Here are the latest and trending news related to college applications, the impact of technology on children’s future career and other relevant topics for this week.
“College Students In LA And Boston React With Frustration And Cynicism To Scandal” via NPR. This article shows the reaction of students in Boston and LA regarding the admission cheating scandal. They express their frustration about this unjust incident, especially those who got into those elite schools in a tough grind. Some of the students weren`t surprised anymore because this is already an underlying reality that some kids from a wealthy family can buy their way into a school. As a conclusion, one exclaims that all someone can do is do his or her best, and hope for the best.
From NPR, “How College Admissions Officers Look Lies For In Student Applications”. It shows ways on how college admission officers validate students college applications. In this article, it shows that they are relying not only on their SAT scores but also the consistency of their information. If they get a red flag about the student’s application, they will dig deeper through a phone call to a school guidance counselor. According to an official, most applications are validated carefully by different sets of eyes before the official acceptance.
(STATE and LOCAL) EDUCATION POLITICS
Via EdSurge News, “Bill to Regulate Income-Share Agreements Moves Through the California Legislature, Again”. California’s assembly committee on higher education approved a bill proposed by Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee), the legislation passed with a 12-0 vote. The idea that all California’s state universities student could soon be able to delay paying college tuition until after they graduate and land a job. The bill states that the “agreement is not a debt instrument and “the repayment obligation of the student under the agreement may not be dischargeable under.” This is really helpful especially for those students who really want to study but struggling financially.
An EdSurge News answers “Can a Neuroscience Video Game Treat ADHD?”. It talks about a “digital treatment” for ADHD. This brain training video game seeks to be the first FDA-approved game treatment for children with ADHD. It will serve as an alternative to the treatment options like stimulant drugs and behavior modification therapy that parents applied to their kids with ADHD. Parents are very careful with the unwanted side effects of these shortlist of treatment options, therefore, this kind of “digital treatment” is somehow a good idea.
From EdSurge News, “How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture”. In this article, it shows how the use of technology can help improves the class atmosphere and rebuild the positive classroom culture. First is building an effective feedback system such as Floop, that let teachers give digital annotated feedback and students can respond immediately to that feedback. It also has a feature that allows an anonymous peer review session. This method can help students to be open about their progress and will also help teachers to monitor in which part needs to improve.
“Reading and Leading: VPSAs and the EDUCAUSE #Top10ITIssues List” from Inside Higher Ed. It talks about the top 10 IT issues list that is grouped into three themes: Empowered Students, Trusted Data, and 21st Century Business Strategies. The list includes topics related to student affairs areas: Information Security Strategy; Student Success; Privacy; Student-Centered Institution; Digital Integrations; Data-Enabled Institution; Sustainable Funding; Data Management and Governance; Integrative CIO; and Higher Education Affordability. Technology and digital education affect the students experience in a lot of ways therefore, it’s a good idea that student affairs leaders should discuss and take a complete look at the impact of institution-wide technologies.
“6 of The Best Coding Apps for Students” from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. It shows the best apps about coding and programming for students. One of the apps is “Daisy The Dinosaur” that will help students to learn the basics of computer programming. This app can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. In the 21st-century of learning, this knowledge on coding and programming is one of the in-demand skills therefore, starting to learn the basics at the young age will surely help kids in the future.
LABOR AND MANAGEMENT
Via EdSurge News, “How Can Colleges Build a Better Future for Work-Study?”. It talks about NASPA’s recommendations on how colleges can improve their work-study program to something with the purpose of preparing students with career-ready skills. It gives four recommendations. Some of them are to have a hiring system that shows what students may expect from the future work environment and make retention and learning a goal of student employment opportunities.
“5 Reasons Why Low-Residency is the Future of Higher Ed Employment” via Inside Higher Ed. This article talks about the 5 reasons why working remotely is the future of higher ed employment. It tackles the 5 factors like rebranding, online learning, diversity and retention, platform and tools, and speed. This is not something that is impossible to happen because of the growing technology and trend, so parents must prepare their children to the changing environment of education and work.
“Fewer Than 6 In 10 College Students Graduate In Six Years” via NPR. It shows the decreasing number of completion rate of students who graduated after six years. The reasons are a lot of schools have not adapted to serve present students and students are also struggling financially. Schools and policymakers should find a solution to this decreasing rates.
“You Need To Teach Your Kids To Fail. Here’s How.”, tips from HuffPost Life. This article gives helpful advice on teaching kids an important lesson in life which is how to bounce back after a failure. The college admission scandal shows how parents want to protect their children from disappointment and failure and hover it by bribing people to get their children into those elite universities that they’re not equipped to attend. This article is helpful for parents to encourage their kids to try and make a mistake. Those mistakes are opportunities for building social and emotional skills and qualities that last a lifetime.