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Students want upscale dorm accommodations; retailers take note

by Renata Sago Aug 24, 2018
Gone are the days when a faded comforter from childhood was suitable for students.
An independent survey from consulting firm Deloitte estimates parents will spend $25.5 billion on back-to-college purchases in 2018. Above, a residential hall at the University of Central Florida.
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Chinese students undeterred by U.S. visa restrictions

by Jennifer Pak Jul 6, 2018
The current trade tensions between China and the U.S. may derail some study-abroad plans.
Education consultancy Focus International’s William Yan said business is still booming despite U.S. visa restrictions.
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How to learn the business of business as a high schooler

by Shaheen Ainpour May 25, 2018
Students form "companies" and test drive careers as part of the Virtual Enterprise program.
Emauri Singletary in front of the logo he designed for his Virtual Enterprise company, which sells disposable cups that change color to detect date rape drugs.
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Can income share agreements solve the student debt problem?

by David Brancaccio Apr 9, 2018
For those who graduated in 2004, student loan default rates will approach 40 percent.
Students pull a mock 'ball & chain' representing the $1.4 trilling outstanding student debt at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where second presidential debate will be held between Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton.
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Despite domestic oil boom, some students in Texas are hesitant to enter the field

by Florian Martin Mar 26, 2018
Some colleges are finding that students are not eager to enroll in oil and gas majors.
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Can Baltimore's new funding approach solve the "education debt"?

by Amy Scott and Eliza Mills Jan 26, 2018
This week in Baltimore, the school board approved a new plan to fund city schools based on poverty rates. Previously, funds were distributed based on test scores, with schools getting extra money for advanced students as well as for low-performing…

Braille versions of textbooks help blind college students succeed

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 12, 2017
The AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Tech is one of the only braille production centers in the U.S. that caters to blind and visually impaired college students.
A page from a college-level pre-calculus textbook. Officials at the AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at Georgia Tech say they are seeing more demand from  schools for higher-level textbooks in math, science, technology and engineering fields.
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Teens' summer job prospects look good, thanks to a tight labor market

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 14, 2017
Youth unemployment has fallen by nearly half since 2010, and fewer young people are looking for work.
A teenager fills out an application at a job fair in the Queens borough of New York City.
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Which states spend more on high-poverty schools? The Urban Institute takes a look

by Amy Scott May 31, 2017
Education policy experts generally agree that it costs more to teach kids living in poverty. They come into school at a disadvantage, often need support services and it’s harder to attract good teachers to high-poverty schools. The Urban Institute is…

Textbook publishers in a bind as students go digital

by Adriene Hill Feb 27, 2017
Pearson, the global education publisher, announced a nearly $3.3 billion loss for 2016. It’s struggling, as many traditional publishers are, with big shifts in the way college kids buy (or don’t buy) textbooks. According to the National Association of College…