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Volume 6, Issue 1 - January 10, 2016    
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01/03/2016: To Be Young, Gifted and Muslim at College, by Darren Johnson, Campus News - With about 45 percent of its 48,000 students coming from other continents - 150 countries, in total - LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens, is truly unique in its diversity.

01/02/2016: How Arne Duncan Reshaped American Education and Made Enemies Along the Way, by Perry Bacon Jr., NBC News, Meet the Press - Arne Duncan leaves Washington as a deeply divisive figure. Over the last seven years, the Chicago native has aggressively implemented his vision for American education, in a more comprehensive way than perhaps any cabinet officer in the Obama administration has changed policy in his issue area. The rise of the Common Core education standards, a huge growth in the use of data in education and a strong push for accountability on colleges are among Duncan's signature projects.

01/02/2016: Feds: Higher One Used 'Deceptive' Tactics at Miami Dade College and Elsewhere, by Michael Vasquez, Miami Herald - For students who didn't read the fine print, the MDC OneCard was a minefield of unusual - and critics say predatory - account fees.

01/01/2016: Older Students Learn for the Sake of Learning, by Harriet Edleson, Your Money - More than 150,000 men and women nationally who participate each year at more than 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. The institutes, affiliated mostly with colleges and universities, are among the best-known advanced adult educational programs in the country. Along with an array of other such programs fitting under the "lifelong learning" umbrella, they tend to attract educated, passionate people who are seeking intellectual and social stimulation among peers who often become new friends.

12/30/2015: Duncan Focuses on Gun Violence in Final Words as Secretary of Education, by Erin McIntyre, EducationDive - Outgoing U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave his final speech in the position Wednesday in a Chicago church basement, focusing on what he called a "collective failure as adults" to protect children.

12/30/2015: What Is the Future of Higher Education?, by Alia Wong, Adrienne Green and Li Zhou, The Atlantic - Experts in the field offer their reasons for optimism and pessimism going forward.

12/30/2015: U.S. High Schools Employ Mixed Strategies To Raise Graduation Rates, by Anya Kamenetz, NPR, Education - The high school graduation rate is at its highest point ever. The latest numbers show that 82 percent of students earn their diploma in the 2013-2014 school year. On the surface, that sounds impressive, but NPR's Ed team led an investigation with 14 member stations around the country this year. That investigation revealed that states and districts are pursuing a wide variety of strategies to get that rate up, both good and not so good.

12/30/2015: The New College Degree: In an Unbundled World, Curation is King, by Matt Pittinsky and Mike Buttry, EdSurge - Universities that thrive in this new era will embrace their role as curator and translator. They will integrate best-in-class programs that are responsive to the workforce needs of the time. They will develop digital, clickable credentials that more clearly convey the unique skills and competencies that make up a degree.

12/29/2015: In a "Gateway City," a Plan to Nurse Degree Attainment, by Antoinette Hays, New England Board of Higher Education - The National Center for Education Statistics projects slowing college enrollment in the next decade-with growth coming from those traditionally underserved. As we grapple with concerns over a widening college enrollment gap for underrepresented students and the value of a college degree, we know that our ability to grow and thrive requires us to build on our efforts and go beyond the confines of our campus and our history, both to increase degree attainment based on national goals and to secure our institution's future with responsive and responsible innovation.

12/29/2015: The New Racial Generation Gap, by William H. Frey, LA Times - Young people now - the post-millennials - face a far deeper generational divide than the one that separated baby boomers from their parents. And the nation faces a far more serious crisis if that divide cannot be bridged.

12/29/2015: Rising And Falling, by Victor M. H. Borden, Community College Week - As the U.S. economy continues to recover from the 2008 Great Recession, America's community colleges continue to experience declining enrollments, overall. However, those overall declines mask great variability in enrollment changes, which in this year's analysis, varied from 65 percent increase to a 260 percent decrease.

12/28/2015: More Chinese Students Seeking US Community College Degrees, by Associated Press, ABC News - Wealthy Chinese undergraduates aren't the only ones looking to get a college degree in the U.S. So are a growing number of Chinese students from lower middle-class families who are enrolling in community colleges.

