Notes in the Margins: Assessing colleges, lucrative vo-tech and the summer SAT

Paying For College: Schools Pledge To Disclose More On Education Costs Ten private U.S. colleges and state university systems announced plans to be more upfront about the costs of higher education, including detailing the monthly loan payments students would face after graduation. (Reuters via University Business)

Out-of-state colleges entice Californians As budget cuts plague the UC and Cal State systems, colleges in nearby states put more effort into attracting students from California. (Los Angeles Times)

Study examines vocational certificates’ big rewards Study finds certificates awarded through short-term vocational training programs can reap a bigger payoff than a bachelor’s degree. (USA Today)

College Board pulls plug on summer SAT for gifted students The College Board has pulled the plug on a plan to administer a specially arranged SAT exam this summer to a group of gifted students. (USA Today)

Why assessment is good for colleges: A rebuttal In a recent guest post, Oklahoma State University Provost Robert Sternberg argues against high-stakes assessments in colleges. Here is a response to that post from Roger Benjamin, president of the Council for Aid to Education, publisher of the Collegiate Learning Assessment. (The Washington Post)