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March 18, 2020
Here's the top news on how the coronavirus is affecting higher education.
March 17, 2020
Colleges nationwide have been embracing developmental education reforms. A popular reform is math pathways, which places students in math classes that relate to their intended majors and abilities, rather than forcing all students to take the same math courses. But there's some concern that this could track some students -- especially students of color -- away from more lucrative pathways, like science, technology, engineering and math.
March 13, 2020
Prior learning assessment credits could greatly benefit community college students, according to a new report from the Association of Community College Trustees. Nearly 70 percent of community college students work while going to college, and about half are 25 and older, according to the report. These students, as well as veterans, would benefit from receiving credits for their past work experiences.
March 12, 2020
The Massachusetts Department of Correction is launching an education program for prisoners. In a bid process, the state chose American Prison Data Systems, a public benefit corporation, to provide 228 tablets to incarcerated people in 10 prisons, according to a news release. The tablets include programs on GED preparation, vocational training and re-entry planning, among others. There are no costs for using any programs on the tablets.
March 11, 2020
As elite institutions close campuses or switch to online courses, regional and community colleges are planning for the worst. How will they fare?
March 10, 2020
Do good jobs exist for those without four-year degrees? A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research sought to answer this question. While four-year degrees can easily signal the skills or level of preparation a worker might have for a job, it's harder for those who are "skilled through alternative routes," like previous jobs or experience, to signal what they know, the report says.
March 9, 2020
Underserved students, especially black students, in New York are being funneled into pathways that are least aligned with attending college, according to a policy brief from the New York Equity Coalition.
March 6, 2020
Less than 10 percent of students at Grand Valley State University are Latinx. That hasn't stopped the university from making them a focus of supports.
March 2, 2020
Americans are more likely to support tuition-free college programs if there's no income cap and students have to graduate high school with at least a C average, according to a new study. Elizabeth Bell, an assistant professor of political science at Miami University, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 2,500 Americans in 2017 to draw these conclusions. She found that most people, regardless of political ideologies, supported the idea of free college.
March 2, 2020
Six-year completion rates across nearly all states are rising, and gaps among them are narrowing, according to newly released data. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released "Completing College: State Report" as a follow-up to a national review of completion rates. The states that had the largest increases in completion rates compared to the last five cohort years were Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, New York and California, according to the report.

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