12/22/2015: Tens of Thousands of College Students Have Nowhere to Sleep, by Rebecca Nathanson, Rolling Stone - Last year, more than 56,000 students identified as homeless on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. But the real number of homeless students is almost certainly higher: That number excludes those who cannot identify as homeless because they lack sufficient proof, such as verification from a shelter. It also does not include the unknown number of college students who intermittently experience housing insecurity but handle it on their own by couch surfing with friends or sleeping in their car or campus library, never telling a university official.                  
01/01/2016: The Future of eLearning Infographic, eLearning Infographics - Here is a peek into the future of eLearning. The possibilities are endless, and The Future of eLearning Infographic highlights some of them. Where do you see eLearning headed to, in the future? What exciting opportunities will they open up for the world?

Online Education
01/06/2016: Survey on Competency-Based Education, Inside Higher Ed - Public Agenda, a nonprofit organization, recently surveyed faculty, staff and administrators at colleges that offer competency-based credentials. The group found wide agreement on what makes a strong competency-based program. Key elements include clear program competencies, meaningful assessments and learner-centered programs that prepare graduates to enter the workforce.

01/05/2016: 5 Important Revelations From First Year Online Learners, by Meris Stansbury, eCampusNews - According to multiple cited research reports, "distance learners are more likely to study under conditions that are far less common among first year campus-based undergraduates," write the researchers. Also, " Australian University Survey of Student Engagement [AUSSE] found that, in Australia and New Zealand, more first year students withdraw from study than returning students."

01/2016: The 25 Best Community Colleges, Best College Reviews - With a growing number of community college programs available fully online, Best College Reviews decided to take a look at some of the best programs in the nation. Check out the 25 best online community colleges.

12/29/2015: Most Popular of 2015, No. 3: Website Aims to Replace Community Colleges, by Ron Bethke, eCampus News - offers 19 exclusive courses accepted for credit by the American Council of Education (ACE), and another 30 are currently under review. Students can also submit their scores to more than 2,900 accredited colleges for transfer credit.

College Readiness
01/04/2016: Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?, by Catherine Gewertz, Education Week - High school testing is on the brink of a profound shift, as states increasingly choose college-entrance exams to measure achievement. The new federal education law invites that change, but it comes with some big caution signs and unanswered questions.

12/28/2015: Grad Rates May Be At 'Historic' Highs, But Are Students Prepared?, by Erin McIntyre, EducationDive -  Though the national high school graduation rate has peaked at 82%, a recent evaluation of high school seniors showed fewer than 40% were ready for college-level work.

Remedial Education
01/02/2016: Southwest Kansas and the 'New Vision' for Education, by Austin Fisher, The Garden City Telegram - The Kansas State Department of Education's "new vision" for Kansas education, unveiled by Watson in a speech in October, is centered on student outcomes, including kindergarten readiness, high school graduation and higher education completion rates, and how much remedial work students need when they reach college.

12/16/2015: Hope: A New Strategy for Student Success, by Gary Schoeniger and Michael Crawford, Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (eli) - While note-taking, study skills, and time management may contribute to student success, hope is also a critical factor - one that is often overlooked. Recent research indicates that hope is a better predictor of academic achievement than intelligence, personality, previous academic success, and ACT or LSAT scores. Hopeful students graduate at higher rates than non-hopeful students. And Dr. Shane Lopez, Senior Scientist at Gallup, notes that hopeful students are more productive than non-hopeful students. 

College Completion
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01/05/2016: New Graduation Data Finds Increases for 2-Year Students, Inside Higher Ed - The National Center for Education Statistics released a new way to track completion data for students attending two-year colleges and has found increases in graduation rates.

01/04/2016: More College Credit in High School May Be a Way to Boost On-time Four-year Graduation Rates, by Jill Barshay, Hechinger Report - The researchers found that even college-ready students - those who obtained scores of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exams - were more likely to graduate from college in four years only if their colleges gave them credit for these exams. This conclusion came from an analysis of AP test scores and college outcomes for 4.5 million students, and is reported in a 2015 working paper, "Giving College Credit Where it is Due: Advanced Placement Exam Scores and College Outcomes."

01/02/2016: Higher Ed Commission Program Encourages College Dropouts to Return, by Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal - State higher education officials are working with schools to make it easier for those Hoosiers to finish their degrees. They're advocating that financial incentives, flexible schedules and other perks be made available to adults that need the help, with the hope of creating a stronger, more educated workforce and helping Hoosiers advance their lot in life.

