Eye on Education

Amy Hansen

Broadcast Reporter

Amy Hansen is an education reporter/producer for StateImpact Ohio. Amy previously was an enterprise reporter for The Beaver County Times in Western Pennsylvania, where she covered in-depth community issues such as hunger and homelessness. Amy has also worked for WGBH’s FRONTLINE and The Boston Herald. The Pittsburgh native holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, where she was the 2013 Journalism Graduate Student of the Year, along with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from The University of Akron.

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Federal Government Rolls Out College Ratings System

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.

In a report released Friday, the Obama administration offered its first public glimpse of a planned system for rating how well colleges perform, saying it wanted to group schools into three broad categories – good, bad and somewhere between.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

New Survey Says The Country’s Best College Town Is Right in Ohio

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.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The city of Oxford, home to Miami University, is the best college town in the country, according to a new study by WalletHub. The personal finance website ranked 280 college cities based on an analysis of 23 metrics, including quality of higher education, crime rates and cost of living.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

Report Says Common Core May Present A Communication Challenge

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.

By Alyson Klein States that are implementing the Common Core State Standards and those going with their own college-and-career ready expectations are using the same strategies-and facing the same types of challenges, according to a Government Accountability Office report released last week.

Read more at: blogs.edweek.org

Post-Protests, Oberlin Students Won’t Have Their Grades Suspended

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.

OBERLIN – Oberlin College students who sought to have their grades suspended because they’ve been protesting police brutality on and off campus will not get their wish. College President Marvin Krislov on Sunday issued a letter denying the students’ request. Last week, a group of Oberlin students presented a petition signed by 1,300 of their Read More…

Read more at: chronicle.northcoastnow.com

Teach For America Could Struggle with Recruitment

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.

Growing criticism about Teach For America and a polarized education reform debate is affecting recruitment of new corps members and the organization “could fall short of our partners’ overall needs by more than 25 percent” next year, TFA officials say.

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

The National Higher Ed Influcers of 2014

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.

These people made a mark on higher education-for better or worse-this year.

Read more at: chronicle.com

University of Dayton President Announces Departure

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.

Dan Curran, the first lay president in University of Dayton history, has decided to step down as president of UD in June 2016. UD made the announcement Tuesday afternoon and said its board of trustees will conduct a national search for his successor.

Read more at: www.bizjournals.com

Chinese Students Have Twice As Much Homework As American Students

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.

Teens in Shanghai spend 14 hours a week on homework, while students in Finland spend only three. And although there are some educational theorists who argue for reducing or abolishing homework, more homework seems to be helping students with test scores.

Read more at: www.theatlantic.com

Audit Says U.S. Department of Education May Not Be Ready to Prevent Student Loan Defaults

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.

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Department of Education manages an increasingly larger portfolio of federal student loans, officials at the agency lack a coordinated plan for preventing borrowers from defaulting, the department’s independent watchdog said Friday.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

Women Make Up Just Small Percentage of Northeast Ohio Superintendents

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.”

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