Higher Education (College)

7:03am

Mon June 16, 2014
NPR Ed

Starbucks Will Pay For Employees To Complete College

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:22 pm

Part-time barista, full-time student?
Yang Lee Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee Co. today announces an unusually large tuition reimbursement for employees. It's in partnership with Arizona State University's highly ranked online program.

Starbucks employees who sign up for ASU's online courses as freshmen or sophomores will get a partial scholarship plus need-based financial aid; entering juniors and seniors with previous college credits will be able to finish their degrees with the public university for free.

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7:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
NPR Ed

What's In A Label? In Special Ed, Words Matter

Labels matter.
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We're reporting this week on special education, which means inevitably we run up against questions of how we should refer to students with disabilities and to the disabilities themselves.

It's a minefield, comparable to the tensions and complexity of writing about race and ethnicity.

It's important to get it right. As journalists, of course, we want to be accurate. And clear. And we want to avoid perpetuating stereotypes or giving offense.

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3:19pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Education

CSU Joins Attempt To Build Digital Delivery Platform

Colorado State University Management professor Ken Petersen teaching a Distance MBA class, Rockwell Hall.
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Colorado State University along with three other university partners have announced plans to develop a shared digital education delivery platform. The tool, called Unizin, is being billed as a one-stop shop for the digital education space — whether it’s for students taking online classes or those in the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom.

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1:58pm

Wed June 11, 2014
NPR Ed

The Voc-Ed Makeover

Advocates of vocational education say they're creating a pathway for students to leapfrog the low-skill, low-pay jobs that greet many traditional high school grads.
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Vocational education has long had a bad rap in the U.S. For years, voc-ed was written off as Plan B for underachieving kids. But the idea of using high school to better prepare students for a changing workforce has undergone a slow and subtle transformation.

For one, it's not called voc-ed anymore. It's career technical education, and the tent's bigger than it used to be. CTE isn't just about auto repair or construction. Career-tech programs across the country are also preparing kids for jobs in fields like health care, design, engineering, and early childhood education.

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1:37am

Wed June 11, 2014
NPR Ed

College For Free: Tulsa's Radical Idea

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 7:49 am

Who can say no to a free college education?
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The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don't need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work. President Obama threw some of them a lifeline earlier this week, with revisions to the government's Pay As You Earn program.

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