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New Study: SAT Scores Have No Bearing On College Success

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.

Access To College Is Only Half The Problem

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.

There are real questions about the value of a college education. Is it worth the debt that students take on? Does it prepare students for today’s or tomorrow’s work environments? Is a portfolio a better for getting jobs than a GPA? As I’ve been providing my own kids with an eclectic education outside of traditional schooling, whether or not they go to college is certainly on the table.

However.

These are the kinds of questions that belong to the privileged.

How Can Data Increase College Access for All?

Teacher Colleges Seek to Shift to Digital Age

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.

Tests to get into college now being followed by tests to get out

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.”

image via flickr:CC | shaghaghi
Exit testing? Who out there thinks this is a good idea? High-res

Tests to get into college now being followed by tests to get out

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.”

image via flickr:CC | shaghaghi

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. High-res

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.

The Education Non-System Sets Kids Up for Failure

The 2013 Survey Of Online Learning

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?

The 2013 Survey Of Online Learning

Recently, the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson released the results of a survey about online learningThe 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?
Preparing Kids for More Than College

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.
 Did it prepare them for the world? 

image via flickr:CC | Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon High-res

Preparing Kids for More Than College

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.

Did it prepare them for the world?

image via flickr:CC | Dept of Energy Solar Decathlon