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

Tax tips for college students

Your April 15 tax return due date is only weeks away. Whether you’ll do an online income tax return filing or go with old-fashioned paper filing, you’ll need some tax tips to help you out. Income tax brackets for college students tend to be low because you work part time, often for minimum wage.

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Whatever you’re earning, you’re going to want your tax refund status to show the highest amount possible. Let’s take a look at how you can make tax filing easy and profitable. 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

How to use different social media platforms to build your professional network

I know that it’s hard to believe that social media is good for things besides watching Kanye make a fool of himself at the Grammys…again.

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

There are many routes you can take in social media to build your professional network. (Credit: Anne Helmond)

However, if you’re interested in learning how to use different social media platforms to build an online presence (one you can be proud of) and grow your professional network, you’ll want to read on. Read more

6 college tips for learning a foreign language

Many college students who study business are encouraged to learn a foreign language, such as Mandarin Chinese. But all students, regardless of major, can improve academics and boost their career opportunities.

There are many good reasons to learn a foreign language. (Credit: NAPPS)

There are many good reasons to learn a foreign language. (Credit: NAPPS)

Whether you decide to study Spanish, Chinese, Arabic or French, here are six college tips for learning a foreign language. Read more

Internships and other ideas to help you choose the right career path

What’s your college major? Fellow college students and others who want to get acquainted with you will want to know. By the way, you need to know, too! It helps when choosing courses. The best career path for you may be one that you haven’t considered.

Defining your career path in college can be difficult. (Credit: Career Services)

Defining your career path in college can be difficult. (Credit: Career Services)

A visit to your campus career center is a good start. Also knowing how to get an internship will help you to check out the best careers from the field of possibilities. Let’s take a look at how you can “try on” different careers before you make a commitment and spend years of studying. Read more

Be prepared: A degree planner tracks academic progress

With the new semester starting, now is a great time to take stock of your progress toward your degree. College students should learn how to use a Degree Planner to calculate the courses you still need to take so you can graduate on time.

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

An example of a degree planner. (Credit: rosi.utoronto.ca)

A Degree Planner helps you track your academic progress, calculate your college GPA standing, and be prepared for degree and course requirements before graduation. Here are some college tips for finding and using a Degree Planner. Read more

5 common myths about college academics debunked

Too many myths about academics hinder college students from performing academically and improving their college GPA.

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

There are many myths about the life of a college student. (Credit: Jay Mathews, Washington Post)

Here are some common myths debunked so you can be prepared for your final exam and term paper and perform well in school. 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

Top 10 CengageBrain blog posts for 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 was full of a plethora of excellent and interesting blog posts for CengageBrain.

Take a look back at the year of 2014. (Credit: Time Out)

Take a look back at the year of 2014. (Credit: Time Out)

We thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and tell you which of our blog posts were most popular for the year of 2014. Read more