College-Bound Students


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    Ready, Set, College

    Mar 5, 2018

    With the nation investing at least $1 billion a year in developmental education, states and colleges are rethinking their approaches to reform. Are states moving too fast to mandate developmental education policy? It depends on the policy.

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    Bridging the Growing College Divide Among Young Americans

    Apr 13, 2018

    Over the last decade, more Americans age 25 to 34 earned four-year college and graduate degrees, but the number of those without college degrees also increased. New ways of communicating educational options and outcomes to young people are needed.

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    To Fight Obesity, Make UC a Laboratory

    With its Global Food Initiative, the University of California is seeking ways to help the billion people who go to bed hungry each night. At the same time, UC could also be addressing obesity. Experimenting with changes to the food environment and documenting their impact on diet and weight gain would accelerate progress on this national problem not just for students, but for all Americans.

    Oct 30, 2014

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    The Price for Student Satisfaction and Success in Higher Education

    Choosing the right university and the best course of study is one of the most important decisions young people and parents will make. Not everyone makes the right decision. Of the wide range of factors involved in choosing a university, how important are university tuition fees to young people and their parents?

    Aug 14, 2014

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    Four Approaches to Improve Higher Education in India Through Policies

    In India, university enrolment has grown from 10 to 23 million from 2000 to 2013, and so has interest in improving access and quality. A review of research on higher-education policies on affirmative action, financial aid, private education, and vocational education identifies gaps in research on improving access and quality.

    Jun 12, 2014

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    CalMHSA Student Mental Health Campus-Wide Survey: 2013 Summary Report

    Report provides the results of a California survey of colleges and universities on mental health experiences and attitudes, perceptions of campus mental health services, and perceptions of overall campus climate toward mental health and well-being.

    Jun 3, 2014

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    Instead of Promoting STEM Education Indiscriminately, Try This

    With all the evidence demonstrating the importance of STEM education for success in the 21st century, well-intentioned policymakers may be tempted to indiscriminately promote all STEM curricula, across all levels of education. But unpacking what STEM really means reveals the need for a more nuanced approach.

    Mar 31, 2014

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    What to Make of P-TECH Schools

    There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

    Feb 21, 2014

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    How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons

    Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system.

    Feb 18, 2014

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    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Mexico as Preparation for Higher Education

    In this study we analyse the relationship between Mexican students' enrolment in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and their college preparedness using a case-study methodology.

    Jan 1, 2014

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    The Skinny on the Freshman 15

    Colleges should acknowledge their responsibility not to put their students at risk for weight gain, obesity and the host of chronic diseases related to poor diets, writes Deborah Cohen. Students have to make their own food choices, but it's colleges who're setting the table.

    Aug 21, 2013

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    The Cost of Higher Education: The Big Picture

    According to Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, tuition is becoming less affordable because institutions are not performance-oriented and thus do not use their funding wisely. But would a more efficient system really bring measurable reductions in tuition costs?

    Jul 12, 2013

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    The Effects of Tobacco Marketing

    Viewing tobacco ads in retail locations may be associated with higher smoking risk. The tobacco industry has begun using these promotions more than traditional channels, such as billboards and magazines.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    Preserving Access and Quality in an Era of Rising University Tuition Fees

    State financing of higher education is under stress as countries all over the world struggle with fiscal pressures. Researchers review a number of cost-sharing policies that can be adopted and how they may affect access to and the quality of education.

    Sep 28, 2012

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    Not Making the Transition to College: School, Work, and Opportunities in the Lives of Contemporary American Youth

    In applying latent class analysis techniques, we identified multiple types of students who do not pursue college. One group of non-enrollees (27.6%) reports forgoing college because the economic barriers are too high – either because of college affordability or family financial responsibility.

    Jul 1, 2011

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    Military Veterans' Experiences Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Adapting to Life on Campus

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill increased the higher education benefits available to eligible individuals, but its implementation presented challenges to both student veterans and campus administrators.

    Jan 31, 2011

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    How Military Veterans Are Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Adapting to Life in College

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill increased the higher education benefits available to eligible individuals. Offering benefits to nearly 2 million veterans, it is more generous than previous bills but beneficiaries report challenges in using the new benefits.

    Nov 5, 2010

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    Job Opportunities, Economic Resources, and the Postsecondary Destinations of American Youth

    Using two measures of job opportunities—local unemployment rates and the percentage of local workers employed in jobs that require a bachelor's degree—I find support for the warehouse hypothesis. In areas where unemployment is low, with ample jobs that do not require a bachelor's degree, youth have higher odds of entering the labor force.

    Aug 1, 2009

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    Warming Up, Cooling Out, or Holding Steady? Persistence and Change in Educational Expectations After High School

    This article examines the expectation to complete a bachelor's degree among a predominantly low-income, mainly African American, panel of Baltimore youths at the end of high school, at age 22, and at age 28.

    Oct 1, 2008

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    News Release

    Charter School Students in Chicago Enjoy Better Graduation, College Entry Rates

    Chicago's multi-grade charter high schools (those serving students in grades 7-12, 6-12 or K-12) appear to improve their students' chances of graduating and attending college, as compared with the city's traditional public high schools.

    May 7, 2008

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    Better Late Than Never? Delayed Enrollment in the High School to College Transition

    In this paper, we examine the antecedents and consequences of timing in the transition from high school to college.

    Sep 1, 2005

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    Reserve Recruiting in the College Market

    The demand for college among U.S. military reservists is strong and increasing. To continue to attract high-quality personnel, recruits could be given the option to attend college without the risk of being activated with their Reserve units.

    Dec 31, 2004