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10:38 am
Fri May 8, 2015

What The Best College Teachers Do

Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do.
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Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:40 am

Part of our ongoing series of conversations with thinkers and activists on education issues

In a year in which we're exploring great teaching, it's a good time to talk with Ken Bain. He's a longtime historian, scholar and academic who has studied and explored teaching for decades, most notably in his 2004 book, What the Best College Teachers Do.

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Education
8:03 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Are Women's Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar's Demise Tells Us

Students in the Powell Reading Room at Sweet Briar College, circa 1950.
Rebecca Thomson Flikr Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:21 am

Sweet Briar College in Virginia will close its doors in May, after 114 years of teaching women at its scenic campus in western Virginia.

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Education
9:53 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

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Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:22 pm

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

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Education
9:23 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Student Tuition Now Outweighs State Funding At Public Colleges

During the fiscal years 2003-2012, "median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges," while state funding decreased by 12 percent, the General Accountability Office reports.
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Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:45 pm

Driven by higher tuition fees and tighter state funds, America's public colleges now get more money from their students than from all state sources. That's according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, which says tuition revenue reached 25 percent of the colleges' total in 2012.

The numbers are stark, with the GAO saying that from fiscal years 2003-2012, "state funding decreased by 12 percent overall while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges."

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Education
9:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Federal College Ratings Will Consider Aid, Total Cost, Employment

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:12 pm

Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators, and officials said they'll be seeking public comment on the proposals through February.

"As a nation, we have to make college more accessible and affordable and ensure that all students graduate with a quality education of real value," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

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Education
10:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

'Great Beginnings' Helps Incoming MSU Students Adjust to College Life

Murray State University's Great Beginnings brings Re'Nita Avery-Meriwether, Director of Student Life and the Curris Center, to Sounds Good. The official university welcome and orientation programs for new and returning Racers starts Wednesday, August 13 and continues through September 4.

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A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus
5:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

How Campus Sexual Assaults Came To Command New Attention

President Obama signs a memorandum establishing the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in January.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:27 am

Call it a sign of the times that right along with required writing core courses, incoming freshmen at most schools this fall will also face a mandatory crash course on the subject of sexual assault.

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Education
6:42 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Good News for Kentucky College Grads

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Earnings outlook for college students who earn a degree in Kentucky are positive, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. Executive Director Charles McGrew who authored the 2014 Kentucky Postsecondary Feedback report, says the statistics include all students in the state of Kentucky who went on to post-secondary education. 

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NPR Ed
6:54 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Tackling Sexual Assault On Campus With Comedy

"Clearly universities are not making their campuses safe for women," Comedy Central's Jon Stewart noted in a recent segment focusing on rape and sexual assault on campus.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 9:26 am

There's nothing funny about sexual assault. But the absurdity of how some colleges respond to it can make you laugh.

This week, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart became the latest comedian to crack wise about the rape crisis on America's college campuses: Reports are up, yet many schools still fail to adequately address the problem.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 2 percent of college graduates with $20,000 to $40,000 in undergraduate loans said they were "thriving."
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Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:38 am

There's plenty of anxiety in the U.S. over getting into a top college. But a new Gallup poll suggests that, later in life, it doesn't matter nearly as much as we think. In fact, when you ask college graduates whether they're "engaged" with their work or "thriving" in all aspects of their lives, their responses don't vary one bit whether they went to a prestigious college or not.

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