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Prospective students aren't all that picky about their admissions websites expectations--namely easy navigation and functions like campus visit scheduling. Yet, according to the 7th annual Enrollment Power Index (EPI) from the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA), they aren't likely to find everything they need.

When prospective students visit an institution's website, they're seeking information about cost and academics--along with some campus life content and other topics packing an emotional punch thrown in.

With scholarships, students apparently want more buck for their bang. A poll of 500 visitors to the scholarship search site found that more than one-quarter would not apply for a scholarship worth less than $5,000; nearly half would only eye a prize of $1,000 or more. Typical visitors, President Mark Rothbaum says, are at the end of high school or in an early year of college; nearly 70 percent are seeking needs-based scholarships.

The first-ever study has been released on how much aid the private sector contributes to the student aid equation, and the authors hope the data will encourage more private-sector investments in higher education.

Student interest in studying computer science is at its lowest point in 30 years, according to survey results from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California Los Angeles. This year, HERI's annual freshman survey found that interest in studying computer science is down by over 60 percent since its peak four years ago.

Today's students who take out loans for their undergraduate education are facing the same debt burden as their counterparts did seven years ago, according to a recent study released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Higher salaries (after adjusting for inflation) and lower payments (relative to the amount borrowed) appear to be the major reasons why there was no increase in debt burden.


When female professors complain about stress, they're not just whining, says Jennifer Hart, professor at the University of Missouri who conducted a study that was submitted to Stress, Trauma and Crisis: An International Journal. The study is part of a larger climate study being conducted at an anonymous southwestern university.