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NCCER Updates Testing Platform for Trades

A nonprofit that produces a testing system for students learning construction trades has made updates to the platform. The system, developed by the National Center for Construction Education & Research, allows teachers and administrators to issue, grade and score tests.

'Nobel Prize for Education' Seeks 2019 Nominees

The World Innovation Summit for Education is seeking nominations for its 2019 WISE Prize, akin to a Nobel Prize for education. The honor includes a $500,000 prize and can go to an individual or a team of up to six people.

Intro AI, Machine Learning Courses Wooing More Students

Enrollment in artificial intelligence introductory courses in the United States grew by 3.4 times between 2012 and 2017, and introductory machine learning classes grew by five times during that same period. That's according to the latest AI Index 2018 Report, a rich collection of data intended to serve as a "comprehensive resource" for anybody interested in the field. The information was contributed by universities, companies, consultancies and associations.

Deal with Independent Colleges Expands Online Course Sharing Options

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and College Consortium recently hammered out an online course-sharing initiative. The program is intended to help the private schools increase course access to students, with all kinds of benefits.



Digital Dominates in College Libraries

For the second year running, library collections in higher education now contain more digital items than physical. According to preliminary numbers issued by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 2.5 million items in colleges and universities in 2017, 59 percent were digital — books, databases, media and serials — and 41 percent were physical.

Online Course Enrollment Grows in Face of Shrinking College Enrollment

The share of college students taking online courses has grown, up by about 6 percent, even as the overall number of people enrolled in higher education institutions dropped by about half a percent. According to preliminary numbers issued by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, of the 20.1 million students enrolled in fall 2017, 6.7 million were taking at least one distance education class, representing 33 percent of the total — a boost from 31 percent in the previous year.

Advising Program Helps Underprivileged Students Find the Right College Fit

A recent project found that low-cost advising techniques can help disadvantaged students increase the number and selectivity of colleges they apply to. "Find the Fit," as the initiative is called, is intended to address the continuing problem of "undermatch," in which students don't go to college at all or choose a college that's less selective than their academic credits warrant.

Report: Data Challenges and Retention Offer Barriers to Equity in CS Education

A new report from the Association for Computing Machinery asks whether there's anything to be done for the lack of diversity in the tech field, which seems to arise in high school and college and percolate into the workforce from there. The research project called on university representatives and industry experts to examine questions of diversity in computer science. They offered two big conclusions: First, retention in CS is a major issue; and, second, data collection about retention in CS is poor.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Dec. 10, 2018)

Upcoming events include EdgeCon 2019, the Association of American Colleges and Universities 2019 Annual Meeting, and LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference.

Emphasis on STEM May Be Overkill

A paper published by the conservative American Enterprise Institute suggested that the country may be putting too much emphasis on STEM and obscuring the "noncognitive skills" that are really needed, such as persistence and "character."

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