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Early College Graduation can Save Thousands

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Graduating early from college can have a significant positive financial savings.  Using such tactics as using AP, dual credit, and/or CLEP credits to fill core requirements as well as taking advantage of summer opportunities and online courses at local junior colleges to fulfill core requirements can eliminate thousands of dollars from the more traditional four-year graduation plan.  Students finishing in the middle of the year often have less competition in the job market because only about five to ten percent of students graduate in December, according to Inside Higher Ed. [read more]

New Degree Plan – Nation’s First Degree in Commercial Space Operations

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“Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University announced plans to launch the nation’s first bachelor’s degree in Commercial Space Operationsduring a news conference Wednesday at the 16th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington, D.C.

The new degree program, which would be offered at the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus of the world’s largest accredited aviation and aerospace academic institution, will supply the commercial spaceflight industry with skilled graduates in the areas of space policy, operations, regulation and certification, as well as space flight safety, and space program training, management and planning.”  [read more]

Connection Between Student Debt and Teacher Shortage

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating the connection between student loan debt and the teacher shortage, both projected and current, especially in the areas of math and science.  “The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that the United States will need over 425,000 new teachers by the end of this decade to make up for the wave of retiring baby boomers. Despite this challenge, compensation for public school teachers has not kept pace with the private sector— according to one study, starting public school teachers in 19 states earn less than $33,000 per year.”  With the average student loan debt approaching the $30,000 mark, considering a career in education is becoming more and more difficult.  [read more]