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Month: April 2017

Study Finds Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher

Study Finds Black Students More Likely to Graduate if They Have One Black Teacher

“A low-income black student’s probability of dropping out of school is reduced by 29 percent if he or she has one black teacher in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades. That student is also 18 percent more likely to express interest in college after graduating. There was an even stronger effect for black boys from persistently low-income homes: Their probability of dropping out of school is reduced by 39 percent if they have one black teacher, and they are 29 percent…

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

“Housing insecurity doesn’t care about the prestige of your institution, or whether it’s a two-year or a four-year college…It doesn’t care about your gender or your religion or your background. Hard circumstances can fall on anyone. Some people have a safety net for that kind of thing. Some people don’t.” Beyond the Problem of Student Homelessness, New York Times 2017-04-07

Data Science Disconnect!

Data Science Disconnect!

As we work to develop effective assessment of our BIOL 1107K students’ data analysis skills, it helps to be reminded that it’s not just relevant to our course outcome goals but to their futures as well. An Inside Higher Ed article summarizes a report from the Business-Higher Education Forum (you can download the original report here: Investing in America’s Data Science and Analytics Talent): “A shortage of job candidates with fluency in data science and analytics is among the nation’s most yawning of skills gaps, one…

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