Notes in the Margins: Work, German plagiarism and the $10K degree

High-schoolers who work less likely to finish college They are less likely to go on to finish college, a new study finds, but are jobs the cause or just another effect? (USA Today)

Higher education agency embraces Perry’s $10,000 degree The state’s higher education agency is embracing Gov. Rick Perry’s challenge to develop bachelor’s degree programs costing no more than $10,000, including textbooks. (The Statesman)

Va. Tech appealing federal fines from mass killing Virginia Tech will appeal $55,000 in federal fines levied against the school for failing to quickly alert the campus during the 2007 mass shooting that killed 32 students and faculty members, the state announced Wednesday. (Associated Press via The Virginian-Pilot)

The Whiff of Plagiarism Again Hits German Elite Three universities say they are investigating complaints about the academic work of figures from the country’s political sphere. (The New York Times)

Smoothing the path to higher education Reanne Malesky transferred to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where — thanks to her 3.62 grade-point average — she was guaranteed admission and free tuition. And this fall, community-college students transferring with a mini mum 2.5 grade-point average will be given priority when registering for courses and for housing, scholarships to cover student fees, and special advising services. It’s all a part of trying to raise graduation rates. (The Boston Globe)