Academia

Employers prefer thinking, other skills to major, study suggests

Many employers believe a candidate’s critical thinking and communication skills are more important than the major field of study that he or she pursued as an undergraduate at colleges such as Boston University, according to a study released Wednesday. Karen Kang, a corporate and personal branding expert who completed a College of Communication graduate degree in 1977, said employers have […]

Digital essay grading not in BU’s immediate future

Digital essay grading not in BU’s immediate future

Massive open online course platform edX may change the nature of grading at colleges such as Boston University through a new digital essay-grading system that eliminates the time taken by traditional essay grading, officials said. Jack Ammerman, university librarian and member of BU’s Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation, said while it is possible BU officials will incorporate such […]

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BU ranked 35th in health research, receives ‘F’ for innovation

BU ranked 35th in health research, receives ‘F’ for innovation

Falling behind many other major research institutions, Boston University tied for 35th in its quality of research in global health and neglected diseases, according to an evaluation released Thursday by Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. The UAEM development team graded 54 Canadian and U.S. universities based on each institution’s research innovation, accessibility and empowerment for action, according to the evaluation, […]

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Financial aid letters can cause confusion, study suggests

Many students at colleges such as Boston University who apply for financial aid each year face significant challenges in comprehending their situations as described by financial aid award letters, according to a new study. The study, released Tuesday by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, found that aid award letters are sometimes unclear and do not provide information […]

BU addresses sequester in research open house

BU addresses sequester in research open house

As federal cuts to research and education funding begin to take effect as part of the sequester, Boston University officials hosted two days of meetings Monday and Tuesday in conjunction with representatives from an outside consulting firm to inform faculty of the possible effects on research at BU. BU Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Andrei Ruckenstein said during […]

BU contrasts Boston College’s condom program halt

Among ongoing controversy at Boston College over administrators shutting down a condom distribution program, Boston University officials said such programs are important educational tools at BU. “I would say we are a different institution and I don’t want to speak about Boston College — they can speak for themselves,” said BU spokesman Colin Riley. “Under the director of Student Health […]

Higher education may not help bridge gender wage gap, study suggests

Higher education may not help bridge gender wage gap, study suggests

Higher paying jobs boast larger gender pay gaps than less profitable jobs, even among professionals with post-secondary degrees from colleges such as Boston University, according to a NerdScholar study published March 26. “I wouldn’t say higher education is not successfully closing the gap, but rather that in spite of a higher education, the pay gap still exists,” said NerdScholar Strategy […]

Study shows parents prioritize finances, career building in college choice

Study shows parents prioritize finances, career building in college choice

Parents of college-bound students tend to prioritize financial issues and career-building potential above all else during the process of choosing a university, according to an Inside Higher Education survey. Ashley Mears, Boston University professor of sociology, said it is unsurprising that parents consider finances a top priority, as they are most often responsible for the costs of their children’s education. […]

BU council to host seminars on MOOCs, ed. tech.

To further explore the role of technology in higher education, Boston University’s Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation will host several seminars in March and April, according to an email sent to students Wednesday. Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and CETLI co-chair Elizabeth Loizeaux said officials would like for the seminars to involve more people in new education technologies. […]

Dept. of Education recommends competency-based aid in letter

Students enrolled in competency-based programs — as opposed to traditional time-based programs — at colleges such as Boston University might now be eligible for financial aid, according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Education issued Tuesday. Heather Jarvis, a student loan expert who spoke about student debt relief at the School of Law in the fall 2012 semester, said […]