Notes in the Margins: Old alumni, ag funding and grad-salary comparisons

Efforts Focus on Helping Veterans Find the Right College Recent plans to provide more truthful college information may help service members. (U.S. News & World Report)

Corporations boost agricultural research funding The gap between federal support for agricultural research at large public universities and private investment continues to grow — and the divide comes with increased threats to academic freedom and more instances of meddling in the lab, a new research report suggests. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

What Romney’s Education Plan Means for College Students Learn about the presidential candidate’s proposed plan, ‘A Chance for Every Child.’ (U.S. News & World Report)

At alumni weekends, age is no longer a hindrance For the institutions, surging numbers of 80-, 90- and 100-year-old alumni who are healthy and mobile present both an opportunity and a challenge. Their very presence on campus serves as an inspiration to younger generations of dedication to one’s alma mater. But the yawning age gap separating old and young can make it difficult for alumni officials to program reunion gatherings. (The Washington Post)


Comparing Colleges by What New Graduates Are Doing The financial Web site NerdWallet has compiled results of graduate questionnaires, collected by the top 60 colleges and universities as well as 160 specialty undergraduate programs within those schools, and created a comparison tool with the information. The tool allows prospective students to compare the “top” institutions by, for instance, area of study or starting salary, to get an idea of what students from different colleges do after graduation. (The New York Times)