Online Courses Could Widen Inequalities, Not Narrow Them

Posted on August 2, 2019

“A greater use of online courses in higher education could end up widening inequalities, rather than narrowing them, according to a new report. And far more support for students may need to be put in place to make sure online education delivers on its promise. Online courses have been seen as one way of reducing inequalities, by providing low-cost opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to afford higher education. But a new study finds that they may be having the opposite effect, with higher drop-out rates and diminished performance particularly pronounced among groups who already have poorer outcomes, further widening the existing achievement gap.” Continue reading

Mansfield campus student success support helps mother finish 2 degrees

Posted on August 1, 2019

“The phrase “her smile lights up the room” doesn’t quite do Becca Lamp justice. The 25-year old from Ontario is the kind of woman whose vibrancy and positivity shines a bright light on even the darkest of places. Yet even she had doubts back in 2016 when the then-college sophomore found herself pregnant and unsure whether she could finish her college degree.” Continue reading

5 Seriously Stunning Facts About Higher Education in America

Posted on July 29, 2019

“Recently, some rich people and well-known celebrities got caught cheating to get their kids into elite universities. They bribed sports coaches, cheated the SAT, and fabricated phony credentials. Beyond the scams of the rich and famous, though, there are other surprising facts about college in America. Facts closer to our everyday experiences. Here are five.” Continue reading

Returning to School as an Adult? How to Fund Tuition

Posted on July 26, 2019

“Millions of Americans in the workforce are heading back to school to further their education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 3.5 million students enrolled in college for fall 2016 were age 35 and older. These adult learners are enrolling for a variety of reasons: earning MBA or master’s degrees to improve their growth in their current jobs, training for new careers, or satisfying an urge to expand their knowledge base. If you decide additional education is the right option for you, be aware that college costs are on the rise. How will you pay for it?”

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The Education Deserts of Rural America

Posted on July 23, 2019

“One in three Montanans lives more than 60 minutes from the nearest college campus. The tracts of land that separate these individuals and institutions are sometimes called “education deserts,” and they cover many patches of rural America. Add to that the fact that nearly 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen attend institutions fewer than 50 miles from home, and these statistics begin to sketch the outlines of a crisis.” Continue reading

Why fewer students are enrolling in college

Posted on July 19, 2019

“Most of the headlines surrounding higher education would have you believe that students are competing for a limited number of spots at our nation’s colleges. But a new report adds to a growing body of evidence that in many cases, colleges are actually in search of students. The number of students enrolled in college in the spring dropped 1.7% from last year, continuing a spate of declines over the past several years, according to a report released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollment and degrees.” Continue reading

Online Courses are Cost Effective but Detrimental to Learning

Posted on July 18, 2019

“For more and more of today’s university students, screen time is competing with seat time. According to the most recent statistics (from 2016–17), 33 percent of college students take at least one online class, 17.6 percent mix online and in-class coursework, and 15.4 percent exclusively take online classes. Each statistic represents an increase over the year prior, a trend that has continued since 2011. Advocates of online education are quick to celebrate this increase, but the rise of screen time in higher education may harbor some detrimental consequences.” Continue reading