Notes in the Margins: Virtual study group, defaults, hiring and movie religion

Leech Lake Tribal College marks high enrollment, prepares for reaccreditation As President Ginny Carney prepares for the college to apply for continuing accreditation, she said she hopes the increase in enrollment will be viewed favorably by the accreditation team. (

Start-Up Aspires to Make the World 'One Big Study Group' OpenStudy, a start-up company spun off by Georgia Tech and Emory University, is has created a social platform for independent learners who want to help each other study the huge trove of educational materials published free online by universities like MIT. (

Local professor teaches 'Religion at the Movies' A religion professor for Augsburg College's Rochester program teaches a class called "Religion at the Movies." The idea behind the class? To use popular culture and movies, a medium familiar to almost all young people, to acquaint students with sometimes hard-to-grasp theological and religious concepts. (

College loan default rates rise as recession takes a toll The number of college students who defaulted on their federal student loans climbed in the fiscal year that ended in September 2008, according to new government data. And once again, those who attend for-profit colleges and universities were the most likely to default. (USA Today)

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'Wall Street Journal' Rankings: Big Firms Hire Students From Big Universities The largest American companies tend to hire new employees from big, well-known public universities, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal ranks the "Top 25 Recruiter Picks" based on survey responses from directors of campus recruiting at 479 of the biggest businesses. (

Opinion: Cable does not equal connected It seems ridiculous to add yet another distraction to the long list already present in the average U student’s life and at an additional cost to their already shallow coffers. (

Stimulus buoys U to record funding The University of Minnesota brought in record amounts of research funding in 2010, but the dwindling flow of federal stimulus dollars and declining state support could limit future growth. (

Host Law Enforced at College Parties Over the weekend, when police broke parties near Macalester and St. Thomas, they not only ticketed some partiers for underage drinking, but also the people who lived in each duplex for violating the city's social host ordinance. ( | Twin Cities)