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Helping Underrepresented Students Score Tomorrow’s Jobs

Housing prices are still soaring in many major metropolitan areas today. In the San Francisco metro area, an $82,000 annual salary is considered “low income” for a single adult. For a family of four, the number is $117,400, according to a study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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A Continuing Education: What Comes After a College Transformation

This is the final part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. Read part one and two for background.TEXARKANA, Texas — The road to success is often winding.

A Turnaround Within: How a Texas College Boosted Its Graduation Rates—and Morale

This is the second part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. Read part one first, then check out the finale on Monday.

Does OER Actually Improve Learning?

Regardless of where you stand on the debate over open educational resources, you’re probably wondering: Does OER actually improve learning outcomes?This question came up in a handful of discussions this week at the OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY. And the short answer is, most experts still aren’t sure. But it’s probably not making things more difficult for students. At least, that was one of the main takeaways from a short session led by Phillip Grimaldi, director of research at OpenStax, a nonprofit OER initiative out of Rice University.

Beyond Free Materials: OER Advocates Push For Inclusiveness in Teaching Practices

What is your tolerance for failure in education?Jess Mitchell, senior manager of research and design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre, posed the question on Wednesday to a group of around 850 educators, librarians and other open-access enthusiasts at Lumen Learning’s OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY.

A Billionaire Benefactor, a Disputed Ballot Issue and a Community College Turnaround

This is the first part of a three-part series looking at how one college in Texas staged a turnaround. For more, check out parts two and three coming soon.TEXARKANA, Texas — There’s a saying at the community college here on the border between Texas and Arkansas: “Texarkana College is a great place to start, or start over.”

How an Aquaponics Facility Became Ground Zero for Lessons in Business and Data Analytics

It’s not every day that business students leave the classroom to work on a farm—particularly one that relies on the symbiotic relationship between living fish and plants. But one course at the University of Connecticut is testing the waters.

Will Moving Office Hours Online Get Students to Show Up?

Stefan Stoll isn’t your typical hype man for education technology. “Edtech is about teaching more people with fewer resources,” he complains.And that bothers Stoll, who is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Washington, because he’s a firm believer that “the personal experience that a student has with an instructor is key to learning.”That skepticism, however, has fueled a carefully-crafted hotspot for innovation on campus: Stoll’s online office hours.

What Can Machine Learning Really Predict in Education?

Gather student data, make predictions about their learning—and perhaps their future. For years education companies have tried to apply technologies to better understand students and tailor their learning experiences, or support instructors who can intervene when human help is needed.

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Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Steve Blank on Entrepreneurship and Education

Entrepreneur Steve Blank has served as a founder, investor and even in the air force. But there’s another title he is known for: professor.

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