Notes in the Margins: MOOC doubts, prepaid plans and mental-health needs

72% Of Professors Who Teach Online Courses Don’t Think Their Students Deserve Credit  The survey reveals the Grand Canyon-size gap between the higher-education establishment and the coalition of tech companies and lawmakers that are mandating college credit for online courses. (Techcrunch)

Prepaid Plan Can Ease Private College Expenses The Private College 529 Plan lets participants prepay tuition at private colleges and universities, at today’s rates. (The New York Times)

Student loan write-offs hit $3 billion in first two months of year Banks wrote off $3 billion of student loan debt in the first two months of 2013, up more than 36 percent from the year-ago period, as many graduates remain jobless, underemployed or cash-strapped in a slow U.S. economic recovery, an Equifax study showed. (Reuters via NAICU)

17 iPhone uses at colleges and universities  Technology in higher education is going mobile, and smartphones are becoming more and more ingrained in daily life for faculty and students alike. (Education Dive)

Increased need strains university mental-health resources With more students seeking help for psychological illnesses, universities are struggling to keep up with the demand. (USA Today)