Students who hope to be the first in their families to attend college can struggle with the complex process of getting admitted. Some high schools provide college prep teachers and guidance counselors, who help students manage their psychological and administrative barriers to higher education.
As many as 95% of colleges may be out of financial reach for many low- to moderate-income students, while wealthier students have access to about 90%, according to a study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Researchers found that, with expanded grants and loans, poorer students could afford about 20% of the colleges in the study.
The racial achievement gap in graduation rates among white and black students closed last year in Syracuse, N.Y., where 64% of each student group graduated. Officials cite efforts including a tracking system that alerts educators when students start to falter, an expansion in career-technical programs and an overhaul in student discipline strategies that halved suspensions.
Educators at a California elementary school are using teacher-led training sessions and peer reviews to better integrate arts into core instruction as part of their participation in the national Turnaround Arts program. Teachers say they hope the arts-integration techniques will help boost student achievement.
Third-graders from a Michigan school recently went on a field trip to a museum to learn more about the Native American history that they studied in class. The students learned about the fur trade of the 1800s, enjoyed hands-on activities and got an up-close look at museum artifacts.
Wireless and streaming technologies are bringing big changes to audio-visual services on college and university campuses, say IT experts. Trends include streaming AV content, improved projectors and better AV technology for collaboration.
Full-time MBA applications for London Business School are up 15% this year despite the Brexit vote. Meanwhile, international applications -- especially from India -- increased at Canadian b-schools, amid US immigration concerns.
More business schools, such as the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, are offering students the chance to add socially conscious elements to their studies in areas such as environmental sustainability. Students say the approach allows them to use private sector business strategies to solve larger social problems.
Female leaders may benefit organizations by bringing compassion and empathy to difficult decisions, according to Stefanie Phillips, superintendent of California's Santa Ana Unified School District. With a background in corporate finance, Phillips took on her current role in 2016, joining the fewer than 25% of superintendents across the country who are women.
Some parents are using private tutors and test prep companies to prepare their young children for a Virginia school district's gifted screening testing, given in the second grade. District officials discourage the practice, informing parents that the test is one of three selection criteria and that gifted-ed is meant for students who learn differently.
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