Which colleges' graduates earn the highest salaries?

August 28, 2013 

NerdScholar, a website that compiles information to help students and their parents make informed college choices, crunched the numbers to determine which schools and programs earn students the most money after graduation. The ranking is based on senior exit surveys from 100 colleges.

Two area programs, both at Georgia Tech, made the 2013 top 25: its College of Computing ranks No. 7 at $63,548 per year, and its College of Engineering ranks No. 15 at $62,662 per year.

To find out the complete top 25, click on this story for the link at www.ledger-enquirer.com. Sorry, UGA, Auburn and Alabama fans, your schools didn't make this cut.

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The Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum this week was filled with interesting speakers. But AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey was one that hit the mark by saying the technology genie is out of the bottle and there's no chance whatsoever in putting it back. He remarked that a decade ago only about 4 out of 10 American adults had access to the fastest broadband Internet, and less than 7 percent possessed a smartphone. Flash forward to today, he said, and most people surf the web fairly seamlessly, with more than 52 percent of people carrying around a smartphone, a number growing each and every day.

A third of American adults now own a tablet, he said, with app downloads rapidly rising in popularity and the Internet creating major programming waves with services such as Netflix and Hulu.

A side effect of the technology revolution: Today, everyone wants to be a reporter or a video producer or simply put out their opinion to the masses in some form or fashion. And this is only the beginning, he said, as the population is tracked relentlessly by marketers and others in everything they do. It all comes at a price, he said, with the need for companies to carefully plan what they communicate in a highly visible world. One mistake could toast you.

"You've got to be brave in meeting the change," Stankey said.

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Most dangerous city? Though the population of Montgomery, Ala., is just a few thousand more than Columbus, in 2013, Montgomery has had more than twice the number of homicides. According to a story on al.com, Montgomery just had its 37th homicide of the year. Columbus has had 14.

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State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Columbus Republican who represents District 29, received a nice recognition this week. McKoon was named to the Fulton Daily Report's "40 under 40" list of up and coming Georgia attorneys. McKoon is a partner in the Columbus firm of Crowley/McKoon, but McKoon was recognized for his work in the General Assembly, including pushing for stronger ethics legislation. "He is a strong advocate for Georgians to insure openness and transparency and ethical government," Debbie Dooley, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and co-chairman of the Atlanta Tea Party, told the Daily Report.

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