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For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is Even Wider Than the Enrollment Gap

For the Poor, the Graduation Gap Is Even Wider Than the Enrollment Gap | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Overcoming odds in high school is just a start; poor students fall further behind affluent ones in trying to complete college.
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And if you propose that perhaps poor students just haven't achieved the same levels of college readiness... nope: "... results show that the hypothesis is wrong: educational achievement does not explain the gap in bachelor’s degree attainment."

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Out-Of-State Student Arms Race

Almost seven out of ten public colleges and universities provide so-called “merit aid” to at least five percent of freshmen who lack financial need...
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Not the smoking gun, but part of the firing squad -- as public institutions move toward merit, and as state funding has declined, ALL of higher ed ends up raising tuition, increasing discounts, and "unfortunate[ly]" ending up skewed toward students/families with greater means. 

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College for the Masses

College for the Masses | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
New studies show how a four-year degree greatly benefits even marginal students.
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A lot of data and unambiguous conclusions: college is worth it.

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The Dangers of Tuition Discounting

The Dangers of Tuition Discounting | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Research shows that small private colleges like Sweet Briar need to keep a close eye on their pricing strategies.
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0315-collaborative-lead-md.pdf

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Free download at the moment ('til April).  Perhaps there's nothing game-changing in this overview, but the report's concise articulation of obstacles to and methods for collaborative leadership is worth reading.

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With Survival at Stake, Small Colleges Reach for Lifelines

With Survival at Stake, Small Colleges Reach for Lifelines | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
In the recession’s aftermath, the institutions are adapting to a new market.
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There's no magic bullet -- but one consistent message at various institutions successfully pushing through the economic challenges is Know Thyself.  

"As she describes it, the question boiled down to, "Would we pull back and hunker down and balance the budget through cuts, or would we make some investments that we believed would enhance revenue over time?"

"There wasn’t much fat in the budget," she says, "so we’d be cutting into the lean—and then what we would be offering would be of less value.""

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Corporate Governance and Shared Governance | Confessions of a Community College Dean @insidehighered

Corporate Governance and Shared Governance | Confessions of a Community College Dean @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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An incisive summary of how corporate investments changed focus from long-term sustainability to short-term goals -- with implications for issues of governance in higher education.

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Have Mobile Phones In the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment?

Have Mobile Phones In the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment? | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Last week, while reviewing our class syllabus on the first day, I made a decision to do a little experiment. Rather than make the announcement that mobile phones should be turned off during class, ...
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David Davies with a (typically) smart, challenging post about mobile tech in the classroom.  

The cool opportunities?: "  It's as if the wall that a classroom erects between the social of mobile media and the knowledge and ideas of the classroom as been too effective—making it difficult to model connections between their two worlds."  


So Davies is pushing to model and engage with mobile tech/media, not carefully constrain....

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engaging_diverse_viewpoints.pdf

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Saw at AAC&U's 2015 conference some fascinating research on the ways student engagement with diverse perspectives correlated with their learning, their success at college, and their long-term sense of well-being.

 

 

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How to Improve Discussion of Race in the Classroom

How to Improve Discussion of Race in the Classroom | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Professors can help students learn better ways of talking with one another about delicate issues.
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That quoted tag-line sentence is a little more patronizing than I'd like, or than the article actually is.  Bell, a Law professor, lays out some concrete, practical steps for discussion -- and, even more importantly, underscores the vital opportunity and *responsibility* we have in educational spaces to engage race and ethnicity (and other central social structures).  

The comments section then immediately demonstrates how hard it is to do this.

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A Gamified Approach to Teaching and Learning | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

A Gamified Approach to Teaching and Learning | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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Has anyone at HU read Carnes' book?  I am fascinated by this approach to play as pedagogy.  And he quotes John Dewey!

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Gallup-Purdue index releases inaugural findings of national landmark study

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Key findings on finding meaning in your work and life after college: US News and World report doesn't matter; internships matter; relationships with professors matter.  

Also: debt matters.

 

Maybe no huge surprises but a substantive survey about the value of college experiences. 

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Integrative Learning from First to Final Year at Wellesley College

Integrative Learning from First to Final Year at Wellesley College | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
When Wellesley College joined AAC&U’s project on Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning, the faculty and administrators started out by conducting an inventory of the college’s existing integrative learning practices. They found that the Massachusetts liberal arts college was giving students a good start at integrative learning in the first year, with interdisciplinary seminars and a grading policy that encouraged students to explore courses and topics they might not have pursued otherwise.
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A lot of very cool things happening at Wellesley...

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You Draw It: How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances

You Draw It: How Family Income Affects Children’s College Chances | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Draw your guess for every income level, then compare it with the actual data on college enrollment and the drawings of other readers.
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Each move up a percentile in family income moves the likelihood of enrolling in college up 0.7 percentage points. "And enrolling is not everything. While rich children born around 1980 were nearly three times more likely to go to college than poor children, they were six times more likely to graduate, according to a study separate from the one we're showing here."
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Defining the Problem | Confessions of a Community College Dean | InsideHigherEd

Defining the Problem | Confessions of a Community College Dean | InsideHigherEd | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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"Because it’s not about the loans. The student debt problem is not about student debt.

