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Volume 6, Issue 2 - January 24, 2016    
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01/19/2016: The View From Arizona, by Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed - Rufus Glasper is retiring after 30 years as an administrator at Arizona's Maricopa Community College. He spoke about the evolution of two-year colleges, challenges in Arizona and Maricopa's future.

01/17/2016: Community College Students Deserve Better Than They Are Getting, by Jay Mathews, The Washington Post - Educators praise President Obama's call for free tuition in community colleges, repeated during the State of the Union speech, but that focus on cost distracts from more serious problems.

01/15/2016: 10 Higher Ed Blogs Worth the Quick Read in 2016, by Meris Stansbury, eCampus News - Here, the editors of eCampus News have selected 10 vetted and well-read higher ed blogs that cover a range of topics, with a focus on education technology and IT topics.

01/15/2016: Might Some Colleges Manage Themselves into Extinction?, by Mikail Zinshteyn, The Hechinger Report - It's not just because of high tuition costs. How a college markets itself, the quality of its faculty, and the emotional connections forged with students once they're enrolled are all vital to a college's survival.

01/15/2016: 5 Ways Elite-College Admissions Shut Out Poor Kids, by Anya Kamenetz, NPR Ed - Take two 18-year-olds with equally stellar academic abilities. One comes from the socioeconomic bottom and one from the top. That lower-income student is one-third as likely to enroll in a selective college.

01/13/2016: Aristocracy or Meritocracy? Just 3 Percent of Kids at Top Colleges Are Low-Income, by Joseph Willliams, TakePart - The report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation also showed that, although higher-ed progressives are fighting to preserve race-based admissions for the sake of campus diversity, they continue to quietly usher affluent kids, star athletes, and children of alumni to the front of the admissions line.

01/12/2016: Fresh Perspectives on Alternative Credentials, by Richard Garrett, Eduventures, Wake-Up Call - Will we look back on 2015 as the year when the market and policymakers got serious about alternative credentials?

01/12/2016: How Can We Improve STEM Education?, by Monica Herk, Committee for Economic Development (CED) - OECD's report on the PISA results stated, "Students in the United States have particular weaknesses in performing mathematics tasks with higher cognitive demands, such as taking real-world situations, translating them into mathematical terms, and interpreting mathematical aspects in real-world problems. An alignment study between the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and PISA suggests that a successful implementation of the Common Core Standards would yield significant performance gains also in PISA."

01/11/2016: Engaging on Purpose in Higher Education, by Mark Milliron, EducauseReview - In the world of higher education, the needs are great, possibilities powerful, and partners diverse. Students are facing a future that increasingly requires deeper learning and labor-market-valued credentials, along with relevant work experience and civic engagement opportunities to help them take meaningful steps on the path toward living well and actively participating in today's rowdy digital democracy.

12/18/2015: Personalized Learning: Creating a Relevant Learning Culture for the Next Generation, Center for Digital Education - But while personalized learning is certainly promising, a recent CDE survey of 215 IT leaders in K-20 education shows the concept has not been widely implemented in K-12 or higher education. Just 20 percent of K-12 respondents and 15 percent of higher education respondents reporting having created a personalized learning culture.

12/10/2015: 2016 Trends in Higher Education Marketing, Enrollment, and Technology, Campus Technology - According to a recent survey, 58% of admissions directors said they had not met their enrollment goals this year. With the downward trend in the industry, how are higher education institutions changing their approach to student admissions, retention and advancement? 
01/21/2016: Far Too Many Students Start In Remediation, Complete College America - Video: Bruce Vandal, Senior Vice President at Complete College America, discusses who ends up in remediation and their chances for success once they get there. 

Online Education
01/15/2016: The Faculty Role Online, Scrutinized, by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed - In recent years the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Education has asked tough questions about the faculty role in competency-based education. Now the inspector general has turned its scrutiny to Western Governors University, the largest and most-established competency-based provider, which has long been a darling of the Obama administration and top department officials.

