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12/3/2021

Personal and family issues as well as financial concerns are among the reasons students stop out or drop out of college, according to a survey from StraighterLine. The survey highlights the importance for colleges to quickly respond, noting that the more time passes, the less likely students are to re-enroll.

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EdSurge
12/3/2021

Classroom design and layout is a key component of how administrators and teachers at The West Windsor - Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey are moving to a more learner-centered mode of education. "You have to start somewhere, and many of our staff have focused on reimagining the classroom space," says Peter James, assistant director of technology at West Windsor - Plainsboro Regional School District. "The goal is to give students choice in where and how they engage learning in the classroom."

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Tech & Learning
12/3/2021

As he wrote his story for Tech & Learning, Dr. Michael Gaskell, principal at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, NJ, listened to a background coffeehouse soundtrack. Why? Because research shows the ambient noise in a coffeehouse helps people focus. "Listening to coffeehouse sounds puts me in an intensely focused state; one that sets the stage for finding that sweet spot that distracts me away just enough from the unimportant external stimuli (i.e. my phone pinging) and toward brain waves (alpha and theta) concentration that strike an ideal equilibrium for high focus and deep learning," he writes. He shared this and other ways educators and their students can gain a state of deep work focus.

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Tech & Learning
12/3/2021

Gimkit is a digital quiz game that uses questions and answers to help students learn. The platform can be used across a host of devices and, usefully, can be used by students on their own smartphones, tablets, or laptops. This is a very minimal and easy-to-use system that is created by and maintained by students. As such, it's very accessible for the K-12 age group, with intuitive controls.

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Tech & Learning
12/3/2021

The 75th anniversary of the Fulbright US Student Program was celebrated Tuesday at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. More than 400,000 scholars from 160 countries have participated in the program, including 440 government leaders, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners and 60 Nobel Prize recipients.

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University Business
12/3/2021

The University of Florida faculty union has filed a grievance against the administration, which wants to ban the use of the words "critical" and "race" in curriculum titles. Faculty were told the administration doesn't want to offend state lawmakers who want to ban the teaching of critical race theory.

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The Associated Press
12/3/2021

Big agriculture is stepping into the gap left by a drop in state and federal funding for agricultural schools. In the last decade at least $170 million in corporate dollars have been given to ag schools, primarily for research, but some experts fear the donations could limit the scope of research.

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National Public Radio
12/3/2021

Colleges and universities raised millions on Giving Tuesday with Kent State University raising $7.7 million and the platform Encompass raising $9.5 million for higher education, according to data from Anthology. Schools are using omnichannel marketing and attracting gifts both large and small, says Mirko Widenhorn, Anthology's senior director of engagement strategy.

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University Business
12/2/2021

The ratio of full-time professors to students across two New York university systems is lowest at schools serving large populations of students who are Black and Hispanic and higher at universities with mostly white students, a report prepared by professor Ned Benton and other members of the University Faculty Senate Budget Committee found. The disparity is a "matter of basic justice and social equity," Benton said.

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Inside Higher Ed
12/2/2021

Google's online course "Foundations: Data, Data, Everywhere" is the most popular free online course so far in 2021, according to Class Central's annual list of the top 25. Other top-attended courses include classes on project management, user-experience design, climate solutions and statistics.