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The Oxford Royale Summer School Program- All You Need To Know
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The Oxford Royale Summer School Program- All You Need To Know

The Oxford Royale Summer School Program- All You Need To KnowSummers! Early mornings, warm afternoons, and a breezy evening that always takes long to completely fall upon us. That’s basically the entire season in a nutshell.  Summers have always been the same. Well, now that we are starting to take notice. 🙂 However, what has changed over the years is our utilization of the season. A while ago, it used to be summer camps, early morning and afternoon cricket matches, long trips to our favorite places. Eventually, a period of 50-60 days was divided into 2 phases. The first phase always had to be intact, because of popular opinion of course; the fun and merrymaking. The second phase was always reserved for learning something new.  Most students were absolute naturals when it came to the fir...
Will Community Colleges Rally After COVID-19?
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Will Community Colleges Rally After COVID-19?

Will Community Colleges Rally After COVID-19? We took a look at our data to find out which programs offer the most promise. Following the 2008-9 recession, enrollment at public two-year colleges and for-profit institutions grew to 7.6 million, up from about 6.4 million in 2007.  Over the following ten years or so, the growth ebbed a bit, but when Covid-19 brought another economic recession, it was expected that community college enrollment would pick up again, especially in Certificate programs–displaced workers would seek short-term training for new jobs.  If you are reading this, you probably know that is not what happened. Trends in Community College Enrollment According to the National Student Clearinghouse, as of October 2020, enrollments at two-year public institutions declined 9.5%...
What To Do After Cancelled Board Exams? Begin With Summer Internships
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What To Do After Cancelled Board Exams? Begin With Summer Internships

What To Do After Cancelled Board Exams? Begin With Summer InternshipsLet’s get back to the past for a moment. You were leisurely meandering around the house, taking frequent glances at the TV, waiting for the uncertainty of his 10th board exam to end when suddenly, the headline popped up on the screen – CBSE class 10th exams cancelled! Soon, other boards made the same announcement followed by the postponing of the 12th board exam as well.  While most of you are quite happy and relieved about it, there’s this slightly oxymoronic feeling that took over the rest. It is as if you’ve been running a marathon the entire year and right when you were about to sprint across the last 100 meters, everyone is halted.  As you already know, the assessment now will be based on your internal marks, and to ...
5 Productivity Practices That Helped Me Finish My Dissertation
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5 Productivity Practices That Helped Me Finish My Dissertation

5 Productivity Practices That Helped Me Finish My DissertationThe last two years of my doctorate, I had a side hobby of researching and experimenting with productivity tools and teaching others to apply them to their own lives via my blog The Tending Year. I started The Tending Year to manifest personal accountability to accomplish big goals; as a result I learned how to focus my labor so I could accomplish my to-do list in less time and with more intention. I have chronic health issues that affect my energy and ability to focus, and I live with chronic pain that requires me to take breaks from sitting, so I was particularly interested in learning how to write my dissertation in short, focused work sessions. Plus, I genuinely loved my dissertation topic, and I wanted to make the process as...
Tech Apprenticeships Shift the Costs of Higher Ed From Students to Employers
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Tech Apprenticeships Shift the Costs of Higher Ed From Students to Employers

Tech Apprenticeships Shift the Costs of Higher Ed From Students to Employers For decades, companies have offered more or less the same deal to Americans in search of office jobs: You pay for your own higher education and skills training, and then we’ll consider employing you. But with corporations unable to hire and hold on to enough workers to fill jobs in IT, cyber security and software development, a shift may be underway. More companies are assuming the costs and risks of preparing people for entry-level technology roles by offering apprenticeships. The model combines paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction. Although such apprenticeships have long been available in Europe for a variety of professions, in the U.S. they have mostly been reserved for the skilled trades. “Appre...
State legislatures continue efforts to restrict academic freedom
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State legislatures continue efforts to restrict academic freedom

State legislatures continue efforts to restrict academic freedomSince state legislatures convened nationwide this winter, FIRE has noticed a distinct trend: Many states have introduced and considered legislation to limit or prohibit the teaching or training of certain viewpoints on campus, generally patterned on former President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” which President Joe Biden rescinded on his first day in office. The bills introduced in recent months in states across the country generally aim to ban the training or teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” at public colleges and universities, along with a variety of other provisions. For example, a bill in Rhode Island defines “divisive concepts” as: One race or sex is inherently superior...
The Pursuit of Education: A Story of Homelessness, Perseverance, and the Impact of Caring Educators
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The Pursuit of Education: A Story of Homelessness, Perseverance, and the Impact of Caring Educators

The Pursuit of Education: A Story of Homelessness, Perseverance, and the Impact of Caring Educators By: Jahnee S. I was 8 years old when I first experienced homelessness. Homelessness then became a struggle that my family and I couldn’t escape. I experienced standing in the snow, hoping my family and I had a place to sleep on a church floor; how packed and unsanitary emergency shelters are, as I got lice within two days of staying there; how “The Florida Project” brought me flashbacks to the many months my family lived in motels, and how I viewed peers with “the basic necessities” with such envy. Constantly moving and being disappointed led me to become extremely detached and avoid relationships of any kind out of fear of abandonment. Eight years later, at 16 years old, I was still experie...
Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss?
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Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss?

Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss? Over the past year, Deprece Bonilla, a mother of five in Oakland, Calif., has gotten creative about helping her children thrive in a world largely mediated by screens. She signed them up for online phonics tutoring and virtual martial arts lessons. If they are distracted inside the family’s duplex, she grabs snacks and goes with the children into the car, saying they cannot come out until their homework is done. She has sometimes spent three hours per day assisting with school assignments, even as she works from home for a local nonprofit organization. It all sometimes feels like too much to bear. Still, when her fifth-grade son’s public-school teacher told her he was years behind in reading, she was in disbelief. “That was very off...
Envisioning Alternative Course and Program Portfolios
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Envisioning Alternative Course and Program Portfolios

Envisioning Alternative Course and Program PortfoliosThe importance of envisioning future course and program portfolios will be familiar to readers of my recent blogs.  Provosts, deans, and others responsible for academic resourcing invest time and money to get better data on their portfolios:  e.g., by using Gray Associates’ Program Economics Platform (PEP).  These data help them identify strategies for improvement, which is especially important given the current Covid-19 disruptions.  We are pleased to introduce PEP+, our new predictive model for envisioning the consequences of changing a school’s lineup of courses and programs, just in time to help mitigate these disruptions.  Changes in student demand and modes of teaching can upend an institution’s operational activities and finances,...
Why Republican efforts to ban the 1619 Project from classrooms are so misguided
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Why Republican efforts to ban the 1619 Project from classrooms are so misguided

Why Republican efforts to ban the 1619 Project from classrooms are so misguided Republican legislators in a handful of states are trying to cut funding to schools and colleges that use the New York Times’ award-winning 1619 Project for classroom lessons — efforts that have served to keep the provocative retelling of American history in the spotlight.The project, published in the newspaper’s magazine in August 2019, is a collection of essays and stories that argue that America was not founded in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted, but rather in 1619, the year that enslaved Africans were first brought to the land that became the United States.The project annoyed President Donald Trump so much that he appointed a panel — the 1776 Commission — to write a report about the “pa...
Nominate Your Students for CollegePoint
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Nominate Your Students for CollegePoint

Nominate Your Students for CollegePointTwitterFacebookLinkedinemailiStock It’s a persistent problem: Talented lower-income students are less likely than their peers to enroll at selective colleges. And amid the pandemic, many students—particularly those from low- to moderate-income families—face even greater obstacles on the journey to higher ed. For those reasons, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ CollegePoint has expanded its eligibility criteria and is calling on counselors, teachers, and others to nominate talented teens in the class of 2022 who would benefit from its free advising program. Prior to the pandemic, the nonprofit—which provides personal support throughout the college search, admission, and selection process—relied on standardized test scores to help identify students for the prog...
Applying for a Master's Degree // Advice, Rejection, Personal Statements
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Applying for a Master's Degree // Advice, Rejection, Personal Statements

Applying for a Master's Degree // Advice, Rejection, Personal Statements hey all 🌱in today's vid we chat through the process of applying to a Master's degree in the UK (in other words, applying to grad school), all the stuff you need and my own experiences. I initially wanted to apply to UCL, Imperial and Cambridge for a Msc/MPhil in Management, but upon my Cambridge rejection (that was fun) did a total 180 and instead applied to Film School. Doing a master's degree is highly subject to your personal career goals, there is right or wrong answer. Luckily I can at least help you prep for the process, the personal statements, applications, interviews and just getting started. GOOD LUCK! The Blog Post: https://sarcasticfish.com/2019/10/18/graduate-applications/ ...
PhD Application Tips! | Advice for Applying to PhD Programs
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PhD Application Tips! | Advice for Applying to PhD Programs

PhD Application Tips! | Advice for Applying to PhD Programs I've been running PhD admissions for our department for years, and these are some of my best PhD application tips! Covers organization, reaching out to prospective advisors, personal statements/letters of purpose, tips for letters of recommendation, and how much GRE scores matter. This advice is most relevant for STEM and maybe especially Computer Science PhD programs, but a lot of it is definitely broadly applicable. The first video in this series was about whether you should get a PhD at all: https://youtu.be/p4QiJNPSdWs The next video in this series is about how to choose PhD programs to apply to. #gradschool #phd + RELEVANT LINKS + Template for reaching out to potential advisors: https://twitter.c...
Top Five Tips For College Fairs
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Top Five Tips For College Fairs

Top Five Tips For College FairsCollege fairs are in full swing around the country. To make sure you have the best strategy for the college fairs you might want to follow these five tips. 1. Research which schools will be attend the college fair. For most college fairs you can find a list of schools that will be attending. It is worth getting a copy of this list. Then going through it to see if there are any colleges that you are considering on the list. Go through and highlight them and consider going to their tables first. You might also find other schools that you weren’t aware of that you want to talk to. No matter what, it is nice to at least know who will be in attendance to make sure you don’t miss visiting with any schools. 2. Register in advance for college fairs. Many ...