Tag Archives: Higher Education

At Umatilla High School, every college signee gets a ceremony

Amid cheers and fanfare often reserved for student athletes, all Umatilla High School seniors who are pursuing post-secondary education signed letters of intent during the school’s third annual Signing Day. “This is a big step,” Principal Bob Lorence said, congratulating the students. “As you sign your name, just make a commitment to further your education.” […]
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Losing variety in higher ed

Marylhurst University near Portland announced last week that it would close by the end of the year. Marylhurst has served Oregon students since 1897, and was the first women’s college in the Northwest before opening its doors to men in 1974. The closure narrows the range of educational choices — and it won’t be the […]
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OSU-Cascades hospitality management program graduates first class

Bend campus offers Oregon’s only four-year hospitality degree. When Tristin Sornson receives her diploma in a couple weeks, she will be among a select group of graduates from Oregon State University-­Cascade’s hospitality management degree program. As a member of the first graduating class, she and five others are part of a public-private partnership that created […]
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Federal student loan rates are expected to rise for the upcoming school year

Interest rates in general are rising, and so are the rates on student loans for the coming school year. Interest rates on federal student loans for undergraduates are expected to increase to 5.045 percent from 4.45 percent for the 2018-19 academic year, said Mark Kantrowitz, an author and expert on student financial aid. Source: Federal […]
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Invest in STEM. But don’t forget about the arts and humanities.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study stresses the need for integrating STEM disciplines with arts and humanities. What is the future of work? From business forums to think tanks to Congress, leaders are grappling with the question of how new technologies are reshaping employment in the 21st century — and how America’s institutions of […]
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Opinion | College May Not Be Worth It Anymore

Last year, New York became the first state to offer all but its wealthiest residents tuition-free access to its public community colleges and four-year institutions. Though this Excelsior Scholarship didn’t make college completely free, it highlights the power of the pro-college movement in the United States. Recent decades have brought agreement that higher education is, […]
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Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online.

Once the backwater of higher education, online learning is now mainstream. More than 6.3 million students took at least one online class in 2016. That represents 32 percent of all students in higher education. Two decades ago, when I was a student in a part-time master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, I would hurry […]
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Rethinking financial aid: Small grants make a big difference in college completion

More schools are finding that even a few hundred dollars at the right time can help ensure students in need stay on track for a diploma. Students across the country are walking across the stage this month to accept college diplomas, marking one of the most consequential achievements of their lives. Yet far too many […]
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Marylhurst University Will Abruptly Announce Its Closure Today, In its 125th Year of Operation 

Marylhurst University announces its closure after years of financial struggle. Source: Marylhurst University Will Abruptly Announce Its Closure Today, In its 125th Year of Operation – Willamette Week

Marylhurst University to close

Marylhurst University announced Thursday that it will cease operations by the end of 2018. The decision was made by the school’s board of trustees after an analysis found that Marylhurst could not counter a trend of declining enrollment, university officials said. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Marylhurst University to close