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Predicting Success

At first blush, a new report, using longitudinal data on student success, is so obvious in its key findings that you want to say, “Why bother?” The strongest purported clues to success: whether a student earned a strong grade point average and completed more credits during his or her first year of community college, as […]

Keeping it Civil Online

Student incivility during traditional classroom sessions can take many forms, ranging from rampant use of cell phones and chattering with nearby classmates, to loud outbursts and name-calling. But it’s a problem with online instruction, too. As reported by Jean Dimeo, in Inside Higher Ed., when online students get into discussions with each other, some individuals […]

Harvey Leaves Painful Adjustments

Most Gulf Coast area community colleges are open—sort-of—but it’s clear that recovery and adjustment to the devastating effects of flooding are going to take a long time. One of the worst situations is at Lone Star College-Kingwood, where most of the campus was flooded. Making matters dangerous was a damaged sewage treatment facility nearby. Sanitizing […]

Cal State Retreats from Remediation

The massive California State University system’s decision to eliminate all noncredit remedial classes next fall will “either remove roadblocks to success for struggling students or set more of them up for failure, depending on whom you ask,” according to an interesting article by Katherine Mangan, in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Please have a look. […]

The Netflix Model for Texts

A textbook that costs $250 raises eyebrows. Which happens to be the price of Glenn Hubbard and Tony O’Brien’s widely used introductory economics book in paper form, as reported by Allison Schrager and Amy X. Want, in Quartz. Please have a look. The focus of the article is a new approach to marketing educational resources, […]

“Practical” v. Liberal Education

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky suggested recently that some academic programs on the state’s college campuses have outlived their necessity in times of tight budgets. “With a pointed jab at the job prospects of interpretive dancers, the Republican governor challenged public university boards and presidents to consider eliminating some courses that don’t produce graduates filling […]

Demographics and Destiny

Each year, approximately 300,000 students reportedly begin eighth grade in a Texas public school. National employment and earnings statistics suggest that these students will have materially better prospects as adults if they finish high school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary certificate or degree program. Using data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas […]

RAND Study: Dual Credit in Texas

A study from the respected RAND corporation examines dual credit statistics in Texas, where overall enrollment in such classes reportedly soared 650 percent between 2000 and 2015. Unfortunately, 2015 was when the Legislature passed a law removing most statutory restrictions on offering dual credit classes, so the data will not reflect the results of this […]

Online Backup

As colleges in the Gulf Coast area struggle to recover from flooding (some campuses remain closed), faculty who teach classes online or with a hybrid approach may be at a distinct advantage. This assumes, of course, that students and teachers can access computers and the internet—a tough assumption at some locations. Matt Reed discusses the […]

Hidden in Plain Sight

Part-time students have a long haul when it comes to earning a certificate or degree. We may tend to lump part-timers all together monolithically, but their characteristics are quite diverse, as illustrated in a comprehensive analysis by Marcella Bombardieri at the Center for American Progress. Please have a look. As reported here often, an important contemporary […]