College News Round-Up
- Read about the new $192 million UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College, a learning and residential complex that opened in Fall 2013.
- Stanford University is offering PhD humanities students who commit to a teaching career a free education if they are admitted to the Stanford Teacher Education program.
- New research shows that liberal art colleges should get more credit for their contribution to the STEM talent pipeline. Colleges such as Allegheny College near Pittsburgh, with an enrollment of under 2,000, had 25 graduatesgo on to earn PhDs in chemistry in a recent 6-year period where as nearby University of Pittsburgh, with more than 17,000 undergraduates, had 30 earning PhDs in chemistry in the same period. Similarly, there were more biology PhDs from colleges such as Oberlin, Grinnell, Swarthmore and Haverford than from the public flagship universities in their states.
- In an effort to demonstrate that employers do want the skills that liberal arts colleges instill, Austin College in Texas announced a Gateway initiative that will connect students with select law, medicine, health care and accounting graduate programs across the country, and offer its graduates opportunities such as research, summer study, dual degree opportunities and preferred admission for qualified students.