Weekly Education News Wrap-Up: Jan. 9th

January 9th, 2012 by admin

The career of the future doesn’t include a 20-year plan. It’s more like four.
Fast Company
The magazine profiles a handful of millennials and analyzes how career plans have changed since the ‘50s, ‘60s and’70s. With the average tenure at a job at only 4.4 years, the “company man” is long gone, replaced by flexible U.S. workers who jump jobs and fields and keep tacking on new skills.

Should I cash out my 401(k) to pay off my student loans?
CNN Money
Walecia Konrad fields an anonymous question from someone who is looking at student loan repayments of $628 a month and is wondering about cashing in their retirement funds from a previous job to wipe out the debt all at once. Konrad covers the dangers behind this plan and offers alternative solutions.

10 schools with least 2010 graduate debt
U.S. News & World Report
Taking the 1,009 institutions who submitted undergraduate student debt data, U.S. News made a list of the 10 schools who averaged the lowest debt upon graduation. Alice Lloyd College, which covers tuition for all full-time students who hail from the central Appalachian counties, tops the list, followed by Princeton University and College of the Ozarks, both of which also offer unique financial aid initiatives.

Columbia offers ‘Occupy 101’
New York Post
Dr. Hannah Appel, an activist in Occupy Wall Street and professor at Columbia University, will be teaching a new type of anthropology class this semester. Called “Occupy the Field: Global Finance, Inequality, social Movement,” students will get full course credit for fieldwork in the OWS movement. Appel claims that, despite her connection to OWS, she will be able to be an objective teacher.

John Backus: Ending the college crush
Washington Post
Venture capitalist and chairman of Northern Virginia Technology Council John Backus presents his bold ideas on how to break down the growing student loan crisis. He challenges people to consider requiring students to take more STEM classes, making colleges share in student loan defaults and more.

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