Fewer teenage mothers, but they still present a dropout puzzle

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Only 53 percent of women in their twenties who first became mothers when they were teenagers completed a traditional high school degree, according to a January 2018 report released by the nonprofit research organization Child Trends. “We should maintain a focus on preventing teen births, but we also need to help improve the educational attainment of women once they become teen parents,” said Jennifer Manlove, a sociologist at Child Trends who co-authored the report.

OPINION: Now is not the time to put college plans on hold

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As a fall semester transformed by the Covid-19 pandemic continues, a startling trend is emerging: Students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, are leaving college at an alarming rate.


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Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

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Principal Adrian Montes, top right, and educators from Redland Elementary, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, show a group of migrant students who weren’t logging in for online classes how to access their individual classes and assignments.

Long before coronavirus, student parents struggled with hunger, homelessness

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It’s a worrisome trend. Grachan said the school is maintaining its food pantry once a week, but he knows many students are instead accessing food banks closer to where they live.

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OPINION: The pandemic exposes just how much support college students need

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As school presidents agonize over how to reopen their campuses, student affairs and enrollment management leaders are working feverishly to make their services accessible to all students, wherever they are.

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

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He asks : What are the projections for the size of the middle class assuming current economic and demographic trends? Higher Ed K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning STEM teachersThe labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report.

College dreams often melt away in summer months. ‘Near-peer’ counseling is helping keep them alive.

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But the incoming Queens College junior has been trained by the nonprofit College Access: Research and Action (CARA) to help guide students like Tasnia through the transition to college. But while New York’s efforts to stem summer melt are part of a broader trend, intensive coaching programs like CARA’s are still relatively rare, Castleman said, and “there’s a lot of promise to this approach.”.

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

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In a trend that has been widely lauded, the proportion of high school graduates who go straight to college has increased from 63 percent in 2000 to 70 percent now, the Department of Education says. These trends together mean that there are nearly 2.9 After all, the plummeting number of prospects makes it much harder to replace dropouts than it was when there was a seemingly bottomless supply of freshmen. Dropouts cost colleges a collective $16.5

The community college “segregation machine”

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California part of national trend. Higher Ed News achievement gap community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion Race TestingAnthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math. Photo: Meredith Kolodner/The Hechinger Report.

Will colleges with sky-high default rates face consequences?

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Department of Education published its annual look at student loan default rates last week, singling out 15 higher education institutions for rates so high that they are at risk of losing their access to federal student aid. Because the vast majority of its schools enroll mostly low-income students, it relies heavily on federal aid, so losing access to that assistance even at just a few of its campuses could throw Premier into crisis. The U.S.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Recognizing these trends, state policymakers set a goal almost four years ago of increasing the proportion of 25- to 44-year-olds, of all races, with at least a postsecondary certificate to 70 percent by 2025. Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.

Momentum builds for career-focused P-TECH schools

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. K-12 News achievement gap community college Graduation and dropouts Technology access

Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Mississippi Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes with trends and top stories about education in Mississippi. The bill states that these districts have the greatest need due to high incidences of violence, a large number of low-income students and high dropout rates. Many students in Mississippi lack access to mental health care , which is something a counselor can often provide.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Twelve percent of students do not have access to high-speed internet at home. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts High school reform Personalized Learning Rural schools

PROOF POINTS: COVID has been bad for college enrollment — but awful for community college students

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That’s an estimated 600,000 fewer college students nationwide if these partial enrollment trends continue. But the fall data show that white students are now matching these same high dropout rates.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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It was the latest big-fix trend in K-12 education, and Gist, a favored daughter of Silicon Valley philanthropists, offered up the nation’s smallest state as a laboratory mouse. She added, “Facebook plays no role in the Summit Learning Program and has no access to any student data.”). K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education


Indeed, hundreds of millions of students, educators, and researchers in more than 200 countries and territories have access to education technologies and online curricula running on AWS. They are developing a recommendation engine to leverage dropout rate data to predict and design interventions for at-risk students. After intervening and supporting approximately 16,000 students, dropout rates have decreased and test scores have improved.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones. The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. It impedes access to institutions they might be qualified for, because it’s not being accepted.”.

Twenty-one and in high school

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This story is part of a Hechinger reporting series about how “last chance” high schools are pioneering some of the latest trends in high school reform. This model demands more resources than those available to a traditional high school, but given that the typical high school dropout costs the state an estimated $300,000 over their lifetime , Cesene argues that the math is elementary. K-12 News Higher education access Solutions Technology access

‘Backpacks full of boulders’: How one district is addressing the trauma undocumented children bring to school

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the trauma for many continued, as the Trump administration separated families in detention centers where cells were sometimes kept frigid, food was inadequate and kids were not given access to basic hygiene. ADELPHI, Md.

