“Want to Get Ahead? Pick the Right Company,” an article by Lauren Weber and Theo Francis in The Wall Street Journal on October 14th, summarizes the findings of a five-year analysis of career mobility that was recently completed by the Burning Glass Institute, a Philadelphia-based think tank. Read more
“When I arrived on campus as a first-year college student, the differences between me and my peers were clear. So many of my fellow classmates seemed at home, not just among the beautiful buildings and green spaces, but also with the small nuances of the higher education experience — from skillfully finding the right courses to simply approaching faculty and staff for help. As the first member of my immediate family to go to college, I very quickly realized I had a longer, more stressful road ahead than those who showed up already knowing what to expect.” Read more
“Apprenticeships, Not College, Can Help Reduce Unemployment,” an article that Paul Winfree and Rachel Greszler published in the Wall Street Journal on June 21, 2022, predicts that apprenticeships could soon be doing more to reduce unemployment than colleges are.
If so, the role that American higher education plays in sustaining the labor force could be changed dramatically. Read more
This is the time of year when students are looking for summer internships. This year, many students are also hoping to help the people of Ukraine at this time of extreme need. Read more
Updated enrollment figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show that college enrollment levels are continuing to fall
Data just released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that enrollment in American colleges and universities is continuing to fall:
- Undergraduate enrollment in American colleges fell by 3.1 percent in the year preceding fall 2021, a loss of 465,300 students.
- Enrollment losses show a two-year decline of 5.1 percent or a loss of 938,000 students since fall 2019.
- The largest numerical drops occurred at public four-year institutions, where 251,400 students (or 3.8% of total enrollment) were lost. But the steepest percentage decline occurred at private for-profit four-year colleges, which lost 65,600 students (or 11.1% of enrollment.)
Brooke Kupcho is a student counselor in Helena Montana. In a recent video with the Student Research Foundation, she shared her insights on the process of helping students develop the self-efficacy that leads to better career choices.
You will want to watch the entire video. Here are some edited portions of what Brooke had to say.
Video to Watch . . .
We recently spoke with high school math teacher Esther Brunat about the critical role that math can play in preparing students for success.
Ms. Brunat, who teaches high school math, algebra II, and trigonometry in Texas, is impassioned about the role that math studies play in equipping her students for a variety of critically important careers that will help the world.
Daina Petronis, who teaches high school English in Toronto, recently offered some insightful observations on how student attitudes can affect their readiness to make good career decisions and lead better lives.
High school teacher Trevor Muir believes that soft skills that are developed in project-based learning could be even more vital to success in technology-intensive fields than hard skills like chemistry or mathematics.