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Teenagers in the Ivory Tower
Engaging and Retaining Traditional College Students
By Catherine Sloan
Even for the most well-adjusted students, entering college is apt to be a tumultuous experience: The transition to campus living, increased academic rigor, and a hefty price tag can easily become overwhelming and, when you add the maturation challenges of traditional-age students, can lead to a speedy departure.
But with the doors of higher education flung wide and pressure mounting to improve student outcomes, it’s increasingly important to understand what happens when 18-year-olds enter the ivory tower.
I’ve coached over a thousand students during… Continue reading
So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can’t be a luxury. It is an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford.
Barak Obama, State of Union 2012
Does this speech signal that the time has finally arrived when the government – which pays a good part of the bill – will step in to limit the rapid and seemingly never ending growth of tuition? In normal times, the answer would… Continue reading
By Doug Lederman
The space between nonprofit and for-profit higher education gets a little more crowded today.
University Ventures Fund, a $100 million investment partnership founded by a quartet of veterans of the for-profit and nonprofit education sectors, is the latest entrant in a market that aims to use private capital to expand the reach and impact of traditional colleges and universities.
The fund, whose two biggest investors are the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG and the University of Texas Investment Management Company, is focused on stimulating “innovation from within the academy,” rather than competing with it from the outside,… Continue reading
A higher education official from Wisconsin who attended the recent Council of Independent Colleges conference in Florida made a remarkable statement during a question-and-answer session.
There is a group of students who enter college with such dire financial need that the amount the federal government expects their families to contribute to college is effectively zero. In Wisconsin, that zero-pay population has grown by half in a single year: from 42,641 students in the 2008-09 academic year to 65,800 in 2009-10.
The data come from Rolf Wegenke, president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and surely they… Continue reading
I read recently that modern humans are more gracile and have slightly smaller brains than our archaic ancestors. Clearly we don’t need the muscle mass of the Neanderthals, but one argument about relative brain size is that we don’t need individual intelligence as much either, since we have to a large degree substituted social intelligence for it.
John Donne Meditation XVII
We are truly pack animals. We rely deeply on each other. We take care of each other.
In this month’s articles, the power of groups for students becomes clear in both Diego Navarro’s article about the peer networks that… Continue reading