Notes in the Margins: Coaches, foster youth and higher starting salaries

Programs help foster youth achieve college success A growing number of colleges and universities are offering more services to students who grew up in foster care. (USA Today)

Population of needy college students is exploding There is a group of students who enter college with such dire financial need that the amount the federal government expects their families to contribute to college is effectively zero. In Wisconsin, that zero-pay population has grown by half in a single year: from 42,641 students in the 2008-09 academic year to 65,800 in 2009-10. (The Washington Post)

Class of 2011 earning more than Class of 2010 Business majors and graduates entering the  world of finance had some of the highest salaries and increases. Overall, the average starting salary in the business world was $48,144, or 3.8 percent more than biz graduates of 2010 earned. (The Baltimore Sun via University Business)

Salaries rising for new college football coaches New head football coaches at major-college programs will be paid an average of nearly 35% more next season than what their predecessors made in 2011. The increase means the average basic compensation at the schools making changes will go from a little more than $1.1 million this past season to a little more than $1.5 million next season. This rise will fuel what is likely to be another annual increase in the pay for all head football coaches in the NCAA’s Bowl Subdivision, even as instructional spending at many schools slows or declines. (USA Today via NAICU)

Insider’s View of For-Profit Colleges, Race, Class and Education Justice I was not at all shocked by Kaplan University defending its practice of reminding people of their “pain and fears”to motivate them to make “urgent change.” The practice is common in the for-profit college business model. As an admissions and financial aid counselor at two for-profit colleges, including one of the largest — ITT Technical Institute — I saw that sentiment expressed both verbally and structurally. Of the two, it is the latter that should concern us most of all. (The Huffington Post)