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 VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2 - January 25, 2015

"To find new things, take the path you took yesterday."  - John Burroughs
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Reports & Articles 


01/20/2015: Community Colleges Buck the Trend of Shrinking Humanities, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Ticker - The academy has previously reported on the value of humanities programs, funding for them, and how they are doing over all. This year, for the first time, the academy is posting data on trends in humanities degrees at community colleges, and the results there brighten what is otherwise a gloomy picture.

01/19/2015: Judge Weighs In on CCSF, by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed - The tide appears to have turned in favor of supporters of City College of San Francisco in their long feud with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

01/19/2015: Checkered Recovery Continues, by Ry Rivard, Inside Higher Ed - Most states increased higher education spending last year but half still spend less on college-related programs than they did five years ago, according to a report released today.

01/19/2015: Support Our Students, by David Brooks, The New York Times - The tuition piece of the Obama proposal is Human Capital 1.0. Human Capital 2.0 is designed to help people not just enroll but to complete school and thrive. Congress should take the proposal, scrap it and rededicate the money toward programs that will actually boost completion, that will surround colleges, students and their families with supporting structures.

01/17/2015: Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge, by Susan Dynarski, The New York Times, The Upshot - There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States. A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. These gaps open early, with poor children less prepared than their kindergarten classmates.

01/14/2015: What's In A Number?, by Suzanne Pekow, American RadioWorks - Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put 'em down. Alexander McCormick, director of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) says there's almost no correlation between the ranking of a school and the factors that go into a good college experience.

01/14/2015: Educational Entrepreneur Wants to Clean Up Online College-Search Business, by Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Administration - John Katzman, a prominent education-industry entrepreneur and the founder of an education-search company called Noodle, says it's time "to clean up the education marketplace" involving online search.

01/13/2015: As California Goes..., by Brian Fleming, Eduventures, Wake-Up Call - Daily headlines of struggling colleges and universities have almost become commonplace. It is hard to turn a blind eye to the situation unfolding in California. All of higher ed should pay close attention to how it unfolds in years to come.

01/09/2015: FCC Commissioner to Tech Industry: It's Time to Reinvent Textbooks, Teaching, by Jason Shueh, Center for DIgital Education - "In the rest of the world, we have an infinite array of digital tools to change our civic and commercial lives. Yet somehow we've put up some barriers at the school doors," Rosenworcel said. "It's time we started inviting them in and wrestling with them and doing some good things."


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01/20/2015: Free Community College: Putting 9 Million Students into Perspective, by Josh Keniston, Eduventures, Wake-Up Call - Since the Obama administration announced its proposal for free community college, initial reactions have dubbed the plan everything from "pie in the sky" to "transformational." The State of the Union address will likely present more figures about the relatively sparse proposal, including one often cited figure: 9 million eligible students.


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Online Education

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01/11/2015: eLearning As Good As Traditional Training for Health Professionals, by Imperial College London, EurekAlert! Science News - A review commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and carried out by Imperial College London researchers concludes that eLearning is likely to be as effective as traditional methods for training health professionals.

01/11/2015: The Future of Online Learning, Financial Times, Ltd, Management - In the first of an occasional series featuring two experts debating a hot topic for students, Anant Agarwal and Chip Paucek, chief executives of online learning providers edX and 2U respectively, share their predictions for business education in 2020.

01/2015: Can Online Learning Bend the Higher Education Cost Curve?, by David J. Deming, Claudia Goldin, Lawrence F. Katz and Noam Yuchtman, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings - Researchers examine whether online learning technologies have led to lower prices in higher education. Using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, they show that online education is concentrated in large for-profit chains and less-selective public institutions. Colleges with a higher share of online students charge lower tuition prices.


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College Readiness

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01/18/2015: Hard Work and Effort Enables Everyone to Attend College, Students Told, by Eileen Adams, Sun Journal, Oxford Hills - Many students reach their senior year of high school and still don't know what they want to do next. It's for that reason, said Bob Stuart from the College Readiness and Aspirations Program, that helping youngsters learn about college as early as third grade is important.

01/09/2015: A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED, NPR, NPR Ed - One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam - the first since 2002 - the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test, according to local and state educators and the organization that runs it. In addition, at least 16 states have begun offering or plan to offer new, alternative tests.


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Remedial Education

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01/13/2015: New Milwaukee-area Education Leaders Look to Collaborate, by Alison Bauter, Milwaukee Business Journal - Shepherding students from high school to higher education, whether at universities or technical colleges, requires communication. Even when students reach higher education institutions, demand for remedial education, particularly in mathematics, stymies their educational progress.


