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It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success

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Why Should I Self Identify?

Why Should I Self Identify? – Gerald Nevarez On more than one occasion during their employment with NMSU, faculty and staff are asked to self identify. This process relates to self-identification in relation to race/ethnicity, gender and veteran status. Sometimes this gives rise to the question “Why should I self identify?” The root of the…
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Free PDFs from National Academies Press

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Pew Studies Report Trends in Online Learning

A pair of spring 2011 studies just released from the Pew Research Center finds that college presidents are more likely than the public in general (51% to 29%) to believe that “online courses offer an equal value compared with courses taken in a classroom.” Other findings include: Twice as many people who graduated from college in…
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Recommended Reading on the Evolving Land-grant Mission

Land-Grant Universities Seek Ways of Reinforcing the Service Component of Their Mission, (June 26, The Chronicle of Higher Education) addressed the changing role of service in the three-pronged mission of teaching, research, and service for land-grand universities. As many universities decrease their agriculture outreach, service goals have been questioned at many land-grant universities. But universities…
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More on the Value of College

Harvard professor Louis Menand, in a recent article in the New Yorker, debates two views of higher education. Is college a sorting mechanism that allows society to identify the intellectually nimble, or is college a knowledge delivery system that enlightens and empowers our students? Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor…
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Pew Research Center Survey: Is College Worth It?

Key findings from a report on two recent studies on the value of a college education: Although the general public understands the effect that a college degree has on earnings, a majority believe that college is too expensive for most Americans and not a good value for the money. Parents expect their children to attend…
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Outside-of-the-box Thinking on Graduation Rates

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, a university in Washington State challenges colleagues to develop metrics that better describe graduation rates for non-traditional, first generation, at-risk students. The current counting method has no way to account for “transfer patterns, for differential rates of progress among low-income populations, for developmental needs of students, and for the…
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Dropping out Before School Even Starts

In a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, in New Orleans, two Harvard doctoral students examine why low-income students accepted at college might not make it to the fall start date. (From an article on Inside Higher Ed.)

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The Faculty Take on Student Learning – Inside Higher Ed

From Inside Higher Ed “As national and campus debates about student learning outcomes and now college completion have intensified in the last several years, faculty groups and individual professors have largely weighed in from the sidelines, rarely stepping into the actual fray. Whether that’s because they have chosen not to participate, or because the policy…
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