Sydney Johnson

Libraries Are Often Missing From ‘Student Success’ Initiatives. Researchers Are Asking How to Change That.

Libraries offer a refuge where students study, find books or take the occasional nap. But could these places soon provide additional services beyond homework help?A new report this week explores whether libraries can play a more proactive role in helping community college students succeed. Researchers started by first asking 37 students from seven community colleges what challenges they face, which will inform the next phase of the project: devising ways to test whether libraries can assist with barriers around, say, finances, childcare, transportation and other challenges.

What Students Want Colleges to Know About How They Learn

Even the best instructors may not be able to reach every student. And often that’s because there is a disconnect between what students expect from college teaching and what actually ends up happening in the classroom.In July, three members from EdSurge Independent, a student-run group that meets weekly to discuss ideas around higher education and technology, joined EdSurge Live to share what they wish faculty knew about students today, and propose ways to fuse instructional gaps.

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Robert Reich on Student Brains, Civic Education and Restoring Pathways to the Middle Class

There are few professors who are as popular on-campus as they are off. But that’s not the case for Robert Reich, a chancellor's professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich is a former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton Administration, author of 15 books, and recently a Netflix star, with popular documentaries such as “Saving Capitalism.”

With a Year of Crisis Text Line Data, California Community Colleges Launch Mental Health Program

Several community college campuses in California lack mental health services. But students today are increasingly seeking access to counseling to cope with depression, anxiety and other challenges.Now the country’s largest community college system is turning to technology to connect more students with mental-health services—and to better understand what challenges students are grappling with most.

Whole Brain Teaching Is Weird — and Weirdly Viral

Do a quick internet search for “whole-brain teaching” and it will pull up a string of videos of young students repeating words back to a teacher in unison, waving hands or conducting other movements, and turning to their neighbor every few minutes to share.In some ways, these classrooms look like organized chaos. But there’s a reasoning behind what’s happening on screen: The idea is to trigger different parts of the brain which maybe aren’t flexing their full potential in a traditional one-way lecture format.

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Guild Education Raises $40M to Help Employers Provide Education Benefits

What if a fast-food gig could help you complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree?It’s a quiet trend that’s sweeping some of the country’s major employers. Walmart, Lowe’s, Discover and Lyft are just a few of the companies that have signed on to offer employees education-as-a-benefit, meaning these companies help students pay for—or completely cover—the cost of tuition for education programs.

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Tech Training and Apprenticeship Startup Kenzie Academy Raises $4.2M

When coding bootcamps first arrived on the (predominantly coastal) scene, they pitched themselves as alternatives to the college experience.

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Swing Education Raises $15 Million to Connect More Schools With Substitute Teachers

Teacher shortages in the U.S. have been well-documented. But sometimes, what’s harder than finding full-time teachers is finding substitutes who can fill in for them.That’s an issue that Joan O’ Neill, a human resources manager at Menlo Park City School District in California, knows all too well. Recently, her team has been turning to Swing Education, a marketplace of sorts for substitute teachers, to fill those open roles.

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Chase the Endless Summer With These 50+ Higher-Ed Conferences

Summer is a time to relax and reflect before the academic year kicks off yet again. For those looking to keep the feeling alive beyond September, there’s good news: Any time of year, faculty, administrators and software developers are gathering to discuss what’s next in education and technology—and we’ve compiled a free, downloadable calendar of the events that innovative instructors and entrepreneurs don’t want to miss.

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In Move Towards Nonprofit, Grand Canyon University Sells for $875M

Grand Canyon Education, a publicly-traded education company, announced today it has sold Grand Canyon University for $875 million to form a nonprofit.The move is the latest step in Grand Canyon University’s slow path towards reverting to a nonprofit institution. The Phoenix-based university was founded in 1949 as a nonprofit Christian college. But in 2004 Grand Canyon University found itself facing closure—with$20 million in debt—and with less than 1,000 students, and switched to become a for-profit institution.

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