03/18/2015: Learning is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing is Better than Watching for Learning from a MOOC, by Kenneth R. Koedinger, Jihee Kim, Julianna Zhuxin Jia, Elizabeth A. McLaughlin and Norman L. Bier, ACM Digital Library - This paper explores the learning benefits of the use of informational assets (e.g., videos and text) in MOOCs, versus the learning by doing opportunities that interactive activities provide. We find that students doing more activities learn more than students watching more videos or reading more pages.

College Readiness
01/21/2016: Should Colleges Measure Well-Being?, by Ellen Wexler, Inside Higher Ed - The session focused on the role of student well-being in higher education: What can colleges do to promote their students' well-being? Why is student well-being an outcome that colleges should pay attention to in the first place?

01/20/2016: New State Report Cards Show How College Readiness and Attendance Rise With Affluence, Plummet With Poverty, by Patrick O'Donnell, - The Plain Dealer and the Ohio School Boards Association each compared school district poverty rates to college enrollment and readiness data on the state report cards. Across multiple measures, the consistent pattern is that success rates are high when a district's poverty is low, and low when poverty levels are high.

01/2016:  Stories from the Front Lines of Student Success: The Implementation and Progress of Near Peer Mentoring Programs in Alaska and Idaho, by Carl Krueger, WICHE, Western Policy Exchanges - The College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program is a federal formula grant designed to foster partnerships among federal, state, and local governments and philanthropic entities to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Remedial Education
01/21/2016: New Report: Corequisite Remediation Securing Unprecedented Statewide Results for Underprepared Students, Complete College America - In their new, interactive report, Corequisite Remediation: Spanning the Divide - Breakthrough Results Fulfilling the Promise of College Access for Underprepared Students, Complete College America shares that states are tripling student success rates in a quarter of the time through Corequisite Remediation.

11/10/2015: Core Principles for Transforming Remediation Within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) - We have updated the principles to focus even greater attention on scaling practices that can provide all students - especially those who are low income or from historically underserved communities - with the guidance, support and skills they need to enter a coherent program of study and move toward their academic goals.

College Completion
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01/20/2016: Indiana Releases Updated Report on College Return on Investment, The Brazil Times - Higher education pays, and completion matters. While those with some college credit earn a few thousand more on average than their peers without postsecondary credits, Hoosiers with associate degrees or higher earn more than twice as much on average than those who have only earned high school diplomas. The financial benefit of higher education increases over time and by degree level. Indiana college graduates earn about $2 for every dollar spent on their degrees five years after graduating. The long-term payoff is even greater at each higher education level.

01/2016: Road Map Project Community and Technical College Report, Community Center for Education Results (CCER) - The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle through college and career in South King County and South Seattle. Our goal is to double the number of students in our region who are on-track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020 and to eliminate opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color. To accomplish our goal, we believe in the power of data to understand the outcomes of our students and to illuminate successes, challenges and areas for improvement.

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Workforce Development
01/12/2016: Tuition and Education Support Improves Employee Retention and Business Growth, by Florida Starks, The EvoLLLution - According to the 2014 Employee Benefits Report published by SHRM, 54 percent of companies offer undergraduate tuition reimbursement and 50 percent offer graduate educational assistance programs with an average maximum of $4500 tuition expense.

Technology Adoption
01/21/2016: The Pulse: Higher Education Horizon Report, by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed - This month's edition of "The Pulse," Inside Higher Ed's technology podcast, features a presentation about the Higher Education Horizon Report, an annual survey of the campus technology landscape by the New Media Consortium.

01/12/2016: Ramping Up for the 2016 Mobile Explosion With Wave 1 and Wave 2, by Toni Fuhrman, Campus Technology - How two colleges are preparing for this year's mobile demands.

01/11/2016: Student Attitudes Toward Technology in Advising, by Hoori Santikian Kalamkarian, EducauseReview - In new research into the use of technology in college advising, the Community College Research Center (CCRC) examined how students perceive and use technology. In focus groups, the students - 69 mostly full-timers at six colleges ranging in age from 16 to over 60 - had no objection to using technology for simple tasks like registering for classes, and appreciated the ease and convenience it provided.

