Students from Saudi Arabia flood U.S. colleges to study English

Saudi students can receive up to a five year visa, with scholarships covering tuition, housing and health benefits.

Meshari Albishi considers the University of Mary Washington his “second home” even though he is not a student there.   He has made “a lot of friends,” and has access to the library, workout rooms and other campus facilities. The University of Mary Washington has offered him admission, on one condition: Before he can enroll, he must complete a non-credit program, called English for Academic Purposes.



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New type of college proposed by Khan Academy founder

Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy

Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, believes college should look very different from the typical four-year institution.  The Khan Academy is a popular site that offers free online video lectures about a variety of subjects, lays out his thoughts on the future of education in his book, The One World School House: Education Reimagined, released last month. Though most of the work describes Mr. Khan’s experiences with Khan Academy and his suggestions for changing elementary- and secondary-school systems, he does devote a few chapters to higher education.



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Students and teachers push back on healthier school lunches

New government nutrition standards went into effect this year in a bid to combat childhood obesity.

School lunches for the first time this year are required to be healthier but they are getting some push back from students and teachers across the USA who say they are still hungry after eating the noon meal.



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Senate report blasts for-profit colleges

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) presents findings from a two-year investigation into the for-profit college industry.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Monday unveiled an exhaustive report on a two year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry.  The report on the colleges’ business practices, highlighting schools that charge excessively high tuition and shortchange academic investments in order to maximize revenues.




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GiraDora – a foot-powered washing machine that will change millions of lives

GiraDora – a foot-powered washing machine.

Two design students named Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You traveled from their homes in Los Angeles to Cerro Verde, a 30,000 person slum outside of Lima about a year ago. As students in the celebrated Design Matters program at Art Center College of Design, which focuses on social innovation, they had come to Cerro Verde as part of a special studio called Safe Agua Peru. Their goal? Develop a commercial product that alleviates issues related to water poverty, targeted at people who earn between $4 and $10 a day. (Video)



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Biggest challenge for colleges isn’t price, it’s students’ attention

college classroom

As colleges try to deliver more education at the same price, schools will move into the crowded and distractable world of the Web.

Last year, the University of Phoenix enlisted renowned Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen to record a lecture. The university reserved a harbor-view room for Christensen and populated it with young people, so that the camera operators could record their reactions.

Before he began to speak, Christensen noticed that the audience appeared unusually engaged and attractive.

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Is there really an epidemic of teens taking ADHD drugs to get good grades?


Data shows clearly that we are not even close to the all time peak of misuse of prescription stimulants by high-school students.

According to a front page story in Sunday’s New York Times, there’s an epidemic in America’s selective high schools: high-achieving students under pressure to succeed are increasingly abusing stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which they consider as essential as SAT tutors for getting into an Ivy League college.  But the data from national surveys on stimulant use tells a very different story.

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Making it harder to learn beneficial to students

Making it harder to learn

“Making material harder to learn can improve long-term learning and retention.”

Three researchers, in January 2011, published the results of an experiment in which they showed that students who read material in difficult, unfamiliar fonts learned it more deeply than students who read the same material in conventional, familiar fonts.

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Computer science majors lacking in Seattle

University of Washington

Students at the University of Washington.

There are thousands of computer-related jobs that are waiting to filled just in Seattle alone.  But the number of bachelor’s degrees in computer science at the University of Washington is the same as it was more than ten years ago.  A lot of students have been rebuffed in their effort to major in computer science or computer engineering.

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