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Dropping Out of College Costs the Economy Billions of Dollars

We all know that higher education isn’t the right path for everyone. After all, we’ve heard the stories about college dropouts like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who went on to become billionaires. If you’re currently asking yourself “Should I drop out of college?” you might be surprised to know that the consequences involve much more than making your parents angry.

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College Grade Inflation: More Students Earning an A for Effort

Recent research shows that the most common grade at four-year U.S. colleges and universities is an A and the second most common grade is a B, suggesting that grade inflation is running rampant on college campuses.

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Avoid the Freshman Fifteen: College Imposes Mandatory Fitness Assessment

Although small in size, Coker College is making big headlines thanks to one of its programs for incoming freshmen. During their first semester at the private liberal arts college in Hartsville, South Carolina, Coker students’ schedules will include an orientation class that does much more than make their transition from high school to college easier.

In addition to receiving the traditional advice about dealing with homesickness and engaging with new peers, Coker College students will also take a mandatory fitness assessment.

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Benefits of Master’s Degrees: Are Master’s the New Bachelor’s?

Considering the number of recent college grads taking positions they’re overqualified for and the mass of unemployed college graduates out there, some experts are staring to believe that master’s degrees have become the new bachelor’s degree.

More and more job openings are now advertised as “bachelor’s required, master’s preferred” and people have noticed the trend: master’s degrees are now the fastest-growing degree.

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Another Look at For-Profit Colleges

Most for-profit colleges have been portrayed by the media as evil entities that do nothing more than cause hopeful, unsuspecting students to wind up with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt that they can’t afford to repay—and no degree or better job to show for it. There are two sides to every story, though, which is why it’s a good idea to take another look at for-profit colleges.

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