Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.
Universities cut services for a big group of their students: those over 25
Hechinger Report, Matt Krupnick
With more than 40 percent of U.S. university and college undergraduates and graduate students over the age of 25, there is an increasing demand for services such as day care. Research shows that while the number of students with children has increased, the number of universities offering child care centers has decreased. Research at one community college showed that students who are parents and get child care are much more likely to return to school the following year and three times more likely to graduate than their counterparts who don’t have any place to put their kids.
Finally, the College Board makes it easier for students with disabilities to get SAT accommodations
The Washington Post, Valerie Strauss
The College Board has announced that “starting Jan. 1, ‘the vast majority’ of students who have special-education plans that already include accommodations for testing — such as extra time, sitting in a separate room, and/or having the test read to the student — will receive automatic approval for the same accommodations when taking the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT subject tests and AP exams.”
FAFSA Completion Rates Vary Widely by City
Inside Higher Ed, Paul Fain
A new analysis by the National College Access Network indicates the percentage of graduating high school seniors who completed the FAFSA varied widely by city. Of the 68 cities the group looked at the high was 68 percent in Memphis, Tenn. And the low was 25 percent in North Las Vegas. The 68-city average was 48 percent, which is close to the national rate of 44 percent in 2014.
6 ways dual enrollment helps institutions and students
eCampus News, Laura Devaney
Summarizes key findings of a recent American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Hobsons research study on dual enrollment programs and highlights some of the main benefits of such programs.
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