Helping Students Prepare for Their Futures with LinkedIn – Education Article

It can be frustrating for teachers and parents alike when teens get distracted by technology: checking text messages during class, posting to Snapchat and Instagram, and so on. However, once students leave high school and college, they will have to balance technology and social media with their real-world careers. How can we help them to prepare for that balance? And how can we help them start building their professional online presence? The social media platform that increasingly addresses both of…

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With college closings the other victims are often their hometowns – Education Article

Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, which has been placed on probation by its accreditor, is a big customer for Justin Cote, co-owner of Flywheel Farm. PLAINFIELD, Vermont — When Justin Cote and his partner started a vegetable farm six years ago, they landed an important and presumably reliable early client: Nearby Goddard College said it would buy all the Chinese cabbage they could grow. Goddard remains a significant customer for the two-acre Flywheel Farm in Woodbury. But there has been…

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Going back to school after 50 – Education Article

Army veteran Chester Dixon, right, works with William Moore, Georgia Department of Labor veterans representative, to apply for a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market, in Atlanta. The program is open to veterans between the ages of 35 and 60. AP Photo/David Goldman This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to financial stability. This…

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High transportation costs at community college – Education Article

  Be it car, bus or subway, students often overlook the cost of transportation when calculating the price of attending community college. Commuters comprise 99 percent of all community college students, with just 28 percent of their institutions offering on-campus housing. Excessive transporation costs can not only impair students’ academic performance but also force students to change from full-time to part-time studies so they can work. This, in turn, increases the amount of time it takes for students to graduate, if…

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When a college degree is no longer a ticket to middle class mobility – Education Article

The labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project, where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to economic stability. This question comes from Kieran Hanrahan. He asks: What are the projections for the size of the middle class assuming current…

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College athletes beating the odds in career quest – Education Article

  Ohio State football phenom Nick Bosa is expected to be among the first picks in this year’s NFL draft. But his career trajectory is far from typical. Out of 500,000 student-athletes competing at NCAA and NAIA schools, fewer than 1.5 percent of college football and basketball players make the transition to the pros. The rest tend to face the same challenges that plague so many of America’s college graduates: mounting debt, the specter of underemployment and a labor market…

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Weakest students more likely to take online college classes but do worse in them – Education Article

  Online college classes and degrees give working adults a lot of flexibility in furthering their educations but there’s a big policy debate over whether students are learning much. According to the most recent federal statistics from 2016, roughly one out of every three or 6.3 million college students learned online. That number is growing even as fewer people are going to college. About half of them were enrolled in online degree programs and take all of their classes on…

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New website shows trustees, lawmakers, administrators and families how colleges spend their money – Education Article

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Higher Education newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Thursday with trends and top stories about higher education. Subscribe today! WASHINGTON, D.C. – We know that college costs are increasing, but what’s harder to find out is where the money is going. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Wednesday launched a site that makes it easy to track how your hard-earned tuition dollars are spent: HowCollegesSpendMoney.com. It’s geared toward…

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Rural colleges aren’t supplying the workers rural businesses and agriculture need – Education Article

Farris Beasley, a retired large-animal veterinarian in Fayetteville, Tenn., has a barn full of agricultural machinery dating back to 1939. It’s the newer stuff he can’t find anyone to fix. Matt Krupnick for The Hechinger Report FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — Farris Beasley stands in a barn on his 600-acre farm, pointing out equipment both ancient and modern and longing for the days when all of it was as easy to repair as his 1939 John Deere tractor. Like Beasley, a retired…

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Future American education must prioritize job skills for working-class adults – Education Article

One of the central promises of education in America is the opportunity to cultivate the knowledge and skills we all need to get good jobs, pursue careers and live productive lives. We invest trillions of dollars to fulfill this promise, yet half of Americans don’t earn a post-high school credential of any kind by the age of 30. Today, there are 32 million working-class adults in America who aren’t earning a living wage. To make matters worse, these struggling Americans…

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Unusual new program seeks to cut urban crime by pushing gang members into college – Education Article

Matthew Jackson speaks in his writing class. Photo: Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report When Matt Jackson’s girlfriend was killed in gang crossfire in 2014, leaving him a single father to a 3-year-old girl, he knew it was time to do something different with his life. Jackson,* who grew up surrounded by drugs and violence in Boston’s South End neighborhood, had been getting into trouble since he was a kid. Locked up at 14 for possessing crack cocaine, he spent…

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LA teacher strike puts spotlight on nation’s school counselor shortage – Education Article

