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Coakley supports bill banning for-profit schools from advertising with federal funds

Mass. Attorney General Martha Coakley announced official support for proposed legislation prohibiting for-profit colleges and universities from using federal funding for advertising, marketing and recruiting, according to a Monday press release. However, the bill will have little effect on Boston University, as BU’s default rate is significantly lower than the national average and as BU is not a for-profit college, […]

Many MOOC professors do not support offering credit, yet see value in courses

Many MOOC professors do not support offering credit, yet see value in courses

A majority of professors who teach massive open online courses do not believe credit should be awarded, yet believe the courses play an important role in the changing face of education and have inherent value, according to new data. Boston University Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Elizabeth Loizeaux, who is head of BU’s Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation, […]

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Double majoring improves thinking, new study suggests

While a new study reports students who pursue double-major degrees are more likely to develop integrative thinking skills than students who do not, BU officials said not all students benefit from double majoring. College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean for Student Academic Life Steven Jarvi said pursuing a double major is only worthwhile if the student is genuinely interested […]

Colleges not drawing low-income, high-achieving students

Despite having appropriate grades to do so, many low-income, high-achieving students do not apply to selective colleges or universities for financial reasons, a recent analysis of every high school student who took the SAT found. Boston University economics professor Andrew Newman said underprivileged students often do not apply because they are unaware of certain selective universities or because they do […]

IBM officials partner with Boston, BU to grow ‘smarter city’

Boston University officials are partnering with executives from IBM and the city of Boston to promote better technologies for urban energy efficiency. Officials hosted a series of panels on Wednesday titled “Smarter Cities: A Roadmap for the Future” at the BU Photonics Center, focusing on how technology is helping cities run more efficiently. “The purpose of this partnership was to […]

Moody’s finds gap between college savings and cost

College students have less money saved and are taking out more private student loans as a result, according to a study released Tuesday by Moody’s Investor Service. David Jacobson, a spokesman for Moody’s, said students across the country are statistically saving less before school. “There’s a gap between family’s savings and the cost of a four-year degree,” Jacobson said. “Colleges […]

Pope Francis might address poverty issues, BU experts say

Although the Roman Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals elected the first Latin American pope in its history Wednesday, any reforms will be a result of his individual character and not of his origin, Boston University experts said. “Any changes he is likely to make will depend more on him as an individual than him being from Latin America,” said Taylor […]

BU breaks from trend of unfilled math ed. positions

BU breaks from trend of unfilled math ed. positions

Although higher education institutions across the U.S. continue to struggle to fill openings in mathematics education, according to a survey of colleges and universities, Boston University has not experienced such problems, officials said. Mary Elizabeth Matthews, a doctoral student studying math education, said the need for mathematics teachers to educate students on how to teach has increased, which contributes to […]

Affirmative action positive at universities, report suggests

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule once again on affirmative action, some Boston University officials and other university presidents have said the legislation is vital to higher education. Inside Higher Education published a survey Friday finding while presidents of most universities agree that cutting affirmative action programs would be detrimental to their schools, a significant minority of opinion […]

Employers value experience over grades, data suggests

Employers value experience over grades, data suggests

A significant percentage of employers prefer students with work experience outside of a college environment to students with no experience and high GPAs, according to new data. “I’ve seen there is a lot of concern about grades, more than there should be,” said Susan Walker, a Boston University professor of journalism. “I wish the focus was more about what you […]