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Category Archives: Persistence and Graduation
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.
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By Andrew Gillen, Jeff Selingo, and Mandy Zatynski
As a knowledge-based workforce has transformed the American economy over the last several decades, few people have questioned the value of higher education. Enrollment has surged at all types of colleges — up by more than one-third in just the last decade — as the college credential has become the ticket to a better life. From a purely economic standpoint, the numbers back up the prevailing wisdom that college is worth it: College graduates earn more and are less likely to be unemployed than those with only high school diplomas.
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Jerry, a 34-year-old father of two and full-time department supervisor at a national hardware chain sits down on the couch with his laptop. It’s 8 p.m. and his wife Jill is putting the kids to bed. He logs into his online learning account and sees the instructional modules that have been loaded for him based on the results of the quiz he took this morning on his smart phone. The modules for this evening include an interactive video on cost accounting from a professor at Carnegie Mellon and a problem set… Continue reading
By Catherine Rampell
Is college worth it? Given the growing price tag and the frequent anecdotes about jobless graduates stuck in their parents’ basements, many have started to question the value of a college degree. But the evidence suggests college graduates have suffered through the recession and lackluster recovery with remarkable resilience. The unemployment rate for college graduates in April was a mere 3.9 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for the work force as a whole, according to a Labor Department report.
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By Marissa Harshman and Howard Buck
More than 5,300 high school seniors in Clark County will cross the stage to accept their diplomas in the coming days. Few achieved the feat alone.
Teachers, principals, counselors; coaches, pastors, tutors; mothers, fathers, siblings: All are examples of those who have changed the lives of our local 2010 graduates.
Whether offering advice during personal struggles or serving as a spiritual guide, helping to plow through college applications or helping an athlete achieve his or her goals, mentors have shaped the lives of many successful students.
The Columbian asked several high school… Continue reading