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Facing Pressure on Enrollment, Will Colleges Support More Transfer Students?

During his yearslong quest for a bachelor’s degree, José Del Real Viramontes encountered trials at four different California community colleges. At his first college, right out of high school, the young man born in Zacatecas, Mexico, hoped to play for the football team. But Del Real Viramontes never made it to tryouts, he says, and when his best friend left

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Districts, families, communities and youth-supporting organizations all have vested interests in supporting the academic journeys of students, yet their decisions affecting education often occur independently. This disconnect is especially evident for students from communities that have historically and systematically been excluded (HSE) from opportunity and access in education: Black, Brown, Indigenous, those experiencing poverty, multilingual learners and students experiencing learning

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Colleges Must Respond to America’s Skill-Based Economy

Back in March of this year, EdSurge published my article outlining the nearly 400-year history of higher education in America, how that past shapes the way the country views colleges today, and why microcredentials, while critical to the future of the U.S. economy, are causing a dilemma for the academy. Since then, I have enjoyed serving on various panels like

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How Teaching Should Change, According to a Nobel-Prize-Winning Physicist

After Carl Wieman won the Nobel Prize for physics in 2001 for, as he puts it, “shining lasers on atoms” in a new way that gave experimental proof to a theory by Albert Einstein, Wieman decided to shift his research focus. He devoted the bulk of his time and energy to studying how to improve teaching. “I just could make

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How Can Colleges Close the Latino Graduation Gap?

While this data is not exactly positive, Labandera says a bright spot is that it reveals that opportunities exist for higher education institutions to reach out and support students who started but haven’t finished their degrees. “The higher education system was created for a more traditional student that finishes an associate degree in two years and or a bachelor’s degree

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How Many English Learners Graduate From High School? It Depends Where They Live

Exactly how much of a gap exists between native-English speakers and English learners depends on the state. In Indiana and Florida, graduation rates for English learners are approaching 90 percent and almost on par with the overall student population. The worst state for English learners is New York, where only 39 percent of them graduated compared to 83 percent of

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How to Encourage Viewpoint Diversity in Classrooms

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Robert Groven, director of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, has been coaching high school debate competitions for more than 30 years, and he’s noticed a marked shift in student behavior in the past decade or so. During debate exercises, there’s been a “consolidation” around points of view that are more left-leaning, he says, and a reluctance

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We Don’t Have to Sacrifice Joy for Rigor in the Classroom

A joyful class is a rigorous class. A rigorous class is a joyful class. I wrote this mantra on a sticky note and placed it on my desk as a daily reminder that my students’ right to access joy is just as important as academic rigor. During my third year of teaching, I struggled to envision what rigorous learning looks,

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When a Tiny Fraction of Teachers File Most School Discipline Referrals

Education wonks have long raised the alarm about how school discipline is applied unequally among students of different racial and ethnic groups, with Black students facing a disproportionate number of office discipline referrals (ODRs). The effects of such practices can reverberate throughout a student’s life, according to the American Psychological Association, leading to worse mental health and lower grades. “We

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Helping Students Think With Their Whole Bodies

When people think about thinking, they typically conceive of the brain as a kind of machine or muscle that is strictly confined to our skulls. As Rodin’s famous sculpture of the thinking man propping his chin on his hand, we imagine the mind as all in our heads. But what if those typical metaphors for our brains are limiting our

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Evidence Is Mounting That Calculus Should Be Changed. Will Instructors Heed It?

Calculus is a critical on-ramp to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). But getting to those careers means surviving the academic journey. While there’s been progress of late, it’s been “uneven” and Black, Hispanic and women workers are still underrepresented in some STEM fields. Traditional methods of calculus instruction may be knocking students off the path to these

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How We Can Honor Indigenous Values in Our Teaching Without Appropriating the Culture

I have always felt connected to Indigenous peoples. Perhaps it is because I am Mexican American and colonization is a part of my ancestry. Perhaps it is because the virtues of Mexican and Indigenous spiritualities in Texas and Minnesota, where I’ve split my whole life, are so universal that it’s hard to not be drawn to their teachings and practices.

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Colleges Are Missing Out on Students Who Start — But Don’t Finish — Their Applications

Twice a week, Rofiat Olasunkanmi, 22, heads back to Brooklyn to her alma mater, Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School. Now a senior at New York University, Olasunkanmi helps high school seniors navigate applying to college, a process she personally recalls being dominated by concern about finances and a general sense of anxiety because no one in her family did it

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What Schools Tell Us About Our Bodies — and How It Impacts Students

Usually, when I begin writing an essay, I’m hopeful, or at least determined. Not this time. I’m making myself write this essay, even though it scares me. Writing about bodies – about my body – scares me. Our bodies are so sexualized and commodified that talking about them in school or in relation to school feels almost forbidden. When we

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The Math Revolution You Haven’t Heard About

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Math professor Martin Weissman is rethinking how his university teaches calculus. Over the summer, the professor from the University of California at Santa Cruz, spent a week at Harvard to learn how to redesign the mathematics for life sciences courses his institution offers. Called Math 11 A and B, these classes, which students take as freshmen and

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As Enrollment Lags, Colleges Send Acceptances to Students Who Haven’t Applied

High school seniors across the country endure months of suspense as they await the arrival of college admissions decisions. In December, it’s early decision, closely followed by early action. By mid-March, regular offers begin to roll in. This June, there was a new round of news for some high school seniors — one they weren’t even expecting. The State University

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Which Colleges Pay Off for Low-Income Students?

As juniors and seniors return to high school this fall, part of their school day likely will include thinking about which colleges and universities they’ll apply to. Parsing education data into snack-sized servings. But recent data suggests that’s the case for fewer students, as college enrollment remains sluggish and some members of Gen Z remain skeptical that a four-year degree

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Who Does School Reform Serve?

Camika Royal knows the Philadelphia school system, and not just because she was a student there in her childhood. For her doctoral research at Temple University, Royal dug into the turbulent history of school reform in the city from the 1960s up to now, including reading through the minutes of every school board meeting from 1967 to 2017 and interviewing

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