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"The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die,
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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 18 - October 18, 2015 
In This Issue



10/12/2015: Improvements in College Counseling are Underway, by Brandy Johnson and Patrick O'Connor, The Detroit News - The Center for Michigan has just released the results of a yearlong survey of Michigan residents that found 2 out of 3 participants rated college and career counseling as either "lousy" or "terrible." Even more sobering is the finding that 54 percent of the K-12 educators who participated gave these same ratings to the counseling efforts of Michigan's schools.

10/10/2015: Kavalier: A Life Transformed by Community Colleges, Corsicana Daily Sun - From her early beginnings as a community college student to her current position as a district president, Dr. Barbara Kavalier's passion for community colleges, learning and serving students has flourished.

10/09/2015: On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin' On, by Jon Marcus, NPR Ed - Protected by tenure that prevents them from being dismissed without cause, and with no mandatory retirement age, a significant proportion of university faculty isn't going anywhere. A third are 55 and older, compared with 20 percent of the rest of the workforce, according to the University of Iowa Center on Aging.

10/08/2015: Meet 12 Badass Scientists...Who Also Happen to be Women, by Karen Eng, TedFellows - Only 30% of the world's researchers are women, and women hold fewer than 25% of STEM jobs in the US. In fact, one recent survey found 67% of Europeans and 93% of Chinese respondents don't even believe women have the skills to do science and Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Tim Hunt thinks women cause "trouble" in the lab.

10/08/2015: Students Who Feel Emotionally Unprepared for College Struggle in the Classroom, by Kate Stoltzfus, The Chronicle of Higher Education - It's no surprise that the transition from high school to college can be a challenge. But the study's findings emphasize how many students feel emotional needs take a back seat to academics during their process of preparing for campus life.

10/08/2015: How a College Education Helps Americans Live Longer, by Lindsey Cook, U.S. News & World Report - The research demonstrates how a college education can help fight health disparities, by moving Americans into better, steadier jobs that have fewer health risks.

10/07/2015: Popularity Of Dual Credit Courses Grows Quickly, KDLT News - A report this week to the South Dakota Board of Regents showed course enrollments grew by 33 percent from last spring to this fall, while the student headcount in dual credit courses also increased by 25 percent. This comes on top of an already-strong 44 percent course enrollment growth between the fall and spring semesters last year.

10/05/2015: Today's Newly Arrived Immigrants are the Best-educated Ever, by Richard Fry, PewResearchCenter, FactTank - A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that 41% of immigrants arriving here in the past five years had completed at least a bachelor's degree. By comparison, only 20% of newly arrived immigrants in 1970 were similarly educated.

10/05/2015: America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree, by Mary Alice McCarthy, The Atlantic - Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they're not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers.

09/30/2015: #BensTake: We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Americans, But Aren't, by Ben Hecht, Living Cities - Some colleges have adapted to today's challenges, enrolling and graduating low-income students at above average rates. Here's what we can take away from the success stories to provide better education solutions to more low-income Americans.

09/28/2015: The Cyber Siege of Higher Education in North America, by David Shipley, EducauseReview - A flurry of cyber security incident headlines this summer is illustrating a growing threat facing nearly every higher education institution in North America.
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10/07/2015: Women Are Now More Likely to Have College Degree Than Men, by Nolan Feeney, Time Magazine - For the first time since the Census Bureau began collecting data on higher education attainment, women are more likely to have a bachelor's degree than men.

10/2015: Diplomas and Debt, Affordable Schools - The class of 2015: most indebted class of all time, replacing class of 2014. Average amount of per student debt, class of 2015 is $35,051. Average amount of student debt for borrowers in the class of 1992-93 was $12,434.

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Online Education
10/07/2015: Younger Students Drawn to Online Higher Education, by Ian Quillen, U.S. News & World Report - Interest in and comfort with online programs is growing among traditional college students, experts say.

10/06/2015: The Learning Paradigm in Online Courses, by Rob Kelly, Faculty Focus - The Learning Paradigm (as opposed to the Instruction Paradigm), emphasizes the students' active role in learning and the purpose of that learning, which can be strong motivators for students. The challenge for instructors is to cede some control of learning to the students.
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College Readiness
10/13/2015: The Future Is Now: First-Generation Students, Community Engagement and Innovative Institutions, by Leigh Cherry, Meggan Lloyd and Jonas Prida, New England Board of Higher Education - The college's commitment to accessibility is made apparent through its Provider Scholarship Program, which is based not exclusively on academic merit but rather on a student's demonstrated intellectual curiosity, personal and professional growth and community engagement.

10/06/2015: States Push Forward to Strengthen Career Readiness, by Catherine Gewertz, Education Week - With that higher bar in mind, the dominant definition of college readiness has coalesced around this question: Is a student prepared to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses?

