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Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them

Ed Surge – Leif Nelson and Timothy D. Harfield

“When students interact with digital learning environments, they leave behind trails of data. The desire to understand and improve learning has led many educators to consider the value and utility of this information. But what can these data traces actually tell us about the students who left them, and how do we translate them into meaningful action?.”(more)

Report finds major matter more for graduate earnings than institutional brand

Education Dive – Pat Donachie

“A new report from the University of Texas System and the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzed the economic ramifications of a student’s college choice, finding that the major the student selects may be more predictive of future economic success than the particular college in which they’ve enrolled.”(more)

Why can’t college graduates write coherent prose?

The Washington Post – Jeffrey J. Selingo

“He’s not alone in his opinion. According to national surveys, employers want to hire college graduates who can write coherently, think creatively and analyze quantitative data. But the Conference Board has found in its surveys of corporate hiring leaders that writing skill is one of the biggest gaps in workplace readiness. That’s why so many employers now explicitly ask for writing and communications skills in their job advertisements. An analysis by Burning Glass Technologies, which studies job trends in real time by mining data from employment ads, found that writing and communications are the most requested job requirements across nearly every industry, even fields such as information technology and engineering.”(more)

When It Comes to College, Only Half of America’s High Schoolers Say They Feel Prepared, Survey Finds

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“Only half of U.S. students think their high schools have prepared them with the knowledge and skills they need for college, according to recent survey data. Compiled by the nonprofit YouthTruth, the data reveal an uncertainty among high schoolers in how to become ready for college and careers. The survey didn’t require students to explain why they felt they way they did — but anonymous comments provide some clues.”(more)

Exclusive: Data Show Charter School Students Graduating From College at Three to Five Times National Average

The 74 Million – Richard Whitmire

“About a decade ago, 15 years into the public charter school movement, a few of the nation’s top charter networks quietly upped the ante on their own strategic goals. No longer was it sufficient to keep students “on track” to college. Nor was it enough to enroll 100 percent of your graduates in colleges. What mattered, concluded the charter leaders, was getting your students through college — ensuring they earned a four-year bachelor’s degree within six years of graduating from high school. Hold us accountable, the educators said, for how our kids do once they leave us, marking a remarkable paradigm shift in the way charter schools define success.”(more)

Want a job when you graduate? Choose these majors

USA Today – Kellie Bancalari

“Until college graduation, students spend their whole lives preparing for one thing: a job. Fortunately, unemployment among college graduates has been on the decline in the last decade, but many graduates still struggle to find well-paying jobs to start their new lives in the workforce.”(more)