proper behavior and assigns punishment for infractions such as plagiarism, cheating, lying, stealing, forgery, and computer fraud. Read more

Tips for college students filing for FAFSA

Filing for FAFSA can be less stressful with the right research.

Filing for FAFSA can be less stressful with the right research.

Ah January—a time for resolutions, heading back to campus and … filing for FAFSA. Whether you are still applying for college or already on campus, college students soon learn that the beginning of the year is when they have to think about filling out financial aid forms to pay for next year’s classes. Read on for some tips for college students (and parents!) on how to navigate the world of financial aid and FAFSA.

Financial aid basics

First, know you are not alone. More people than you can count have managed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka FAFSA, and lived to tell about the experience. But having a little bit of inside know-how won’t hurt you. Margene Walz wrote “January is FAFSA month for college students and their parents” on January 7, 2014, for the Orange County Breeze, which offered some expert advice on handling this all-too-intimidating task. Read more

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With the Spring 2014 semester just around the corner, getting a head start on buying your textbooks really isn’t such a bad idea. In fact, it might be a great way for you to start off on the right foot – and by that we mean not procrastinating. However, you just spent countless dollars on gifts for the holidays. You might not be financially ready to dig into your pockets yet. CengageBrain has a great solution to help with that.

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