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What law schools can teach colleges about lowering tuition

Law schools at public universities dropped their median tuition by an average of 8% in 2012. This followed a staggering drop in the number of applicants. If law schools can reduce their tuition, why can’t other parts of higher education?


What’s teaching go to do with it? Why educators want to talk tech – and help decide what works in their classrooms

The ASU/GSV Summit has attracted 250 education entrepreneurs and a small, but vocal, group of teachers.
By Liz Willen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—In the flurry of deal-making and product promotion characterizing the education investment conference known as “Davos by the Desert,”  it would be easy to forget what is largely missing: classrooms, students and teachers. Except that the small number of teachers in attendance at the ASU/GSV Summit clearly made their views known – and insist […]


New figures show proportion of people with degrees is up

By Jon Marcus

The proportion of Americans with college and university degrees continues to rise slowly, according to new figures, and young adults in particular are picking up the pace of earning academic degrees. But other countries continue to outdo the United States in educational attainment, the report, by the Lumina Foundation, shows. At a time when demand […]


You can’t take it with you; more than 40 percent of community college transfer students unable to transfer their credits to a four-year school

By Jill Barshay

Community colleges enroll about 40 percent of American undergraduates. But many question how rigorous the education is and doubt whether these two-year schools are properly preparing students for four-year degrees or good careers. Researcher after researcher has confirmed that students would be more likely to get a BA degree if they had started at a […]

Where will teachers be in the classroom of the future?

Mario Martinez, a graduate student in California State University Northridge's teacher preparation program, examines a high school algebra test he created for a class assignment. (Photo by Jackie Mader)
By Liz Willen

An exuberant crowd of ed tech investors, entrepreneurs and their publicity staffs are converging at the ASU/GSV summit in Arizona this week, with claims that tech tools can transform education and solve the achievement gap. Venture capitalists will be out in force at the innovation summit also known as “Davos in the Desert,” and they’ll […]


Teachers are losing their jobs, but Teach for America’s expanding. What’s wrong with that?

Kenneth Maldonado joined Teach for America in 2011 in Seattle, where the organization's expansion efforts led to a controversial contract with Seattle Public Schools. Maldonado said that while he is supportive of TFA and its mission, its early missteps in Seattle were part of what he saw as the organization's "misjudged optimism." (Photo: Alexandra Hootnick
By Alexandra Hootnick

For the second week in a row in his new home, Kenneth Maldonado’s evening ritual began with lumping sweaters and sleeping bags into the shape of a mattress in his otherwise empty bedroom. It was late September of 2011, the end of his first month as a Teach for America instructor. Having been only recently […]


How much are college students learning? We don’t know

Ben Wildavsky
By Ben Wildavsky

If you want to know how U.S. schoolchildren are performing, you don’t have to look far: A wealth of information is available, thanks to the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Go online and see, for instance, that Massachusetts children outperform those in Texas, that average math scores have gone up nationally over the past 20 […]


Needing revenue, old universities open new campuses where the students are

By Timothy Pratt

There aren’t any Greek columns or sprawling green lawns at Northeastern University’s satellite campus in Charlotte, N.C., which consists of the 11th story of an office building in the middle of the uptown district. The location is no accident. Charlotte is among the nation’s top 10 fastest growing cities with populations greater than one million, […]


Using better metrics to build better schools

By Anya Kamenetz

Envision runs a group of three charter high schools in the Bay Area. They champion, as many schools do these days, “deeper learning” and “21st century skills.” Envision enacts this philosophy through a “Know-Do-Reflect” process that uses projects, portfolios and presentations to integrate assessment with learning. They prompt students to turn the lens both inward […]


State among the worst in awarding degrees to Hispanics may surprise you

Source: Excellencia in Education
By Jon Marcus

With a population more than twice as Hispanic as the national average, California has a lower-than-average proportion of Hispanics with college or university educations, and no institution among the top five for awarding them degrees, according to a new study. The state is 38 percent Hispanic, compared to the national average of 17 percent. But […]


The soft bigotry of no expectations

By Aaron Pallas

One of the most memorable phrases crafted by former President George W. Bush’s speechwriters was “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” The phrase first gained prominence in a 1999 campaign speech on education, in which Bush argued that not holding disadvantaged students to high expectations was a form of discrimination—a powerful argument that he linked, […]

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