Higher Education (College)

5:38am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Ed

Big Data Comes To College

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 11:18 am

The Course Signals dashboard tells professors how their students are doing at a glance.
Information Technology at Purdue

When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too.

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6:03am

Sat June 28, 2014
NPR Ed

Tackling Sexual Assault On Campus With Comedy

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 8:26 am

"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

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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12:11pm

Mon June 23, 2014
NPR Ed

Be A Varsity Player ... In Video Games?

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 1:22 pm

League of Legends is a video game with 70 million players a month.
Riot Games, Inc

Imagine the lede in the campus newspaper:

The Eagles swept to a win last night in 100 hours of tournament gameplay. Tabbz made the absolute best usage of the shields and heals that were available to him. Froggen went for utility and pushing power, while Nyph's black shields were near perfect, and he hit a bunch of bindings. Airwak's Lee Sin kick ended the encounter with a massive multicolor explosion.

Monday morning quarterbacking will never be the same.

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6:22am

Thu June 19, 2014
NPR Ed

Free College For All: Dream, Promise Or Fantasy?

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:56 am

"Free" is a word with a powerful appeal. And right now it's being tossed around a lot, followed by another word: "college."

A new nonprofit, Redeeming America's Promise, announced this week that it will seek federal support to make public colleges tuition-free. That effort is inspired by "Hope" and "Promise" programs like the one in Kalamazoo, Mich., which pays up to 100 percent of college tuition at state colleges and universities for graduates of the city's public high schools.

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2:42pm

Tue June 17, 2014
NPR Ed

Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Colleges of education spend more than $6 billion every year preparing classroom teachers, but few students graduate ready to teach, according to a new study.
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The nation's teacher-preparation programs have plenty of room for improvement, according to a new report.

A study released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality argues that teaching colleges are too lenient in their admissions criteria and have failed to prepare their students to teach subjects like reading, math and science.

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