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Why students who do well in high school bomb in college

The Kansas City Star – Jeff Guo

“The first year of college is a tough transition, and for many students, a disillusioning one. A study conducted last fall at the University of Toronto found that incoming students arrived with unreasonably optimistic expectations. On average, students predicted they would earn grade-point averages of 3.6. Those dreams were swiftly punctured. By the end of the year, the average freshman had only a 2.3. What separated the high-achievers from the low-achievers? As any college admissions counselor will tell you, high school grades have always been the single best predictor of college success. But that does not mean that high school grades are good predictors. Research shows that differences in students’ high school GPAs explain only about 20 percent of the differences between students’ college GPAs.”(more)

Becoming bilingual is crucial for USD students, Americans

The Volante Online – Dean Welte

“In a world that’s becoming more connected every day, it’s now more beneficial to learn another language —even in the English-heavy country of the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a record-breaking one in five Americans speak another language other than English in their household. This percentage is only expected to go up in the upcoming years, showing that the U.S. will become a more multilingual country. The most spoken language in the U.S. is Spanish, with the number of speakers at around 40 million. Knowing this statistic, speaking Spanish will be incredibly important and advantageous in the future.”(more)

How Can Learning Analytics Improve the Student Experience?

Ed Surge – James DeVaney

“Colleges and universities are doubling down on learning analytics. They’re trying to figure out how to better use the rich data they’re increasingly capturing about their students and how to improve our collective understanding of the impact of analytics on teaching and learning. At the University of Michigan, more than 100 learning analytics scholars from around the world met earlier this summer for the third annual Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI). I sat down with event co-chairs Stephanie Teasley and Tim McKay to talk about how to use data to improve teaching and learning and how the field of learning analytics is advancing.”(more)

This Is the Key to Being a Successful Student, According to a Physics Professor

The Huffington Post – Richard Muller

“Most of the classes at the university are there because someone once thought that they covered material that is both important and fascinating. Your current professor may not think so. If that is the case, don’t give in to that lack of enthusiasm. Look at the material, and try to deduce why someone once thought it was terrific. Approach it in that way. You’ll discover that the material is much easier to learn (you don’t have to “memorize” things that are fascinating; you automatically remember them) and much more fun to think about..”(more)

The Global Search for Education: WHAT Knowledge?

The Huffington Post – C.M. Rubin

“Employers complain that graduates are not ready for work. Students who drop out cite boredom and lack of motivation as their major reasons for leaving school. Stanford University studies indicate students are overloaded and underprepared. WHAT should we teach young people in an age where Dr. Google has an answer for everything? Humans are living longer; the traditional professions disappear while new ones are created; international mobility is drastically increasing population diversity; terrorism, environmental threats and inequality need our collective attention; and robots and gene editing are coming, requiring us to re-examine the very core of what it means to be human.”(more)

California students scored better on this year’s state tests — but fewer than half met college readiness goals

The Los Angeles Times – Sonali Kohli, Joy Resmovits and Sandra Poindexter

“If the state’s revamped standardized tests are accurately measuring what they set out to measure, one thing is clear: California has miles to go before all of its students are on an equal footing to face an economy that increasingly demands a college degree and stronger workplace skills. The good news, if there is good news, is there’s improvement over last year. This is the second year the test results have been released to the public, and the first allowing for year-to-year comparison. Across the state, 48% of students met English language arts standards and 37% met math standards, according to the test results released Wednesday morning. That compares with 44% in English and 34% in math last year. That means that more than half of the test-takers in each subject still fell short.”(more)