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College Completion

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01/18/2015: Counselor Helps Latino Students Enroll, Stay and Succeed in College, by Cynthia Murphy, South Bend Tribune: Community - Latinos are confronted by many misperceptions and stereotypes from the majority culture, including covert and overt discrimination.

01/13/2015: Extending Community College Would Help 20-Somethings Emerging into Adulthood, by Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post - A debate is now raging among educators, scholars, and parents about whether today's 20-somethings need even more time than previous generations to reach adulthood. Just like at the beginning of the 20th Century, we might need to add another distinct period in our development, this one between adolescence and adulthood, to describe what one scholar calls "emerging adulthood."

01/12/2015: Freshman Year Key to College Career, by Catherine Morris, Diverse - The classes a student takes in his or her freshman year have the power to make or break the rest of their college career. Yet fundamental courses like first-year composition are increasingly relegated to the instruction of adjunct instructors or are moved online.


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Workforce Development

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01/20/2015: Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success, Hart Research Associates - From November 3 to 11, 2014, Hart Research Associates conducted an online survey on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities among 400 employers whose organizations have at least 25 employees and report that 25% or more of their new hires hold either an associate degree from a two-year college or a bachelor's degree from a four-year college.

01/12/2015: Higher Education, Wages, and Polarization, by Rob Valletta, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) - In recent years, labor demand and job growth have been relatively rapid in the high-skill non-routine cognitive and low-skill non-routine manual categories, with the middle-skill routine jobs experiencing downward pressure.

01/01/2015: New Year, New Job? Read This First, The Wall Street Journal - Here's a surprising truth about the job market, circa 2015: For the first time in a while, workers have the upper hand.


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Technology Adoption

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01/20/2015: Strategic Tech List for 2015: Mobile and Data Analytics Dominate, by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology - Mobile dominates the strategic technologies that higher education is paying attention to and likely to invest in for 2015. The use of data, security and WiFi round out the top 10 list, according to new research from Educause, a technology association for universities and colleges.

01/08/2015: Higher Ed: Meet the Chief Digital Officer, by David Raths, Campus Technology - Taking a page from the corporate playbook, some universities are creating a new C-level title focused on moving the academy into the digital age. Will the CDO be a strategic advantage or an organizational name game that dilutes IT's role in institutional leadership?


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Data Analysis & Assessment

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01/12/2015: Developing Strategies for Implementing Analytics, by Joanna Lyn Grama, EDUCAUSE ReviewOnline - In their discussions over the past year, the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel touched several times on the issue of analytics and strategies on how best to implement analytics in higher education. Discussions ranged from implementing analytics to improve core administrative and business functions to how best to implement analytics in a predictive sense to ensure student success in academic programs. 

12/2014: Using Student Tracking Data to Improve College Access Programs, 2014 Council for Opportunity in Education - The term "College Access Programs" refers to a range of governmentally and privately-funded programs that have as their purpose preparing low-income students, first-generation students and minority students for college - and assisting them in applying for and securing financial aid.


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Funding & Economics

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01/19/2015: Taxes and Education, by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed - The White House announced a series of tax proposals that would raise taxes on financial institutions and wealthy individuals, simplify education tax credits and pay for his plan for free community college education.

01/12/2015: Why College Costs So Much: A Look At Williams, by Fred Thys, WBUR - The No. 1 reason for the cost of college is the people. About two-thirds goes to compensation and benefits for faculty and staff.

01/09/2015: Obama's College Proposal Is Also a Bid to Rev the Economy, by Justin Wolfers, The New York Times, The Upshot - Much of the rise in education reflects the "high school" movement in the early 20th century. This was a grass-roots movement demanding that free public education expand from elementary to secondary schools. It resulted in a sharp rise in high school graduation rates, and for many decades, the United States led the world in secondary schooling.

01/2015: Increasing Institutional Capacity to Respond to Performance Funding: What States Can Do, Community College Research Center (CCRC) - CCRC recently completed research on the implementation and early impacts of performance funding programs in three states: Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee. These programs integrate performance funding into the regular state base funding allocation and-in the cases of Ohio and Tennessee-tie a very large proportion of state operating funding to performance metrics.


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Transfer & Articulation

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09/2014: UC Santa Cruz Transfer Admission Guarantee (UCSC TAG), UC Santa Cruz - The benefits of participating in UCSC TAG include early review of academic records, notification that admission to UCSC is guaranteed (subject to the conditions of the program), opportunities for advising about major preparation and general education and/or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements, informational mailings, and invitations to events.


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