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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Getting low income students to college takes more than just academics

The Hechinger Report – Jason Bernal

“At a time when a college diploma is more important than ever to compete in the global economy, only 10% of students from low-income communities across the country who enroll in college are earning a degree…There are social, emotional and financial barriers that students from low income communities have to overcome.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Report: Higher Education Behind On Common Core

The Huffington Post – Jon Marcus

“America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for college, but one key partner isn’t even close to ready: colleges and universities themselves. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the New America Foundation…” (more)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baby Steps for Higher Ed Act

Inside Higher Ed – Michael Stratford

“The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously passed legislation boosting competency-based education and overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of how the Education Department discloses college data. The votes marked the first time that a body of Congress has formally weighed in on the ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the massive law that governs federal student aid, which expires at the end of this year.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STEM Jobs Pay Well But Take Twice As Long To Fill

Fox & Hounds – Courtney M. Fowler

“STEM jobs hold the promise of consistently low unemployment rates and high salaries, yet finding people skilled enough to fill vacancies has been increasingly difficult in recent years…interest in STEM fields must be supported not only in higher education, but all the way through elementary schooling.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Financial Literacy Gap Costs College Graduates Thousands

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“A recent study highlighted the huge gap in financial literacy among American students…With the push for American students to go to college and spend thousands of dollars on their education, the financial literacy gap leads many students to make painful early mistakes with their money…these problems can follow them throughout their lives.” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Stem skills: colleges are failing to meet industry needs

The Guardian – Sa’ad Medhat

“Based on consultations with more than 100 Stem-based companies (organisations heavily reliant on science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills), we’ve found a growing disconnect between the types of competencies sought by industry and the learning focus of most further education colleges.” (more)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Americans failing on U.S. history

NWI.com – Daniel Burnett

“A quarter of Americans don’t know that D-Day occurred during World War II…The American Council of Trustees and Alumni has been documenting this growing trend in historical illiteracy for years, and the culprit is our nation’s education system. Far too often, it fails to prepare students with the knowledge they’ll need for informed citizenship.”(more)

The Six Critical Abilities Students Need for Success After College

Forbes – Karen R. Lawrence

“Only an education that gives graduates the critical abilities they will need in order to thrive, not just today but in the years and decades to come, will have any value at all…After much study and debate, we have defined six critical abilities that we recognize as essential for thriving long-term:”(more)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ed. Dept. Announces New GEAR UP Competition That Will Favor Promise Zones

Education Week – Lauren Camera

“The U.S. Department of Education is launching a new, $75 million round of funding for GEAR UP, a grant competition aimed at increasing access to higher education for low-income students.”(more)

Friday, May 23, 2014

False Choice Fuels Global Debate Over Liberal Arts Education

The Huffington Post – John Oxtoby & Meryl Holt

“As our nation continues to debate the best way to prepare graduates for the changing economy, we can all agree that the U.S. must continue investing in and improving upon its world-renowned system of higher education. Encouraging more STEM training, as called for by President Obama, is a worthy goal. But graduates should also build a capacity for problem solving and critical thinking by way of a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum.”(more)