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Wellesley College has jumped on the band wagon of offering MOOCs, massive open online courses, through the nonprofit edX, according to The Washington Post.

The nonprofit, which offers free online higher education, was launched in May by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wellesley is the first liberal arts college to join its rankings.

Wellesley will begin offering courses on edX in fall 2013. Most likely the courses will cover liberal arts education topics.

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, is hoping preserve the small-group setting of liberal arts courses by breaking students into small discussion groups, according to The Boston Globe

Kim Bottomly, Wellesley College's president, is very excited at the prospect of being able to offer courses to women in different countries where education for women is sparse.

"The idea that we can reach beyond our campus to women everywhere is very compelling," Bottomly told The Boston Globe.

Many universities, including Wellesley, are completely sure what the future has to hold for the growth of free online education.

"Education will never be the same again," said Agarwal. "Few of us have any idea where things may go."


The first major revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in nearly 20 years included dropping "Asperger's disorder" and a diagnosis for abnormally bad temper tantrums.

The American Psychiatric Association will publish the revised manual next week, according to Associated Press , which plays an important role in deciding which psychiatric disorders are covered by insurance, and where schools allot funds for special education.

Psychiatry professor David Kupfer said the goal of the revised manual is not to expand the number of mental illness diagnosis but rather create a more accurate diagnosis and therefore create better treatments.

Dropping the "Asperger's disorder" diagnosis was one of the biggest changes since a lot of young children receive treatment and special services for it during elementary and middle school.

The new term added to the manual was "autism spectrum disorder" which covers every degree of autism from basic social ineptitude to severe issues with human interaction.

The new umbrella terms for all types of autism will not affect anyone already receiving treatment and special educational services for their disorder.

Catherine Lord, an autism expert at Weill Cornell Medical College, is happy to see the change hoping that those previously diagnosed with Asperger's disorder and not receiving treatment for it will now get the attention they need and deserve.

At Occidental College, students have the option of participating in a "campaign semester" where they work on political campaigns in lieu of college courses for credit.

32 undergraduate students participated this fall in the program which is the only one of it's kind in the country.

"You can read all the textbooks in the world about campaigns and elections, but until you've worked on one, you don't realize how chaotic and exciting it is," said Peter Dreier to the New York Times, a professor of politics and chairman of the urban and environmental policy department at Occidental.

Students spend the majority of their time doing unpaid volunteer work including cavassing, calling, and coffee runs within their respective campaign headquarters.

Students work on the campaigns until they end then they return to school to discuss their experience. Sometimes students who's campaigns were unsuccessful come back a little bit distraught.

College and high school students are active volunteers for Democratic and Republican campaigns for the upcoming election.

College students exhibit a less idealistic attitude towards this election, while high school students, such as Wisconsin's Catie Edmondson, 16, are still passionate about issues they cannot even vote on.

"I'm envious of my friends who can vote, and it's extra motivation to do everything I can to make sure President Obama gets re-elected," Edmondson said to USA Today

Joe Zepecki, the Wisconsin state communications director for the Obama campaign, believes high schoolers are very aware of the world and the big decisions they will be making regarding college and careers, and want to be better than the previous generation.

On the other hand, some American college students seemed to have lost their idealism when it comes to the election, mostly because of issues related to the economy.

In comparison to the wealth of young supporters during Obama's 2008 campaign, many young voters have become downtrodden due to the shaky economy and uncertainty of the job market.

"I'm just not too satisfied with how the last four years have gone," said Caleb Cunningham, 26, a recent grad of Brigham Young University, to The New York Times. "I just think someone needs to be responsible."

Cunningham, a volunteer for the Romney campaign, is currently looking for a steadier job than his current one of waiting tables.

Many college students seem to be driven by realistic political views instilled in them by their families, rather than having overly idealistic expectations of the candidates.

Kathryn Tinker, 20, a student at American University says her Democratic world view comes from her family's background who "wasn't always in the 1 percent".

"I don't think Obama supporters are "less enthusiastic" about the president, I think their enthusiasm is more concentrated," said Zack Carroll, campaign director for the District of Columbia Federation of College Democrats.

College students continue to be strong volunteers of Presidential campaigns, yet their enthusiasm seems to come from a different place in 2012.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will be campaigning in Wisconsin this week, hoping to rally their supporters to get out to vote on November 6th.

Democratic and Republican headquarters alike are feeling the pressure to encourage voting for their parties since the recent polls in Wisconsin have shown to be extremely close, according to Star Tribune.

Currently Obama Holds a 2.7% lead against Romney in the polls, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Certain counties that swung from Republican George W. Bush in 2004 to Barack Obama in 2008 could decide the outcome of the state's decision.

Voter numbers are at a risk right now due to possible voter burnout because of the recall election of Scott Walker this past June.

"We have so many independents who vote their conscience. During the recall election I had Democrats calling me, telling me they were voting for Walker not because they supported him, but just because they didn't like the recall method," said Joe Flackey, chairman of the Chippewa Republican Party.

Right now, the issue is not trying to swing voters to either side of the political spectrum, but more about getting those voters who have decided to get out there and vote.

"It's very clear that the Obama campaign has a better ground game going," said Geoffrey Peterson, chairman of the department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. "They certainly appear to be better organized, they are making a pretty strong effort to go door-to-door and get voters out."

Peterson said that Republicans are relying more on mailer campaigns as well as automated calling.

Campaign fatigue has set in throughout most of Wisconsin since it has been in a state of Political uncertainty ever since the beginning of the recall election in June. A large amount of money was spent on the recall election from both parties.

"I would say that up until the first debate we were starting to see political fatigue," said Flackey. "You'd call people, and they were being called for money, they were getting all the ads on TV, they were getting door knockers."

After Romney's strong presence in the first debate, the energy in Wisconsin rose a little bit.

Chippewa County Democratic Party Chairman Al Holle said he has not lost enthusiasm yet for this election.

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