News Beyond the Ridge: College & Career

In College Transition, Life Changes for Siblings Left Behind
A nuanced look into the pros and cons, the challenges and the rewards of home life for the younger sibling(s) after their older counterpart moves away to college.
Washington Post, October 3

More College Officials Learn About Applicants From Facebook
The number of admissions officials using Facebook to evaluate applicants has quadrupled in the past year, although the number is still less than 1/4 of all college admissions officers surveyed. The number, however, will almost certainly continue to rise, making cavalier use of social media increasingly problematic for ambitious teens.
USA Today, September 22

ALSO:
— McCallie college guidance counselor Jeff Kurtzman was interviewed on the topic by the Chattanooga Times Free Press

College Experience by Gender
Seemingly endless theories abound on why women get better grades and advance through the ranks of undergraduate and post-graduate education more successfully than men. Here is a bit of point-counterpoint on some of the issues at hand.
Richard Whitmire’s “Why Boys Fail” blog at EducationWeek, October 4

Are Men Finished?
In a modern, post-industrial economy that seems better suited to women than men, many are wondering if men have been permanently left behind. Education and employment statistics point to a clear and growing dominance in women’s status at home and in the workplace. Are men primed for a comeback or have the old rules changed for good? (The side arguing for the women won the debate handily.)
IntelligenceSquared Debates, September 20

ALSO:
— NPR provides an audio-only link to the debate
“The End of Men” – Atlantic Monthly, July/August 2010

Gender Earnings Gap Narrows
Women’s earnings have fallen during the recession, but not nearly as precipitously as men’s. Is it because women didn’t have as far to fall?
New York Times, September 30

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