Higher Education

Adjunct faculty consider unionization

Andrew Nelson earns $22,000 a year — with no benefits — teaching three courses per semester at East Central College near St. Louis and Lindenwood University, reports AP. He drives as much as 100 miles a day and works 50 hours a week during the nine-month school year. Tired of low wages and no job security, adjunct faculty […]

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Relentless mentoring keeps students ‘On Point’

On Point for College is helping New Yorkers get into college, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard. A personal touch and “relentless” mentoring has helped thousands of first-generation students. It all started, Ginny Donohue says, when a friend of her daughter sought advice on how to get into college. He was chronically homeless, living from couch to couch. She […]

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College doesn’t pay for everyone

 This chart explains why college isn’t for everyone, writes Chris Matthews on Forbes. “The bottom quarter of earners with a college degree don’t make more money than the average high school graduate.” Over the past 40 years, the cost of a degree has increased 12-fold, while graduates’ inflation-adjusted earnings have stayed the same. It’s possible those […]

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College is the new high school

A college degree is becoming the new high school diploma, the minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job, writes Catherine Rampell in the New York Times. It takes a BA to get a job as a file clerk. “Upcredentialing,” also known as “degree inflation,” is affecting a wide range of jobs in […]

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Educationally, U.S. men are downwardly mobile

Almost 30 percent of U.S. men 25 to 34 years old are less educated than their parents, according to OECD data. Only 17 percent of U.S. women are less educated. Together, almost 1 in 4 American adults age 25 to 34 has less education than his or her parents. In most developed countries, each generation […]

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Universities welcome transfer surge

Jasmine White transferred to Morgan State University, where she’s majoring in actuarial science.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun) Maryland universities are welcoming — and even recruiting — more transfers, reports the Baltimore Sun. Half of state university undergrads started somewhere else. Jasmine White was accepted to Morgan State University, her dream college, almost 10 years […]

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Mastery + modules = job training revolution

Online competency-based education is the most “disruptive” innovation in higher education, write Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen in Hire Education. Online competency-based providers create cost-effective, adaptable pathways to the workforce by breaking learning into competencies rather than courses, they write. The fusion of modularization with mastery-based learning is the key to understanding how […]

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Keeping men of color in college

Many black and Latino men are dropping out of college, report diversity researchers in Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education. They urge the federal government to “require all colleges to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missing assignments, or spotty attendance,” reports Katherine Mangan in The Chronicle […]

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Active learning helps first-gen students

Classes that require active learning — as opposed to listening to lectures — help first-generation and black students, according to a new study, reports the New York Times. Active learning raised average test scores more than 3 percentage points, and significantly reduced the number of students who failed the exams, the study found. The score […]

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They earned a degree and then …

College students don’t work very hard or learn very much, concluded Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in their 2011 book, Academically Adrift. How did those students do when they graduated and hit very tough job market? Not well at all, they write in Aspiring Adults Adrift. Arum and Roksa followed 1,000 graduates for two years. “Fifty-three […]

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