This Week in College News: Occupy College Movement
By Megan Kenslea
Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are the some of the biggest stories that made the headlines this week:
Occupy Wall Street Movement Hits Colleges
The Occupy Wall Street movement that is sweeping the nation this week has now made its way to college campuses. From schools including Brown, Harvard, Northeastern and SUNY at Purchase, and many others, students frustrated with the national debt, job market, and general state of the economy have taken to the streets to join the movement. "I don’t know anybody who feels secure about their economic future," said Victoria Porell, a Northeastern third year who helped organize her campus walk-out. “Students don’t have lobbyists. We work hard. We pay our taxes. We are the future. Who’s going to look out for our interests other than us? We don’t have anyone else on our side and that’s pretty much been proven.”
Maine Community College Enrollment at its highest ever
Enrollment in the Maine Community College System has increased so much in recent years that thousands of students have been placed on waiting lists this fall, officials say. Since 2003, enrollment has increased by over 83 percent, and this fall, 84 occupational programs at the seven schools in the system are over capacity, system president John Fitzsimmons said. About 1.5 percent of the state population is enrolled in the Community College system, half of the national 3 percent average. "The cloud over the good news is that we’re turning away thousands of good students who want to come in," Fitzsimmons said.
Pictures of Alcohol on Facebook May Signal Larger Problem
Facebook photos of drinking or status updates about alcohol could signify a student has a serious drinking problem, a study published this week found. The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine published a study this week that found that college students who post photos on Facebook of themselves holding drinks, or post statuses about drinking are four times more likely to develop a drinking problem than those who do not.
The California Department of Education announced this week that 75 percent of all high school graduates in California go to college. Nationally, about 39 percent of high school graduates attend college. A new data tracking system allows the state to cross reference high school graduates with students enrolled in U.S. universities. 50 percent of high school grads move on to in-state public universities. The system does not track the college graduation rate.
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