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Our Pathway To Student Success Begins With Developing Strengths

Audrey J. Murrell | Posted 06.13.2016 | Education
Audrey J. Murrell

Changing a mindset is never easy, but by viewing student development through the lens of building strengths rather than correcting faults, higher education institutions are better able to drive key student success outcomes.

Private University Options for First-Generation Students: "A More Intimate Learning Experience"

Carol J. Carter | Posted 02.04.2016 | College
Carol J. Carter

According to research done by the Council of Independent Colleges, a higher proportion of first-generation and low-income students enroll at private colleges than at public universities. Additionally, more of these students graduate without debt than their counterparts at public universities.

What Can We Learn From the For-Profit Industry?

Amilcar Guzman | Posted 05.06.2016 | Latino Voices
Amilcar Guzman

For-profit colleges are bad investment for students and for our society. However, there is a reason that they exist and have created a seismic shift in higher education.

How Can We Learn from Success Without Some Way of Telling Who's Successful?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Education has always been a bit of a black box. Before the uniform administration of state assessments, even teachers and schools who were doing truly astounding work were often only known to their students and their students' parents.

Don't Ask 'What Can I Do With This Major?'

Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Marcia Y. Cantarella, Ph.D

A really smart student of mine who has been getting stellar grades in Economics was considering it as his major. But he wanted to know what he could do with it. I have had that question regarding every subject you can name. And the reality is that it is a bad question. It is the wrong question.

'Free' Does Not Mean 'Valuable': Why Free Community College Needs Strings Attached

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.29.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

We applaud President Barack Obama's many steps toward educational and career access for all Americans. We believe that for the free community college initiative to deliver needed results, we need clarity on the problems facing community colleges, strong accountability measures, and solutions to drive student success, not simply access.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

A Commitment to Making College Accessible to First-Generation College Students

Anne E. Huot | Posted 12.31.2014 | College
Anne E. Huot

As a first-generation college student myself, I can personally attest to the life-changing impact college has had for me, and for many people I have had the privilege to know because of my choice to attend college and further continue my studies.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Student Success: Words of Wisdom

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The ways in which colleges and universities support student achievement in colleges and universities are very much contextual -- sensitive to the needs of their students, and hopefully to those from underprivileged backgrounds.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

If You Want A Higher GPA, Join A Gym

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.11.2014 | College

Can pumping iron pump your grade point average? New research from Michigan State University says yes. An MSU study released this week compares 4,84...

Go Ahead, Tell Them Your Age!

Nicole Lavonne Smith | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Nicole Lavonne Smith

A student and I sat reflecting on the dance we had just performed for the school talent show when he asked me, "Nicole, how old are you?"

HBCU Student Success Summit

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Achieving significant and sustainable gains in student success requires distributed leadership; strategic investments, focus and follow through, among others.

Hold on -- New Orleans Isn't All Charters

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I confess to a momentary confusion when I read the headlines that all of New Orleans' traditional schools had closed and it is now an "all-charter" city.

Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Accountability

Kati Haycock | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Kati Haycock

Let's be clear here. Our kids take the journey through school only once; the poorest among them, in particular, need us to get serious about their education while they are on that journey, not years later.

Living History in Covington High School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Before visiting a school in Kansas, I stopped by the Topeka schoolhouse museum dedicated to the desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, decide...

Why Hawai'i's Community Colleges Aren't Broken at All

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 06.23.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Our students have children they are raising, and some have grandchildren for whom they are primary caregivers. They work three jobs to keep a roof over their family's heads. I have students giving birth, enduring chemotherapy, or caring for parents.

'Standards Work Is Standards Work'

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some people are inspired by heroic deeds in extraordinary circumstances; I'm inspired by the everyday competence and thoughtfulness of folks like Branch and the hardworking teachers I saw at Garfield.

The Art of Budget Cutting

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

No matter how many times my colleagues and I had to grapple with cutting the budget, it was never a process with which I ever became completely comfortable.

Watching the Pendulum Swing

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

The world of education often feels like a ride on a merry-go-round. We sit on our rearing steed and wake up one day to realize we are going around in circles.

How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

The answer is not that simple because human beings are not that simple.

One Topic Often Left Out of Discussions About Education: Fun

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

School improvement is a really complex process. This week, I want to talk about something that is often left out of school reform discussions, and that is fun.

A Looming Challenge in Higher Education: Our Changing Student

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Higher education leaders and policy makers must adjust to serve the students of the (very near) future, or risk failing in the responsibility to produce an educated citizenry and workforce capable of success.

A Most Incredible Journey

Pamme Boutselis | Posted 10.08.2013 | College
Pamme Boutselis

I've been on the road for the past two weeks, traveling across the country in a branded bus with others from the university for which I work. "Hmmm, bus trip across the country for a university," you think. "She must be a college recruiter." Guess again.