Modest good news for college students: An annual survey predicts employers will increase hiring of new 4-year college graduates about 5 percent in the coming year. Demand for graduates with associate's degrees is expected to increase more sharply — by about 30 percent compared to last year's survey— while MBA hiring appears headed for an unexpected decline.
As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report to be released Wednesday by a public interest group.
About two-thirds of college graduates have some student loans to pay off, and their average debt is about $25,000 to $28,700, according to estimates by education experts and organizations. (About 10% of those with loans owe more than $50,000 or so.)
Jay Mathews -- We seem to have wandered into another era of doubt about the worth of college. We see statistics showing that college graduates’ lifetime earnings are far more than those of high-school graduates. We note the need for more of the research, analysis and presentation skills taught in college to energize the economy. But the failure of state universities and community colleges to fill the needs of millions of eager students gets little attention in the presidential campaign.
Glen Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System for Higher Education, on Tuesday told the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Education that boosting college completion will be a top priority in higher education for the decade to come.
Glen Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, is a key player in an initiative that seeks to help Oklahomans earn 1,700 more college degrees and certifications each year for the next 12 years.
College graduates are starting work with twice as much debt as in the mid-1990s. For many, the burden of loan payments — sometimes as large as mortgage payments — is constraining big decisions, from picking a career to buying a house.
The Oklahoman Editorial -- It's encouraging to learn that more of our college grads are staying home. A new report shows that more than 80 percent of graduates in 2006, the latest year for which data are available, were still working in Oklahoma a year later. That's compared with only six out of 10 graduates staying in the state earlier this decade