Notes in the Margins: Veterinarians, B-schools and irrelevant social media

Achievement gap extends to state’s higher education The combined graduation rates after six years of college at seven Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) for black students who entered as freshmen in 2000, 2001 and 2002 was on average 22 percent behind their white peers. (

Concern for food safety as vet students pick pets over farms The number of veterinarians who work with farm animals is on the decline as many retire and fewer students choose large-animal practice. (USA Today)

Shares of for-profit schools tumble Shares of for-profit schools dived Thursday after a seemingly routine program review by the Department of Education reawakened fears of greater oversight – and lower profits – in the sector. (Forbes)

After Drop, B-Schools Woo Overseas Students U.S. business schools, faced with a decline in applications from overseas, are stepping up international recruiting efforts to preserve what they say is an essential component of an institution’s credibility. Improved schools abroad, tougher employment prospects in the U.S., and the expense of attending an American school have led to fewer foreign applications at many programs, officials at several business schools say. (Wall Street Journal)

News: When Social Media Is Irrelevant Students learning online do not want to feel isolated. But they do not necessarily want to see their instructors, chat with classmates, or make friends, either. That is what online education officials at National-Louis University, a private nonprofit college in Chicago, found when they surveyed online students about they like to see an online instructor do. (Inside Higher Ed)