Jon Marcus


Business Leaders Unimpressed With College Grads’ Skills

Business leaders are increasingly pessimistic about whether college students are being adequately prepared for careers, according to an annual survey. Nearly nine out of 10 of 500 executives polled said graduates lack the necessary skills to succeed. And more than half said the United States is lagging behind its economic rivals in this measure. Nor… Read more »

Proportion of People With Degrees Is Up

The proportion of Americans with college and university degrees continues to rise slowly, according to new figures, and young adults in particular are picking up the pace of earning academic degrees. But other countries continue to outdo the United States in educational attainment, the report, by the Lumina Foundation, shows. At a time when demand… Read more »

California Among the Worst in Awarding Degrees to Hispanics

With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study. The state is 38 percent Hispanic, compared to the national average of 17 percent. But… Read more »

Community Colleges Increasingly Adding Bachelor’s Degrees

CLEARWATER, Fla. – In a high-ceilinged classroom, bright sun poking through the blinds and reflecting off the whiteboard, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for this afternoon’s lesson: proteins. It’s an unusually small group for a bachelor’s degree-level course in biology. At four-year universities, classes like this are often taught in… Read more »

Barriers to Credit Transfers Lower Graduation Rates, New Study Finds

Universities’ unwillingness to award academic credit to community-college students for courses they already took is driving down graduation rates for the increasing number of people following that route to a degree, according to new research. Six-year outcomes by starting institution type (Source: National Student Clearinghouse) If not for the loss of academic credits when students… Read more »