Notes in the Margins: Recruiters, essays and cutting job-rich classes

Cuts Hit Classes That Lead To Jobs When it comes to cutting millions of dollars out of state community- and technical-college budgets this spring, perhaps the most vexing issue is that the very programs that could kick-start new careers won’t be available for all the students who want to enroll. (The Seattle Times)

College group targets incentive payments for international student recruiters An influential college-admissions association is seeking to end the increasingly common practice among colleges of paying international recruiters based on how many foreign students they deliver. (The Washington Post)

Educators aware of prescription drug use, turn to prevention Colleges are not fully measuring the problem and not implementing the prevention methods they need to, health directors say. (USA Today)

Common Application sets 500-word limit on main essay The Common Application widely used for college admissions by high school seniors has set a 250-500 limit for the essay as part of the 2011-12 college admissions season because essays written without any limits had become too long and poorly written, the organization said. (The Washington Post)

A Way to Pay for College, With Dividends If you were a student looking for financing to pursue a degree in social science, would you accept an offer of $16,000, in exchange for paying 4.5 percent of your income for 10 years after you graduate? (The New York Times)