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The total number of students enrolled in American higher education declined this spring, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Here I’ll break down the results, then comment on their significance. The total number of enrolled students is 17,839,330, a 1.3% drop from the 18,071,004 we taught in spring 2017. That was, in turn, a 1.5% slip from spring 2016’s total of 18,343,655. The NSCRC breaks this down
Wed, 05/23/2018Opinion & AnalysisThe demographics of those enrolled in college look very different than they did twenty years ago. Students once considered “nontraditional” -- including those who are low-income, first-generation, above the age of 23, financially independent, living off campus and attending part-time -- have found themselves elbow-to-elbow with the more commonly conjured image of a college student -- one who is between the ages of 18 and 22, living
Wed, 05/23/2018Industry NewsCredential Engine announced today new partnerships with three states to bring credential transparency, develop credential literacy, improve alignment between credential offerings and outcomes, and inform state practices, programs, and policies by harnessing data that helps students, workers, and citizens make strategic credentialing decisions. Through a competitive process, proposals from Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio have been chosen to work with Credential Engine over the coming year as part of
Wed, 05/23/2018Industry NewsDaktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota, has continued a long-standing relationship with Mississippi State University to provide two new LED video displays on campus in 2018. Bulldog soccer and volleyball fans will see the visual improvements at home games this fall as Mississippi State Soccer Field and Newell-Grissom Building are receiving new technology. “The installation of new videoboards at soccer and volleyball will provide an enhanced game-day experience
Wed, 05/23/2018Top NewsUniversity of Massachusetts Boston faculty were unrepentant yesterday after UMass President Martin T. Meehan spiked the search for a new chancellor, blaming the staff and their union for public criticism that drove the three finalists to drop out. Meehan, in an open letter yesterday, said he was “mortified” and called an “unceremonious” end to the seven-month search process after the candidates over the weekend withdrew their names from
Wed, 05/23/2018Top NewsYou know that Seinfeld episode where Jerry doesn’t remember the name of a woman he is dating, only the fact that it rhymes with a part of the female anatomy? He spends the entire episode faking his way through conversations, trying to cover for himself until he’s unmasked as a very bad boyfriend. That’s how many people feel about artificial intelligence. They know they should know what it
Wed, 05/23/2018Top NewsA special commission assembled in the wake of sexual harassment allegations at the University of Rochester, which have resulted in an ongoing legal battle, issued its preliminary report on the current climate of the university and suggested a number of changes, some of which university officials said are already being made. The 56-page report carried no surprises or bombshells, with the university president noting that many of its
Wed, 05/23/2018Top NewsOfficials at the University of Oregon have apologized for an “insensitive” statement about a 21-year-old student who was found dead over the weekend near Northern California’s Shasta Lake, a popular party destination. Authorities said the student, identified by the university as Dylan Pietrs, was found unresponsive Saturday in his tent at the Gooseneck Campground at Shasta Lake near Redding, according to the Record Searchlight. The shoreline is known
Guest post by Duke faculty member Stacy Tantum, Associate Professor of the Practice, Electrical & Computer Engineering, one of Learning Innovation’s 2017 Active Learning Fellows. One of the biggest differences I’ve experienced in my Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering class [ECE 110L] since incorporating more group-based problem discussion and solving activities into lectures is a shift in the students’ questions from “How?” to “Why?” A few times during each class meeting
Wed, 05/23/2018Top NewsPierpont Community & Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College are now partnering with Murray Energy Corporation. This joint effort will offer a new Associate Degree program for Mine Maintenance. "This program will allow us to recruit and train the proper individuals for unprecedented career growth opportunities in the maintenance fields," said Ryan Murray, Vice President of Operations for Murray Energy.
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