ACT Profile, launched by ACT Inc., is a new website that allows students to explore possible career paths and college options that align with individual student's strengths, interests, and values. The site includes interest inventories, a college search section, and a section that allows students to develop an electronic portfolio. ACT Profile is available for free to anyone over 13 years of age and can be accessed through Facebook and Twitter.
This spotlight from The Condition of Education 2013 examines employment rates by educational attainment among 20-64 year olds between 1990 and 2012. Findings include the following: employment rates for those with a bachelor's degree were generally higher than for those without a bachelor's degree and there was a male-female gap in employment rates. To access the full Condition of Education 2013 report, visit: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013037.pdf.
Texas A&M University and South Texas College, in partnership with Pearson Education and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will offer competency-based hybrid degrees next spring. The program, known as the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, will allow students to earn a degree in organizational leadership. The program requires students to complete a 90-hour online credit program that uses a competency-based curriculum. The sessions can be completed at the student's own pace and will cost less than $1,000.
This report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows the trends in unemployment rates and earnings across college majors. The report finds that higher unemployment rates for college graduates tend to be concentrated in specific majors and graduate degrees or work experience can sometimes decrease the risk of unemployment for recent graduates.
This brief describes the K-12 reforms President Obama included in the budget for 2014. These reform efforts are focused on high school redesign and career readiness; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; effective teaching and school leadership; school safety; school turnaround; and data systems.
Hillsboro High School has been chosen as the first school in Tennessee, and among one of 27 in the nation, to offer a career-related International Baccalaureate program. Students in the program will be able to earn an International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) and take IB courses with a career focus. IBCC will serve as a supplemental track to the IB Diploma Program at Hillsboro, where students are required to complete rigorous coursework, pass six subject area exams, conduct research, and engage in community service.
The 2014 GED test will be computer-based and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The revised test will measure whether students are college and career ready and will also test on the following subjects: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies.
This report from the National Association of State Budget Officers describes the current challenges of public higher education finance and shares examples of how states are implementing policy and budget strategies that address these challenges. In addition, this report provides an analysis of collaborative partnerships between states and institutions of higher education designed to improve the higher education system as well as recommendations for finance reform.
On August 15 the College and Career Readiness and Success Center and the American Youth Policy Forum co-hosted the webinar, “Transforming Remediation: Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice.” The Webinar addressed barriers to the successful completion of postsecondary education, specifically the need to alter and reform remedial education practices.
Data suggests that the Postsecondary Success Collaborative, a program aimed to smooth the transition from high school to college, has increased college enrollment rates. Target high schools participating in the initiative saw a 12% increase in the number of students enrolling in college. The initiative provides school districts with a $5.1 million grant with participants agreeing to use the funds to "coordinate academic programs, align K-12 curriculums with postsecondary and workforce requirements, and engage community groups".