Higher Education (College)

6:03am

Thu August 7, 2014
NPR Ed

Tests That Look Like Video Games

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 9:21 am

A screenshot from the Posterlet game: choosing negative or positive feedback.
AAA Lab, Stanford University

This week, NPR Ed is focusing on questions about why people play and how play relates to learning.

Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

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5:53am

Thu July 31, 2014
NPR Ed

Enlisting Smartphones In The Campaign For Campus Safety

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 7:00 am

Circle of 6 was born out of the 2011 "Apps Against Abuse" challenge, a partnership between the Office of the Vice President, Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kainaz Amaria/NPR

Technology – and particularly smartphones – could reshape safety efforts on college campuses. At least that's the hope of some developers.

Several new apps offer quick ways for college students facing unsafe or uncomfortable situations to reach out to their peers, connect with resources on campus and in their communities, or notify law enforcement.

These apps for the most part target sexual assault and rape, amid growing national concern about the prevalence of incidents and criticism of the ways colleges and universities are handling them.

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5:33am

Sun July 27, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: How Is The Native College Experience Different?

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:05 pm

Adrienne Keene, author of the popular blog "Native Appropriations"
Patricia Saxler Courtesy Adrienne Keene

Adrienne Keene is a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University, the author of the popular blog "Native Appropriations" and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

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6:21am

Wed July 16, 2014
NPR Ed

Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:49 am

Everest Institute in Boston.
Mallory Noe-Payne WGBH

Listen to this story on Morning Edition.

After a long reign as the fastest-growing and most problematic sector in higher education, for-profit colleges are on the ropes.

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4:54pm

Tue July 15, 2014
NPR Ed

Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:50 am

Tuition and fees at most community colleges these days are pretty reasonable but according to a new report, students in a fifth of these schools do not have access to federal student loans.
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Tuition and fees at most community colleges are pretty reasonable these days, about $3,500 a year. Which is why the vast majority of community college students don't take out loans to cover their costs. But, according to the Institute for College Access and Success, a non-profit advocacy group based in California, nearly a million community college students who do need help paying for school don't have access to federal student loans.

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