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Report: More government involvement needed in college search process

Prospective students and their parents need more and far better information--particularly about outcomes--in order to help them decide the best school to attend and the federal government should take the…

U.S. school graduation rate is rising

The nation’s high school graduation rate, which declined in the latter part of the 20th century, may have hit bottom and begun to rise, says the New York Times, according…

Can Twitter use help improve grades? Some researchers think so

Twitter use might be more than an extracurricular activity for college students, according to researchers from three universities whose work suggests that using the popular microblogging service to discuss academics…

The attention-span myth

Polemicists of various stripes continue to calibrate the effect of technology on attention spans, reports the New York Times. …

Text messaging: a lecture hall epidemic?

College students say their professors would be “shocked” to know just how often they send text messages during lectures, and one researcher has offered a simple and stringent solution: Give…

NACAC issues first report on Best Colleges rankings

The National Association for College Admission Counseling surveyed its members on attitudes toward U.S. News's Best Colleges rankings; recently the NACAC/U.S. News & World Report Ad Hoc Committee issued its…

Rapid growth in online instruction could wane, study says

Enrollment in online college classes grew by more than 1 million students over the past year, and while a new study shows that more educators think online instruction is equivalent…

Should you be snuggling with your cellphone?

WARNING: Holding a cellphone against your ear may be hazardous to your health. So may stuffing it in a pocket against your body, reports the New York Times’ Digital…

Questionable science behind academic rankings

For institutions that regularly make the Top 10, the autumn announcement of university rankings is an occasion for quiet self-congratulation, reports the New York Times. …

Survey suggests college students still tepid on eBooks

Colleges’ embrace of electronic books runs the spectrum from hesitant acceptance to full investment, but students’ reluctance to use the nontraditional textbooks remains, if a new national survey is any…

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