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Race And Beyond: Moving Forward With ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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Earlier this year, President Barack Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, a public-private effort aimed at improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color. At a White House news conference in February, President Obama noted the tremendous progress the nation has made toward removing the obstacles that have stood …

The Common Core Curriculum Void

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Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the . That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel …

What Does Competency- Based Education Have To Do With Disruption?

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Earlier this month Education Next published its first paper in a two-part series on competency-based education. That paper investigates what competency-based education means in practice in New Hampshire, the first state to abolish the Carnegie unit and grant high school credit on the basis of mastery rather than hours of instruction.

What does …

Faculty Tips For First-Gen Students

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When a U.S. Senate committee sought to highlight successful practices in educating minority and other underserved students at a hearing last month, it turned to officials at an urban two-year institution (Long Beach City College); a historically black university (Fayetteville State University); and Heritage University, a private institution that is located on …

Higher Education’s Six Sigma

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Strategies such as Six Sigma and total quality management took corporate America by storm in the 1990s, serving as tools and techniques for continuous improvement. They helped companies drive down costs, increase profitability, and improve customer satisfaction.

Yet higher education remained conspicuously absent from the quality movement, even as industries around the world …

Michigan Governor Highlights Shortage Of Skilled Workers At Business Policy Conference

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Michigan can gain a competitive edge over other states by filling a skills gap that leads to good jobs going unfilled because of a lack of qualified candidates, Gov. Rick Snyder said Thursday.

"The jurisdiction, the place that does this the best over the next few years will have a strategic economic advantage," …

The Future Of Online Ed Isn’t Heading Where You Expect

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A new pioneer has just planted its flag on the ed-tech frontier: the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Its government this week announced the creation of a to promote free online learning in partnership with and . The initiative is part of a broader national strategy of investment in education. The currently …

The International-Friendly Campus

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At Ohio State University the number of undergraduate international students has skyrocketed in the last 10 years, growing from 1,360 to 3,345, with the majority of that increase involving students from China.

With that growth came growing pains. “About four years ago we began to hear what, for lack of a better word, …

D.C. STEM Symposium Examines Equity Issue

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Much attention has been brought to bear of late regarding the decline in the number of college students majoring in STEM disciplines. This decline is particularly acute among minority students, raising concerns that large numbers of such students will be shut out of rapidly growing sectors of the economy.

To address this issue, …

When College Isn’t Worth It

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The New York Times yesterday that once again beats the drum: Despite skyrocketing costs, a college degree is a good investment. In fact, MIT economist David Autor writes in the journal Science that the value of a degree is rising. College grads made almost twice as much per hour in 2013 as …

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