Adult Education Bulletin  
April 20, 2012
Vol. 1, Issue 47
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Legislation would prohibit use of fed. aid for marketing, recruiting
Senate Democrats recently introduced legislation that would limit how postsecondary institutions use the funding they receive from federal student aid programs.The "Protecting Financial Aid for Students and Taxpayers Act" would prohibit the use of Pell Grants, federal student loans, military education benefits and other forms of federal student aid by postsecondary institutions for advertising, marketing and recruitment practices.

Can online education's future be both profitable, student-friendly?
Educational technology experts speculate that future successful online, for-profit, education companies will look like a blend of current sector giants, such as the University of Phoenix, and up-and-comer start-ups, such as Udacity and Coursera. The new online higher education model will also have to successfully prepare and credential students for gainful employment.

Men's college degree attainment key to lowering U.S. unemployment According to David Autor, professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, "middle-skill jobs, typically well-paying work that doesn’t require extensive higher education, are vanishing." While women are earning the degrees required for the new jobs our economy is creating, men's degree attainment is growing at a slower rate.  Because there is a mismatch between employers' demands for knowledge workers and the labor market supply, men without college degrees are a driving factor between high unemployment rates in the U.S.

Plan aims to better measure  non-traditional student success
The U.S. Department of Education recently released an action plan that makes recommendations on how to better evaluate and report on community-college performance, given the high transfer and part-time status rates of these institutions' students.

Coaching college freshmen so they don't drop out
Executive-style coaching is making its way onto campuses across the country as schools struggle to keep students from dropping out. In much the same way career coaches help executives reflect on their job performance and goals, student coaches talk with freshmen about studying, financial challenges, family issues, and long-term planning. Eric Bettinger, an associate professor at Stanford University’s School of Education, compared the academic records of more than 13,500 students; half had received coaching and half hadn’t. He found that freshmen in the coached group were 15 percent more likely to still be in school 18 to 24 months later. Coaches “actually call the student and aggressively go after them, rather than expecting the students to come to a service,” Bettinger says.

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