Interested in what’s trending in education? Here are a few highlights from recent education news.

McCracken’s Ballard named Counselor of the Year
Staff Reporters, Bluffton Today

The article covers the announcement that Middle School lead counselor Suzan Ballard was awarded the Beaufort County School District’s 2017 School Counselor of the Year. One of the reasons that Ballard won the recognition is that she “worked with the district office to improve the effectiveness of Naviance, a software program that lets students and parents identify strengths and interests and develop individual learning plans.”

Goodbye College Advising, Hello College Coaching
Sydney Johnson, EdSurge

The article covers the growing education technology sector known as iPASS or integrated planning and advising student success. Johnson writes that “recently, technology platforms like Starfish have largely taken on some of the advisor’s role when it comes to simple tasks like signing students up for courses.” Johnson concludes that shifting the approaches and programs counselors use for college advising towards a more holistic approach is crucial for improving college graduation rates.

What Colleges Should Know About A Growing 'Talent Strategy' Push By Companies
Jeffrey Young, EdSurge

Young takes a look at the level of detail companies are looking at applicants and how they are increasingly looking for a “talent strategy” that will allow them to get the best candidate possible. The article overviews how employers are using “metadata” to find out small details and how they want applicants who can speak about their abilities in a manner that companies can connect with. Young highlights the Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy, part of Northeastern University, and the projects that the center is working on to help bring employers and higher education together.

Remedial-Education Reform May Fall Short Without More Focus on Nonacademic Support
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education

A recent report released by the National Center for Developmental Education indicates that the U.S. will not reach its college-completion goals unless remedial-education reformers pay more attention to the nonacademic factors that hold students back from succeeding. The report examines various approaches that have successfully promoted retention and degree completion, but recognizes that there is no short-term solution to the problem.

5 innovative strategies to support non-traditional students
Laura Ascione, eCampusNews

According to a new Barnes & Noble College report, non-traditional students who are not heavily involved on campus are less likely to stay in school and graduate. Ascione reviews the report and discusses five strategies that can help nontraditional students graduate.  

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