Proactive advising leads to retention and graduation gains for colleges

Retention and graduation rates increase for community colleges that beef up or get creative with their student advising services.

Nearly a third of students change major within three years -- math majors the most

Graduates with math degrees fare well on the job market, but a greater share of students leave the major than any other, new federal data show. Are those students making a bad choice?

Business school software doubles as skimming prevention tool

Business professors find another use for software created to help them teach case studies: preventing students from skimming.

Effort to define degree-level skills and knowledge makes slow, steady progress

The Degree Qualifications Profile aimed to better define what a degree should mean. As its sponsors release a new version nearly four years later, the document has spurred discussions about learning at hundreds of colleges, but tangible impact has been limited.

AmeriCorps, 20 years old, a limited success

Hundreds of thousands have earned college aid for national and community service work, but the program's impact has been stunted by budget constraints and doubts that it’s the best way to spur service.

Sewanee puts faculty back in charge of freshman advising

It's hard to offer meaningful advising to new students before they arrive on campus. But Sewanee says it can be done, with professors making key decisions.


Economics department to proctor exams as adherence to honor code wanes

As students' adherence to the Middlebury honor code wanes, the entire economics department will start proctoring exams to catch cheaters.

Academic rigor lacking but not dead, study says

The state of academic rigor and student engagement in the classroom isn't in a total state of decay, but there is plenty to be desired, study suggests.

ACT scores fall to lowest level in five years

Average ACT scores are the lowest they've been in five years. English and reading scores dropped the most from last year.

Studies challenge the findings of 'Academically Adrift'

Challenging findings of landmark 2011 study, new data suggest that college students make significantly bigger gains in critical thinking. But differences in methodology may contribute to the differing conclusions.


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