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No matter the degree, most students want the same thing out of education — career preparation that will equip them for employment’s unsteady future. 58 percent of respondents to the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey said that work outcomes were their primary motivation for pursuing higher education. But even if they know what they want, students today aren’t sure they’re getting it. Another Strada-Gallup survey reported that only about a third of college students feel they’ll...

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A majority of college students don't earn a four-year degree in four years. Some switch majors or work part- or full-time. Others are enrolled in programs, such as engineering or education at some colleges, that are structured to take five years. But more should graduate on time, said Charlie Nutt, executive director of the National Academic Advising Association.   One reason cited for the low on-time graduation...

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Overall postsecondary enrollment numbers are decreasing, and online education is eating into what's left   Online courses continue to become more popular in the United States, and with good reason. In 2016-17, overall postsecondary enrollment dropped by almost half a percent, while the number of students who took at least some of their courses online grew by 5.7%. Over the last 15 years alone, online enrollment has quadrupled!   However, a report from...

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Campuses have spent years transforming their operations from analog to digital, department by department. Financial records are all electronic. Just about every course, online or in-person, now uses learning-management systems. Keycard systems count entry into dorms, gyms, and libraries. But until recently all that digitization stayed siloed. That is changing, as colleges work to connect the dots, by creating data warehouses that draw on activity across systems, sometimes in real-time....

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Social emotional learning (SEL) takes a whole-child approach by emphasizing students’ emotional well-being and social skills as they become increasingly important in education and outside of school. SEL helps students develop emotional intelligence that allows them to manage emotions, show empathy for others and establish healthier interpersonal skills to drive towards more fulfilling relationships. What does that have to do with EdTech? A lot, actually....

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The first step to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to succeed is ensuring that student success is the primary goal of postsecondary institutions. For many years, states funded institutions based on the number of students they enrolled but 32 states have now shifted to funding institutions, at least partially, on completion outcomes rather than merely enrollment inputs. A well-designed outcomes-based funding policy tied to a state’s strategic plan can...

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December showed the for-profit sector's troubles are not over. Education Corporation of America (ECA) became the latest major for-profit operator to close abruptly, leaving 20,000 students scrambling to find transfer options or discharge debt. Less than two weeks later, Missouri-based Vatterott Educational Centers (whose deal to sell itself to ECA fell through earlier last year) followed suit. These events happened under an Education Department whose deregulatory agenda is explicitly more sympathetic to for-profits' business models. Regulatory environment aside, poor student...

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Technology in education is a powerful movement that is sweeping through schools nationwide. After all, today's students have grown up with digital technology and expect it to be part of their learning experience. But how much of a role should it play in education? Proponents point out that educational technology offers the potential to engage students in more active learning. It can facilitate group collaboration and provide instant access to up-to-date resources....

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A new higher education advocacy group made its public debut in 2017 with a new federal policy framework and a focus on nontraditional students. “Overall, our policy framework is governed by the idea that our federal policies are out of date,” said Julie Peller, executive director of the new organization, Higher Learning Advocates based here in the district. “We want make sure students are first, that we are not leading necessarily with...

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Four in 10 colleges are seeing drops in applications from international students amid pervasive concerns that the political climate might keep them away. Nearly 40% of U.S. colleges are seeing a precipitous decline in applications from international students, and international student recruitment professionals report “a great deal of concern” from students and their families about visas and perceptions of a less welcoming climate in the U.S., according to a survey conducted in...

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