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.

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

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

5 skills to learn in college for your career path

In addition to academics, learning social skills and living on your own away from parents, college is intended to give you an education so that you can go out into the world, have a career and support yourself and your own family.

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Develop your communication skills in college to prepare you for the future. (Credit: Getty Images)

Not only do college students need to learn information vital to your career path (business, biology, computers, etc.) but you also need skills that make you marketable and attractive to prospective employers. Here are some college tips for skills to learn to land that great job. Read more

Abuse of prescription drugs on college campus

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs on college campuses is a growing problem. Many college students are using drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta in the belief that they improve academics.

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

In reality, many students who abuse prescription drugs perform poorly on tests and run the risk of dependency and even death. Here is some advice for addressing the problem and improving campus life. Read more

Millennials and higher education: Influence of a generation

The Millennial generation has been categorized and labeled, sometimes with good qualities and sometimes not. But many people are studying this generation born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials have been called entitled, well educated, ambitious, confident, sheltered, diverse, team-oriented and dependent and deferent to authority.

A cartoon's take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

A cartoon’s take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

Millennial college students have unique educational needs and opportunities in higher education. Here are some traits, influences and obstacles for the Millennial generation. (Disclaimer: This is a broad general characterization of an entire generation, which does not take into consideration individual traits or performances.) Read more

Delivering bad news: Life hacks for college students

Sooner or later it happens to all of us: delivering bad news. It may be how to tell your parents that you got a bad grade, or it may be something much worse. Regardless, it is important among life skills for college students.

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

That being said, it doesn’t mean that you have to make sharing your bad tidings any harder than necessary. There are some life hacks to make even this difficult task a little bit easier. Read more

Auditing a class: Student success without a grade

Auditing a class is an option for college students who do not need credit for that class but want a stress-free environment to learn the material or network in that field of study.

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Auditing a class is a great option for college students. (Credit: Wayne State University)

Student success does not always require a grade. Here are some college tips if you want to audit a class and what to expect. Read more