- The Chronicle of Education looks at the new legislation signed in Texas, House Bill 3025, that requires all students to “file degree plans” upon completion of 45 hours of coursework. This new legislation is meant to help focus students on their career goals and prevent them from taking too long to graduate or dropping out of college altogether.
- California used to be considered an affordable place for higher education, but The LA Times looks at research from Cal State Sacramento that shows that California’s education system is in decline. California is no longer on the cutting edge of affordability and the research findings show that the state’s tuition and fee increases are higher than the national average.
- DoSomething.org is partnering with Macy’s to run a Do Good, Look Good Campaign that offers two $500 scholarships to the winning participants. Starting now until October 15, if you report a way in which you are taking action in your community you have the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship. Projects will be judged based on creativity and impact. To learn more about the contests rules and regulations go to: http://www.DoSomething.org/macys/reportback.
- Inside Higher Ed writes about a new movement to create doctoral programs in remedial and developmental education. More than one-third of all students beginning college have taken at least one remedial course, and there is a need for more specialization in the area. At the moment there is only one existing doctoral program in developmental education at Grambling State University, however, the field is growing.
- The Chronicle of Education writes about a growing trend: pathway programs, programs designed to prepare international students for American colleges. Pathway programs bring together intensive language instruction, support services, and a typical first-year curriculum. Although these preparatory programs are controversial in some academic circles, they have yielded very successful and interesting results.
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