Notes in the Margins: Cash cows, admissions goofs and rethinking the biz major

The ‘Cash Cow’ of U.S. Universities: Professional Certificates Instead of Degrees Responding to demand from more and more students, universities are jumping into the business of providing professional certificates that were once the domain of community colleges and for-profit providers like the University of Phoenix. (Time via University Business)

Nearly 900 wrongly told they’re admitted to UCLA UCLA is apologizing for mistakenly sending congratulating emails. (USA Today)

Rethinking the Value of Business Majors More than 20% of U.S. undergraduates are business majors, but now faculty members, school administrators and corporate recruiters are questioning the value of a business degree at the undergraduate level. (The Wall Street Journal)

Trying to Find a Measure for How Well Colleges Do What information exists on how well colleges teach their students has often been hidden from view. But that may be changing — including with the use of standardized tests. (The New York Times)

Six tips for liberal arts colleges to produce employable grads A liberal arts education, long regarded as one of America’s unique sources of strength, remains an important vehicle for nurturing young talent who will produce the answers for our future. However, a liberal education without regard to career relevance is not enough. Liberal arts colleges must begin rethinking success by demonstrating relevance beyond the classroom. (The Washington Post)