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...About a survey that finds a large majority of college graduates—92 percent—believe their education was worth the time and expense required to attain it.

The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Solutions for our Future campaign surveyed 1,000 college graduates—25 to 39 years old—from two- and four-year public and private institutions, asking how useful they found their college education and experience—professionally, socially and intellectually.

Among the major findings: College graduates believe they were effectively prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills and that they often use the skills they learned in college. The highest-rated skills include critical thinking, research and communication skills.

On the down side, while 71 percent of respondents said they paid a fair price for their education, 65 percent said costs at most colleges and universities are too high. More at

...About the Minerva Consortia, an effort by the U.S. Department of Defense, under Secretary Robert Gates, to significantly expand the type of research supported by the Pentagon to include research in social sciences and the humanities.

The new research, according to the secretary, would be used to better inform public policy. Gates made his proposal to the Association of American Universities and pledged that “the key principle of all components of the Minerva Consotia will be complete openness and and rigid adherence to academic freedom and integrity.”

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