Notes in the Margins: E-books, Asian interest and Chicago community colleges

Lack of interest and aptitude keeps students out of STEM majors Students interested in STEM are primarily motivated by academic and career achievement, a report suggests, while “the academic focus for non-STEM students concerns college as a general life experience and suggest prior gaps in acquisition of critical academic skills.” (The Washington Post)

College study: E-books falling flat Students who purchased e-textbooks saved only $1 in some cases when compared with others who bought traditional books, according to a new study. (Boulder Daily Camera via University Business)

Community College Plan in Chicago Stresses Job Skills Community colleges will work closely with companies to prepare students for the workforce. (U.S. News & World Report)

Asian Firms Tap Western Business Schools Fueled by an appetite for growth, corporations in China, India and other markets in Asia are sending an army of managers and executives to Western business schools to groom future leaders. (The New York Times)

California Dream Act foes’ petition drive falls short They were seeking to ask voters to repeal measure allowing undocumented immigrants access to financial aid at UC, Cal State and community colleges. (Los Angeles Times via University Business)