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How higher education lost its shine

There has been a significant and steady drop nationwide in the proportion of high school graduates enrolling in college in the fall after they finish high school — from a high of 70 percent in 2016 to 63 percent in 2020, the most recent year for which the figure is available, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

August 10, 2022 | Hechinger Report
‘I Didn’t Really Learn Anything': Graduates Face College After Pandemic Disruptions

Hundreds of thousands of recent graduates are heading to college this fall after spending more than half their high school careers dealing with the upheaval of a pandemic. They endured a jarring transition to online learning, the strains from teacher shortages and profound disruptions to their home lives. And many are believed to be significantly behind academically.

August 9, 2022 | EdWeek
Additional Funding For Black Students is a Boost to All California Students

For far too long, Black students have not received the additional support afforded to other populations. The only way to address this problem is through sustainable and longstanding funding, not another temporary funding substitution, writes NAACP San Bernardino President Chaché Wright.

August 9, 2022 | Black Voice News
Teens Have Changed Their Higher Ed Plans — Survey Shows They May Never Go Back

According to a recent survey we at EdChoice conducted in conjunction with Morning Consult, teenagers are embracing their agency in an increasingly broad array of choices. What they told us might worry institutions of higher education — because the next generation appears less interested in the traditional college pipeline.

August 9, 2022 | The 74 Million
COVID-19 learning lags could reverse narrowed achievement gap

In a narrowing of the achievement gap over the past nearly five decades, Black, Hispanic and Asian students showed more improvement than their White classmates in math and reading test results of over 7 million tests completed by U.S. students between 1971 and 2017, according to a study published in research journal Education Next.

August 9, 2022 | K-12 Dive
Nondegree pathways interest employers and Gen Z — but they still view them as too risky

Employers and high school students both believe in the value of nondegree career pathways, but both groups still view those options as too risky to fully rely on them, according to a new report from Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit focused on workforce and education systems.

August 9, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
Social and emotional learning may be the latest buzzword, but it’s really just good teaching

SEL has been and always will be central to good teaching, no matter what it is called, writes veteran educator Hayley Lindner.

August 9, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Educators’ Poor Morale Matters, Even If They Don’t Quit. Here’s Why

Steiner, Schwartz, Diliberti: Low morale in today’s educators may dissuade tomorrow’s from entering the field. Stressed-out teachers are often absent.

August 8, 2022 | The 74 Million
How Universities Are Offering New Ways to Help Freshmen Upended by Pandemic

Some schools are providing extra help for incoming first-year students amid concerns the pandemic left high schoolers unprepared for higher studies.

August 7, 2022 | The 74 Million