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Learn languages for life skills

The Baylor Lariat – Staff Writer

“Even though business students now have room to take foreign language classes to the second level and are encouraged to do so by professors, there should be nothing optional about engaging in the global community through second language instruction. Furthermore, two semesters of course work is not sufficient to move past a basic level of proficiency. Every other major, including pre-medicine biology majors who have notoriously challenging course schedules, is required to fulfill a four-course requirement. All business majors should be required to take four semesters of a language as it promotes cultural understanding and makes students more marketable in the business world.”(more)

Student loan defaults rising, study finds

The Seattle Times – SARAH SKIDMORE SELL

“The stock market is up, unemployment is down but things aren’t rosy for all Americans. A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last year. As of the end of 2016, there were 4.2 million Federal Direct Loan borrowers in default, meaning they’ve not made a payment in more than 270 days. That’s up from 3.6 million at the end of 2015.”(more)

Should high schools focus on offering college experience over college prep?

Education Dive – Tara García Mathewson

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Early College High School Initiative has supported the creation or redesign of nearly 300 schools that serve more than 80,000 students in 31 states and the District of Columbia since 2002. Even more schools and districts have taken on this early college high school design challenge outside the auspices of the Gates Foundation. The exact design of these schools varies based on partnerships between schools and local colleges, but the foundational concept is that students can graduate from high school with a college credential as well..”(more)

Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment

The Hechinger Report – Sarah Butrymowicz

“Principal Lori Wyborney and her three assistant principals were gathered around a table covered with papers and Popeyes takeout at John R. Rogers High School, two weeks before graduation last spring. On the screen in front of them was a list of three dozen students administrators believed could succeed in an AP class. But the students were not yet scheduled to take one in the coming fall. One by one, the principals looked at each student’s profile, which included the student’s answers to district-wide survey questions about what worries them about AP classes, what subjects interest them and what adults they trust in the building.”(more)

What Colleges Should Know About A Growing ‘Talent Strategy’ Push By Companies

Ed Surge – Jeffrey R. Young

“Companies want secret formulas for identifying talented job candidates—and weeding out duds. So they’re increasingly hunting for patterns in candidate behavior and educational backgrounds, as part of a trend that is sometimes called “talent strategy.” At a conference on the future of credentials held this week in Washington, for instance, Karyn Marciniak, vice president for people analytics at Two Sigma, was asked what she’s noticed in her quest to apply big data to HR. For one thing, bad grammar is a proven red flag. But she’s also noticed more unexpected patterns. It turns out that which Web browser a candidate uses to apply correlates to later success for some coding jobs (apparently those who stick with their computer’s default software perform less well on the job than those who download a different browser or add plugins).”(more)

Borsuk: Students speaking the language of college success

USA Today – Alan J. Borsuk

“There has been controversy in recent years about the vocabulary questions on college admissions tests. The SAT tests were criticized for using words that no one uses in real life, so there were changes aimed at making the vocabulary more relevant. Permit me to offer some vocabulary words aimed at college success that I believe are highly relevant. I developed this list after visiting with several Milwaukee South Division High School students involved with a nonprofit program called College Possible.”(more)