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Does College Make You a Better Coder?

08-12-2016

Does College Make You a Better Coder?

Does college make you a better coder? I get asked this question quite a lot, both in my role at Code.org, helping bring computer science education to more schools and students, and also as an investor/adviser who has helped dozens of startups with hiring software engineers. A recent Wall Street Journal article sparked my interest in writing a reply. I should say upfront that this article is entirely my opinion, formed based on my personal experiences. The... Read more

Internships and Work Experience

05-12-2016

Internships and Work Experience

Some college students underestimate the benefits of work experience and internships. When you are looking for a job, the last thing that you want to be told is that you don’t have enough experience. Developing essential skills One of the most important things you can do as a student is develop your skills and demonstrate them in real world experiences that you can use to find employment. Sometimes, this can be through work experience or working part-time.... Read more

Fake news? Bias? How colleges teach students not to be duped

29-11-2016

Fake news? Bias? How colleges teach students not to be duped

Media literacy — some say media illiteracy — is having a moment. And professors are ready to respond. As Election Day approached, so-called fake news seemed everywhere: intentionally false stories dressed up as news reports, misleading social-media posts, clickbait headlines, hyperpartisan opinion posing as fact. Among the false stories’ claims: Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump, the NYPD was investigating Bill Clinton for sex with underage girls, and ISIS called for Muslims in America to vote for Hillary Clinton. Boyle and... Read more

College or College Dropout? The Young Entrepreneur's Dilemma.

21-11-2016

College or College Dropout? The Young Entrepreneur's Dilemma.

One question many of us have sometimes when it comes to whether or not to go to college is, “Do we really need a college degree to be successful?” The answer to this question is really up to the person deciding on whether or not to pursue that pricey sheepskin. Consider some of the biggest names in the computer and online worlds and what they have in common: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, for instance. All three... Read more

Money 101: Here's everything we know about Trump's student debt plans

17-11-2016

Money 101: Here's everything we know about Trump's student debt plans

With indebted 2016 college graduates owing an average of $37,172 in loans, many young people are concerned about student debt. And a Donald Trump presidency raises questions about student loans. Hillary Clinton (and Bernie Sanders) released detailed college tuition plans — aimed at lessening college costs and easing burden recent graduates face. Contrarily, Donald Trump addresses student loans vaguely in two bullet points on his website: Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt... Read more

California Today: Why More Community Colleges Offer Free Tuition

14-11-2016

California Today: Why More Community Colleges Offer Free Tuition

After President Obama announced a goal last year to make community college free for all Americans, no state has moved as aggressively as California. In 2016, at least 20 programs offering support to incoming community college students were introduced in California, bringing the state’s total to about 30, according to the federal Department of Education. “I think it’s a grand experiment frankly,” said Martha Kanter, the executive director of the College Promise campaign. The latest initiative was announced... Read more

How you can start a conversation about N…

08-12-2016

How you can start a conversation about North Korea (and why you should)

Submitted by Beth Hallowell, PhD, a cultural anthropologist and the Communications Research Director at AFSC. It's not every day that you wake up and think, "you know what, let's start a conversation about North Korea," but that's exactly what will... Read more

Education Policy in the Age of Proven Sc…

08-12-2016

Education Policy in the Age of Proven School and Classroom Approaches

Education policy is informed by politics, personalities, myths, and money, far more than it is by evidence. There is good research on policy, but because so many individual policies are in play at any given moment, it is very difficult... Read more

Choosing A 'Real World' Education Is Hel…

08-12-2016

Choosing A 'Real World' Education Is Helping Millennials Succeed, Have Less Debt

A version of this article originally appeared on Forbes . Sign up for my newsletter to get my articles straight to your inbox. Erica Lee never decided to drop out of college. But, after her sophomore year studying engineering at... Read more

How to Spot Fake News

08-12-2016

How to Spot Fake News

How bad is the fake news phenomenon? A man who was "self-investigating" a fake news story was arrested after shooting his assault rifle in a Washington, D.C. pizzeria. President-Elect Trump fired a member of his transition team for sharing fake... Read more

On Good Authority: Telling the Truth to …

08-12-2016

Before the election, in what has become the "post truth" or "false truth" era of news, a friend just told me that her seven-year-old granddaughter came home from school with a "news" story. A boy told her... Read more

An Activist's Playbook: How To Influence…

08-12-2016

An Activist's Playbook: How To Influence Trump's Cabinet And Policies

Sarah Snyder , American University School of International Service As Donald Trump works to fill his cabinet, his choices have inspired considerable anxiety among his critics. Advocacy organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have... Read more

UT Arlington beats Top 25 team first tim…

08-12-2016

UT Arlington beats Top 25 team first time in program history (Yahoo Sports)

Before the game, Scott Cross reminded his UT Arlington players they had a chance to make their mark on program history. ''He was like, 'This would be the biggest win in school history,''' guard Erick Neal said. Kevin... Read more

Jackson, Watson divvy up wins at College…

08-12-2016

Jackson, Watson divvy up wins at College Football Awards (Yahoo Sports)

Lamar Jackson picked up another trophy for his marvelous season. On a red-carpet night in Atlanta, Jackson captured the Maxwell Award as the nation's top college player Thursday night and signaled himself as the clear favorite for the Heisman... Read more

FSU scores most under Hamilton in 118-63…

08-12-2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Seven Florida State players scored in double figures as the Seminoles rolled to a 118-63 victory over Nicholls State on Thursday.... Read more

Peter Jok scores 23, Iowa upsets No. 25 …

08-12-2016

Peter Jok scores 23, Iowa upsets No. 25 Iowa State 78-64 (Yahoo Sports)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State spent the last 61 weeks in the Top 25.... Read more

Louisville's Lamar Jackson wins Maxwell …

08-12-2016

Louisville's Lamar Jackson wins Maxwell Award as top player (Yahoo Sports)

Louisville's Lamar Jackson added another trophy to his stellar season, claiming the Maxwell Award as the top player in college football. The other finalists were Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Michigan all-around star Jabrill Peppers. The Cardinals quarterback... Read more

Alabama defensive lineman Allen wins Bed…

08-12-2016

ATLANTA (AP) -- Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen has claimed the Chuck Bednarik Award as the top defensive player in college football.... Read more

Alabama's Cam Robinson wins Outland Trop…

08-12-2016

ATLANTA (AP) -- Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson has won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman.... Read more

 

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