Notes in the Margins: Farming, recruiting and secular studies

Farming attracts academically diverse students Students with the knowledge and passion for farming are more academically diverse than ever before. (USA Today)

The Value Of College: Earnings Tied To Major, Degrees Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce released the study, titled “The College Payoff.” It found that earnings increase with education and that higher levels of educational attainment will almost always yield the greatest financial rewards. (The Huffington Post)

Free student checking may come at a price Many banks and credit unions offer free student checking accounts. But be sure to check out the requirements to avoid fees. (USA Today)

Employers Recruiting Off-Campus Amid a hiring slowdown and bleak prospects for any turnaround, corporate recruiters have scaled back their visits to the nation’s college campuses. (Wall Street Journal)

College Adds Secular Studies Program As Part Of Growing Trend Almost every major college and university offers a degree in religious studies. But secularism? Nary a one — until now. Starting this fall, Pitzer College, a small liberal arts school in Southern California, will offer a bachelor’s degree in secular studies. The degree is the first of its kind in the United States, according to the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College. (Religion News Service via The Huffington Post)