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1/20/2022

The number of students transferring to other institutions is stabilizing with only a drop of 11,300 students or less than 1% from fall 2020 to fall 2021, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports. The previous year saw a decline of 9.2%, the data shows.

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Higher Ed Dive
1/20/2022

Boston College will expand its outreach to first-generation and underrepresented students at a new campus acquired by the merger with Pine Manor College. Boston College is investing $100 million in the two-year residential college to be called the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success.

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Inside Higher Ed
1/20/2022

Colleges and universities with federal contracts fall under the new federal Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, which holds organizations accountable for cybersecurity breaches, write Michael Shaheen, Sarah Bartle and Gabrielle Trujillo of Crowell & Moring. Institutions are expected to have policies and protocols in place to protect sensitive data from both external and internal breaches, they explain.

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University Business
1/20/2022

Morehouse College will use a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish the Black Men's Research Institute. The institute will study issues and barriers facing Black men and solutions.

1/20/2022

Hundreds of mortgage loan originators as well as loan officers in dozens of states are facing fines and possible license surrender in a scheme that allowed employees to avoid an eight-hour continuing education class. Danny Yen, the Real Estate Educational Services owner who gave Nationwide Multi-State Licensing System class credit for loan officers who didn't show up or took the classes for compensation, could be fined as much as $3.4 million, state and banking officials say.

1/19/2022

The Californians For All College Corps initiative is designed to provide paid fellowships for students in California's colleges and universities who agree to become involved in public-service programs that address such issues as pandemic recovery, food insecurity, education inequities and climate change. Fellowships will be available for 6,500 students, focusing on those from low-income households or those who were brought to the country illegally as children, who will receive a living allowance and education award.

1/19/2022

Quizlet, the multidimensional edtech platform, provides a multitude of exciting ways for students to access content, build skills, and demonstrate their learning. This sample Quizlet lesson plan for middle and early high school is focused on using the platform for mathematics, however, the flexibility of Quizlet transcends subject area and grade levels. In fact, physical education, health, and arts teachers can use Quizlet when instructing students related to their non-traditional academic subjects.

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Tech & Learning
1/19/2022

Being popular in middle school isn't the same thing as being well-liked. A new study from researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Michigan found that middle school students generally liked classmates who were high-achieving academically, helpful, kind, and cooperative. On the other hand, the classmates they considered most popular were sometimes seen as mean and aggressive. The study's results echo the film Mean Girls, in which Rachel McAdams' character Regina George is the most popular but far from the most beloved student in high school, says Nicole Brass, the study's lead author. "Regina George was mean and aggressive. Whereas kids who you actually want to spend time with are the ones who try hard in school, they're nice to you. They're not aggressive," Brass says.

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Tech & Learning
1/19/2022

The best headphones for teachers can make all the difference. The right pair can add privacy in a shared space, clarity despite background noise, and comfort. As a teacher, you'll most likely be working using video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Team, Skype, and so on. As a result you'll need to have a pair of headphones with a microphone (or multiple) for the best quality audio. Other
features to look out for, aside from comfort so you can wear these for long periods, are noise cancelling for sound as well as microphone pick-up, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and a decent battery life.

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1/19/2022

The Degree Reclamation Playbook, developed by the nonprofit Institute for Higher Education Policy, is designed to help colleges help the millions of former students who have
abandoned their pursuit of a degree. The playbook recommends two strategies, including reengaging with stopped-out adult students, and reverse transfers, which enable students to apply credits from other institutions toward an associate degree.