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Experts counsel students to watch out for warning signs of troubled colleges

Measures to protect investors and students take different forms, depending on the nature of the school. Many can be difficult to decipher.


For remedial community college students, algebra or statistics?

By Joanne Jacobs

Pass rates are very low for community college students placed in remedial math, typically a review of elementary algebra. Students are more likely to pass college-level, for-credit statistics than remedial algebra, concludes a City University of New York study. At Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Hostos Community College (HCC), and LaGuardia Community College (LCC), […]


Higher Ed isn’t as far behind on Common Core as you think

Jacqueline King
By Jacqueline King

Most attention to the Common Core State Standards has focused understandably on the continued political backlash against the standards and the status of implementation in schools. As we look ahead to next spring when students will take assessments that indicate whether they are on track to college and career readiness, we have seen some attention […]


How one Ohio mother is trying to take down the Common Core

By Sarah Butrymowicz

CINCINNATI – The several hundred people that filled the sanctuary of Faith Christian Fellowship Church on the outskirts of Cincinnati on a Monday evening in July murmured their indignation as Heidi Huber blasted a book that taught that homosexuality was normal. The book wouldn’t be important except it had popped up on a Catholic school […]


Responding to student demand, universities teach teachers how to teach

A teacher-training workshop at Kennesaw State University in Georgia
By Timothy Pratt

KENNESAW, Ga. — Michele DiPietro had his listeners in stitches with his impressions of dumb things college students say in class. Then he sobered them up with advice about how they could do their own jobs better, and asked how they handled such recurring classroom challenges as apathy and short attention spans. DiPietro’s disciples were […]


Thousands of California kids don’t get past middle school

Devon Sanford dropped out of school the summer before ninth grade to take care of his sick mother, making him one of the thousands of California middle school dropouts who go largely unnoticed.
By Sarah Butrymowicz

LOS ANGELES – Devon Sanford’s mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when he was in the eighth grade. After barely finishing at Los Angeles’s Henry Clay Middle School, he never enrolled in high school. Instead, he spent what should have been his freshman year caring for his mother and waiting for the police to show […]


Trained, jobless and in debt

By Joanne Jacobs

Joe DeGrella of Louisville trained as a cardiology technician but works at AutoZone. Credit: Luke Sharrett for The New York Times Millions of laid-off Americans have used federal aid to train for new jobs, reports the New York Times. Yet many end up jobless and in debt. It’s not clear the $3.1 billion Workforce Investment […]


Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom

People play video games at a New York game arcade in December 20, 1981. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)
By Annie Murphy Paul

One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year. Four thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of hours of digital media content U.S. youths aged 8 to 18 absorb each year. (If you doubt that’s possible, be sure you’re taking into account the […]


Federal study finds nearly 40 percent of transfer students got no credit

Olin College
By Jon Marcus

The significant proportion of students who transfer from one college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they have already completed, according to a new federal study. The study, by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education […]


Amid turmoil, classes start at Ferguson college campus

By Joanne Jacobs

Ferguson, Mo. police responded to gunfire with tear gas Monday night. Police came under “heavy gunfire” last night in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by riots since a white police killed a black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. So far, National Guard troops haven’t calmed the situation. Despite the unrest, St. Louis […]


Teacher-school match: Education needs long relationships, not ‘one-night stands’

File photo. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
By Andre Perry

Teacher preparation programs should see themselves as matchmakers. We match professionals with schools and students who’ll hopefully consider their arranged partnership happy, healthy and productive. Communities benefit when new teachers share their fates with their surroundings. Matriculation and graduation are the few separation rates teacher prep programs should celebrate; in the very least, the public […]

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