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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]