Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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One way is through acquisitions like the one his university made of the Claremont School of Theology in California, or CST, which is being moved to the Salem, Oregon, campus of Willamette, just as private companies consolidate to increase their size and cost-effectiveness.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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On a laptop in the nearly empty office, he worked on code for a webpage he was developing for his employer, the learning materials company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In half an hour, he needed to join a conference call about changes to the company’s website.

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Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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CHICAGO — By Marquell Brown’s count, he has been locked up “roughly 42 times” since 2009. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. In Illinois, Marquell Brown got a firsthand look at the improvements made from 2009 to 2017.

Asking too much of high school graduates but not enough of businesses that employ them

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Even though the unemployment rate has improved in the last decade, the class of 2016 joined “a sizable backlog of unemployed college graduates” dating back to 2009, the study found. Real innovation would oblige companies and colleges to see themselves as the 13th and 14th grades.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been using data tools like these for years to track our clicks and steer us to buy or watch more of their products. James Wiley is a technology analyst with Eduventures, which does consulting work for companies in the predictive analytics industry.

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How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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Around 2009, Lee learned about the Junior Theater Festival (JTF) in Atlanta, where students from across the country gather for three days to compete, take workshops and nerd out over musical theater. The P.S. 124 Theatre Club performs a musical adaptation of the animated movie “Madagascar.”