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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)

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)

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)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

US high school dropout rates hit record low but college enrolment also falls

The Guardian – Jessica Glenza

“The US government offered a mixed bag of education data this month. The high school dropout rate hit a record low, but college enrolment is also falling. What it means depends on who you talk to.” (more)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Choosing a College Major by Age 16 Pays Off. Here’s Why

Time – Lydia Frank

“Forget the old thinking that kids could wait until college to decide a major. Today, they really ought to be making this decision before their junior year of high school.” (more)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Diplomas Must Recognize College and Career Readiness

Education Next – Sandy Kress

“States should adopt a two-tiered diploma system, in which students who have demonstrated college and career readiness receive a “diploma plus” and other graduating high-school students receive a diploma of the sort typically granted today.” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Demonstrate College Readiness If You Want a Federal Grant or Loan

Education Next – Paul E. Peterson

“Before receiving a federal grant that never needs to be repaid (as is the case with Pell grants and some loans), the recipient should demonstrate that they are worthy of support by passing an appropriate set of examinations.” (more)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eleven public universities join alliance to help low-income students graduate

The Christian Science Monitor – Amanda Paulson

“The idea behind the alliance is to identify successful pilot programs for increasing graduation rates, share them in ways they can be applied on other campuses, and take successful models to scale.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

10 Ways Universities Can Improve Entrepreneurship Education

Forbes – Ashoka

“Nowadays, global business changes at such a stunning pace, entry-level professionals barely have time to acclimate themselves to a new company, a new competitive environment, or new operational requirements. The challenges faced by young workers include lack of experience, a complex corporate world, and business education that is too theoretical and out of sync with companies’ day-to-day needs.” (more)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Companies invest in broader access to college – and in the future workforce

The Guardian – Sarah Shemkus

“With available jobs outpacing qualified candidates, some firms including Ernst & Young, Starbucks and even Walmart help steer youth to, and all the way through, higher education.” (more)