Welcome to the DailyDose of Higher Education from BreakDrink.com. This is the day-late and a dollar-short edition and I’m Shawn Brackett bringing you yesterday’s news in higher education because I plumb forgot to do this.
“Gender Pay Gap Start Early and Persists”
http://www.aauw.org/GraduatetoaPayGap/upload/AAUWGraduatingtoaPayGapReport.pdf [study; large PDF]
The American Association of University Women commissioned a study of pay for individuals with bachelor’s degrees. Researchers found a significant gap between women’s and men’s earnings starting as early as one year post-graduation. Even controlling for variables such as occupation and major, women earned only 82% of what men earned in similar situations. The study also delved into how lower earnings compound the gender gap because women are more likely to spend a higher percentage of their earnings on repaying student loans. AAUW urges officials to strengthen equal pay policies and review current practices.
In news that will surprise absolutely no one,
“Price of Higher Education On The Rise”
The College Board’s annual survey of the American higher education sector indicates that, after a few years of relative stability, net prices have risen by nearly 3%. In the past decade, the published prices grew dramatically, but did not necessarily result in higher net prices because the federal government and institutions increased financial aid packages. As one might expect, private not-for-profit institutions prices’ remain the highest. Community colleges, however, show net prices that are actually lower than the past ten years.
And because you just can’t make this stuff up,
“Italian Scientists Convicted of Manslaughter For Not Predicting Earthquake”
Seven scientists in Italy were convicted of manslaughter for failing to warn the residents of L’Aquila of an earthquake that killed 300 people.
Lastly tonight, a bit of history. Today, October 24th, is the 67th anniversary of the formal establishment of the United Nations (UN). The UN is a major international organization with stated goals of eradicating poverty, recognizing popular sovereignty, bringing peace to regions in conflict, and ensuring universal primary education. Article 26 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights includes, “higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml [Declaration of Human Rights]
That’s it for today–here’s hoping tomorrow is actually Thursday and that I haven’t been sucked into a remake of Groundhog Day. Good night!