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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Incoming Ohio State Students Must Provide Proof of Vaccinations

After a mumps outbreak spread across campus last year, the Columbus Dispatch reports new incoming Ohio State University students will now have to provide proof of their vaccination records.

Starting in August, incoming Ohio State University students won’t be allowed to schedule classes without evidence they’ve had shots to protect against a list of vaccine-preventable illnesses. The new vaccine requirement comes almost a year after a mumps outbreak on and around campus sickened almost 500 people.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Citing A Bleak Financial Future, Southern Liberal Arts College Decides to Close

With a handful of quality academic programs and an $85 million endowment, Virginia’s Sweet Briar College seems to look pretty solid on paper. But as Inside Higher Ed reports, facing a potentially bleak financial future, administrators have decided to swiftly close the school.

Sweet Briar College announced Tuesday that it is shutting down at the end of this academic year. Small colleges close or merge from time to time, more frequently since the economic downturn started in 2008.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

A World with Free Education

In an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air, author Kevin Carey talks about the future of higher education, including what he calls “the University of Everywhere.”

“The University of Everywhere is the university that I think my children and future generations will attend when they go to college…They will look very different in some ways, although not in other ways, from the colleges that I went to and that many of us have become familiar with,” he said.

A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there’s the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there’s college debt.

Read more at: www.npr.org

Cleveland State’s Graduation Plan Earns Attention

In an attempt to boost graduation rates, Cleveland State now shells out a 2 percent tuition rebate and a textbook stipend to students enrolled in at least 15 credit hours per semester. And as Bloomberg points out, the school is quickly starting to see results.

Cleveland State University had a problem. For 10 years, its graduation rate hovered around 30 percent, well below the 59 percent national average. In 2013, to get more of its students to finish degrees on time, the college started offering financial incentives to students.

Read more at: www.bloomberg.com

When It Comes to Community College Transfers, Proximity’s A Big Selling Point

Nearly half of all high school graduates who head off to college begin their career at a two-year school. But as the Hechinger Report points out, a new study finds that community college students aren’t as interested in moving away from their initial campus to finish their career at a four-year institution.

Almost 80 percent of high school graduates go to college nowadays. Almost half of them, mostly low-income students, start at a community college. And 80 percent of those say they hope to get a four-year bachelor’s degree. But in the end, less than a third of community college graduates transfer to a four-year college, and still fewer …

Read more at: hechingerreport.org

“Ohio, The Charter School World Is Making Fun of You”

During a conference in Denver last week, Ohio’s charter school system came under fire from both charter critics and supporters alike. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the state’s system was in the limelight for being relatively unsuccessful.

DENVER, Colorado – Ohio, the charter school world is making fun of you. Ohio’s $1 Billion charter school system was the butt of jokes at a conference for reporters on school choice in Denver late last week, as well as the target of sharp criticism of charter school failures across the state.

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

The State’s Biggest Online Charter School Faces Turnover Issues

Turnover issues at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow–the Ohio charter school commonly referred to as ECOT—are big. As the Columbus Dispatch reports, last year the school had an average enrollment of more than 14,000 students, but 23,000 students enrolled at some point during the year. Many students enrolled for just a few weeks or months, the Dispatch points out.

Ohio’s largest online charter school averaged 14,600 students last school year, but almost 23,000 students were enrolled over the course of the year. Thousands of those students enrolled for just a few weeks or months in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

Finding New Ways to Educate Today’s Students about The Holocaust

NPR’s education team takes a look at how to teach a new generation of students about the Holocaust, including the non-profit Centropa that’s using first-person photos and stories from the era to help today’s children feel more connected.

“Centropa is far more about how Jews lived than about how they perished,” the group’s director and founder Edward Serotta explained. “If you want a student to learn more and to feel more about the subject, give them an entire life, give them a whole life for them to know about.”

Writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote that, with the German genocide of European Jews, human history “has known no story more difficult to tell.” And there may be no topic more difficult to teach. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Read more at: www.npr.org

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