Archive for September, 2015

Bill Cosby: Universities rescind honorary degrees

By Doug Criss

Bill Cosby’s stunning fall from grace appears far from over.

In the latest setback over his sex assault allegations, a pair of colleges have rescinded honorary degrees awarded to him years ago.

Fordham University in New York and Marquette University in Wisconsin announced Thursday they had pulled the degrees given to the comedian to honor him.

“Imagine what would happen if schools required their students to sign binding contracts upon admission that would allow them to rescind the degrees of any of their graduates if they are ever CONVICTED of sexual assault. A veeeeery different culture would exist in America.”

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/25/us/bill-cosby-honorary-degrees/index.html

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23% of women report sexual assault in college, study finds

By Kelly Wallace

A new survey of college students, one of the largest ever focusing on sexual assault and sexual misconduct, has reignited the debate over just how big a problem sexual assault on campus really is.

Among female college students, 23% said they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact — ranging from kissing to touching to rape, carried out by force or threat of force, or while they were incapacitated because of alcohol and drugs, according to the new survey by the Association of American Universities (AAU). Nearly 11% said the unwanted contact included penetration or oral sex.

“23%, undoubtedly, does not represent reality. This problem directly and indirectly touches every student, instructor and administrator, yet little has been done to address its causes.”

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http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/22/health/campus-sexual-assault-new-large-survey/index.html

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How one high schooler made $80K (without getting a job)

By Parija Kavilanz

Startup Raise.me developed a program that allows high school students to start banking college scholarship money.

What’s the catch?

The money is tied to students’ individual achievements. The better they do in school, the more engaged they are with their communities, the more money they earn from Raise.me’s college partners.

There are 76 colleges on Raise.me’s platform, including Penn State, UMass and Tulane. Raise.me cofounder Preston Silverman hopes to increase that to 100 colleges by the end of the year.

“This program could lead to the rise of the professional high school student. Instead of students grade grubbing, they will be chasing $$$$: Only in America.”

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http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/18/smallbusiness/raiseme-college-scholarship/index.html

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Lady Gaga shines light on campus rape epidemic in powerful ‘Til It Happens to You’ video

By Christopher Rosen

Lady Gaga teamed with Diane Warren to record “Til It Happens to You” for The Hunting Ground, a 2015 documentary about the campus rape epidemic facing colleges around the country. On Friday, Lady Gaga released the song’s powerful, disturbing and emotional new video.

“We applaud the honest effort to raise awareness of an issue that is too often belittled or completely ignored. It should be mandatory viewing on all high school and college campuses.”

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http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/18/lady-gaga-til-it-happens-to-you-video

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Laurene Jobs to create ‘Super Schools’ with $50 million boost

By Aaron Smith

Jobs chairs the board of XQ America, an organization trying to “reimagine high school” through its Super School Project. Over the next few months, it is accepting proposals on how to improve high schools.

“We will partner with winning teams and provide them expert support and a fund of $50 million to support at least five schools over the next five years to turn their ideas into real Super Schools,” says the organization on its web site.

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http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/14/news/laurene-jobs-xq-school/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_money_pool&iid=obnetwork

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Applying for financial aid just got a little easier

By Katie Lobosco

Starting next year, students can file the free nationwide financial aid application (known as FAFSA) as soon as October 1, using tax data from the previous year. The FAFSA determines whether a student is eligible for federal aid — like Pell grants and loans — as well as scholarships from their state and school. It’s based on a family’s income and how much the school costs.

Currently, students have to wait until at least January to file. And they must base their answers on income information that will be submitted on tax forms due in the coming April. That can require some stressful guesswork that might have to be readjusted later.

“A quicker process is not what is needed. We need better terms and conditions to ensure students are not mortgaging their families’ future for an education that does not guarantee a fair return on its required investment.”

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http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/14/pf/college/new-fafsa-deadline/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool&iid=obnetwork

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Laurene Jobs to create ‘Super Schools’ with $50 million boost

By Aaron Smith

Laurene Powell Jobs, philanthropist and widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, is putting up $50 million in an attempt to modernize high school education.

Jobs chairs the board of XQ America, an organization trying to “reimagine high school” through its Super School Project. Over the next few months, it is accepting proposals on how to improve high schools.

“We will partner with winning teams and provide them expert support and a fund of $50 million to support at least five schools over the next five years to turn their ideas into real Super Schools,” says the organization on its web site.

“Great idea, but five schools is just a drop in the bucket.”

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http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/14/news/laurene-jobs-xq-school/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_money_pool&iid=obnetwork

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Austin district expands campus-based mental health services

By Melissa B. Taboada

From the outside, it looks like any other classroom.

But just beyond the yellow door at Crockett High School is a counseling center with a licensed psychologist that offers therapy and mental health services beyond what administrators and high school guidance counselors are usually able to provide.

Crockett’s counseling center was launched in 2012, the first mental health services center in the Austin district. After administrators reported improved student behavior, attendance and academic performance, the district has added counseling centers to a dozen other schools. Anderson and Bowie high schools will get theirs this year, bringing to 15 the total of on-site mental health centers at middle and high schools in the Austin district.

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http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/austin-district-expands-campus-based-mental-health/nnZH8/

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Millennial Stereotyping Is Hurting Corporate America

By Jessica Kriegel

How would you react if you opened your browser tomorrow morning and saw an article titled: “Five Office Mistakes Costing Your 65-Year-Old Employees The Promotion”?

Personally, I would be outraged. Age discrimination, particularly against older members of our workforce, has been a problem for many years.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/oracle/2015/09/03/millennial-stereotyping-is-hurting-corporate-america/?sr_source=lift_gemini&nowelcome&utm_source=gemini&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Oracle#2715e4857a0b49f182ac4d97

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