Tue October 14, 2014

Identifying The Worst Colleges In America

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 1:22 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

For years,Washington Monthly has been rating and ranking the nation's colleges.

But for its 2014 edition, the magazine has done something new. It has put out a list of what it says are the nation's worst colleges. That is, schools with high tuition, low graduation rates and high student debt rates.

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Mon October 13, 2014

Summit County CSU Extension, Not What You'd Expect

Frisco, Colorado
Nathan Heffel KUNC

The Colorado State University Extension Program was created 100 years ago when Congress authorized land grant Universities to provide research based information to agents in communities across the state. While you may think farming, agriculture and 4-H when you think about a CSU Extension, the Summit County Extension Office is about as far away from farming as you can get.

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Mon October 13, 2014

Daniel Tiger: Won't You Be His Neighbor?

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 7:06 am

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is in its second season on PBS.

Lexi Schaefers' preschoolers squeal with excitement. Their eyes are trained on an animated tiger dressed in a red hoodie and sneakers, peeking out of the TV at them.

These 3- and 4-year-olds at Shady Lane Preschool in Pittsburgh, Pa., sing along with the songs and laugh and mimic what the characters are doing onscreen.

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Mon October 13, 2014
Energy U

Energy Boom Squeezes Educator Ranks In Colorado, Wyoming

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland helps one of her smaller seminar classes work through a group project.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Enrollment in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, and at similar programs around the country, has risen dramatically in the last five years in response to the nation's energy boom. Students are flooding into these programs to cash in on high-paying industry jobs.

Conveniently for the students, there are plenty of these jobs to go around. It has not been as convenient though for many educators.

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Mon October 13, 2014

A New Orleans Charter School Marches To Its Own Tune

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 7:42 am

Art projects like these anatomy murals are woven into the curriculum at the Homer Plessy Community Charter school in New Orleans.
Eric Westervelt/NPR

This year, NPR Ed is reporting on the dramatic changes in the New Orleans school system.

All startups face big hurdles. But when you're a startup school in one of America's poorest cities, without deep-pocket backers, the challenges are daunting.

Oscar Brown is a New Orleans native. He grew up in the Desire housing project, a little over a mile west of his current home in a neighborhood ravaged by the storm that struck nearly a decade ago.

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