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Remedial Courses in College Stir Questions Over Cost, Effectiveness. Warnings from the Trenches. You are a college professor.

Warnings from the Trenches

I have just retired as a high school teacher. I have some bad news for you. In case you do not already see what is happening, I want to warn you of what to expect from the students who will be arriving in your classroom, even if you teach in a highly selective institution. Two community colleges get serious about working with K12. The growing crisis of students arriving at college unprepared to do college-level work has led to plenty of finger-pointing between high school and college educators.

Two community colleges get serious about working with K12

But two community colleges have learned that better collaboration with local high schools may be the best way to dramatically reduce the number of students who fall into the quagmire of remedial coursework. Long Beach City College has worked closely with the Long Beach Unified School District so it can experiment with using high school grades to help determine whether incoming students have remedial needs -- a shift from instead relying heavily on standardized placement tests.

And according to newly available data from the college, an initial group of 1,000 students from Long Beach high schools who were placed with this new method were far more likely to take and pass credit-bearing, transfer-level courses at the college than their peers the previous year. Building Trust Even so, the work isn’t easy. The Co-Op Experience - Professional Practice (Co-Op)

What Do Purdue Professional Practice Students Do?

The Co-Op Experience - Professional Practice (Co-Op)

As a Purdue Professional Practice student, you will learn what a professional in your field does -- by doing it. As you progress in the Professional Practice Program, you will find yourself performing jobs that you would expect to do after graduation. Your position and responsibilities will change through the course of your Professional Practice experience as you become better able to handle increasing diversity, responsibility, and levels of challenge in your work sessions. Pressed to bridge the skills gap, colleges and corporations try to get along. By Jon Marcus WARWICK, R.I. — Angel Gavidia worked as a construction worker, an auto detailer and a taxi dispatcher before he found his calling as a computer-networking engineer, a high-paying job for which employers are desperately short of workers even at a time of stubborn unemployment.

Pressed to bridge the skills gap, colleges and corporations try to get along

Community College of Rhode Island He found his way in spite of community-college advisors who at first steered him into other fields of so little interest to him that he quit school. Then Gavidia was accepted to a program in which an IT-services company called Atrion collaborates with the Community College of Rhode Island to help students get both a classroom education and on-the-job training.

The model, under which Gavidia worked as an apprentice at the company while taking on-campus courses, gave him a huge head start to a job by teaching him the real-world skills employers want but say they often can’t find in college graduates. Forget the term paper: These students write Wikipedia articles for class credit. Most self-respecting graduate students are loath to admit how often they use Wikipedia.

Forget the term paper: These students write Wikipedia articles for class credit

That may change, however, if more teachers start following the lead of professor Gunseli Berik’s class at the University of Utah. In lieu of a term paper, her students are writing articles for the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. The goal is to fill in Wikipedia’s knowledge gaps and also to provide some balance for the site’s well-publicized gender disparity problem.

"They had to identify gaps on Wikipedia," Berik, an economics professor, told KSL. "So either an article is inadequate, there's limited information or there's no article on the subject that they're interested in. Revisualizing Composition: Mapping the Writing Lives of First-Year College Students. Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Research is a research area operating within the context of MATRIX.

Revisualizing Composition: Mapping the Writing Lives of First-Year College Students

WIDE’s maintains its historical focus on creating new knowledge about digital communication, and we remain committed to results that have impact via academic literatures and via more public outcomes, such as events, performances, and software. Player not working? There is a known iOS and Android bug or download file. iOS, Safari and some Android environments will not properly prompt you for a password if this video is password protected. But, if you click the 'Download Video' link, it will then prompt you for a password. If you are having problems with the 'download file' link right-click on the link and choose 'Save As..' or 'Save Link As..' In 2013-2014, WIDE will focus on “unprofessional writing.” As always, WIDE is committed to creating new knowledge, preparing new generations of researchers and leaders, and so impacting the world. Signature and recent projects include: What Do 3 Million Job Openings Tell Us About the Skills Gap?

By Maureen Conway This post is part of an Aspen Institute Business & Society Program conversation series exploring ways to align the incentives of business and the capital markets with the long-term health of society.

What Do 3 Million Job Openings Tell Us About the Skills Gap?

To learn more, visit At last report, there were approximately 3.6 million jobs open in the U.S., and the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported more than three million openings at the end of each month for over a year now.