In St. Paul, Minnesota, students are dancing their way to class — literally — in the middle of the summer. This is Breakthrough, an innovative summer program with the sole focus of inspiring low-income, under-resourced middle school students to go to college, and showing them how to get there. Special correspondent Terry Rubin has the story. Continue reading
Wynee Sade and her husband along with four other families decided to establish their own dual-language Mandarin immersion school. Meeting at each other’s homes with just a blank sheet of paper, they began the long and arduous process of establishing what would one day be the Yu Ming Charter School. It took two years, but in 2011, Yu Ming Charter School opened its doors with its inaugural 100 students. Read a step-by-step process of how they made their dream school a reality. Continue reading
The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks describing what students should know after completing each grade. They were developed by states to allow comparison of students’ performance. More than 40 states have adopted them. Here is a state-by-state look at how governors and educators are dealing with the standards. Continue reading
In Tennessee, a disturbingly high dropout rate at public universities prompted the state to change how they fund schools: the more students graduate, the more a school gets paid. Hari Sreenivasan reports on the rise of performance-based funding and innovations by schools to keep students invested.
Few doubt that higher education must adapt to meet the changing needs of students and society. Is a more business-like approach the answer? Continue reading
The demographics of the country’s college students are changing. The percentage of black, Latino and Asian students is growing. As students and their needs change, colleges and universities will have to respond. Continue reading
Indiana is ahead of many other states in widely broadcasting public universities’ and colleges’ success rates as part of an attempt to force rates up. Continue reading
Just 20 percent of community college students complete a degree in the U.S. Cheryl Hyman, chief of City Colleges of Chicago, is reshaping her school system to not only provide wide access to higher education, but to put students on the fastest track to relevant credentials. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Hyman, whose reforms have come with critique for making major cuts.
Given the high cost of higher education, it is tempting to evaluate different courses of study based solely on the return on investment they offer. However, this view neglects to consider the intangible benefits of a liberal arts education. Continue reading