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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms ‘Woz U’ to Reprogram Tech Education, Address Skills Gap

Business Wire – Staff Writer

“The man who revolutionized personal computing now wants to help revamp higher education for the tech industry. Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak today announced the formation of Woz U, a world-class digital institute to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the U.S. Woz U is designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably, creating long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers while providing prepared hires and training solutions for businesses.”(more)

How freezing credit after Equifax will shut you out of some student loans

USA Today – Susan Tompor

“Here’s something student loan borrowers don’t want to hear: The Equifax data breach now could cast a shadow on applying for some college loans, too. After the Equifax data breach hit in early September, many consumer watchdogs —including the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. PIRG — advocated that consumers consider putting a freeze on their credit report if they felt their Social Security number and other data had been compromised.”(more)

The 5 most (and 5 least) valuable college majors

USA Today – Daniel B. Kline

“A college degree can open up the path to a better life. In many cases that little piece of paper unlocks better jobs, higher earning potential, and a better life. Not all four-year degrees are created equally. There are majors where graduates earn more money and most certainly ones where people earn less. Anyone deciding what to study — and how much you are willing to borrow in order to earn your diploma — should at least consider that earning power varies greatly based on what you study.”(more)

How A Stereotype Threat Intervention Can Help Students in STEM Fields

KQED News Mind/Shift – Esther Landhuis

“The results indicate that directly discussing the phenomena of stereotype threat appears to help students of ethnic groups underrepresented in science as well, if not better, than traditional approaches that bolster students without specifically talking about stereotypes. Past research shows minority students can be helped by being prompted to think about things they care about like sports, friends, or religion. It’s called affirmation training. Asking students to recall these values nurtures a broader sense of self and makes individual threats, such as a math test, seem less daunting, says Stanford psychologist Greg Walton. Indeed, a study by Walton and colleagues showed that so-called affirmation training can improve women’s attitudes about school and raise their science GPAs.”(more)

For Better Learning in College Lectures, Lay Down the Laptop and Pick Up a Pen

Education Next – Susan Dynarski

Do computers help or hinder classroom learning in college? Step into any college lecture and you’ll find a sea of students with laptops and tablets open, typing as the professor speaks. With their enhanced ability to transcribe content and look up concepts on the fly, are students learning more from lecture than they were in the days of paper and pen? A growing body of evidence says “No.” When college students use computers or tablets during lecture, they learn less and earn worse grades. The evidence consists of a series of randomized trials, in both college classrooms and controlled laboratory settings.”(more)

The rise in student mental health problems – ‘I thought my tutor would say: deal with it’

The Guardian – Donna Ferguson

“Sadly, many university students like Gee will fail to get the help they need. The Higher Education Statistics Agency recently revealed the number of students who drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled since 2009-10, with a record 1,180 university students with mental health problems abandoning their studies in 2014-15, the most recent year for which data was available. How can those starting university this academic year avoid this? Do today’s students find university more of a struggle than their predecessors and, if so, why?.”(more)