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March 5, 2014

Major changes are just around the corner for the SAT exam

  • 2005 Major alterations to the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) saw the College Board removed portions of the verbal section that had traditionally proven difficult for some students. The Board also added an 800-point essay segment to the exam, giving it a new total point value of 2400.
  • 2016 A new round of changes will see the maximum score on the SAT exam return to 1600, along with a host of other changes that the College Board once again hopes will make college more-accessible to graduating high school students. In addition to dropping the top score, the College Board will also offer free SAT preparation materials and give four college application fee waivers to anyone who takes the test. source
17:17 // 1 month ago
November 12, 2013

Remember the movie “Blue Chips”? For those unfamiliar, it’s a 1994 flick where Nick Nolte does his best impression of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight. (Knight, by the way, cameos as himself during the movie, setting up a scene where he’s competing against a coach who’s doing an over-the-top impression of him.) Throughout the film, Nolte struggles with a pay-for-play scandal involving a number of his star players—many of whom are current and future NBA stars, most notably Shaq. (It’s probably the best film starring Shaq in a lead role, which isn’t saying much.)

Anyway, the movie raised a big question back then regarding student athletes: If they’re so valuable to these sports, why don’t they get paid? The question hasn’t really been answered since, but we’re nearing an answer, as last week a federal judge allowed for a class-action lawsuit on likeness rights for players—the fruit of a lawsuit first brought by a major star of the “Blue Chips” era, UCLA legend Ed O’Bannon. If the NCAA loses, expect college football and basketball stars to make bank.

22:58 // 5 months ago
August 20, 2013
17:02 // 8 months ago
April 3, 2013
Shown The Door: Rutgers University has announced that men’s basketball coach Mike Rice will no longer work for the school as a result of a video which emerged on Tuesday. The footage, apparently captured during the basketball team’s practices, shows the former coach becoming physically and verbally abusive with Rutgers players. Rice’s firing was announced on the school’s Twitter account. (Photo via ESPN) source

Shown The Door: Rutgers University has announced that men’s basketball coach Mike Rice will no longer work for the school as a result of a video which emerged on Tuesday. The footage, apparently captured during the basketball team’s practices, shows the former coach becoming physically and verbally abusive with Rutgers players. Rice’s firing was announced on the school’s Twitter account. (Photo via ESPN) source

13:52 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
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June 6, 2012

Survey: Recent high school grads having trouble finding full-time work

  • 37% of recent high school grads without a college degree had a full-time job before the recession, according to a Rutgers University study
  • 16% of recent high school grads without a college degree had a full-time job post-recession; part-time worker levels have gone down, too source

» A somewhat odd note from the article: ”In the two months since the survey was conducted, a large share of participants have had their phone numbers disconnected and could not be reached.” Now it’s possible they all got new cell phone numbers, or that they’re simply hard to track. But still, that’s not a common thing to happen in a survey.

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11:23 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012

Birthers: Now available in collegiate conspiracy theorist form

  • $20,000 Obama transcript bounty source

» So what does The Trenches hope to prove? According to an updated press release, based on the current state of the economy, the people behind The Trenches (the conservative website behind the bounty) aren’t convinced that Barack Obama was as good a student as he’s claimed. “You’ve had over three years to vet President Barack Obama. Yet in three years in office…you have either been oddly uninterested or purposefully ignorant of Barack Obama’s educational history,” reads the site, adding, “You were, however, quite interested in George Bush’s transcripts.”

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14:56 // 1 year ago
May 13, 2012

For some, student loan debt lingers decades later

  • 2 in 3 the ratio of students that have student loan debt upon graduation
  • $25k in average student loan debt for graduating students in 2011
  • 5% the amount the average debt load rises each year; uh, wow source

» Every walk of life now has debt: With $117 billion in new federal student loans in 2011, the amount of total student debt has tipped the scales at over $1 trillion. And it’s not just young folks who are having to deal with lingering debt, either; some middle-aged adults are finding themselves dealing with the issues decades later. “It’s just unbearable to have that type of weight on you and you can’t do anything about it,” said Brenda Small, a woman who went to nursing school in the late ’80s — and rack up $20,000 in debt — only to get injured not long after graduating, making her unable to pay for it.

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12:23 // 1 year ago
April 25, 2012

The 13 Most Useful* College Majors (As Determined By Science)

newsweek:

1. Nursing 

2. Mechanical Engineering 

3. Electrical Engineering 

4. Civil Engineering 

5. Computer Science

6. Finance 

7. Marketing and Marketing Research 

8. Mathematics 

9. Accounting

10. French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages 

11. General Business 

12. Elementary Education 

13. Economics 

*Useful, for our purposes, is defined by majors most likely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings, and which are in industries projected to grow in the next decade according to research from Georgetown University and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Previously: The 13 Most Useless College Majors

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11:31 // 1 year ago
April 23, 2012

The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)

alittlespace:

newsweek:

1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(Ed: Your primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)

I combined the uselessness of #2 + #9 into something practical.

Raise your hand if you disagree. Money alone doesn’t define the usefulness of these majors, nor should it. And 93 percent of statistics don’t always apply to you.

13:54 // 1 year ago