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Walden University Expands Degree Offerings

cap and gownStudents of online school Walden University now have three more options when it comes to choosing a degree program. The first is a new Bachelor’s degree in nursing, being offered for nurses who already have a hospital diploma or an Associate’s degree in nursing.

The second is a Bachelor’s degree in instructional design and technology. It is designed for students seeking a career as a curriculum designer, a course editor, an instructional coordinator, or even for someone interested in desktop publishing. With this degree you will be able to evaluate your organization’s training needs and then design a solution for them. Areas of concentration are three-fold: general, business and organizational change and human factors, and interface design. (more…)

Are Americans Financially Illiterate?

Discusses a paper published by Associate Law Professor Lauren Willis that suggests people should not manage their own finances, but leave it to experts.

New Stimulus Package Includes Money for Education

Arne Duncan receives $100 billion to help reform America's public schools and universities. An unprecedented $5 billion of that is marked as discretionary.

University of Tulsa Campus Tour

I know, you are all probably thinking, how many visits is she going to go on?! I hope to say this was my final visit. Of course, each of my visits have been so unique I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to travel and visit so many schools! This visit to University of Tulsa, was much different from any of my visits so far!

University of Tulsa is a private university with an undergrad population of about 3,000 students.

The University of Tulsa is a private university with an undergrad population of about 3,000 students.

My best friend and I went to Tulsa Sunday February 15- Monday February 16 to attend what they call Tulsa Time. Tulsa Time was two days filled with a variety of sessions, class experience opportunities and almost anything else you can think of. We toured the sororities, sat in on an Anatomy and Physiology class, and learned about the Pre-Med program. What made this visit so much different from the other visits was that we got to spend the night on campus with an actual TU student!

We got matched with our host before dinner and went to the dorms. We then had dinner with the parents and hosts and after that the parents left, leaving us with just our hosts! During this time we were allowed to do whatever we wanted with our hosts on campus. We met another student who was hosting a few students and had some great discussions not only about Tulsa, but just college in general. We even asked about things you will need in a dorm, but might overlook. Things such as scissors and a bathrobe. So being with a student over night really gave you a good feel of what the campus was like and what the dorms are like and other things you wouldn’t normally experience when just touring and interviewing.

So if you ever get the chance, I would advise doing an overnight college visit! It can really give you a good idea of whether or not the college is right for you!

Historically Black Colleges Feeling Economic Crunch

fisk universityThe pressures of the lagging economy can be felt by everyone, but it seems those at the Historically Black Colleges are really feeling the pinch. This group of colleges, created before 1964 to serve the higher learning needs of the black comunity, include instutitions such as Howard University in Washington, D.C., Spelman College in Atlanta and Hampton University in Virginia. Enrollment at these schools is down, as are endowments and fundraising. Most universities are feeling this, as a recent survey revealed endowments are down an average of three percent.

Students at the Historically Black Colleges, however, are typically more dependent upon the financial aid provided by these schools. (more…)

Kansas Student’s Test Correction Not Really News to Fellow Classmates

I got online to check my email and a few other things when a headline caught my eye and a picture of someone I know. A fellow Junior International Baccaulaureate classmate, Geoff Stanford, had recently caught an error in this year’s Writing Kansas State Assessment. But is this really something to make such a big deal over?geoff stanford

As I glanced over comments that had been left by others, I could see that many readers agreed with me. Good for Geoff for catching this error, but a typo is not worth this much fuss. Typos occur on a daily basis and many times go unreported, because due to context clues, the typo can be ignored, or in this case, the correct word can easily be determined. I realize, playing the devil’s advocate with myself, that the word originally being “emission” got changed to “omission,” which can completely change the meaning of the sentence. But context, as I said, is key. Geoff and the reporters, I believe, mentioned that the writing prompt dealt with the Greenhouse Effect and Carbon dioxide and I’m sure most students were fully capable of realizing this was a mistake.

As all the teachers were notified across Kansas, was it really necessary to make an article over this simple mistake? As the spokeswoman for the State Department of Education, Karla Denny, said “We’re human.” and this is true. This mistake could have happened to anyone anywhere and to make such a big deal out of it is simply ridiculous in my opinion. Congratulate the boy and don’t worry about making it a big deal.

Countdown to Graduation

It is so weird to sit down and realize that I have only four months of high school left. Granted, a lot will be happening in these four months, it feels like such a short time compared to the three-and-a-half years I have already been through.

All of my “lasts” are finally starting to hit me. My last homecoming is in two weeks. My last spirit week is next week. My last softball season starts in a month. It all seems so strange to think about how next August I won’t be walking the halls of East High, but rather walking across campus to get to one of my first college courses. While this seems strange, it is also something I believe I am well prepared for. After hearing from four schools and still waiting to hear from another six, I realize I will actually have a decision when it comes to where I end up. Many students are afraid they will only be presented with one offer or be cornered into going to a certain school, but thankfully, this is not my case. And as I anxiously await to hear from the other six schools, my anxiety level has lessened since I know I already have quite the decision to make.

So while the idea of leaving East High behind and starting a new chapter in my life may sound scary, it also excites me. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next four months but also the months to follow.

Denver School District Ends Use of Grade Levels

School districts across the US are trying to improve student performance and low test scores. But few have taken as radical an approach as Adams 50.young student raising hand

For starters, when the elementary and middle-school students come back next fall, there won’t be any grade levels – or traditional grades, for that matter. And those are only the most visible changes in a district that, striving to reverse dismal test scores and a soaring dropout rate, is opting for a wholesale reinvention of itself, rather than the incremental reforms usually favored by administrators.

The 10,000-student district in the metropolitan Denver area is at the forefront of a new “standards-based” educational approach that has achieved success in individual schools and in some small districts in Alaska, but has yet to be put to the test on such a large scale in an urban district.

Read more about this innovative move at Yahoo News.

Kansas High School Student Corrects State Test Error

Geoffrey Stanford’s teachers always tell him to read tests carefully.geoffrey stanford

Every sentence. Every word. Slow down. Make sure you understand what’s being asked, and then proceed.

So while taking his state writing test last week, the East High junior saw something that didn’t make sense: The word “emission” — as in “the emission of greenhouse gases” — was spelled “omission.”

“I thought, ‘Surely they’re not talking about leaving out carbon dioxide altogether.’ It just didn’t make sense,” said Stanford, 17. “It had to be a mistake.”

It was.

Read more at about how this student caught something test developers and teachers had missed. Soon, our very own Becca Driskill, an international baccaulaureate classmate of Stanford’s, will have her reaction.

“Work Hard. Be Nice.” Introduces America to KIPP

KIPP students at Ujima Village Academy in Baltimore.

KIPP students at Ujima Village Academy in Baltimore.

Have you met “the hardest-working kids in the country”? Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Bill Gates, Oprah and many others are counting themselves lucky for saying they have. They’re all big fans of the KIPP, Knowledge is Power Program, a low-income urban education program.

Justice Breyer met them by happenstance while heading in to his office one day while the students were on a somewhat disappointing field trip to Washington, D.C. After a teacher begged him to take a moment to say hello to them, he was intrigued when one student asked about his participation in the landmark case Miranda v. Arizona. Taken back, he said it was before his time, and became engaged. He’s been involved with KIPP ever since. (more…)


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