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Public Universities Up Fund-raising in an Economic Downturn

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Despite the Council for Aid to Education’s prediction in 2009 that the economic downturn would cause private donations to universities to decline, public institutions like Rutgers University raised more money in 2010 than ever before. In fact, Donald M. Fellows, the president of Marts & Lundy, an advising firm for nonprofits, stated, in The New York Times article on the subject, that post secondary education is the only nonprofit sector in which he hasn’t lost business. Facing mounting state budget cuts and an infertile economic climate, public schools are pulling all the stops to survive. Read more…

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Your Guide to Education in the 21st Century

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Say I am a new teacher at a high school with a growing student population, and I’m teaching a class with over thirty students for the first time. I could go join schoolnet.com, which will help me target students who need help as I use the site to manage assignments and grades. Or perhaps I am a college student studying for the next test in my Microbiology course, so I go on quizlet.com, enter in my notes, and play games in which I match up terms and definitions for the class. Or maybe I’m a single mother who doesn’t have the money or time to attend a university or even a community college, so I participate in an online certification program to broaden employment opportunities. In his article, “100+ Resources that are Transforming Education,” Yury Lifshits, former professor and current Yahoo tech guy and blogger, makes sense of the massive jungle of the new, innovative startups and resources cropping up throughout the buzzing field of education technology. Read more…