3 Ways Big Data Can Soften the Campus Dropout Crisis

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And like any major problem, this mass exodus of dropouts must be addressed sooner rather than later through innovative interventions. The “soft” predictors, those subtle hints that are precursors to student dropout. Guest Article Written By: Bob La Loggia.

Fewer teenage mothers, but they still present a dropout puzzle

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Photo: Erin Einhorn for The Hechinger Report. 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.

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

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. Colleges and universities that use sophisticated data systems to analyze and guide students must be careful to avoid ethical dilemmas that can arise, like pigeonholing students unfairly or underestimating their abilities, according to a new report that analyzed common pitfalls of these systems.

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall, the National Association for College Admission Counseling reports.

Colleges must stop holding students hostage and release their debt

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Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report. The Hechinger Report receives financial support from Lumina. Students who lack food and shelter are at greater risk for dropping out than those who have a steady home to go to, according to a new report published by The Hope Center at Temple University.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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In surveying broader groups of occupations, Burning Glass found a credentials gap of 26 percent for management jobs, 21 percent for computer and math jobs and 13 percent for sales jobs. It hurts employers, too, Fuller and his Harvard colleague, researcher Manjari Raman, found in their report.

Held back, but not helped

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Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report. “We Laster’s presentation, based on 2010 data, reported that 28 percent of Louisiana students did not make it to fourth grade on time. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report.

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

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Department of Education data analyzed by The Hechinger Report. Three years after enrolling, one-third had quit, compared to about a quarter of students whose parents have a university degree, the Education Department reports. Photo by Ben Smith for The Hechinger Report.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report. But the surveys put parent satisfaction in the 88th to 96th percentiles. appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Dan D.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Photo: TARA GARCIA MATHEWSON/The Hechinger Report. A 2015 survey by the Council of State Governments Justice Center found that only 13 states provided educational services for kids inside juvenile justice facilities that were comparable to those provided for kids outside of them.

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

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Stop condemning high schools for college graduation rates

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Photo: Alison Yin/Hechinger Report. According to a new study they published in March, two in three community college students they surveyed are food insecure — an increase of 50 percent from their 2015 report.

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

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This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report.

Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment

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One by one, the principals looked at each student’s profile, which included the student’s answers to district-wide survey questions about what worries them about AP classes, what subjects interest them and what adults they trust in the building.

NYC’s bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students’ social and emotional needs to get academic gains

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That year, on the annual schools survey, only 13 percent of teachers said that order and discipline were maintained. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

Economic Impact of Suspending 10th Graders: $35 Billion, Study Says

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The national suspension data comes from sophomores surveyed as part of the Educational Longitudinal Survey of 2002. The data includes survey responses of about 16,000 public and private school students included in the study, who were later resurveyed to determine if they graduated from high school. For more information about the researchers’ methodology, take a look at the whole report here. Do you agree with the report’s conclusions?

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Programmatic Best Practices for Healthy Academic Programs


Learning House’s most recent survey of online students (2017) notes that 52% of respondents reviewed programs at three or more institutions before making their decision. Allowing the students to self-register for courses without staff reports or approvals.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

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According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. In this case that meant at the fringe of schools—in the advanced classes, foreign languages, and credit and dropout recovery options they couldn’t otherwise offer, for example. Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools.

New research offers hope to first-generation college grads

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A February 2018 report found that, nationwide, those who earn a bachelor’s degree are likely to earn the same paychecks as their peers who had more educated parents. It’s unclear from the current data if the dropout rates for first-generation students are improving or worsening.

OPINION: What health care can teach educators about the difference between ‘equal’ and ‘equitable’

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Longitudinal data show that students enrolled in City Connects schools performed better academically and had lower grade retention, chronic absenteeism and dropout rates. Getty Images.

What healthcare innovators can learn from academic coaches in higher ed

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So it fails many of them in terms of both the quality and utility of educational experience, as evidenced by some sobering surveys. The 2016 Gallup Student Poll, which surveys public school students in grades five through 12, found that fewer than half of all students felt engaged with school.