It’s about entry-level wages, and the low-end job market."

 

It's probably not either/or -- and the problem of entry-level wages complements the pervasive, predatory expansion of "credit" which shackles those with lower income to constant debt.  But Reed makes some very good points about how the student loan issue is, and isn't, framed. 

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Helping students make better decisions can improve higher ed equality (essay) | InsideHigherEd.com

Helping students make better decisions can improve higher ed equality (essay) | InsideHigherEd.com | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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This is a little too intensely fanboyish about Apple, but the central claims make a lot of sense -- access isn't enough; we need to make our systems clearer, more responsive, and more attuned to our students' needs in order to help ensure these students' success.

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Dear Kevin: 5 Challenges to “The End of College” | Technology and Learning @insidehighered

Dear Kevin: 5 Challenges to “The End of College” | Technology and Learning @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Piiskoor Prof's insight:

I haven't read Carey's book on "The End of College" yet, but Kim's assessment is worth reading in its own right.

 

See, especially, this critique of the MOOC-topian rallying cry:

 

"All the evidence that I have seen says that authentic learning does not scale, and that what is most important is a skilled educator working closely with the learner as a mentor and guide."

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And this response to Carey is corrosive and compelling: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/03/26/essay-challenging-kevin-careys-new-book-higher-education
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Think tank backs changes to Pell by pointing out tricks colleges play with merit aid @insidehighered

Think tank backs changes to Pell by pointing out tricks colleges play with merit aid @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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This story is coupled with another at IHE this morning about a study of Virginia's college system, where reductions in state aid have materially undermined completion rates for lower-income students.

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How to Make College Cheaper

How to Make College Cheaper | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Tuition deferment should replace loans to students and parents.
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Interesting...and probably not tenable at institutions on a tighter expense/revenue margin. 

 

But it is fascinating to hear a new idea, to see someone grappling with a system that desperately needs new ideas. 

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Essay on why faculty members should seek jobs as administrators @insidehighered

Essay on why faculty members should seek jobs as administrators @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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I recognize as I post this at this moment in time... well, skepticism may prevail.  But I still believe this.  We will not transform higher ed to continue to serve as an engine for equity and for research without faculty engagement in institutional leadership.  And that means, as this article smartly argues, developing a deeper understanding in the faculty of the complex social and economic climate in which our institutions now engage.

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The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education — Publications

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A critical assessment of how higher ed, once a mechanism for social and economic mobility, has become increasingly a machine that reproduces the status quo:


"higher education outcomes are highly inequitable across family income groups. Moreover, on many of these indicators, gaps in outcomes are larger now than in the past. The disinvestment of state funds for public colleges and universities occurring since the 1980s and the declining value of federal student grant aid have all aided in the creation of a higher education system that is stained with inequality. Once known for wide accessibility to and excellence within its higher education system, the U.S. now has an educational system that serves to sort students in ways related to later life chances based on their demographic characteristics rather than provide all youth with the opportunity to use their creative potential to realize the many benefits of higher education and advance the well-being and progress of the nation."

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The Most Important Higher Ed Story of 2015 | Technology and Learning @insidehighered

The Most Important Higher Ed Story of 2015 | Technology and Learning @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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On the one hand, this article in IHE suggests we need an (expensive) redesign of large intro classes: more substantive team/group work, flipping the class away from lectures and toward inquiry and discovery (not just "content" or knowledge delivered unto students, but active engagement with core methods and key problems in the field).

 

On the other hand, another article unskeptically discusses  research from a study of DeVry that indicated larger online sections for introductory Econ classes (not MOOC-level, but significant increases) did not impact student learning.

 

I tend to agree with the article here linked.  (The implications of the DeVry findings seem to me .... let's say underdeveloped.) But I find the duelling ledes to be illistrative of a core problem: what is the Intro class for?  How should an institution like ours evaluate and enhance Intro classes as distinctive Hamline experiences?

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Rethinking Retention | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

Rethinking Retention | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
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Some of these we do, some others seem intriguing, some others don't really fit the needs or mission of Hamline.  But overall it's a useful snapshot of the field.

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Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment

Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom is that humanities majors are wasting all that tuition money and dooming themselves to lives of underemployment. The conventional wisdom is wrong. Humanities degrees are actually worth well more than the cost of college.
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"The simple reality is that an average student attending a public university or a high-quality private one will earn more over their lifetime from that degree than what it cost no matter what she majors in."


And the more complicated (and more interesting) reality we also know: that great liberal arts education produces a more expansive lifelong 'ROI' by giving people a richer sense of purpose and possibility (and responsibility) in their personal and community lives.

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Why students have no idea what college actually costs

Why students have no idea what college actually costs | Higher Education, the state of, etc. | Scoop.it
Some of the best low-income students don't even bother to apply to colleges with the most aid. Why? Blame misleading data.
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h/t to Lisa Nordeen -- good reporting on the difficulties many students have understanding--and the difficulties many in higher ed or government have explaining--financial aid.

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