A recommendation shared on social media that students with special needs in Texas be evacuated last in the event of a school emergency is drawing criticism. The recommendation was not included in a school-safety plan being considered by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Many US colleges and universities are contracting with private companies to create "pathway" programs to boost enrollment of international students, but an analysis shows mixed results for some institutions. While some institutions report enrollment growth under the programs, some schools have seen little growth, partly because of factors such as cost and changes to the US political climate, the analysis shows.
Sixty-two Senate and House Democrats have penned a letter to US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking for the creation of a task force to study rising student debt among black college students and enact policies to help them. In the letter, the lawmakers also call on the department to collect and report student-loan program data, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
A survey shows that 85% of college students who have attended classes both on campus and online feel that online learning is just as good as or better than face-to-face classes. The data also show that 86% say they believe the value of their degree is equal to or greater than the amount they paid to earn it.
A survey conducted for education software firm Ellucian found competing goals among higher-education leaders for how to use data, with chief finance officers and chief information officers focused on improving learning outcomes while other leaders prioritized retention and degree completion. Contention also remains among leaders over how, or whether, to share data with other departments, the survey shows.
Middle-school students in a Minnesota district recently participated in a weeklong camp that introduced them to careers in the transportation industry. The camp included a race of remote-controlled, nitro-fueled cars.
Data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite have been used to determine that an exchange of material is responsible for the dimming of the Epsilon Aurigae star, a phenomenon discovered almost 200 years ago. "The F-star is boiling off, [and] the companion is grabbing material, producing a big dusty disk," says Robert Stencel, an astronomer at the University of Denver.
The thick air on Venus may be pushing against mountains and accelerating the planet's rotation by 2 minutes per Venus day, says a study in Nature Geoscience. Venus is "utterly alien" due to its thick and toxic atmosphere, says study co-author Thomas Navarro.
Summit, a supercomputer capable of doing 200 quadrillion calculations a second, has been developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Summit tops the world's previous fastest computer, Sunway TaihuLight in China, which is capable of 93 quadrillion calculations per second.
An amulet inscribed with a personal prayer was discovered in Jerusalem Walls National Park under the Givati Parking Lot in the City of David, the largest excavation site in Jerusalem. The object, intended to provide its owner with blessings, was found under plaster flooring in a small room and inscribed with an Islamic prayer in calligraphy indicative of the Abbasid dynasty.