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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Report: American Colleges Fall Short on Core Subjects

Education News – Jordan E. Wassell

“A new study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni entitled ‘What Will They Learn?’ suggests that students may not be getting bang for their buck despite the continuous rise in student debt.” (more)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What reauthorizing the Higher Education Act means for students

USA Today – Staff Writer

“For the first time since the Higher Education Act was introduced nearly 50 years ago, U.S. student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion.” (more)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ten things not to do when your child is applying to college

The Washington Post – Liz Willen

“…it is simply unrealistic to think most busy high schoolers can navigate admissions and financial aid on their own. Parents have to strike a balance between being overinvolved and uninvolved – the stakes are too high. For what it’s worth, here are my top 10 “don’ts” for parents, particularly of high school seniors.” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Poverty The Strongest Factor In Whether High School Graduates Go To College

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas.” (more)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

COLUMN-Prepaying student loans may mean less money in retirement

Reuters – Liz Weston

“Rising student loan debt may be hampering young people’s ability to buy homes or even move out of their parents’ basements. But that does not mean student loan borrowers always should be in a hurry to pay off this debt.” (more)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Higher Education — What’s the Point?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“…what is the point of education? It can no longer be an either/or question–learning versus experience. The reality is we need both to ensure we have the workforce we need for the next century and the citizens ready to make the most of it.” (more)

“Deeper Learning” Improves Student Outcomes. But What Is It?

The Huffington Post – Alexandria Neason

“The report, supported by the Hewlett Foundation, found that “deeper learning” schools graduate high schoolers on time at rates 9 percent higher than other schools…Graduates of the “deeper learning” schools were over 4 percent more likely to enroll in four-year colleges…But what the heck is “deeper learning?”” (more)

More than $63.3 Million Awarded to Colleges and Universities to Strengthen Global Competitiveness through International Studies and World Language Training

Ed.gov – Press Release

“The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of 269 grants, totaling $63,354,605 to institutions of higher education to strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in foreign languages, international and area studies, teacher preparation, and international business education.” (more)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SAT Scores Drop in Math for Class of 2014

Bloomberg Business Week – Janet Lorin and Oliver Staley

“The high school class of 2014 turned in the lowest math scores on the SAT college-entrance exam since 2000, reinforcing concern that the U.S. is falling behind global rivals in science and math performance.” (more)

Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“The conventions of the credit hour, the semester and the academic year were formalized in the early 1900s. Time forms the template for designing college programs, accrediting them and — crucially — funding them using federal student aid.” (more)