Higher Education

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

Do Rigid College Admissions Leave Room for Creative Thinkers?

| January 10, 2014 | 38 Comments

Universities say they’re looking for students who are engaged citizens and independent thinkers with a desire to be a part of the school’s community. But many of the measures used to determine college admission don’t test for those qualities. Instead, colleges look at SAT or ACT test scores, the number of Advanced Placement classes a student has completed, GPAs and the ability to write a strong essay. There is often a disconnect between the kind of student colleges say they want and what students have to do to be admitted.

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What’s Behind the Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Science Education?

What’s Behind the Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Science Education?

| January 4, 2014

Women and African-Americans are underrepresented among science and engineering graduate students. The Bridge Program, a collaboration between Fisk and Vanderbilt Universities, is working on changing this. And other programs are learning from its approach.

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Do Schools Neglect Girls Who Don’t Want to Go to College?

Do Schools Neglect Girls Who Don’t Want to Go to College?

| December 16, 2013

In a new poll, parents of girls were more likely to say no when asked if schools were sufficiently preparing students for the world of work. With many well-paying trades still dominated by men, girls may have a harder time succeeding in the workplace without some kind of higher education.

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Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education

Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education

| December 11, 2013 | 5 Comments

A burgeoning new group is applying the self-organized learning organization concept to higher education. “For entrepreneurship, the arts, communications, or other fields where the learning isn’t as codified, it doesn’t make sense to use the same models. For those fields, you don’t need a university degree.”

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Could This Be the Next Evolution in Higher Ed?

Could This Be the Next Evolution in Higher Ed?

| October 30, 2013 | 3 Comments

There’s a movement brewing to change the way colleges and universities award degrees from the credit-hour to a model that asks students to prove what they’ve learned, no matter how long it takes.

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Tech Disaster Torments College Applicants

Tech Disaster Torments College Applicants

| October 17, 2013

Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.

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How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

| October 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

A growing body of evidence suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there. Historian and educator Ken Bain has written a book on this subject, What The Best College Students Do, that draws a roadmap for how students can get the most out of college, no matter where they go.

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Bypassing the SAT Altogether

Bypassing the SAT Altogether

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

A look at how students can bypass the SAT to get into a reputable college. “It’s kind of declaring war on the whole rigmarole of college admissions and the failure to foreground the curriculum and learning,” Leon Botstein, Bard’s president of 38 years, said in an interview. Saying the prevailing system was “loaded with a […]

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LinkedIn Invites Teens to Network With New University Pages

LinkedIn Invites Teens to Network With New University Pages

| August 19, 2013

The professional connections site LinkedIn launches a new section of its social network Monday, as University Pages targets young people who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools are already on the network, says LinkedIn, which also dropped its minimum age, to 14 in the U.S.

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Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

| August 16, 2013 | 14 Comments

Universities across the country are experimenting with MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a way to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all students. The premise of MOOCs has, to some, come to mean the democratization of quality higher education, a way of equalizing the playing field for students of every demographic. But that’s not always the outcome.

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