For more than a year, the federal government has been developing a college ratings system. On Friday, the administration released the first step. The New York Times reports the new “draft framework” leaves lots of room to develop how the ratings will be calculated, but ultimately the plan calls for grouping schools into three categories: the good, the bad, and those somewhere in-between.
Looking for the best college town in America? Look no further than Miami University’s home base of Oxford, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The findings are based on a new study from WalletHub. Oxford wasn’t the only Ohio city making an appearance. Bowling Green ranked as the 28th best city, while Columbus, Kent, Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo each came in slightly lower on the company’s survey.
States that have adopted the Common Core—including Ohio—may have a tough time communicating about the standards with the public, EdWeek reports. The findings are based on a recent report from the Government Accountability Office, which also points out that education officials are also nervous about successfully delivering the accompanying standardized testing and having high-quality professional development sessions for teachers. States developing their own, non-Common Core standards may face a similar plight, EdWeek says.
Recently, Oberlin College have been spending the last few weeks of the semester speaking out against police brutality issues both on-and-off campus. After spending more time protesting, the Chronicle-Telegraph reports students then asked the school administration for flexibility regarding this semesters’ grades. But the school denied their request, telling students to instead individually contact their professors regarding timelines and due dates.
“I deeply appreciate the issues that you have raised, especially the primary concern that we do everything possible to support, and most importantly, retain every member of the Oberlin College community during this incredibly difficult time,” college president Marvin Krislov wrote in a letter to students.
Teach For America recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. But as the Washington Post reports, the oft-criticized teacher training program may not hit its yearly recruitment goals by 25 percent. Officials from the organization said the current “polarized public conversation around education” may play a factor.
It’s that time again–recaps of the year that was 2014 are beginning to roll out. The Chronicle of Higher Education kicks it off, looking at some of the big power-players in higher education over the past year. Some of the featured names include Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, along with the American Studies Association, who planned an academic boycott of Israel.
Late last week, University of Dayton president Dan Curran announced plans to step down in June 2016. During his 14 years in the post, both the campus’ endowment and first-year application rates doubled, the Dayton Business Journal reports. Curran will take a year off before rejoining the campus as a faculty member.
Students in Shanghai, China log about 14 hours a week on homework. Their American peers? Roughly 6.1 hours per week. According to The Atlantic, the U.S. students rank roughly in the middle of their international peers when it comes to weekly homework time. Students in Finland may consider themselves a little luckier–according to the survey, they only log about 2.8 hours a week.
Millions of college graduates are dealing with student loan debt. But a major manager of federal student loans—the U.S. Department of Education—may not be prepared to figure out how to prevent those graduates from encountering high default rates. As Inside Higher Ed reports, an audit from the Inspector General found issues with the way the DOE handles default prevention.
“The department does not have a comprehensive plan or strategy to prevent student loan defaults and thus cannot ensure that default prevention efforts conducted by various offices are coordinated and consistent,” the audit report said, as quoted in IHE.
Three quarters of Ohio’s teachers are female—but they make up just 15 percent of the state’s hundreds of superintendent positions. Those findings come from a recent Northeast Ohio Media Group survey of Northeast Ohio administrators holding school districts’ top spots.
“We have a profession of women that are run by men,” said retired superintendent and college professor Rosemary Gornik told NEOMG. “There is a glass ceiling.”