Notes in the Margins: Language immersion, smartphones and gas

College campuses add language immersion programs Colleges and universities nationwide are creating and expanding existing language immersion programs, under which students live together while learning a language around the clock. (USA Today)

Governor suggests schools should drill for natural gas Some Pennsylvania universities should consider drilling for natural gas below campus to help solve their financial problems, Gov. Tom Corbett said. (Associated Press via Star Gazette)

At top colleges, diversity not just black-white Washington University’s struggles to recruit more qualified students from poor families mirror those of other elite public and private universities, even as a growing chorus of higher education experts suggests that when it comes to affirmative action on campus, class — not race — is the more entrenched dividing line between the haves and the have-nots. (msnbc.com)

When David Letterman or will.i.am Pay the Tuition Though millions of scholarships from innumerable sources are available to students every year, the relative few attached to boldface names still tend to stand out, even if they have restrictive conditions for eligibility or narrow aims. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. (The New York Times)

There’s An App For That: Going To College Via Smartphone By launching the PhoenixMobile app, which is now available free of charge at the iTunes store, University of Phoenix students who are iPhone, iPod touch or iPad users will now be able to “move seamlessly between the online classroom and their mobile phone,” according to a recent press release. It is currently listed as the number one education app for the iPhone. (The Huffington Post)

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