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The percentage of underrepresented minorities (URMs) receiving graduate degrees in engineering has climbed steadily over the past four decades. The percentage of engineering master's awarded to URMs in 2009-10 was 11.5, while 9.4 percent of engineering doctorates were awarded to URMs.

Source: The Long-Term Growth of Minorities in Graduate Engineering



Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely
By Patti Neighmond, NPR
We've all heard the theory that some students are visual learners, while others are auditory learners. And still other kids learn best when lessons involve movement. Psychologist Dan Willingham at the University of Virginia, who studies how our brains learn, says teachers should not tailor instruction to different kinds of learners. He says we're on more equal footing than we may think when it comes to how our brains learn.

Test: Many kids in Arizona not on track for college
By Pat Kossan, The Arizona Republic
Arizona educators have received the first results from a new standardized test that they hope will help each high-school student prepare for a four-year college and choose a career. The ACT Explore exam was given to a sampling of nearly 20,000 eighth-graders in January, and results show that although 62 percent of them plan to pursue a four-year degree, many are not on track to pass a college-entrance exam.

Thousands of Oregon students at risk of not graduating, reading scores released today show
By Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian
Roughly 6,800 Oregon high school seniors have yet to pass the state reading test and will be denied diplomas if they don't pass that exam or an equivalent test created and graded at their school, the state reported today. Twenty-six large and medium-size high schools, including 15 in the metro area, have more than 50 seniors at risk of failing to graduate because of weak reading skills.


Do We Have a Retention Problem … Or Do We Have a Problem About Retention?
By Lawrence Butler, New England Board of Higher Education
This paper, like many being written these days, deals with the “problem” of student retention in higher education. But unlike most, this paper focuses not on the problem of retention per se but rather on how institutional leaders think about student retention, completion, and success–how the way they frame their concerns about retention can give rise to a different sort of problem. Something we might call the “meta-problem” of student retention.

Esther Cepeda: Record for Latinos in college
By Esther Cepeda, IndyStar.com
The news is that the Pew Hispanic Center has just released data showing that the largest minority in America is finally starting to close the gap on educational attainment. Hispanics' college enrollment jumped to an all-time high in October 2010: 32 percent of Latinos 18-24 are pursuing a higher education.

Can a Boston Collaboration End the College Completion Crisis?
By Liz Dwyer, Good Education
College freshmen never start school planning on dropping out, but if statistics hold true, only 57 percent of this year's incoming students will actually earn diplomas within six years. A group of 25 Boston colleges and universities are working together to tackle the college completion crisis on a local level.


Time to put lifelong learning back at the heart of ‘civic universities’
By Jack Grove, Times Higher Education
Universities will reap commercial and academic benefits by tapping into the skills of older people on lifelong learning courses, an academic has argued. Professor Goddard, a former deputy vice-chancellor at Newcastle, said institutions need to connect teaching, research and lifelong learning to fully benefit from the range of academic and business skills within a community.

Number's up on quality
By Bernard Lane, The Australian
Universities keen to preserve quality in a much tougher global market should think about recruiting fewer overseas students, higher education expert Daniel Guhr says. He said the global education business pioneered by Australia had seen the rise of grade inflation and a new class of academically weak and manipulative students.

Poor pre-schoolers get aid
Newspaper Edition, Shanghai Daily
Kindergarten children from families in poverty will receive subsidies in the new semester for the first time, the Shanghai Education Commission said yesterday. The amount of subsidies will depend on the fees charged by different kindergartens.


The New Metro Minority Map:Regional Shifts in Hispanics, Asians,and Blacks from Census 2010
This report shows how the rapid growth of Hispanic and Asian origin groups and new internal
shifts of African Americans are transforming the racial and ethnic demographic profiles of
America’s largest metropolitan areas ahead of other parts of the country.

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness
The study suggests that students who are generally proficient in the Common Core standards will likely be ready for a wide range of postsecondary courses, and the more Common Core standards in which they are proficient, the wider the range of postsecondary-level classes they will be ready to undertake.

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