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BCS Commissioners Agree On Playoff Plan

BCS Commissioners Agree On Playoff Plan

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Major changes in the way college football determines a national champion could be coming. The commissioners of the BCS are backing a four-team playoff plan under which the major bowls would host the national semi…

Cheering at Graduation Leads to Arrest, Diplomas Being Withheld

Cheering at Graduation Leads to Arrest, Diplomas Being Withheld

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cheering on family and friends at graduation ceremonies has become a risky proposition at schools around the country. Administrations have cracked down on celebrations; withholding diplomas from student…

The New College Classes That Require Top-Secret Clearance

The New College Classes That Require Top-Secret Clearance

NSA/Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — America’s most high-tech intelligence agency is looking to American colleges for the next generation of cyber warriors, and it is now designing its own top-secret classes to prepare them for training in the …

Former West Virginia Coach Stewart Passes Away At 59

Former West Virginia Coach Stewart Passes Away At 59

Charles LeClaire/Getty Images(MORGANTOWN, W.Va.) — Former West Virginia head football coach Bill Stewart passed away Monday from an apparent heart attack. He was 59. Stewart took over as head coach of the Mountaineers in 2007 after Rich Rodriguez left…

Houston Family Spends $1.5M on College for Five Daughters

Houston Family Spends $1.5M on College for Five Daughters

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — It’s graduation day — a day that’s getting quite familiar to Marc and Beverly Ostrofsky of Houston.Friday, they’ll attend two graduation ceremonies, one for their daughter Shelly, 22, from Washingto…

Job Market Improving for New Grads

Job Market Improving for New Grads

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Employment prospects for new college graduates are better now than at any time since the start of the recession, say college placement directors, employment experts and students themselves.In fact, a just-released stud…

Gap Year Gaining Momentum Among College Freshmen

Gap Year Gaining Momentum Among College Freshmen

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — An estimated 1.2 percent of first-time college freshmen take a gap year, most of them male students, according to the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles.”…

Only Half of Recent College Grads Employed Full Time

Only Half of Recent College Grads Employed Full Time

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) — The great recession has taken a heavy toll on college grads, with only half of those who graduated between 2006 and 2011 reporting they have full-time jobs, according to a new study.The survey by Rutgers Uni…

Survey: College Graduates Struggling to Find Work, Pay Loans

Survey: College Graduates Struggling to Find Work, Pay Loans

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) — Just a few years ago, new college graduates had little trouble finding a job within a year of finishing school.  Now, the outlook for those about to jump into the job market isn’t so bri…

Custodian to Graduate from Columbia University After 19 Years

Custodian to Graduate from Columbia University After 19 Years

ABC(NEW YORK) — A Yugoslavian-born custodian at New York’s Columbia University will be trading in his uniform for a cap and gown this weekend when he graduates with honors after working on his degree for 12 years.Gac Filipaj, 52, will graduate with a …

Romney Says Students ‘Pulling Back’ from Obama

Romney Says Students ‘Pulling Back’ from Obama

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images(EUCLID, Ohio) — Mitt Romney Monday suggested that the Obama administration is going to promise “a lot of free stuff” to college students who are “pulling back” and who are not as &ldqu…

Notre Dame QB Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer

Notre Dame QB Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer

G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees faces criminal charges after police allege he knocked the wind out of an officer at an off-campus house party in South Bend on Thursday.Rees, who was pepper-…

Ariz. Girl, 15, to Graduate College, Then High School

Ariz. Girl, 15, to Graduate College, Then High School

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(COOLIDGE, Ariz.) — A 15-year-old Arizona girl will don two different caps and gowns in May, but the first won’t be at her high school graduation. Kimberly Koerth will graduate Saturday from Central Arizona College in Coolidge, w…

Obama to Make Student Loan Rates Next Big Fight

Obama to Make Student Loan Rates Next Big Fight

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Move over, Buffett Rule. Interest rates on federal student loans are set to become the next election-year flash point between President Obama and congressional Republicans. The White House announc…

Student Loan Debt Continues to Soar

Student Loan Debt Continues to Soar

JupiterImages/Comstock Images(NEW YORK) — Two out of three college students graduating this spring will have student loan debt, with the average loan amounting to nearly $25,000.  And as costs continue to rise, the amount owed is piling up, causi…

Kentucky’s Starting Five Leaving For The NBA Draft

Kentucky’s Starting Five Leaving For The NBA Draft

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — After winning the national championship this season, Kentucky’s starting five will forgo their remaining eligibility and enter this June’s NBA draft.Sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones and…

UCLA Apologizes for Accidentally ‘Accepting’ Wait-Listed Students

UCLA Apologizes for Accidentally ‘Accepting’ Wait-Listed Students

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — UCLA apologized Wednesday for wrongly sending congratulatory admission letters to 894 high school students who were actually on the wait list. The letters for entry in fall 2012 went out along those for the thousa…

Petrino Out As Arkansas Head Football Coach

Petrino Out As Arkansas Head Football Coach

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) — Bobby Petrino is out as head football coach of Arkansas. The 51-year-old Petrino was put on paid leave last week after he failed to disclosed to university officials that a 25-year-old female school empl…

Professors’ Group Say US Faculty Salaries Not Driving Tuition Hikes

Professors’ Group Say US Faculty Salaries Not Driving Tuition Hikes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Stagnant faculty salaries for teaching professionals across the U.S. belie the common belief that professors’ incomes are driving increased costs of higher education, the American Association of University Professo…

Aston Introduced As New Texas Women’s Basketball Coach

Aston Introduced As New Texas Women’s Basketball Coach

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — The Texas Longhorns introduced former assistant Karen Aston as their new women’s head basketball coach Tuesday. She will be taking over for Gail Goestenkors, who resigned in March after failing to lead t…

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