12/30/2015: South Mountain Community College Pushes to Correct Course on Graduation and Retention Rates, by Sophia Kunthara, Cronkite News - SMCC, located at 7050 S. 24th St., serves some of the poorest areas of the Valley, including South Phoenix, Guadalupe and Laveen. In its zip code, 85042, only 22 percent of the population over 25 years old has a bachelor's degree or higher, according to census data. In its congressional district, District 7, about 35 percent of the people fall below the poverty line.

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Workforce Development
01/06/2016: Minorities Only Make Up 13 Percent of Tech Workers. This School Is Changing That, by General Assembly, NationSwell - It's providing a unique scholarship opportunity so that low-income students can receive 21st century skills. Imbedded Video - The School That's Making a Career in Tech Possible for Everyone

01/04/2016: Humanities Job Woes, by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed - Market looks tight and getting worse for job seekers in English, foreign languages, history and philosophy. But a major social science field - economics - is doing a lot of hiring.

01/03/2016: Internship Grants Give Students Experience with Added Perk: A Paycheck, by Karen Herzog, Journal Sentinel - The grant will allow Marquette to expand partnerships with local businesses and nonprofit agencies, especially in neighborhoods surrounding campus - relationships that theoretically will be sustained past 2018, when the grant period ends. The first group of interns will start in January. They will earn $13 an hour for up to 160 hours during the spring semester.

01/03/2016: What are Ivy Tech's Least Popular Majors?, by Seth Slabaugh, The StarPress - Degrees that lead to jobs as machine operators, electrical power line installers, transportation managers and industrial machinery mechanics are among the least popular among students attending Ivy Tech Community College's East Central region, according to enrollment data.

12/29/2015: A Wake-Up Call for Work-Based Learning, by Esra Oze, IndustryWeek - As the 2016 presidential race heats up, Americans will be looking to the candidates for their ideas on bolstering the U.S. economy. The ideas can't come soon enough: 7.9 million people remain unemployed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, so many of them could be gainfully employed today - and on track to the middle class - if they had the workforce-ready skills needed by employers.

Technology Adoption
01/04/2016: GM, Lyft, and Higher Education, by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed - Should colleges and universities take a page from GM and make room for strategic alliances with those platforms that threaten our traditional bundled service?

01/04/2016: The Most Useful Apple iPhone and iPad Apps for Students, by Melissa Burns, Standford, The College Puzzle - All responsible students always try to stay on top of useful things for college and treat their studies very seriously. If you use iPhone or iPad you can choose from a large variety of useful applications which are sure to help you study harder, tackle necessary assignments, organize your time better than ever. So let us see what applications are the most appropriate for modern students and note a few ones which are worth using. 

Data Analysis & Assessment
01/05/2016: Questions Linger Around SAT, ACT as Measures of Achievement, by Erin McIntyre, EducationDive - Assessment experts tell Education Week that a large shift by states in that direction "would represent an important national shift in the meaning of high school testing," since most current standardized tests are based on mastery of academic standards.

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Funding & Economics
12/31/2015: How the Politics of Education Changed in 2015 (and What It Means For 2016), by Andrew P. Kelly, Americah Enterprise Institute - In other words, 2016 may be to federal higher education policy what 2000 was to federal K-12 policy: the start of a sustained period of federal reform. The question, of course, is what that reform effort should look like. Democrats' free or debt-free college plans call for a familiar, NCLB-like formula: the feds provide new money to states and colleges in exchange for new federal rules about which reforms they must implement, how they spend the money, even which type of faculty they hire.
12/30/2015: Oregon Expects Teens to Flock to 'Free' Community College, by Betsy Hammond, OregonLive - It's called "The Oregon Promise," and its highly touted offer - a tuition-free community college education - in many cases amounts to selling students an opportunity that already exists as if it were something completely new.
12/29/2015: New FAFSA Rules Should Make Process Less Stressful, by Amy Scott, Marketplace - With the new year beginning comes a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That's the dreaded form college students and their parents have to fill out to in order to get financial aid. But there are some changes coming in 2016 that should make the process a little less painful.

Transfer & Articulation
01/04/2016: UCLA Center Helps Community College Students Transfer to Four-year Schools, by Rebecca Kendall, UCLA Newsroom - "Transfer students represent some of the best students enrolled in higher education," said Alfred Herrera, the center's director and UCLA's assistant vice provost of academic partnerships. He's also a member of UC President Janet Napolitano's task force that is working to streamline the transfer process, increase outreach efforts, find more student resources and lobby state lawmakers for funding to admit more transfer students.

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