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4/9/2021

IXL is a goal-based learning system that can intelligently learn how a student is struggling so as to offer adaptive skills practices to help them better progress toward learning goals. But it's possible for teachers and parents to help maximize these good effects by using IXL better. IXL is a great way to give students the opportunity to explore their own learning needs. Since the platform works intelligently to assess and guide students to improve on areas they're struggling with, it allows them freedom. Teachers and parents can use the analytics to track progress and set specific goals. But it can be beneficial to let students explore for themselves.

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4/9/2021

Thoughtful social media posts that provoke discussion among peers can be an excellent way to further an academic career through increased recognition, Angel Jones, an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, writes. Jones describes some recent posts and explains additional benefits of using social media to enhance scholarship.

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Inside Higher Ed
4/9/2021

Selective schools such as Harvard need to rethink their admissions policies and practices to increase the number of students from underserved populations, writes columnist Helaine Olen. The percentage of applicants admitted to Harvard has dropped by half since 2007, and the university would do well to dip into its endowment for resources to open its doors to a more diverse student body, Olen asserts.

4/9/2021

West Oregon University, the oldest university in the state, is downsizing its programs and cutting a dozen full-time faculty in response to declining enrollment. Faculty and students have protested the move, saying it will change the culture of the campus and damage the quality of education.

4/9/2021

Students and faculty at a number of colleges and universities are working to facilitate and staff vaccination clinics in underserved areas of their local communities. Temple University College of Public Health vaccinated more than 1,000 essential workers and senior citizens in public housing.

4/9/2021

A $30 million gift from Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, will enable 20 students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit tuition-free. The money also will help the establishment of a permanent endowment for the graduate school that offers degrees in architecture, design, craft and fine art.

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The Associated Press
4/8/2021

Colleges and universities trying to establish vaccination policies are finding increasing legal and political issues. Some states, like Texas and Florida, forbid denying service based on vaccination status, and the emergency status of the three vaccinations may create a legal limbo around whether they can be mandated.

4/8/2021

Sul Ross State University President Pete Gallego says the school is offering its students in rural West Texas some new options to make sure they finish their degrees and when possible avoid large student debt. A new scholarship is aimed at students within 30 hours of completion, while other students can live in the dorms for free during the summer while they get a head start on their classes, Gallego explains in this opinion piece.

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4/8/2021

Fewer parents want their children to attend a four-year college, representing shifting attitudes, seen primarily among rural, white and Republican parents, a Gallup poll shows. Though 54% of parents still want a college education for their child, 46% said it was no longer a priority even if money was not an issue, the results show.

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The Hechinger Report
4/8/2021

New Mexico State University, Carlsbad, is set to become Southeast New Mexico College -- an independent community college -- after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation passed by lawmakers. The move is effective July 1 and excludes the Carlsbad environmental monitoring and research center.