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Looking to retire

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In a college town? AARP lists ten good choices. One of the closer ones is in South Carolina. And I know the Chancellor, there.

10 Great Places to Live and Learn
Beaufort, S.C.  Beaufort is a textbook example of moss-covered antebellum architecture and Southern charm. Home to the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, it has about 70 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, not including part of the downtown, which is itself listed as a historic district. Beaufort is also known as an art town, with a host of museums and galleries. Anyone 60 and older who isn't working full time gets free tuition at USCB's two campuses. The university has one of the country's biggest OLLI programs, with 1,600 members and 400 classes and programs annually.  Population: 13,130. Institution: USC, Beaufort. Median home: $226,600. Median monthly rental: $1,648.

Stuck on the last line for your emails?

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Try thanking the reader. From Money.

This Is the ONLY Way You Should Sign Your Emails
But is there a right way to end an email? Turns out, there totally is. And it's how you should sign every email, experts say. Just write “thanks.”  The logic is simple. “Thanks” doesn’t come across as stiff, or cloying. It's appropriate for practically every type of exchange — you can use it to end a note to any level, department, or role at your company. And, importantly, it's more likely to get a response than any other kind of signature.  Earlier this year, email scheduling app Boomerang analyzed more 350,000 email threads to see which “closings” got the best response rates. Sign offs that included some variation of “thanks” got a response 62% of the time, compared to a 46% for emails that lacked “thankful” closings.“Closing an email with gratitude is a good bet, especially when you are requesting information or hoping to get someone to respond to your email,” says Brendan Greenley, a d…

The most beautiful campus in Tennessee?

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Also the most expensive. From Travel + Leisure.

The Most Beautiful College in Every State
Vanderbilt University in Tennessee Rural and stunning Sewanee was a close runner-up, but Vanderbilt is just too gorgeous to pass by. Impeccable grounds and landscaping, most obvious in places like Alumni Lawn and Bishops Commons, set the campus apart. Majestic columns (on display at the Wyatt Center) and clean red-brick facades add to the school’s impressive beauty.

Good news for English majors

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Liberal arts degrees may lead to more fulfilling, and ultimately more lucrative, careers down the line. And they're appealing to first generation college students. From The Atlantic.
The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts
Look more closely, though, and this old stereotype is starting to crumble. In 2016, the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed 5,013 graduating seniors about their family backgrounds and academic paths. The students most likely to major in the humanities or social sciences—33.8 percent of them—were those who were the first generation in their family ever to have earned college degrees. By contrast, students whose parents or other forbears had completed college chose the humanities or social sciences 30.4 percent of the time.

Pursuing the liberal-arts track isn’t a quick path to riches. First-job salaries tend to be lower than what’s available with vocational degrees in fields such as nursing, accounting, or computer science. That’s especially tr…

Infographic Friday

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Courtesy of: Visual.ly via TechGYD

The higher education bubble?

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Slowly deflating? Maybe, but this article points out that the most rapidly shrinking section of higher education is the for-profit sector. That's probably a good thing. From The Atlantic.
This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends For the past few decades, the unstoppable increase in college tuition has been a fact of life, like death and taxes. The sticker price of American college increased nearly 400 percent in the last 30 years, while median household income growth was relatively flat. Student debt soared to more than $1 trillion, the result of loans to cover the difference.  Several people—with varying degrees of expertise in higher-ed economics—have predicted that it’s all a bubble, destined to burst. Now after decades of expansion, just about every meaningful statistic—including the number of college students, the growth of tuition costs, and even the total number of colleges—is going down, or at least growing more slowly.  First, the annual growth rate of college tuition is …