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Good News for Recent Grads: Starting Salaries Are Up

A sign that the economy is on the rebound? Average salaries for new grads increased to $51,018.

Finally, some good news for 2011's crop of college grads. For those lucky enough to snag a job, employers are offering slightly higher salaries. According to the annual Salary Survey report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average salary for 2011 grads is $51,018, up 4.8 percent from 2010's average of $48,661.

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Ed Tech: One of These Ideas Might Be the Next Big Thing to Make Learning Easier

Here are five smart business ideas that use technology to solve education challenges.


What's going to be the next big education technology idea? One of the 10 finalist ideas invited to the "Education Innovators Showcase" at the upcoming Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City could be the "thing" that revolutionizes learning.

The Showcase gives business ideas that use technology to make teaching and learning easier the opportunity to get in front of influential education leaders as well as potential investors. To be able to participate, interested companies went through an application process and were judged by representatives from the Summit’s two host organizations, Education Growth Advisors and Startl, as well as several other education entities. (Full disclosure: One of the judges selecting the finalists was the Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, which sponsors this education hub.)

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