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Study Questions Popular Measures of Student Opportunity in College Rankings

Often, national rankings of universities attempt to highlight those schools providing the greatest opportunities for low-income students. The problem is that they're, well, national: They don't take into account regional factors that may paint a very different picture. A new measure proposed by a couple of economics professors aims to remedy this by allowing universities to judge their recruitment efforts against their own missions and circumstances.

Study Finds No Difference in VR Learning Outcomes Compared to Other Modes

Can enthusiasm for virtual reality be converted into learning gains? That was the topic of a research project at Cornell University, which recently pitted VR against hands-on and computer-based activities. The bottom line: Researchers found students learned equally well in all three modes.

Report Stresses Need for Improved Career Pathways

The Chiefs for Change have issued a "blueprint" for postsecondary success that calls for better transparency from institutions on student earnings outcomes, emphasizing industry-vetted career pathways and more seamless credit transfer processes.

Christensen Institute: Now's the Time for a Makeover in College Accreditation

As a committee charged with rulemaking for the U.S. Department of Education dukes it out on accreditation matters in higher education, the Christensen Institute has weighed in with recommendations to keep innovation in mind.

Best Practices for the Release of Data Under FERPA During School Emergencies

"A delicate balance exists between privacy and security in schools," a recent federal report on school safety noted. "On the one hand, there is the legal requirement to protect the privacy of student education records. On the other hand, it is critical to recognize that some education records may contain information that, if disclosed to appropriate officials, could help prevent students from harming themselves or others."



Who Do We Trust to Develop and Manage AI?

An intriguing survey on American attitudes to artificial intelligence found that more people in this country support development of AI (41 percent) than oppose it (22 percent). But there's no consensus on who should handle its governance: Americans place the greatest amount of trust in university researchers to build AI (50 percent), followed by the U.S. military (49 percent). The research comes out of the Center for the Governance of AI in the Future of Humanity Institute, which is part of the University of Oxford.

Student Supports Boost CC Graduation Rates

Extra supports, both financial and academic, make a difference to community college graduation rates. That was the bottom line shared in a new brief from MDRC, which was hired to assess the "Accelerated Study in Associate Programs" project, which took place over three years in Ohio.

Adaptive Learning Tech Linked to Better Test Performance

Can adaptive technology help students encourage students to finish more assignments and do better on tests? That was the question researchers at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University were tasked with answering in a research project sponsored by Knewton. "Overall," the researchers reported, "Knewton appears to be a useful tool for students. This study suggests a positive correlation among usage of Knewton, assignment completion and performance on online assessments."

Employers Want 'Uniquely Human Skills'

Although this may not always be true, today's employers are looking for job candidates with "uniquely human skills" — but students don't yet have those skills in sufficient quantity, according to a new survey. And soft skills currently rank more important than hard skills, the survey found.

Survey: Online, Blended Dominate Today’s Learning Environments

In our latest Teaching with Technology Survey, the vast majority of faculty members said they teach in either a fully online or blended format.

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