How young is too young to start introducing students to future careers?

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Over the next eight years, until they leave the district for high school, they will cycle through learning about 54 different careers, including real estate agent, paralegal, dietitian, reporter, graphic designer, sociologist, urban and regional planner and financial analyst.

At a growing number of colleges, faculty get a new role: spotting troubled students

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Photo: Harrison Jones for The Hechinger Report. million since the most recent peak, in 2011, the National Student Clearinghouse reports. Photo: Harrison Jones for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Harrison Jones for The Hechinger Report.

OPINION: Many student-parents drop out because they don’t have enough time for their schoolwork, research shows

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The result is that these students must work more hours and reduce the actual time they spend on college work, which results in slower degree progress and higher dropout rates, essentially squandering the investment that they and taxpayers have made in their educations.

Montana vote becomes a national referendum on public confidence in higher ed

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Paulsen for The Hechinger Report. About the same proportion in a Public Agenda survey said colleges care mostly about the bottom line, and 44 percent said they’re wasteful and inefficient. Paulsen for The Hechinger Report. Paulsen for The Hechinger Report.

Bending to the law of supply and demand, some colleges are dropping their prices

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Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Meanwhile, almost seven in 10 parents said in a survey that they had eliminated colleges from consideration for their children because of the cost.

Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt continues to increase

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Photo: Jesse Pratt Lopez for The Hechinger Report. Photo: Jesse Pratt Lopez for The Hechinger Report. At Wisconsin’s Silver Lake College, Matt Goff, dean of SLC Works, the school’s work college model, sees another potential boost from his school’s year-old program: fewer dropouts.

Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help


Left untreated, mental health concerns can contribute to high school dropout rates. A recent report, released by the “Born This Way Foundation,” found that even though adolescents value their psychological well-being, less than half are talking about their mental health.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?


A nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials. In urban districts, which educate the highest concentration of students who are not proficient in English, half of survey respondents did the same, according to a report by the Council of the Great City Schools, a membership organization of urban school districts.

A Skills Gap From College to Career Doesn't Exist. It's the Awareness Gap We Need to Fix.


Sixty percent of employers feel that the primary barrier in hiring for entry-level roles resides in the skills gap, according to a survey by PayScale. In the United States alone, jobs website Indeed reports that reduced productivity stemming from open positions accounted for $160 billion of lost revenue in 2014. high-profile dropouts and the rise of the so-called “ anti-credential.”

Universities cut services for a big group of their students: those over 25

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million since 1995, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reports. The institute says 95 of 100 campus day care centers surveyed have waiting lists with an average of 82 children. The Gates Foundation is among the funders of The Hechinger Report , which produced this story.).

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The Cause That Unites Chief IT and Academic Officers


That’s what an Adobe-commission survey , published in partnership with futurist Bryan Alexander and the New Media Consortium, revealed. FUN SAD FACT: According to Avi Yashchin, Senior Offering Manager at IBM Watson: “Sadness [sentiments] in incoming freshman college application essay is the sixth strongest predictor of dropout.” What better place to reveal the results of a national survey about trends in IT than at Educause? Switches, routers, panels and projectors.

As small private colleges keep closing, some are fighting back

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Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. These also show that Nichols has reduced the number of dropouts, holding onto $5.4 Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report. Gretchen Ertl for The Hechinger Report.

Professor hopes his quickie calculator will show low-income students they can afford a selective college

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Then the admissions counselor showed her something new – MyinTuition , a six-question survey that takes only a few minutes to fill out and predicts with surprising accuracy just how much financial aid a student can anticipate from the college. Phillip Levine, Katharine Coman and A.

Eclipsed by urban counterparts, rural nonwhites go to college at equally low rates

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Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. Factor in the higher dropout rate among nonwhite students in rural high schools, and the odds that black and Hispanic students from areas like this will ever earn degrees are just as low as for their urban counterparts. “A