Two lawmakers -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C. -- have introduced legislation that would require college students to pay back Pell Grants if they fail to graduate within six years. The lawmakers say the measure is needed to protect taxpayers, but critics say it could hurt completion rates in the long run.
Borrowers who default on student loans risk losing professional licenses or driver's licenses in 20 states. Supporters of the law say borrowers somehow find money when threatened with the loss of a license, but critics say the law is too harsh and cuts off people's ability to fulfill an obligation.
Just two-and-a-half weeks after Hurricane Maria left much of Puerto Rico without power, Universidad del Sagrado Corazon was back up online, delivering courses and registering students for financial aid. Officials there credit a forward-thinking IT team that used the cloud and other resources during the recovery.
The Consortium for School Networking is asking the Federal Communications Commission not to walk away from commitments made in 2016 to expand broadband access for low-income families. The FCC is expected today to entertain changes to the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order.
A Campus Computing Project report found that 86% of chief academic officers at colleges and universities say digital learning can improve the student experience and boost learning opportunities. However, the officers noted some barriers, including lack of access to devices and no overall plan for campuses to incorporate digital learning.
Researchers at Kansas State University have connected reduced office referrals among students with the use of headsets that claim to measure a user's brain activity. The study involved collecting biometric data for about 20 eighth-graders.
Some colleges and universities are developing a new student portfolio, to accompany transcripts, that can better convey the learning outcomes a student has achieved. The portfolios can boost the value of transcripts by helping inform advisement discussions and showing employers the skills a student has earned, says Stanford researcher Helen Chen.
Digital portfolios can help students reflect on learning growth and take pride in their accomplishments, writes Avra Robinson, director of online learning and an instructor for EdTechTeacher. In this blog post, she shares three tools to help students create digital portfolios.