Notes in the Margins: Easy classes, exec skills and female D1A chiefs

Study Finds Academic ‘Coaching’ Boosts Graduation Rates Researchers at Stanford conclude that teaching undergraduates the organizational skills of successful executives can keep them in school. (The New York Times)

Women hold 4 percent of D1A athletics director jobs Out of 120 D1A athletics directors, five are women. This could be because women are still gaining experience necessary to take these jobs. (The Maneater via The Huffington Post)

Hearing Sees Financial Success and Education Failures of For-Profit College A Senate committee hearing focused on how a company can put profits ahead of education and on the struggle to regulate a rapidly growing industry. (The New York Times)

Stanford athletes had access to list of ‘easy’ classes A drama class in “Beginning Improvising” and another in “Social Dances of North America III” were among dozens of classes on a closely guarded quarterly list distributed only to Stanford athletes to help them choose courses. (California Watch via The Huffington Post)

High Schoolers Say College Education Necessary to Get Jobs A growing number of middle and high school students plan on attending a four-year college. A new report from insurer MetLife found that 75 percent of middle and high school students plan on going to college, compared with just 57 percent in 1988 and 67 percent in 1997. (US News & World Report)