Harvard poll shows trouble for health care, frustration with politics among millennials (via PBS News Hour)
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2014 American Rhodes Scholars By School (via http://www.fiestafrog.com)
Thirty -two students from the United States were named Rhodes Scholars, the winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes. These students will receive…
Many college presidents across the country are negotiating huge exit packages when they step down. Schools and public records say:
Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus of Tufts, received $1.7 million in 2011 for “end of service compensation.” At Harvard, president Lawrence Summers kept his presidential salary of $580,000 for several years after he stepped down in 2006. And Wellesley College had two former presidents on its payroll in the last six years, including one who received $430,000 a year for two years after she retired and her duties ended.
Former Brandeis president Jehuda Reinharz has received at least $1.2 million more from Brandeis since his 2010 retirement and is in line to receive hundreds of thousands more in coming years.
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Rank And File: American Universities Search For New Ranking Systems (via www.wiredacademic.com)
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Everyone has heard of parents who do their grade schooler’s science project or are overly involved in their kids’ social lives. But the infamous helicopter parents, hovering over their younger children, are now transitioning into so-called snowplow parents, trying to smooth a path for their kids even after they’ve started college.
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The Berklee College of Music has launched an independent record label to give students “real-life record making experience,” campus officials announced.
The label, Berklee Internet Radio Network Cooperative Records or birnCORE, records independent artists who visit performance facilities at the college’s campus.
Student engineers work with the artists to mix the albums and the label then releases LPs digitally at no costs to the artist, prices each to sell at about $5 and splits half of revenues with artists.
“Harnessing the impressive roster of performers already visiting campus, birnCORE’s model focuses on simplicity,” said a statement from Berklee, which launched the label this month.
“While earning academic credit and on-the-job training, students gain real-life record making experience at birnCORE,” campus officials said. “Music business students act as artists and repertoire executives, while music production and engineering students earn album credits as mixing and recording engineers. Students are also the creative forces behind the album art.”
“A birnCORE record costs artists nothing; their only investment is promoting the birnCORE album to their fans,” the college added.
Inaugural Boston Data Festival to Bring Data Leaders to Boston (via MarketWired)
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Berklee College of Music announced today that it will soon offer bachelor's degrees online and will charge tuition rates that are less than half of what students pay to take courses on campus.
Starting next fall, the college’s web division, Berklee Online, will offer 120-credit bachelor of professional studies degrees in music business and music production. In doing so, the college said it will become the first nonprofit music institution to offer accredited bachelor's degrees online.
"Berklee has learned a lesson from our front row seat observing the music industry, namely, lead the change or be a victim of it,” college President Roger Brown said in a statement. “With an online degree, we can expand access to the powerful tools of contemporary music making to many more students. And coupled with MOOCs, which are free, and online education that is less expensive, we have created a multi-faceted global search for talent."
Tuition will be $16,500 per year, the college said.
The college charges its on-campus students $36,514 in annual tuition, which does not include other fees.
“While there are advantages to attending the college's Boston campus, where demand is at an all-time high — applications are up 300 percent over the last decade — these online degrees help achieve Berklee's goal to make quality music education more accessible and affordable to students around the world,” the school said in a statement.
The college said it will begin accepting applications at the start of next week and will issue early acceptance notices to students starting in mid-December. The online classes will start in the fall of 2014.
Admission to the program will be “highly selective,” the college said. No more than 300 students will be accepted into the inaugural class.
The online music business degree will offer courses on licensing, management, marketing, and touring, with a focus on mobile music, streaming, funding, and developing revenue sources.
The online music production degree will provide an “extensive background in Berklee's approach to music production, with courses on the world's top software programs, recording, engineering, mixing, and more,” the college said.
Online courses will be taught by Berklee faculty or industry experts, the college said. Like the degrees awarded by the physical college, Berklee’s online degrees will be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The college launched its Berklee Online program 12 years ago. But, the college has not offered online degree programs until now.
Offerings include for-credit, instructor-led online courses, multi-course certificate programs and free, non-credit offerings through Coursera and EdX.
More than 30,000 students from 144 countries have enrolled in online courses through Berklee since the program began, the college said. Students have included members of Nine in Nails, Dave Matthews Band, Karmin, and Sugarland as well as well-known studio producers and executives at leading technology and business firms.