At 7 a.m., on day four of the strike, Nadia Morales, a counselor at Los Angeles High School, and Pedro Martinez, a social-studies teacher at Eagle Rock High School, prepare their children for the day. E. Tammy Kim/Hechinger Report LOS ANGELES — Thirty years ago, when United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the union representing rank-and-file educators in the county’s public schools, went on strike, Nadia Morales and Pedro Martinez were students at Los Angeles High School. Morales was the straight-A,…

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To un-muzzle upstart Negros, we need black-owned news media – Education Article

When I was a newly minted college professor in New Orleans in the winter of 2004, I began writing regular editorials for the Louisiana Weekly, a newspaper devoted to the city’s black community. Whereas the Times-Picayune society pages bore little resemblance to my adopted majority-black city, the writers and editors of the LA Weekly ensured the faces and voices of local heroes like the late activist Dyan French Cole, better known as Mama D, were well-represented. Whereas mainstream publications in…

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Some colleges start using their long winter breaks for career advising – Education Article

Scripps College in the foothills of California’s San Gabriel Mountains, holds a one-week career-preparation program for students during its winter break, one of a handful of such events that are beginning to crop up on campuses nationwide during a period that goes otherwise generally unused. Yunuen Bonaparte for The Hechinger Report CLAREMONT, Calif. — Tiny Scripps College is still on winter break, and the Spanish colonial revival-style campus 30 miles east of Los Angeles seems deserted but for one small…

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Four quick thoughts for higher education faculty | @mcleod – Education Article

I had the privilege of participating in a conversation today at my university about how (and whether) the digital work done by faculty should count for promotion and tenure. (I also had the opportunity to speak for a few minutes; here are my slides). Here are four thoughts that are spinning around in my brain after a couple of hours of discussion… First, if we publish an article in a traditional journal which happens to post that article online and…

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America’s colleges struggle to define diversity on campus – Education Article

Angel Carter, a senior at Tulane University, leads the Green Wave Ambassadors, the tour guide group for the admissions office. Adelaide Basco NEW ORLEANS —“Diversity” was top of mind when Angel Carter was applying to schools. Raised in an African-American enclave in Atlanta, she said, “I would have loved to go to an HBCU,” the acronym for historically black colleges and universities. But college should stretch you, she felt, so Carter chose Tulane, where the student body is 75 percent…

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State tries to narrow racial disparities in Minnesota college graduation rates – Education Article

Adley Nyakora, a freshman at Minnesota State University, Mankato, plays Operation, while Cornelius Bright, Elijah Calderon-Pitchford, Aburrahman Guantai, and Jordan Headley look on. Kelly Field for The Hechinger Report MANKATO, Minn. — Adley Nyakora, 18, bends over the body of a bloated man in polka-dot boxers, examining a bucket lodged in the patient’s knee. He picks up a medical instrument and slowly lowers it, his brow furrowed in concentration. His friends, who hover over him, hold their breath. Nykora aims…

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Goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule – Education Article

President Barack Obama delivers a speech at Macomb County Community College July 14, 2009 in Warren, Michigan. Obama set a goal of increasing the proportion of the population with degrees and certificates, and returning the nation to first in the world in this measure by next year. A decade later, progress has been slow. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images When then-President Barack Obama stood before a friendly and enthusiastic crowd at Macomb Community College, near Detroit, 10 years ago this year, the…

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If we don’t engage online, we cede mindshare to others who will | @mcleod – Education Article

[Every week a ‘Monday Morning Message (MMM)’ email goes out to all doctoral students from a faculty or staff member in the CU Denver School of Education and Human Development. Here’s my second one, which came out today.] [Please join Dr. Heather Johnson and me for one or both of our two Spring 2019 social media workshops for SEHD faculty and students!] In my previous MMM, I noted the power of having an active and visible online presence as part of…

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The problem with high-stakes testing and women in STEM – Education Article

In New York City, there’s a big debate over who should gain admittance to eight elite public high schools, including the well-known Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. Currently, Asian-American students score high enough on an entry exam to win a considerable majority of the seats. Mayor Bill de Blasio and a new school chancellor want to bring in more black and Latino students, who make up most of the city’s school population. This tension between demographics…

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Engineering programs still exclude black students — 4 ways to change this – Education Article

  Today’s engineering field does not reflect the diversity that we know brings the best outcomes. Black men and women are significantly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Black men receive under 9 percent of STEM bachelor’s degrees, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Black women receive just 1 percent of engineering degrees. We can only reach our nation’s true potential if we train a diverse population of students. Related: To attract more blacks and Hispanics to STEM, universities…

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