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March 22, 2011

Fewer Schools Deemed 'Dropout Factories'

The number of U.S. schools with graduation rates no higher than 60 percent fell by 6.4 percent from 2008 to 2009, says a new report, which gives improvements by region.

March 21, 2011

Grad Nation Summit Kicks Off in Washington Today

About 650 people from across the country are expected to gather in Washington for the first Building a Grad Nation Summit starting today through Wednesday. Headliners will include Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Republican Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Gov. Martin O...

March 09, 2011

Survey Shows Broad Support for College and Career Readiness

A survey released today shows broad agreement among students, teachers, and business executive about the importance of college and career readiness for high school graduates. But opinions about what exactly that means, how high a priority it should be, and what reforms are needed vary.

March 07, 2011

Colleges' Role in Common-Core State Standards

Most of the buzz about the common-core sate standards has focused on K-12, but there is plenty that higher education can do to support the reform effort, according to educators gathered at the American Council on Education annual meeting in Washington this week. The standards have been adopted so f...

March 07, 2011

Colleges Need to Be Innovative to Support Diverse Learners

To help more students be successful in college and be prepared for the work world, experts gathered at the 93rd annual meeting of the American Council on Education, said that colleges need to be innovative and rethink the way they serve an increasingly diverse student body. Here are some ideas floa...

February 20, 2011

Improving Higher Ed. Starts With Rigor, Accountability

Here's a good overview of the ideas experts are tossing around to improve the college experience.

January 18, 2011

Study Suggests U.S. Colleges Fail to Challenge Undergrads

A national survey of college students finds 45 percent had no significant gains in critical thinking skills in their first two years of college.

October 14, 2010

Students Unprepared for Community College Entrance Tests

When a student does poorly on a community college assessment test, it can be the beginning of the end of his or her career in higher education. Too often, students take the test unprepared, end up in developmental education courses, become discouraged, and never finish their degrees. A report look...

September 08, 2010

Policy Fixes to Dropout Crisis and Alternative Education

Jobs for the Future takes a look at current state policies on high school graduation and offers some proposals for improvement.

July 15, 2010

Duncan Calls on High Schools to Increase Rigor, Reduce Need for Remediation

The mission of high schools can no longer be to simply get students to graduate. Their expanded mission must be to ready students for careers and college—without the need for remediation. That was the message U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered today to the AP College Board's An...

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