Separating grades from success

Education | Some professors push to evaluate students on effort, not results
by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/08/20, 04:05 pm

After finals wrap up and the semester ends, students’ GPAs serve as some of the only concrete evidence of what they accomplished in the classroom—almost certainly all that a future employer will see. From ninth grade forward, grades often represent the quality of work a student can produce, but a new system called labor-based grading evaluates students based on the amount of work they exert, not their mastery of a subject.

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An international void on U.S. campuses

Education | New visa rules restrict faculty and students from overseas
by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/01/20, 06:36 pm

Since the 2015-2016 school year, new enrollment of international students at U.S. universities has dropped 10.4 percent, according to the National Immigration Forum. This dip places the United States behind Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom in the growth rate of international students.

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COVID-19 classroom makeover

Education | Schools need flexibility, freedom, and funding to re-open this fall
by Laura Edghill
Posted 6/24/20, 04:21 pm

Administrators’ back-to-school wish lists will include some additional items come fall: face masks and cleaning supplies, more janitors, bus aides to check students’ temperatures, and more.

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