Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press In this Oct. 22, 2010 photo, student textbooks for rent sit on the shelves at the City College Bookstore in New York. Related Links Salt Lake Community College honored for use of free online resources in math curriculum Salt Lake Community College faculty team honored for digital learning innovation How students are engaging textbook companies in a duel against high prices, and winning Utah college students prefer traditional textbooks to e-books, bookstore officials say SALT LAKE CITY — Will it take an act of Congress to address the skyrocketing costs of college textbooks? Well, that could be one solution, and to that end a group of U.S. senators and representatives reintroduced the Affordable College Textbook Act earlier this month, an effort aiming to find a way to mitigate textbook prices that have increased at more than four times the rate of inflation over the last decade. In the meantime, a new Salt Lake City … [Read more...] about New Utah company aims to upend pricey college textbook market
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WASHINGTON — Eric Dean made a career of calling military veterans to urge them to enroll at Ashford University, a for-profit school based in San Diego that offers online degrees. Dean, who was instructed in sales techniques at Ashford, said he tried to befriend hundreds of current and former sailors and soldiers — many from the nation's poorest communities — to convince them to attend. "I've seen the inside," Dean told NBC News in an interview, saying he had been "pressured into essentially selling my soul to throw fellow veterans under the bus" by misleading them about the educational outcomes about the school's graduation and job-placement rates. Dean, who'd served in the Navy, quit Ashford in December 2017 because he said he objected to the school's practices and now says veterans with PTSD were among his recruits. Under President Barack Obama, the Department of Education cracked down on for-profits like Ashford. With its high sticker price, questionable job … [Read more...] about Veterans could be first to pay as DeVos rolls back for-profit college oversight
opinion The Detroit News Published 10:45 PM EDT Mar 13, 2019 EV owners get gas tax break I remain curious about the gas tax as it is blatantly unfair to support electric vehicles and punish those using internal combustion engines. Note that Macron tried this in France and the residents didn’t respond well. We should be ready to consider a tax on miles driven, which will equally tax those with electric cars/internal combustion vehicles and trucks and buses. So far the Democrats have agendas that don’t fairly spread the cost of rebuilding our roads. John Morrow Reasons why community colleges struggle I share Ingrid Jacques' skepticism ("Money alone won't lead to more grads," March 12) about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's funding proposals for public higher education in Michigan. Regarding the one about free community college, it's already that way for those who need it to be free. Last time I checked, need-based Pell grants (derived from federal funds) … [Read more...] about Letters: Other views on gas tax, free college, art
Effective marketing begins with a good elevator pitch delivered to anybody interested in listening. John Rampton Published 6:00 am CST, Friday, February 1, 2019 Photo: Bernardbodo | Getty Images Photo: Bernardbodo | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Bernardbodo | Getty Images No Money? No Problem. 30 Low Budget Marketing Ideas for Your Business 1 / 1 Back to Gallery If you want your business to grow, then you’re going to have to set aside both time and money to marketing. That’s not an issue when you’re an enterprise level business that has the resources to spend on marketing. These types of businesses may even have an entire marketing … [Read more...] about No Money? No Problem. 30 Low Budget Marketing Ideas for Your Business
The year-old startup got men to comfortably talk about uncomfortable issues. Now, the launch of Hers will test its ability to reach women with the same level of finesse. Andrew Leonard Published 8:00 am CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Photo: J.M. Navarro Photo: J.M. Navarro Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: J.M. Navarro Hims Scored Big With Male Consumers. Can It Repeat The Trick With Women? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Andrew Dudum, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of the men’s wellness startup Hims, could easily double as a stand-in for one of the millennial male models featured in his company’s Instagram ads and TV commercials. His hair is immaculate; his skin … [Read more...] about Hims Scored Big With Male Consumers. Can It Repeat The Trick With Women?