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Up Front Summer 2014



​A Gap in Skills—or Just Perception?

Only 11 percent of business leaders strongly agree that college and university graduates have the skills and competencies necessary for workplace success, according to a recent report. Inside Higher Ed contrasted that finding—from What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign, based on a Gallup/ Lumina Foundation poll—with results from a separate poll it had recently conducted with Gallup. Among the findings of the latter survey, published in The 2014 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers, was this: Fifty-six percent of provosts believe their institutions are “very effective” at preparing students for the world of work.

“Stereotype Threat”

Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges, a recent report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement, reveals that African American and Latino males studying at community colleges are less likely to complete their degrees than white male peers. Inside Higher Ed discusses the possible reasons, such as “stereotype threat.”

Slower Growth

Projections of Education Statistics to 2022, a report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), predicts that college and university enrollment will increase by nearly 3 million students by 2022. NCES notes that its projections “do not reflect changes in national, state, or local education policies that may affect education statistics.” (PDF) 2MB

Two Things at the Same Time?

An article published in The Chronicle of Higher Education explores the benefits and drawbacks of dual enrollment as academics and others question the assumption that “cheaper, earlier, faster is better.” Proponents of the system still insist that dual-enrollment courses save students money and time.





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