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Saturday, December 20, 2014

States tackle question of how to boost college completion rates for low-income students

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“New report shows how states like North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida are creating ‘structured pathways’ to help community college students make it through a system where most fail to graduate.”(more)

How two words stir controversy on federal plan to rate US colleges

The Christian Science Monitor – Mark Trumbull

“US Education Department releases its draft framework for ranking colleges and universities, but critics warn that there are difficulties and unintended consequences in using ‘employment outcomes’ as a measure.”(more)

College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics

The L.A. Times – Larry Gordon

“The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities sure to protest any measurements that might hurt their reputations.”(more)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Details On The Administration’s New College Ratings System

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators…The White House previously announced that the plan would tie federal financial aid to colleges’ performance as judged by these ratings…”As a nation, we have to make college more accessible and affordable and ensure that all students graduate with a quality education of real value,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement…Here are some of the key details announced today:”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

What to do if you have not saved enough for college

Reuters – Liz Weston

“(Reuters) – Soaring college costs and stagnant incomes mean many families will not be able to save enough to pay for a typical undergraduate education. But there are still ways to find a college degree you can afford.”(more)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Save Higher Ed

U.S. News – The Hechinger Report

“After a full day of teaching at Boston College, Karen Arnold had to find time to read her students’ contributions to an online discussion board. Each was required to write at least one post, and, as usual, they seemed to have waited to do it until the night before the deadline.”(more)

Here’s the New Way Colleges Are Predicting Student Grades

Time – Jon Marcus

“For years, Stephanie Dupaul would jokingly consult her collection of Magic 8 Balls when students asked her questions such as, “Will I get an A in that class?” Now, she can give them an answer far more accurate than anything predicted by a toy fortune-teller.”(more)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Most Alabama Students Fall Short on Common-Core Test

Education Week – Catherine Gewertz

“The drumbeat has been getting louder as PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests get closer: Many students are expected to fall short of proficiency marks on those new, presumably tougher exams. But those kinds of sobering results are showing up on other common-core tests, as well. The ACT’s Aspire, designed to reflect the common core, has produced its first round of statewide results. In nearly every grade and both subjects, more than half of Alabama’s students fall below the cut points that connote being on track for success in college…”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

What Students Don’t Know About Their Loans

The New York Times – David Leonhardt

“Student debt is a vexing issue, because it’s a legitimate problem, but not the problem that many people assume…The real problem are people who tend to have less debt – say $10,000 or $20,000 – but who never graduate from college or who earn a degree or certificate with relatively little value…They don’t realize that the medical assistant certificate program in which they’re enrolling won’t do much for their job prospects…Compounding the problem, they also tend to underestimate how much debt they will take on…they do not have a firm grip on their financial situations…”(more)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New York Teachers-to-Be: 68% Pass Rate on Basic Literacy Test

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“New data shows that a surprisingly high number of students in New York State teacher preparation programs are not passing the basic literacy tests they need to obtain certification in the state. New certification requirements in the state from the Board of Regents asks students to pass the Academic Literacy Skills exam in order to be licensed. The exam looks into whether or not future teachers are able to fully comprehend and utilize reading materials. The exam also considers an applicant’s writing skills. According to the results, many of those who take the exam are not ready to be in charge of a classroom…”(more)