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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]