Notes in the Margins: Zombies, grandparents and learning disabilities

Learning-disabled students get firmer grip on college Nearly nine out of 10 of the nation’s two- and four-year colleges enroll students with disabilities, and of the 86% of those that enroll students with learning disabilities, only 24% say they can help disabled students “to a major extent,” says an Education Department report published in June. That’s why a growing number of short-term opportunities are cropping up to help college students with learning disabilities hone the skills they will need on a mainstream campus. (USA Today)

Contagious zombies infect college campuses  Today, Humans vs Zombies is played at more than 600 colleges and universities across the country, as well as high schools, military bases, summer camps, and public libraries. The game has grown so popular that it has even garnered a mention on The Colbert Report. (USA Today)

Net Price Calculators May Be Too Simple to Use A major source of conflict is how complicated these cost-estimating tools need to be. (U.S. News & World Report)

Occupy Wall Street: Gen Y Finally Gets Angry? Gen Y is shifting from consensus-seeking, sheltered and less than rebellious, to more angry and engaged. Student loan debt (currently around $27,000 per graduate on average) and unemployment is at the heart of the shift. (BNET)

Grandparents as college admission guides Most grandparents appreciate appropriate boundaries—I have yet to hear the phrase “helicopter grandparent.” Grandparents are generally less caught up in the college process, and as a result, seem driven more towards ensuring your future happiness and less towards securing you a spot at the highest-rated school in the country. (The Washington Post)