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Data Reveals How Some College Students Sleep

KQED News Mind Shift – Anya Kamenetz

“Sleep has a big impact on learning. And not just when you do it in class. Sleep deprivation affects memory, cognition and motivation, and the effects are compounded when it’s long-term. For those reasons, there’s been lots of interest in the education world in studying the sleep habits of children and adolescents. But until now, most sleep studies have been limited to short-term surveys with small numbers of participants. That’s changing with the advent of wearable activity trackers. These devices include an accelerometer that detects movement and tries to decide whether you are running, sitting or sleeping. They can’t directly measure whether people are asleep, so experts say they’re not as accurate as hooking someone up to machines in a lab.”(more)

Here are the five critical skills every new college graduate should have

The Washington Post – Jeffrey J. Selingo

“Last week, my new book, There Is Life After College, was released by HarperCollins and I’ve been asked several times since then by students, parents, employers, and others about the skills every new college graduate needs to succeed in today’s competitive and ever-changing job market. Here are five critical skills every new college graduate should have:.”(more)

Parents: Teach Your College Bound Students that Their Options are Limitless

The Huffington Post – Hill Harper

“Education is much broader than what is learned within the walls of a classroom. While many students equate success to a diploma, this concept is too ‘small picture’ in today’s educational environment. Instead, success is about finding value and seeking opportunities that build long-term skills and experience beyond grades in a transcript. Students need help preparing for college, and parents must play a role. According to new research from the National Honor Societies, many students rely heavily on parental advice when applying for college. Help set your child up for future success by encouraging them to strive for what may seem beyond their reach: Student council president, captain of the football team or lead in the school play. Empower your child with the confidence to reach beyond what seems attainable and the mindset that the path to success is limitless…Taking the first step in preparing your child for college can be overwhelming. To help you start, the National Honor Societies have identified ways you and your child can work together to get college-ready.”(more)

Rate of increase in degree-holders continues to lag behind national goal

The Hechinger Report – Jon Marcus

“The rate by which Americans are earning two-and-four year degrees continues to lag stubbornly behind what’s needed to meet national goals, and declining college and university enrollments threaten to make things worse, according to a new report. But a change in the way the figure is being calculated has caused a one-time leap in in the percentage of adults considered to have higher educations. The proportion of people with two- or four-year degrees eked up slightly, from 40 percent in 2013 to 40.4 percent in 2014, the most recent period available, the Lumina Foundation reported. That’s compared to about 38 percent in 2008, when a coalition of policymakers set a goal of reaching 60 percent by 2025.”(more)

Americans Are Spending at Least $1.5 Billion in College Remediation Courses, and the Middle Class Pays the Most

Education Post – Staff Writer

“More than half a million college freshmen—approximately one in four students who enter college the fall after high school graduation—had to enroll in remedial coursework during their first year of college, costing their families nearly $1.5 billion annually. Forty-five percent of those students came from middle and upper income families, according to Out of Pocket: The High Cost of Inadequate High Schools and High School Student Achievement on College Affordability, a new research report from Education Reform Now and Education Post…Peter Cunningham, executive director of Education Post, which commissioned the study, said, “High schools are not rigorous enough. Higher standards have raised the bar but we need to hold schools accountable for meeting those standards.””(more)

Dual-Enrollment Programs: Funding, Rigor, Alignment Are Crucial, Study Says

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“A new study of state dual-enrollment policies finds a wide range of approaches, many of which can hamper participation in the popular programs that allow high school students to earn college credit. The study, by the Education Commission of the States, details each state’s dual-enrollment policies and examines them nationally through the prism of 20 characteristics. The study looks at the basics, such as whether a state has a statewide dual-enrollment policy in place (three don’t), and examines policies that support access to the programs, such as whether a state caps the amount of credit a student can earn. It examines finance questions such as who pays the college tuition, and it raises questions of program quality, such as the mechanisms for ensuring well-trained teachers and rigorous courses.”(more)