Notes in the Margins: MOOCs, prelaw and the wrath of Sandy

Sandy prompts some colleges to push early-application deadlines Thursday marks a key annual deadline for many colleges to accept early applications. Authorities in northeast and mid-Atlantic states expect millions of people to be without power this week in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, making it extremely difficult for some students to meet the Nov. 1 target without the use of computers or Internet access. (The Washington Post)

When Smaller Really Is Better I applaud the professors who are providing MOOCs, sharing their passion for their subject matter, and exploring new learning and communications technologies. However, as the president of Albion College, a small liberal arts college, I question the long-term effectiveness of the mass approach to education that MOOCs represent. (The Huffington Post via NAICU)

10 Colleges Where Most Students Receive Merit Aid Many students at these schools received money that wasn’t based on their financial situation. (U.S. News & World Report)

Future Law Students Should Avoid Prelaw Majors, Some Say But some schools say their undergraduate programs can pave the way to law school. (U.S. News & World Report)

Bridging the skills gap: Higher ed and businesses aim for collaboration “There’s a disconnect between higher ed and the workforce,” James Applegate, vice president for program development at the Lumina Foundation, said on a panel at the Institute for a Competitive Workforce’s Help Wanted Conference in late September. (USA Today)