Amy Bleakley of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says, “If the goal of the rating system is to shield youth from age-inappropriate behavior and be a tool for parents, I think its effectiveness is in doubt.”
Penn Daily News Service | Dec 9, 2013
Penn in the News
The Botswana-UPenn Partnership is highlighted.
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for collaborating with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for studying T-cell effectiveness on leukemia.
Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy is interviewed about effective giving.
Reed Schuldiner of the Law School comments on the victims of Madoff’s ponzi scheme.
Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Penn’s “India as a Pioneer of Innovation” conference is highlighted.
Joseph Tierney and John Dilulio of the School of Arts and Sciences co-author an op-ed about Pope Francis.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Here’s the good news: Young adults who have finished college continue to earn significantly more than mere high school graduates. The gap between the median earnings of high school graduates and those with a bachelor’s degree or higher – the red versus the purple lines in the graphs above – remains wide. The difference, over a lifetime, is more than enough to justify the expense of attaining a bachelor’s degree. Here’s the bad news: Adjusted for inflation, median earnings for young men with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2011 were significantly lower than they were in 1971. Young women have slightly improved their position (by $630) since 1971. But as a comparison between the two graphs shows, their median is still lower than that of male high school graduates in 1971.
With more than 600 graduate-school deans and administrators gathered here for the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools, amid growing concerns about student debt and an academic job market that offers little hope of tenure-track positions for many, it was not surprising that talk would turn to life after the Ph.D. A session about tracking down the employment of former Ph.D. students drew a standing-room-only crowd. Speakers at another session laid out how they had garnered resources to help prepare graduate students for future careers. And a Stanford University professor urged attendees to reconsider what professional success looks like in the academy.
Some private colleges that managed to weather the recession are finding new troubles. So they are announcing layoffs, cutting programs and more. Almost all of these small to mid-sized privates are tuition-dependent and lack large endowments. National declines in the number of traditional college-age population mean students just aren't showing up to privates, which are facing competition from public colleges that are more stable now than a few years ago and the reality that privates cannot afford to indefinitely lure students by cutting prices with generous financial aid packages. And this could become a huge problem.
The people who shaped higher education this year made their mark through the courts; through the power of an idea; through the act of writing an open letter; even in death. Here are 10 individuals who have had a lasting impact.
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