When using data to predict outcomes, consider the ethical dilemmas, new report urges

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It is a growing trend in higher education but it’s not ubiquitous. Among the suggestions: Train staff, and include students in the decision-making process, giving them access to their own data and training them to use it. Often, students are not given access to their own data or the systems that predict outcomes. Higher Ed News Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom. Basecamp schools then receive mentoring from and troubleshooting by Summit staff, as well as PLP access throughout the academic year. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts teachers

K–12 programs with disruptive potential face an important decision

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I’m not referring to the temporary remote and hybrid solutions brick-and-mortar schools have employed during the pandemic, but the related and separate trend of school districts setting up new online learning programs, such as full-time virtual schools and district-supported learning pods.

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

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The median wealth of black families “is on a path to hit zero by 2053,” if current trends hold. Indeed, being a black college dropout negatively affects earnings by at least $10 per hour, according to research by the Economic Policy Institute. For minorities that are already battling racial discrimination, unequal access to capital, and fewer mentors, losing this network could be detrimental to future success.

In one country, women now outnumber men in college by two to one

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It’s how overwhelmingly the women in the bar outnumber the men, a visible manifestation of a momentous trend at whose leading edge is Iceland. It’s a crazy cycle,” said Adrian Huerta, an assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California who focuses on college access and gender. “We But policymakers are worried about this trend.”. The trend also complicates efforts to fill jobs that require a college education.

As small private colleges keep closing, some are fighting back

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These also show that Nichols has reduced the number of dropouts, holding onto $5.4 But there may not be enough donors to keep all of these colleges afloat, if current trends hold true. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completionJared Maymon, a Nichols College junior and a student government vice president, has become convinced that Nichols will survive. He’s “okay to sleep at night, comfortable that I’m going to graduate.

Will the coronavirus transform or destroy higher education as we know it?

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Will a backdrop of economic ruin prompt higher education to listen to feedback on how to become more accountable, flexible and accessible?

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

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And the trend is picking up momentum as the Trump administration and Congress seek to soften federal regulations that were beefed up during the Obama years. We should remain highly concerned,” said Debbie Cochrane, vice president of The Institute for College Access and Success. North Carolina’s attorney general shut down the Charlotte School of Law before it was scheduled to open this past fall. Photo by Ken Cedeno/Corbis via Getty Images.

Budget cuts are taking the heaviest toll on colleges that serve the neediest students

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Whatever the cause, those critics say, the trend is further widening the racial and socioeconomic divide among different types of universities and colleges, shifting money away from those whose students generally need the most support in favor of the ones whose students generally need the least. That’s how higher education works, too,” said Tony Carnevale, an economist and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which has been studying this trend.

Online Tutor–Is it Right For You?

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Some of the other reasons why I love online tutoring are: Offers work-life balance: You might have heard that online education provides great flexibility to students as they can access information anytime and anywhere. Today, students can access high-quality education from wherever they are. This trend opens up huge meaningful job prospects for those who are good at certain subjects.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.”. In Ontario, Canada, for instance, the somewhat shocking facts are: 99% of all Ontario elementary and secondary students have access to computers at school.

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Canadian schools succeed in nudging one minority group to and through college

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trillion by 2060, based on current trends, a book coauthored by Hobby Center director and former U.S. To cope with a high dropout rate among indigenous students between their first and second years — about a third at the U of S don’t come back, compared to a fifth of non-aboriginal classmates — the university’s Aboriginal Student Achievement Program puts them into classes together to support each other.

Pods won’t disrupt districts, but could school systems see disruption from within?

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From that survey, two results point to trends that could become game changers for K–12 education: First, 32% of administrators said their school systems now offer learning hubs where students can get in-person support while schools are closed. According to corroborating data from the American School District Panel, district leaders confirm that virtual schools aren’t just a trend likely to fade away once vaccination is widespread.

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Is California saving higher education?

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billion, is bucking a national trend — most other states are continuing to reduce, not increase, their higher education budgets. The trend peaked during the recession that began in 2008, when UC hiked undergraduate tuition by nearly a third in a single year.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

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Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. Elementary schools, on the other hand, operate on a whole-class basis instead of course-by-course and aren’t yet dealing with dropouts or students in need of credit recovery. Note: Early next year, I will be doing an in-depth case study on this trend and would love to hear from practitioners who are shifting away from a Station Rotation model.