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Volume 6, Issue 3 - February 7, 2016    
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02/03/2016: Geography Matters, by Ellen Wexler, Inside Higher Ed - "Every state should have a good inventory of their deserts," Hillman said. "They should know exactly what colleges are operating in these areas, to what extent they're serving their communities." And after that, Hillman thinks policy makers should look at how they fund their colleges in education deserts, perhaps switching from performance-based models to equity-based models.

02/02/2016: You Don't Need an Ivy League Degree to Make a Lot of Money in These Fields, by Jillian Berman, MarketWatch - Graduates of top-tier schools who major in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) don't earn much more than graduates of schools that are easier to get into, according to research from Michael Hilmer, an economist at San Diego State University, and Eric Eide and Mark Showalter, economists at Brigham Young University. But for students who major in business or liberal arts, where you go to school matters -- business majors from top schools make 12% more than those from midtier schools and 18% more than their colleagues from bottom tier schools, for example.

02/01/2016: Why EQUIP Really Matters, by Daniel Pianko, Inside Higher Ed - The Department of Education is finally offering the catalyst for our generation of education innovators to continue the tradition of new institutional forms. The source of hope is the awkwardly named Education Quality Through Innovative Partnerships (or EQUIP). At its heart is a refreshing challenge to innovators: How would you reimagine the university of the future without the strictures imposed by the Higher Education Act and Title IV?

01/30/2016: How Recent College Graduates are Faring - in 3 Charts, by Jillian Berman, MarketWatch - An analysis of government data released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Friday adds to the growing body of evidence that young, college-educated workers are faring better than they were a few years ago. The New York Fed plans to update much of this data quarterly as part of an interactive graphic.

01/29/2016: Why Educating Well-off White Students is No Longer Enough, by Tara García Mathewson, EducationDive - New Jersey City University President Sue Henderson and CUNY professor James Muyskens have made their case for education equity in a new op-ed for University Business that looks at the nation's demographics and the needs of the economy.

01/29/2016: The Educational Strategy That's Turning Students Into Unimaginative Robots, by Darlena Cunha, Quartz - "This idea that STEM is the only way is backwards," he [Jamie Gillooly] tells Quartz. "We produce a bunch of droids that way. Students get very little chance to write or express themselves. Everything we do is now knowledge-based."

01/28/2016: Lowering The Bar For The New GED Test, by Amy Kamenetz, NPR Ed - Tens of thousands of GED test takers who barely missed the cut may soon receive a diploma, after the company that oversees the test said this week it's lowering the minimum passing score.

01/28/2016: Employers as Accreditors, by Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and USA Funds want employers to have more say in the accreditation process, and even to create an alternative, complementary form of quality assurance that would be employer driven.

01/27/2016: Colleges With at Least 25 Percent Latinos Have Doubled, by Emily DeRuy, NationalJournal - n the past two decades, the growth in Hispanic-serving institutions has grown, but not kept up with demand.

01/27/2016: Wanted: Nursing Instructors, by Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed - Community colleges continue to face severe shortages, so much so that some students must wait six years to enroll in nursing.

01/27/2016: Three Predictions About the Future of Higher Education, by Jeffrey J. Selingo, The Washington Post - Number 3. States might be getting out of the business of higher education, but most public institutions still depend on taxpayer dollars.

01/26/2016: Growing Numbers Of Chinese Teens Are Coming To America For High School, by Josie Huang, NPR, Code Switch - Zhang belongs to a growing population of Chinese teens leaving the test-driven, high-pressure world of schools back home for the U.S. - more than 23,000 at last count, according to the Institute of International Education. Their goal is to better their children's chances of getting into an American college; a degree earned in the U.S. carries a lot of weight.

01/26/2016: My Major, Myself, by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic - Business students are not agreeable, art students are neurotic, and other findings from a recent meta-analysis.

01/26/2016: Six Steps to Building High-Quality Open Digital Badges, by Gina Howard, The EvoLLLution - Open digital badges are changing how individuals' credentials are recognized as publicly viewable artifacts that not only contain claims to learning, but also provide evidence of that learning.
Online Education
01/28/2016: Competency-Based Education and Accreditation: A Personal Perspective (Part 2), by Barbara Wright, The EvoLLLution - Those 600 institutions looking to develop CBE programs face a series of challenges. Because CBE starts with the question of what graduates can actually do with their learning, institutions will need to rethink their curricula, learning resources, the coherence of degrees and assessment approaches.  

10/21/2015: Saying Yes to Competency-Based Education: The Big Picture (Part 1), by Rhonda Tracy, The EvoLLLution - In fall 2015, KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box convened a special work group to study and make recommendations for a new business model for online CBE that would ensure the sustainability of the approach. The work group would be comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators across the 16 KCTCS institutions who were nominated by their college presidents.

College Readiness
01/29/2016: New Initiative Encourages Adults to Return to College, by NewsChannel 9 WTVC - Chattanooga, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is continuing his push to help adults earn a college degree. He's announced a new initiative called Reconnect + Complete. The goal is to encourage 110-thousand Tennesseans who were more than halfway complete with their degree when they left college to go back to school.

