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Data-Based Decisions Tips: Using FAFSA Data to Reach At-Need Students

A 2022 Dear Colleague letter from the Education Department encouraged colleges and universities to use FAFSA data to reach out to students about their eligibility for federal benefits, but few did. A new report identifies strategies for direct outreach to better support financially insecure students.

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Positive Partnership: Fostering Former Foster Youths’ Potential

Alamo Colleges, as part of a larger county partnership, play a role in helping former foster youth enroll and succeed in college through basic needs and academic supports.

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Academic Success Tip: Use Improv to Teach Communication Skills

A faculty member at Paul Smith’s College incorporates improvisation exercises into his business courses to teach empathetic listening, collaborative discussion and flexibility.

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A Rise in Hyperspecialized Catholic Colleges and Trade Schools

A handful of new Catholic institutions and trade schools are emerging and experimenting with new models as many of their established peers suffer enrollment woes.

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New Data Signal Flawed Transfer Process

Many community college students intend to transfer to four-year institutions and earn bachelor’s degrees. Few of them make it, according to new reports.

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Listen: Improving Student Success in the Classroom

Jody Greene, associate campus provost for academic success at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses the faculty’s responsibility to engage in student success work.

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‘Swiftonomics’ Course Brings Taylor Craze to College Classrooms

The mega–pop star’s impact on supply and demand, monopolies, and cost efficiencies make her prime teaching material for economics courses.

Northwestern Students Face Charges for Newspaper Parody

Editor's note: This story was updated Feb. 9 at 11:10 a.m. to reflect new information. Charges were dropped against two...