Entries by Alison Pendergast

Study: active learning can narrow achievement gaps for underrepresented students

Underrepresentation in STEM disciplines, an area typically overrepresented by male white and Asian students both in university and professionally, remains an ongoing issue in academia. Students of underrepresented backgrounds (URB), specifically Black and Latinx students, have a much smaller rate of achieving degrees in STEM, corresponding to less diversity and representation in professional careers. For […]

Why do students feel they learn less with active learning, when they actually learn more?

Active learning – a method that consists of active participation in subject matter, such a group activities or consistent instructor/student engagement –  has been proven to be more effective at conveying knowledge than passive learning methods in the classroom. Yet despite this, many higher education courses still prefer a passive teaching method, in part because […]

Is it time to replace teaching centers?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that existing teaching centers at institutions of higher education aren’t enough to meet the demands of today’s education, according to Steven Mintz at the University of Texas at Austin. While teaching centers were created with the respectable goal to help faculty with course design, inclusive teaching, classroom technology and more, […]

What do college students actually spend on course materials?

Recently, this analysis from Phil Hill (of Phil on Ed Tech), an influential educational technology market analysis, highlighted the actual cost of course materials for undergraduate students in the United States: “Last month the College Board released their “Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid 2020” report. There is a wealth of information in that report […]

Campus closures likely to hit low-income college students harder

As classes at colleges and universities across the United States are moved online, and as some students are being told to move out of their residence halls, the COVID-19 coronavirus is creating more uncertainty. A commentary from CNN argues that forcing students to leave campus is likely to have a disparate effect on low-income students who may not […]

For some colleges, missing the fall semester may be just the tip of the iceberg

“All of our formerly reliable sources of revenue — tuition, research grants, clinical revenue, private philanthropy and income from our investments and endowment — will almost certainly be significantly and adversely affected.” With this dire pronouncement, Duke University, the wealthy private school in North Carolina, announced a total hiring, building and salary freeze for the coming year. […]

Covid-19 Will Lower College Enrollment, Then Boost It

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to upend American life, colleges and universities are bracing for a significant drop in student enrollment. The American Council on Education, a higher education lobby group, projects that on-campus college enrollment will fall by 15% in the fall semester, costing institutions about $23 billion in foregone revenue. That’s enough of a […]

The Next Financial Blow

Financial pain from the coronavirus pandemic is hitting the nation’s colleges and universities hard, and Northwest Missouri State University is no exception. John Jasinski, president of the four-year institution, which enrolls more than 7,000 students and is located 100 miles north of Kansas City, Mo., has been dealing with serious challenges the crisis brought to […]

How COVID-19 Could Shift The College Business Model: ‘It’s Hard To Go Back’

Could A Virus Accelerate Disruption Of The Four-Year Degree? The price tag of a four-year degree has increased almost eight times faster than wages. But what will happen as we hit an unemployment rate that is the highest since the Great Depression? It took just a few tumultuous weeks to completely change the entire U.S. higher education system. […]