University admissions officers are ho-hum about the essay question. According to a survey of 300 colleges and universities, only a handful of them will expect applicants to submit their score from the new SAT's essay section.
The faculty survey found that in two-year colleges, only 4 percent of instructors found students "most generally able to do what is expected." The number was slightly higher in four-year schools: 12 percent. The rest reported that students had arrived to higher ed with at least some gaps in preparation.
The dream that was sustaining the first free state-wide e-portfolio initiative, which heralded great promise in Minnesota, has officially died. Users received e-mail in the last week of May announcing that free e-portfolios were being discontinued and that existing users would have to pay an annual subscription fee of $10 to keep their accounts active.
A university in the California State University system recently wrapped up a competition to encourage students to adopt the institution's e-portfolio platform.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education has launched the Center for Student Work, an online collection of exemplary student projects.
The length of time an average university student could concentrate on a task without becoming distracted back in 1973, according to a survey published at the time, was between 10 and 20 minutes. A 2006 survey by Diana Oblinger, current president of Educause, determined that the average student attention span had shrunk to around seven minutes.
Barnes & Noble is bringing digital proctoring into its college bookstores. The retail bookseller has teamed up with ProctorFree to allow students to use financial aid disbursement to purchase test-proctoring sessions.
The Global Oneness Project, a curator of multicultural studies, has launched a multimedia initiative for K-12 and higher education that combines free digital stories and lesson plans.
As Oracle prepares to launch its new new cloud-based student information system for higher education, Oracle Student Cloud, in 2015, it has partnered with several universities to form the Oracle Customer Strategic Design Program.
More than 200 representatives from colleges and universities across 33 states have banded together to form Higher Ed for Higher Standards, a new coalition supporting Common Core State Standards as a key strategy for improving student success.