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    Waking Up to the Costs of Nocturia

    Jun 18, 2019

    Nocturia is a troublesome lower urinary tract condition that causes people to wake up two or more times a night to empty their bladder. Researchers calculated the overall economic cost associated with nocturia in a working-age population across six countries.

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    How Community Colleges Can Establish Better Partnerships with Employers

    Jun 6, 2019

    Career and technical education programs give students a chance to engage in learning relevant to their chosen fields and apply immediately for jobs. A strategic vision of collaboration between industry and community colleges can be of great benefit to all parties involved.

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    Dual Enrollment for High Schoolers Can Expand Access to College—with Some Caveats

    Jun 6, 2019

    Targeted federal investments in high school and college dual enrollment programs can boost postsecondary access for students currently underrepresented in postsecondary education. But thoughtful implementation could be key to ensuring those students are successful in college.

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    Federal Policy Might Encourage Innovation to Cut the Cost of College

    Jun 5, 2019

    A big factor in the rise of college costs is the traditional seat-time model requiring undergraduate students to spend a specified amount of time in classrooms, frequently with doctorally qualified faculty. But there are alternative models that could enable colleges and universities to offer degrees more efficiently and affordably.

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    Income Share Agreements: What's Risky, What's Promising, and What We Still Need to Know

    Jun 5, 2019

    While policymakers debate options to address college affordability and the nation's mounting student loan debt, an alternative education financing model has been gaining ground in a handful of schools and state legislatures: the income share agreement. While terms vary from institution to institution, they are all based on the same premise: The more income a graduate makes, the more they will pay back.

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    Addressing the College Completion Problem

    May 9, 2019

    More than half of students who enter college end up dropping out without ever completing a degree or certificate. Time and money are wasted without the benefits of a degree. While colleges are experimenting with novel techniques to boost completion rates, strategic support from the federal government could further these efforts.

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    What Two New Studies Reveal About Restorative Justice in Middle School

    Apr 17, 2019

    There are many nuances to the implementation and impact of restorative practices. This suggests that continued experimentation could allow school districts to realize the benefits of instituting these practices and reduce the cost of doing so.

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    For Teachers, a Good Boss Makes All the Difference

    Apr 4, 2019

    Districts that try to place an effective leader in every school could reap educational benefits in the classroom. Giving a teacher a good boss also could be a powerful element in a broader strategy to recruit and retain highly effective educators.

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    How Do You Measure Social and Emotional Learning?

    Mar 28, 2019

    As the desire to improve SEL for all students grows, it is increasingly important to measure its effectiveness. But the field has lacked an organized method of identifying, choosing, and using the best assessments to measure students' competencies. Two newly developed tools can help.

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    Economic Burden or Opportunity? How Syrian Refugees Can Contribute to Local Economies

    Mar 25, 2019

    The influx of refugees escaping the war in Syria has placed an enormous economic burden on the countries that host them. Despite the challenges, host countries have an opportunity to capitalize on the presence of refugees to grow their own economies for the mutual benefit of all.