Blog: Higher Ed Beat
When you write a blog, the end of the year seems to require looking back and looking ahead. Today I’m going to tackle the former with a sampling of some of the year’s top stories from the K-12 and higher education beats. I’ll save the latter for early next week when the final sluggish clouds of 2014 have been swept away, and a bright new sky awaits us in 2015. (Yes, I’m an optimist.)
It’s time for my annual roundup of the year’s most popular posts on The Educated Reporter. Before I get to the list, I wanted to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who helps keep this blog — I hope! — lively and informative. This includes the many beat reporters who contributed guest posts from sessions at EWA seminars. I’m also appreciative of the education researchers, analysts and policymakers who served as expert resources throughout the year.
Top 10 Educated Reporter Posts of 2014
Latino students who attend Western Nevada College are visiting schools to promote the benefits of higher education, presenting themselves as role models for students they hope to see follow in their footsteps.
On at least one measure of the White House’s bold plan to rate the nation’s colleges, a team of journalists may have beat the executive branch to the punch.
Earlier this month, Rolling Stone magazine published a story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, which resulted in outrage, shock, and a temporary suspension of all fraternities and sororities at the vaunted institution of higher education. But now, serious questions have been raised about freelance writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s reporting, as well as Rolling Stone’s decision to publish the story without stronger verification.
The statistics are eye-catching. Only 41 percent of Latino college students finish their college degree in six years. When compared with the national average of 50 percent who earn a degree in the same time frame, the disparity seems to be clear.
A $50-million incentive may help Marian University in Indianapolis boost its Latino student population.
At least, that’s what school officials are hoping.
As millions of immigrants waited for President Barack Obama to shed light on their future Thursday, educators, too, had a stake in the conversation.
Fewer than half of Hispanic students who took the ACT this year met the college readiness benchmarks in math or science, but those who actually expressed interest in STEM fared better on the college admissions exam.
Since early November, American universities have entered the pool of applicants competing for federal funds to serve Hispanic students better.
College graduates in the class of 2013 typically left campus owing closing to $30,000 in student loans, according to a new report out today. That’s a record high, and up 2 percent over the prior year, the Project on Student Debt reports.