November 2014 Archives

A report from the New America Foundation underscores the importance of life skills, such as self-discipline and grit, in student success and encourages schools to focus on helping students develop them.


New surveys from Kaplan Test Prep find that about one-third of admissions officers look for more information about an applicant through their social media activity; most students have no problem with the practice.


More than 350 counselors, school leaders, and academics gathered at San Diego State University this week to work in teams to develop plans that would strength the role of school counselors in promoting college access and success.


The 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement, which polls 355,000 freshmen and seniors at four-year colleges, finds little relationship between an institution's selectivity or the size of its enrollment and students' level of engagement and interactions with faculty members.


An analysis by Money magazine looks at the cost of tuition, along with state tax dollar support for higher education, to rank states by the affordability of their public colleges.


Students can earn up to $5,000 in a new essay contest that focuses on interpreting a primary-source historical document.


A comprehensive report on first-time college students who started in 2008 and were tracked for six years by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds enrollment up 12 percent, but completion down 1 percent.


An AFT survey of 570 career technical education teachers finds strong support for the programs but some concerns about equipment and funding.


A new tool called My inTuition that was developed at Wellesley College is gaining popularity as an easy way to gauge bottom-line college costs, according to research from the Brookings Institution.


Two new College Board reports find that four-year public colleges increased tuition by 1 percent after inflation, and that annual borrowing for higher education is down 8 percent.


A new report out from ACT, Inc. finds 75 percent of the high school graduating class of 2014 took the ACT before their senior year.


The American College Application Campaign is helping students in 4,000 high schools in all 50 states complete applications during the school day.


The i3 grant will allow the program to offer dual enrollment courses to more rural students in North Carolina.


A new survey of Kaplan SAT prep students finds that students tend to take the SAT because they are misinformed about the acceptance of ACT scores by colleges.


A new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research finds grades and attendance are better indicators of high school and college success than test scores.


While long-term certificates and associate degrees earned at community colleges can lead to higher wages, a new study finds minimal benefits from short-term certificates with wide variation by field of study.


Two articles in the Association of Middle Level Education Magazine examine ways teachers can connect with students through quick lessons and lead them in discussions to develop critical thinking.


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