10/2015: Efforts to Increase College Access: If You Build It, Will They Come?, by Kim Reid, Eduventures - High school guidance counselors in attendance expressed many concerns, namely that this initiative will make high school one long college application process instead of a precollege learning experience. Additionally, the tools might make a complicated process even harder to navigate and have the unintended effect of giving sophisticated students (and parents) who know how to navigate complicated systems an additional advantage.

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Remedial Education
10/10/2015: Remedial Programs Help College Students Succeed - At A Cost, by Regina Zilbermints, SunHerald - At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 26.2 percent of the student population in the fall semester of 2014 were taking at least one developmental education course. Of the 2,244 students that graduated in 2015, 32.6 percent had at one time been classified as a developmental student.

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College Completion
college completion
10/06/2015: A Nuanced Look at (Some) 2-Year Students, by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed - The easy headline to be drawn from new research (abstract here) examining the preparation and outcomes of students at two- and four-year colleges is that traditional-age students who enroll at community colleges are less likely to earn a bachelor's degree within six years than are comparably qualified students who go straight to four-year colleges.

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Workforce Development
10/09/2015: Communities Come Together to Increase College-going From the Ground Up, by Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report - This little factory, called Southwest Creations Collaborative, provides not only stable employment in a state where nearly a third of jobs pay at or below the poverty level. It's also helping its workers' children overcome the longer-than-average odds in Albuquerque that they will graduate from high school and go on to college.

10/06/2015: Kansas Education Commissioner Looks to Blend Academic Skills with Employment Skills, by Mará Rose Williams, The Kansas City Star - As Kansans focus on how to fund education the state's top educator has been trying to figure out what students should be learning to prepare for the workaday world.

10/2015: Aligning K-12 and Postsecondary Career Pathways With Workforce Needs, by Jennifer Zinth, Education Commission of the States - This report provides a first look at state policymaking activity in 13 states. Policy activity summarized here (1) establishes a process for educators and employers to convene and use workforce data to set priorities, and (2) sets forth strategies to enhance and scale up career pathways bridging K-12 and postsecondary, designed to prepare students for high-skill, high-demand jobs.
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Technology Adoption
10/01/2015: Digital Learning Equity Act Aims to Level the Playing Field, by Colin Wood, Center for Digital Education - If passed, a recently introduced bill called the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 would put more digital tools and resources into the hands of low-income students, ensuring that not having money isn't an impediment in the academic world.

09/30/2015: Campus Technology 2015 Readers' Choice Awards, by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology - In this first-ever higher education "gear of the year" guide, Campus Technology has turned to hundreds of education professionals to tell us which products in 29 categories are truly the best.

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Data Analysis & Assessment
10/07/2015: Virtual Reality Space Lets Students Experience Big Data, by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology - A new facility at Virginia Tech uses large-scale visuals and sound to immerse users in vast amounts of data.

09/22/2015: Big Data in Education - Harnessing Data for Better Educational Outcomes, Center for Digital Education - This CDE Special Report takes an in-depth look at big data, highlighting strategies for collecting, managing and utilizing it to support learning and achieve 21st-century education goals. 
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Funding & Economics
10/09/2015: A Student Loan System Stacked Against the Borrower, by Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times - Even though the economy and labor market have improved, student loan borrowers are experiencing high distress levels compared with borrowers with other types of consumer debt, the government report found. More than one in four student loan borrowers are delinquent or in default on their obligations.

10/07/2015: Student Debt Is Worse Than You Think, by Kevin Carey, The Upshot - The loan crisis hits hardest at colleges enrolling large numbers of students from low-income backgrounds. These undergraduates have to borrow for college, then often have difficulty finding well-paying jobs after graduation - if they graduate at all.

10/05/2015: Higher Education Officials: Lack Of State Budget Is Crippling Operations, by Hannah Meisel, WillRadio.TV.Online - Leaders of several state universities and community colleges are sounding the alarm as they begin month three of receiving no money from Illinois. State support for Illinois' 12 public universities and its 49 community colleges is the largest part of the state government that isn't being funded during Springfield's budget impasse.

09/2015: A Closer Look at the Trillion, by Colleen Campbell and Nicholas Hillman, Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) - This report takes a deep and concentrated look into our sector - how students borrow and repay their debt, and what obstacles they face along the way. Using data from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and our institutions, this report identifies troubling trends in repayment and default on federal student loans that were previously left to anecdote. Using these data, we provide recommendations to institutions and trustees interested in reducing their default rates and promoting overall student success.

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Transfer & Articulation
10/08/2015: Underserved and Overburdened, Transfer Students Face an Uphill Battle to Earn Their Degrees, by  Matthew Pitinsky  and  Kent Hopkins, The Hechinger Report -  The National Student Clearinghouse recently reported that 37 percent of all students who began college in 2008 have transferred institutions at some point. Nearly half of transfer students transfer more than once.

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