01/05/2016: Most Popular Campus Technology Articles in 2015, by Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology - Looking back at 2015, a handful of trends stand out in higher education technology: The flipped classroom, active learning, adaptive learning and learning analytics all made headlines and, more important, made an impact on teaching and learning.

01/04/2016: 2015 Survey Report: Managing Apple Devices in Higher Ed, Campus Technology - The annual report on Apple device usage and managing Mac and iPad in higher ed institutions uncovers the latest trends associated with Apple device usage in high ed, why leaders, professors and IT professionals use Apple devices for enhancing learning, and the profound data privacy and management implications of supporting iPad and Mac.

11/23/2015: How Institutions are Meeting the Coming Bandwidth Tsunami, Campus Technology,1105 Media - As the bandwidth wave sweeps forward, how can you best position your institution's network to serve your users? Campus Technology interviewed a panel of experts in education technology networks, asking them to share their strategies for meeting future network demand.

Data Analysis & Assessment
01/2016: Billions of Comparable Data Points at Your Fingertips, Public Insight - Public Insight is an analytics software platform that mashes up public data about people, places, and providers. Organizations that work in higher education and higher education institutions use Public Insight to gain useful insights into institutions and regions, benchmark and compare data providers, and analyze data in the click of a mouse.(Register for free service.)

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.

09/18/2015: Community College Leaders Say Data, Analytics Can Boost Student Success, by Justine Brown, Center for Digital Education - An analytical ecosystem can position colleges to compete and serve students most effectively into the future.

12/17/2009: Using Data to Increase Student Success: A Focus on Diagnosis, by Kenneth P. González, Achieving the Dream, Mohawk Valley Community College - We learned during the first five years of Achieving the Dream that attaining a large-scale increase in student success is dependent on several things, the most important being the collection, analysis, and use of data.

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Funding & Economics
01/19/2016: Pushing on Pell, by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed - The Obama administration wants to expand the federal Pell Grant program by bringing back year-round eligibility for the grants, which was eliminated four years ago, and by creating a $300 annual bonus for Pell recipients who take at least 15 credits per semester.

01/15/2016: Should States Offer Student Loan Refinancing Programs?, by Robert Kelchen, Washington Monthly - The latest effort to reduce debt burdens has been allowing students to refinance their student loan debt at a lower rate. Private companies such as SoFi and Earnest are expected to refinance between $10 billion and $20 billion in loans in the next few years, primarily of well-paid professionals who are extremely unlikely to default on their obligations.

01/14/2016: Finance Expert Tells Colleges: Take a Fine-toothed Comb to Your Budgets, by Mikhail Zinshteyn, The Hechinger Report - "The best way to reduce cost is not to cut costs, but to reduce incompletion."

01/13/2016: Student Loans Were Meant For a Different Era. Here's How To Fix Them., by Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post - How should we fix these problems? As Congress gets ready to renew the Higher Education Act there have been plenty of suggestions.

01/2016: After the Great Recession: Higher Education's New Normal, Education Policy Center -
This report draws upon National Surveys of Access and Finance Issues for the fiveyears following the end of federal stimulus funding during the Great Recession.

Transfer & Articulation
01/18/2016: The Transfer Problem: The Case for Private Colleges, by Brian C. Mitchell, HuffPost, College - These counselors - often overwhelmed by student/counselor ratios of 1000/1 - work tirelessly, efficiently and effectively. But their job is to counsel community college students not just likely transfers. To the extent that new money should be made available, these resources must be put into additional transfer counseling.

01/15/2016: For a Slot at a 4-Year University, Some North Carolina Students Could Soon Need a Community-College Degree, by Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education -  Spurred by language in the state's 2015 budget, North Carolina's public-university system is weighing a plan that would require its institutions to enroll some students only if they're willing to go to a community college first.

01/2016: Tracking Transfer, by Davis Jenkins and John Fink, Community College Research Center (CCRC) - Increasing the effectiveness of two- to four-year college transfer is critical for meeting national goals for college attainment and promoting upward social mobility. Efforts to improve institutional effectiveness in serving transfer students and state transfer policy have been hampered by a lack of comparable metrics for measuring transfer student outcomes.

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