01/2016: Implementation of High School-to-College Transition Courses in Four States, by Elisabeth A. Barnett, Maggie P. Fay and Lara Pheatt, Community College Research Center (CCRC) - This report is based on a qualitative study examining the implementation of transition courses in four states: California, New York, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The report relies primarily on interviews with faculty, administrators, and students as well as classroom observations and publicly available documentation.

Remedial Education
01/25/2016: Five States See Striking Progress with Corequisite Remediation Model, by Tara García Mathewson, EducationDIve - "For most of these students, remediation will be their first and last college experience - a reality that is disproportionately true for low-income students and students of color," write the authors of Complete College America's latest report, "Corequisite Remediation: Spanning the Completion Divide."

01/2016: Raising the Bar for College Admission: North Carolina's Increase in Minimum Math Course Requirements (NBER Working Paper No. 21926), by Charles T. Clotfelter, Steven W. Hemelt and Helen Ladd, The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) - We explore the effects of a statewide policy change that increased the number of high school math courses required for admission to any of North Carolina's 15 public four-year institutions. Using administrative data on cohorts of 8th grade students from 1999 to 2006, we document and exploit variation by district over time in the math course-taking environment encountered by students.

College Completion
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01/28/2016: Our Opinion: Ivy Tech Must Reverse Troubling Trend, South Bend Tribune - When it comes to students completing their college degrees, the north-central region of Ivy Tech Community College has a lot of catching up to do....

01/26/2016: Michigan Community College Students Struggle to Earn Bachelor's Degrees in Timely Manner, by Brian McVicar, MLive - Michigan's community colleges do a good job helping students transfer to four-year colleges, according to a new report. But once at the four year schools, the transfer students often struggle to earn a bachelor's degree in a timely manner.

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Workforce Development
01/29/2016: Studying Marketing? You Might Actually Make More Than Some Scientists One Day, Fed Says, by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post - Here's something to blow your mind: Marketing majors can look forward to a median income of $70,000 mid-career, a good $10,000 more than folks in environmental studies and $7,000 more than earth science majors.

01/28/2016: Do Americans Believe Hard Work Still Matters?, by Lauran Cassani Davis, The Atlantic - Yes, but they're more skeptical about whether going to college helps them achieve their goals.

01/26/2016: Should More Kids Skip College for Workforce Training?, by Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour - Of all the U.S. high school students who graduate high school and go on to college, a large proportion will never earn their degree. How can educators better train those who may struggle in trying to pick a course of study? One solution may lie in putting greater emphasis on high school vocational training, but critics disagree. Video: Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.

Technology Adoption
02/01/2016: White House Launches Computer Science for All Initiative with $4.1 Billion Request, by Tanya Roscorla, Center for Digital Education - President Barack Obama announced the Computer Science for All Initiative on Saturday, Jan. 30, to accelerate the expansion of computer science education in K-12 schools. The White House brought together a broad coalition of federal agencies and technology industry leaders that plans to contribute to this initiative.

01/26/2016: How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Special Characters in Windows 10, by David Nagel, Campus Technology - Your Windows mobile device doesn't have a numeric keypad, so how do you type characters like em dashes or bullets without having to open Word or Character Map?

Data Analysis & Assessment
02/03/2016: Gates Foundation Sharpens Its Data Push, Inside Higher Ed - The impetus for the data push is gaps in knowledge about "posttraditional" students, the foundation said, including low-income, first-generation and adult students.

01/26/2016: Faulty Predictions?, by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed - While the SAT may work for most colleges at predicting freshman grades, he said that the percentage of colleges where it doesn't work calls for the release of much more information so those institutions can consider whether they want to rely on SAT scores.

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Funding & Economics
01/29/2016: President Obama Outlines New Pell Proposals Aimed at Increasing College Completion, by Lauren Walizer, CLASP - In an announcement that underscored its achievements in increasing college access and success, the Obama Administration has proposed two new Pell Grant reforms that would provide more flexibility in the support offered to today's undergraduate students, the majority of whom are independent.

01/27/2016: How Students Missed Out on $2.7 Billion in Free FAFSA College Aid, by Victoria SImons and Anna Helhoski, NerdWallet - High school graduates missed out on as much as $2.7 billion in free federal grant money in the past academic year, according to a new analysis from NerdWallet. This money went unclaimed mainly because of incomplete or unsubmitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.

01/26/2016: Mapped: The Dizzying Differences in What US States Spend on Higher Education, by Amy X. Wang, Quartz - While some states are boosting education budgets by double-digit percentages (Oregon by as much as 16% in the last year), others are still making steep cuts. Over the past five years, spending on higher education in certain states has decreased by as much as 27%.

Transfer & Articulation
01/28/2016: It Should be Easier for Community College Students to Transfer to Selective Private Schools, by Jay Mathews, The Washington Post - About 20 percent of four-year college graduates start at a different four-year school. That includes President Obama and me. We got our degrees from selective colleges that admitted very few transfers. That has not changed much in the decades since.

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