Tag Archives: Higher ed attainment

How a national student database could cheapen the college experience

The proposed database would focus on income. Andy Sacks/Getty Images Nicholas Tampio, Fordham University The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has proposed that the federal government create a database that includes information on outcomes for individual college graduates, such as how much money they earn after they get a degree in a particular major. That’s according to a report that …

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Why business school efforts to recruit more diverse faculties are failing

Black and Hispanic business school professors are few in number. nortonrsx/iStock via Getty Images Plus Sonya A. Grier, American University Kogod School of Business Despite the increasing diversity among America’s college students, business school professors remain overwhelmingly white. In U.S. business schools, Black and Hispanic individuals make up 23.2% of students, yet only 6.7% of the faculty. As a researcher …

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Motivation is a key factor in whether students cheat

Putting less emphasis on grades is essential. Sam Edwards/OJO Images via Getty Images Carlton J. Fong, Texas State University and Megan Krou, Teachers College, Columbia University Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic caused many U.S. colleges to shift to remote learning in the spring of 2020, student cheating has been a concern for instructors and students alike. To detect student cheating, …

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5 ways for teachers to build a good rapport with their students online

A fifth grade teacher conducts her class via distance learning in a classroom. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images Meredith Aquila, Northern Virginia Community College Of all the things needed for academic success, one of the most essential is for students to have a good rapport with their instructors. This is particularly true in the digital classroom, where …

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Why do college textbooks cost so much? 7 questions answered

Textbook prices are taking a toll on student finances. alphaspirit/Shutterstock.com Amie Freeman, University of South Carolina Editor’s note: The high price of college textbooks has long been a sore point for students. Even though the price reportedly went down by 26% since January 2017 – the first decrease in years – the overall trend in recent years has been a …

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6 ways to build motivation to do your schoolwork now that you’re forced to learn online at home

Breaking down big projects into smaller tasks helps. PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images Ryan Korstange, Middle Tennessee State University Even in normal circumstances, it can be hard to get motivated to do your schoolwork. But these are not normal circumstances. The switch to remote instruction caused by COVID-19 has been unsettling. Patterns have changed. Habits have been disrupted. Remote classes are simply …

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Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Students are being forced to disclose sensitive information online. urbazon/Getty Images Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro An online “proctor” who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out …

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Initiatives to close the digital divide must last beyond the COVID-19 pandemic to work

Internet access at home has been linked to higher academic achievement. FG Trade / Getty Images D. Antonio Cantù, Bradley University As COVID-19 continues to force many schools to operate remotely, cities throughout the nation are stepping up to provide free internet service to public school students from families of lesser means. Washington, D.C., plans to provide free internet access …

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P-TECH high school model connects students to college and careers

Graduates of an IBM-inspired P-TECH school in Chicago in 2017. Feature Photo Service Stanley S Litow, Duke University In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted an innovative educational program called P-TECH – an acronym for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. The first P-TECH school opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 2011. It was …

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Pandemic presents an opportunity for small liberal arts colleges to change

Colgate University is a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Colgate University is a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images Beth D. Benedix, DePauw University and Steven Volk, Oberlin College and Conservatory In their newly released book, “The Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College,” Steven Volk, emeritus professor of history at Oberlin College, and Beth D. Benedix, professor of world literature, religious studies and community …

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