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Onondaga Community College is rolling out a program that will offer free tuition to students in two central New York school districts. The OCC Advantage is based on a similar program at Harper College near Chicago, according to OCC’s Amy Kremenek. “I’m not aware of others around the country,” Kremenek says, "Harper was our inspiration.” Students enter the program in their freshman year and meet certain benchmarks for grades, attendance and community service. Once they’re met, they go to OCC...

College Choice: The Value of It All

Nov 30, 2016
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A special from NPR News, "College Choice: The Value of It All" follows nine college seniors. NPR's Robert Siegel spent more than a year checking in with the students, talking with them about their choice of school and how things turned out.

From American RadioWorks and American Public Media, join us this Sunday for "Stuck at Square One: The Remedial Education Trap." When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What's going on? Most people point to failures in the nation's K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

Suffering economy causes stress in college graduates

Jul 16, 2016
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For generations kids have been told that if they work hard in school, they’ll get a good job. But this doesn’t seem to be so simple for the millennial generation, as there just aren’t enough jobs in the current economy to go around. Work-related worry is impacting the mental health of this demographic, with studies revealing high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Vinita Mehta discusses millennial work stress with us this week on “Take Care.” Mehta is a licensed clinical...

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Syracuse University yesterday calling for an end to sexual assault on college campuses. A nationwide campaign is asking students to change the culture on campuses and to speak up when they see sexual assault.

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The education programs that serve New York’s prison population are streamlining the path to a college degree. Private organizations offer college classes in 19 state facilities. Now several of the groups have formed a consortium to help students make it to graduation day. In the past, transfer to a new prison often meant the end of an education for people working on their degrees. Many facilities don’t offer college programs. And even if they do, there are uncertainties: Will credits transfer...

Credit Cards in College

Aug 6, 2015

In this episode, Jackie and Tom discuss several options for teaching your college bound child financial responsibility through various types of credit cards tailored for college-aged students.

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Le Moyne College announced this week that it is going test optional. They’re joining a growing movement that includes other New York schools that are not requiring SAT or ACT test scores in their admission process.

This Sunday, join us for another debate from "Intelligence Squared U.S." This time we ask the question "Are liberals stifling intellectual diversity on campus?" What is college for? For many, it's a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancelations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is...

Gillibrand targets college sexual assault

Feb 27, 2015
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced a bipartisan bill on Thursday that would hold colleges accountable for sexual assaults. She says that under the current system, colleges have incentives to hush up assaults. They’re bad publicity and scare away prospective students. Her bill aims to change that. It creates a national anonymous survey for students to report sexual assaults. Results for each college would be public online. Gillibrand says that if they try to cover up assaults, “schools will be...

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As summer vacation comes to a close, many students will be heading back to school for the year. But for some parents, their children are leaving home for college. Parents and their kids both have their own worries about that day. Jolie Cotner recently graduated from high school and is attending SUNY Oswego for her freshman year. Her family lives several hours away in Rockland County, but Cotner says being away from home isn't going to be an issue.

"I'm really excited because I...

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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is urging New Yorkers to invest in a 529 College Saving Program, which helps families save money for college tuition. DiNapoli says parents, grandparents and others can open an account for a child, and receive tax credits of up to $10,000 annually for their contributions. More than 800,000 529 College Saving Program accounts have been set up in New York, but DiNapoli says many more could take advantage of the program. "I think there are probably still many...

Cassandra Genua

Today is the last day of classes for the school year at SUNY Oswego, a day that some Oswego students treat like a holiday. That’s because every year Oswego’s Bridge Street explodes with hundreds of people for the bar crawl called the Bridge Street Run, also known as BSR. Participants wear white t-shirts that are signed by friends and fellow classmates as they go from bar to bar. For some students the event has become a staple of their time at SUNY Oswego. “I think it’s a tradition that has to...

America used to have a robust college education system for prison inmates. It was seen as a way to rehabilitate men and women behind bars by helping them go straight when they got out. Those taxpayer-funded college classes were defunded in the 1990s. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would like to bring them back in the state, prompting a fierce new debate over higher education in state prisons. Things have become so heated that a reporter even evoked Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered...

Coping with empty nest syndrome

Oct 6, 2013
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Leaving home for the first time can be very stressful on a child. Whether they are moving away to college or relocating for a job, the process is one of change and readjustment. But the parents who raised that child often have an even more difficult time adjusting -- resulting in what is known as empty nest syndrome. This week on Take Care , Kimberly Key talks about why empty nest syndrome develops, and how it can be used as a motivator to positively turn someones life around. Key is a psychotherapist and a nationally certified counselor who specializes in holistic human development and the founder of Encompass Work & Family, which helps people evolve through lifes stages. Click Read More to hear our interview with Kimberly Key.

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Advocates for the disabled in Syracuse are marking the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but activists say there are still some areas where progress needs to be made.

Hundreds of disabled central New Yorkers walked, rolled or were pushed along the streets of downtown Syracuse Monday, to applaud the civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Things have changed dramatically in the past two decades notes Syracuse University...

Sen. Charles Schumer called on New York state education officials to curb the abuse of stimulative drugs used to help get students through all-night study sessions.

Schumer asked SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Committee on Independent Colleges and University President Laura Anglin to take steps to stop abuse of drugs he calls addictive and dangerous.

Schumer claimed that too many students who are not prescribed Attention Deficit Disorder medication, like Adderall and...

In education circles it's called concurrent enrollment. Your high school student might know it as SUPA. It's Syracuse University Project Advance, and it's celebrating its 40th birthday, with enrollment skyrocketing in recent years.

Schumer defends lower student loan rates

Apr 17, 2012
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Federal Stafford Loans allow students to defer student loan payments while attending school full-time. Although current interest rates hold at 3.4%, they are set to double on July 1st as a result of the expiration of the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act. Speaking on the steps of Syracuse University on Monday, Senator Schumer pledged to put his weight behind a bill to keep student loans at their current rate for another year. It is now a greater burden than almost any other lending burden around, Schumer said. For the federal goverment to charge 6.8 percent at a time when interest rates are so low, is almost highway robbery.