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Archive for higher education

Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce

With implementation of the Affordable Care Act moving forward, one of the major challenges confronting US health care is determining how many health professionals will be needed, especially in primary care, to treat those who will be newly insured in 2014. Separately, as has been well documented by the John A. Hartford Foundation and others, millions of baby boomers are reaching their sixties, and many will need care by professionals well versed in geriatric care. Read more

College Financing: Do’s and Dont’s for Maximizing Student Financial Aid (Part II)

Is a college education still the American Dream?  And if so, how much does it cost to pursue that dream?

In part II of this blog post, Rick Shaffer--our resident financial guru and guest blogger–offers some ways to avoid missteps that might hamper your efforts to obtain college financing.  
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College Financing: Do’s and Dont’s for Maximizing Student Financial Aid (Part I)

Here at JSA Consultants, we like to offer common-sense, cutting-edge information regarding topical issues of the day.  We blog a great deal about issues related to higher education, but we rarely talk about the ‘elephant in the room’–how most American families can PAY for college without depleting their retirement accounts or taking out additional mortgages.

We’ve asked Rick Shaffer, a nationally renowned expert regarding all things financial, to offer up some advice to help you navigate the financial aid waters.  In Part 1 of the post, Rick covers things you can and should do to optimize your financial aid package; in Part 2, he’ll talk about the things to avoid.   Read more

New Survey: College Graduates Need Real-life Work Experience Before Graduation

A new national survey has found that employers con­sider mean­ingful pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence a must for recent col­lege graduates.  In the survey, com­mis­sioned by The Chron­icle of Higher Edu­ca­tion and the Amer­ican Public Media’s Mar­ket­place and pub­lished this week, employers indi­cated that intern­ship expe­ri­ence is the single most impor­tant cre­den­tial that interests them.  Fur­ther­more, more than half of employers reported they had trouble finding recent grad­u­ates qual­i­fied enough to fill posi­tions at their com­pa­nies or organizations.   Read more

Future brings huge demand for international education

The number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to more than double to 262 million by 2025. Nearly all of this growth will be in the developing world, with more than half in China and India alone. The number of students seeking study abroad could rise to eight million – nearly three times more than today. Read more

Stanford University first to raise $1 billion….

Stanford University has become the first university to raise $1 billion in a single year.  They did it in 2012, ahead of Harvard, Yale, USC, and Colombia, in that order, of the .  In FY 2012, roughly 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities raised $31 billion, 2.3 percent more than 2011.  What I found amazing was that the top 10 fundraising colleges collected $5.3 billion, or 17 percent, of the $31 billion, even though they represent only 0.3 percent of the 3,500 accredited, nonprofit schools included in the survey.  You can read the entire article here.

China is a key destination for international learners

A record 292,611 students from 194 countries and regions studied in China in 2011,up 10.38 percent from the previous year, figures from the Ministry of Education show. Read more

The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

New data from the Pew Research Center indicate that many colleges and universities see the value in offering online education to students, as about 77% of institution presidents say their school now offers web-based classes. Specifically, online courses are available in about 89% of four-year public colleges and 60% of four-year private schools, according to the survey. Read more

Simulation Training–Time to Move On

A research team from the Mayo Clinic reports that simulation-based training is an effective way to teach physicians, nurses, dentists, emergency medical technicians and other health professionals–with no discernible improvement in patient outcomes.

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High-tech college admissions?

At the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a panel of high school seniors and college freshmen told counselors they didn’t want a tweet or text from a college, preferring a good old-fashioned phone call. Read more

A Provocative View of Online Learning

According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, about 39% of students who graduated from college in the past decade took at least one online class. Additionally, a majority of surveyed college presidents believe that this trend will not slow down any time soon. Read more