Today, some 800 of the roughly 3,000 four-year colleges and universities in America make SAT or ACT submissions optional. But before a new study released Tuesday, no one had taken a hard, broad look at just how students who take advantage of “test-optional” policies are doing: how, for example, their grades and graduation rates stack up next to their counterparts who submitted their test results to admissions offices.
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With many students entering college ill prepared to succeed, states and districts are increasingly offering transitional coursework for high schoolers who need extra help.
The 'Pay It Forward' tuition plan would allow students to go through college without paying, but give a portion of income for years after graduating.
Half wish they’d gotten more work experience while still in school.
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Students at top tier universities in the U.S. might find themselves kicked out because their school’s immediate reaction to their mental health crisis is not to treat - it’s to expel. A Newsweek expose by Katie JM Baker.
Online education and MOOCs can deliver on academics, but addressing the personal networking, social and interactive sides of learning is a priority.
With President Obama calling for greater access to college, it is more important than ever for the public to understand the issue is not just getting students into college, but keeping them there. In a recent article in the New York Times, David L. Krip, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, discussed the Accelerated Study in Associate Program (ASAP) at the City University of New York (CUNY). Designed for community college students, it provides a package of comprehensive financial resources, student support systems, and a variety of other personalized approaches that are designed to increase student retention.
Without ASAP, only 27 percent of CUNY students graduate on time.
Technology is swiftly assuming a dominant role in classrooms, and in students’ lives. Many observers have raised doubts about whether schools of education are providing future teachers with the skills they need to address blended learning, and whether they’re using digital tools to improve instruction.
The National Association of State Boards of Education, in Alexandria, Va., released a report in 2012 that cast a critical eye on teacher colleges’ performance in building digital skills. It said that the training of teachers “too often has not kept pace with advances in technology or new ways of learning,” and asserted that educators were not being prepared to use technology to personalize learning or shape students’ analytical skills.
The advent of the college exit test is being driven largely by parents, legislators, and others intent on making sure they’re getting their money’s worth from universities and colleges — and by employers who complain that graduates arrive surprisingly ill-prepared.
“There is a groundswell from the public about whether a college degree is worth what people are paying for it,” said Stephanie Davidson, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University System of Ohio. “People are asking for tangible demonstrations of what students know.”
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Exit testing? Who out there thinks this is a good idea?
An interesting longitudinal study of high school sophomores 10 years later was just released by the Ed.gov. Some findings on their college career:
- 19% were both working for pay and taking postsecondary courses
- 5% were taking postsecondary courses only
- 63% were working for pay only
- 13% were neither working for pay nor taking post secondary courses
10 years later, 24% were still taking college classes!
Read more about graduation rates, college loan amounts, job rates, and living arrangements.
While debates about standards still burn out of control, “readiness” has become a hot topic. Wherever the standard or benchmark lies, what does a kid need to be ready to meet it? What prepares a kid to be work-ready? Ready for college? Ready for high school? We’ve hit a wall with beating up kids, teachers and schools for failing to meet standards, so now pundits are looking upstream to understand what could be improved before students drop out of high school or post-secondary training.
In May 2013, the National Center for Education and the Economy published a report called What Does It Really Mean To Be College And Work Ready? As they searched for answers to their question, they found endless unsubstantiated opinions. Employers, Higher Education and even folks on the street have very strong feelings about the skills necessary to the adult work world, or the training grounds that eventually lead to said world. Such feelings abound because even with America’s high unemployment, many jobs go unfilled for lack of qualified workers, while low-skills jobs, like old-style factory manufacturing, are drying up. The U.S. way outspends all other developed nations on K-20 education, so why aren’t more youth ready to be successful in the modern economy?
Recently, the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson released the results of a survey about online learning. The report was based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders and found that over 7.1 million higher ed students are learning online. The study aimed to a number of questions central to the nature and extent of online education:
- Is online learning strategic?
- Are learning outcomes comparable in online settings and face to face settings?
- How many students are learning online?
- How are MOOCs faring?
- Do students require more discipline to complete online courses?
- Is retention of students harder in online courses?
- What is the future of online learning?
- Who offers MOOCs?
- What are the objectives of MOOCs?
- What role do MOOCs play for higher education institutions?
What was common across such schools was the obligation to be open to each other’s criticism of our work. It meant that while we treasured “coherence,” we did not worry about alignment. We honored standards, but not standardization. Our freedom had the advantage of enabling us to connect “big” ideas when they happened to be in the headlines. Like the Supreme Court hearings about Clarence Thomas. Or the Rodney King trial. Or an unexpected hurricane.
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