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Deep disparities spoil uptick in on-time completion rates

On-time completion rates for college students ticked up across most U.S. states from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report from Complete College America, a nonprofit aiming to improve postsecondary attainment. The report also unearthed widespread disparities between student groups. Part-time students at both four-year and community colleges are much less likely to graduate within six years than full-time students.

December 13, 2022 | Higher Ed Dive
Completion higher for alternative teacher prep programs affiliated with higher ed

University-based alternative teacher preparation programs are producing more graduates than non-higher education institutions over time, according to an analysis released this month by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

December 12, 2022 | K-12 Dive
STUDENT VOICE: We should start STEM studies earlier — and make science experiments more fun

Students can and should start their own clubs and get their younger classmates learning and liking math and science, writes Megan Walker, a senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland

December 12, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Giving disadvantaged teens a mix of high school and college in one place

A 15-year study of 19 early colleges in North Carolina found students with early college access did better than similar teenagers attending regular high schools. The early college group had higher levels of engagement with their studies, better English language arts test scores, completed more courses worth college credit by the end of 12th grade, were more likely to get high school diplomas, and were three times as likely to get community college two-year associate degrees.

December 11, 2022 | Washington Post
New Campaign Wants to Prove ‘College Is Worth It’

The National Association of System Heads begins an initiative to bolster the public’s view of higher education by demonstrating—and where necessary improving—how the institutions drive social mobility and individual "prosperity."

December 9, 2022 | Inside Higher Ed
How One High School Turns Career Dreams into Practical Pathways

One Kentucky high school is helping students dream big and jumpstart their futures with college and career pathways.

December 8, 2022 | The 74 Million
States failing to provide equitable funding for underserved students

States and localities are underfunding districts with the most students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and English learners, The Education Trust finds.

December 8, 2022 | K-12 Dive
How to Plan High-Quality, Non-Degree Workforce Programs at Community Colleges

The New Models of Career Preparation Project aims to help unlock the full potential of non-degree workforce training, especially at public community colleges where these programs are commonly found.

December 8, 2022 | New America
The crisis of student mental health is much vaster than we realize

Nationally, adolescent depression and anxiety — already at crisis levels before the pandemic — have surged amid the isolation, disruption and hardship of covid-19. Even as federal coronavirus relief money has helped schools step up their efforts to aid students, they also have come up short.

December 5, 2022 | Washington Post