Laura Edghill

Laura is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Are STEM majors getting the new 'universal' degrees?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/30/14, 03:53 pm

While Jennifer Mok graduated with an industrial engineering degree in 2010, she now works as a management consultant for nonprofits in Washington, D.C. “I’m interested in finding more meaning in my work, rather than stability,” she said.

And she’s not alone. A recent study found that 75 percent of college graduates with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees end up in occupations outside the STEM disciplines. Still, those graduates end up in the highest-paying jobs, according to another study.

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Is speaking two languages a must for today's students?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/09/14, 10:55 am

When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from Corvallis High School last month, her diploma had a little something extra—an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. 

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Are colleges headed for a campus housing bubble?

Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 7/02/14, 12:26 pm

Smith College is selling an on-campus house for $1—but there’s a catch.

The buyer must pay to move the historic mid-1800’s house off campus at an estimated cost of about $70,000. Smith plans to build apartment-style housing for upperclassmen where the home now stands.

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