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Dean Andrews discusses getting into graduate school

After all the hard work students put in to apply to a graduate school, receiving a rejection letter stings. But a new article in U.S. News and World Report discusses how that doesn’t need to be the final chapter in one’s goal of attending a particular school, and SOE Dean David Andrews was involved in the story.

Discussing ways where one can strengthen their case for future admittance, Dean Andrews offered that students could show enthusiasm by inquiring about a particular professor’s work:

“Find faculty members who are doing work that you’re interested in. Pose a question to them via the Internet or another vehicle,” he says.

Mentioning a faculty member whose work you admire in your application may also raise your chances of admittance, Andrews says. “If someone has mentioned my name in their letter of interest, that application will find its way to me one way or another, even if I’m not reviewing the applicants,” he says.

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Is education the next industry that will be killed by the internet?

With recent news that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be offering courses online free of charge, along with the success of teaching models such as the Khan Academy on YouTube, Forbes contributor Tim Worstall wonders if free and online is the next step that education will take.

It’s a valid question, if an institution with as much prestige as MIT is willing to package some of its educational materials without charging, who is to say that other institutions won’t be forced to follow suit. And if that is the case, will students seeking higher education choose to pay for it if it is available cost-free? Continue Reading →


Sputnik: Breaking down red-tape barriers to college

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As college application season is coming to a close, parents and kids are embarking on a more daunting task: figuring out how to pay for college. Unfortunately, difficulties in navigating the financial aid process can result in many students forgoing college altogether. Could there be a better way to help kids get beyond this single but life altering barrier?  Continue Reading →


Chinese plan to phase out support of college majors that fail to bring employment

Students in a class at Fudan University in Shanghai

Students in a class at Fudan University in Shanghai

A story that has gotten a lot of notice out of the far east is that China has announced plans to phase out college majors that ‘consistently produce unemployable graduates’ – e.g. programs where more than 60% of its graduates fail to find work for two consecutive years after graduation.

It is a market-based solution to a problem that many college graduates are facing today in the United States, which is made all the more interesting since China is a communist government rather than a capitalist/free market one.

From one perspective, it does make sense – the government doesn’t want to fund programs that fail to produce employed people – and the programs will supposedly be re-funded once the equilibrium is re-gained and the country needs more people of those skill sets to put to work.  Continue Reading →