Notes in the Margins: Student debt, taking notes and declining enrollment

Five Reasons College Enrollments Might Be Dropping Parents who are desperately trying to get their children into a top school may not believe this: U.S. higher education enrollments this fall might be lower — perhaps significantly so at some institutions — than they were a year ago. (Bloomberg via NAICU)

Reforming a nation of bad note-takers Most high school and college students write what seems important but are rarely satisfied with the result. (The Washington Post)

MIT Beats Cambridge, Harvard to Top World’s Best Universities Rankings See how U.S. colleges compare to competitors overseas in the 2012 rankings. (U.S. News & World Report)

Colleges with highest debt levels are not big-name schools, report finds Quite often the story of the burden of student loan debt is told through the most extreme cases — such as an Ivy League graduate with more than $100,000 in student loan debt who is struggling to find a job or pay the bills. I know that you have heard the “horror stories” of crushing debt levels that seem almost abstract in their monstrous size. (The Washington Post)

Private colleges boom as Calif universities falter California’s public higher education crisis has a flip side: swelling enrollment, expanding faculty, and state-of-the-art construction at the state’s private colleges and universities. (Associated Press via University Business)