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Rural Renewable Energy Alliance — Helping Low-Income Families Switch To Solar l Clean Technica http://dlvr.it/8JZxC8
12 Must-See Devices for Fitness and Sports Enthusiasts l CIOonline http://trib.al/AOGAlVn
How three small credit card transactions could reveal your identity l CIOonline http://trib.al/4uR3jUK
How to see Bloody Mary (video) – an apparition that could help people with schizophrenia l New Scientist http://ow.ly/Ic0SV
Ancient Underwater Forest Discovered l Huffington Post http://huff.to/1JIy1Lb
Top 10 scientific mysteries for 21st century l Science News http://ow.ly/Ic13v
Federal Reserve, Central Banks, & Financial Departments
Lessons from 8 landscape-level programs aimed at protecting forests l World Bank http://wrld.bg/Iblfw
How to teach students to think critically l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1ALM3Kl
Lessons from 3 companies working with carbon pricing today l World Bank http://wrld.bg/IaSBG
Read more about the President’s proposals to cut taxes for over 44 million families l Treasury Department http://go.usa.gov/SAhR
VIDEO: What’s it like teaching eracy on an Indian Reservation? l Practical Money Skills http://pmsfl.us/1zFxGaW
Financial Literacy and U.S. Teens: Global Study Reveals Path for Improvement l Huffington Post http://ow.ly/Ic21P
Thank you as always for joining us on Saturday for HBCU Money™ Dozen. The 12 most important research and finance articles of the week.
In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born.
Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed byAcademically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there? For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s answer to that question is a definitive “no.”
Their extensive research draws on survey responses, transcript data, and, for the first time, the state-of-the-art Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test administered to students in their first semester and then again at the end of their second year. According to their analysis of more than 2,300 undergraduates at twenty-four institutions, forty-five percent of these students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills – including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing – during their first two years of college. As troubling as their findings are, Arum and Roksa argue that for many faculty and administrators they will come as no surprise – instead, they are the expected result of a student body distracted by socializing or working and an institutional culture that puts undergraduate learning close to the bottom of the priority list.
Academically Adrift holds sobering lessons for students, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and parents – all of whom are implicated in promoting or at least ignoring contemporary campus culture. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Arum and Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission will demand the attention of us all.