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Incentives Offered to Raise College Graduation Rates

March 22, 2011

In what amounts to a “Race to the Top” for higher education, the Obama administration is offering competitive grants and a new “tool kit” to help states increase their college completion rates. During a news briefing Monday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the program, to be formally announced Tuesday by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., would include only incentives — no “sticks” — for reforms aimed at helping the administration meet its goal of adding eight million college graduates by 2020.

Article Source: New York Times

Giving Literature Virtual Life

March 21, 2011

Prof. Katherine Rowe’s blue-haired avatar was flying across a grassy landscape to a virtual three-dimensional re-creation of the Globe Theater, where some students from her introductory Shakespeare class at Bryn Mawr College had already gathered online. Their assignment was to create characters on the Web site and use them to block scenes from the gory revenge tragedy “Titus Andronicus,” to see how setting can heighten the drama.

Article Source: New York Times
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Award-Winning Actor Denzel Washington Delivers Penn’s 255th Commencement Address

PHILADELPHIA — Under cloudy skies, Denzel Washington, internationally renowned actor and director, delivered the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s 255th Commencement today, Monday, May 16.

Washington is one of the nation’s preeminent performing artists, having achieved wide acclaim for his film, theatrical and television performances, as well as his accomplishments in film directing and television production.

PhillyInc: Wharton School Launching Website for High School Students

March 21, 2011

Robbie Shell, Cassie Mogilner and Iwan Barankay of the Wharton School comment on the announcement of a free, Web publication targeted towards high school students.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

IHEP Study: Graduation Makes a Difference in Avoidance of Delinquency on Student Loans

March 18, 2011

Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education comments on students’ ability to repay their student loans.

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Reinventing the M.B.A.

March 14, 2011

The Wharton School is cited for its curriculum changes.

Is Pell Too Big?

March 15, 2011

House Republicans and the Obama administration agree about relatively few matters these days, and it would be a profound exaggeration to say they see eye to eye on Pell Grants. The GOP-led House last month approved a 2011 budget that would cut the size of the maximum grant for low-income students by $845, to $4,705, one of many reasons why President Obama has threatened to veto the measure.

Article Source: Inside Higher Ed

Researchers Find Constant Contact Between Parents and Students, but Not Much Intervention

March 14, 2011

Most college students are in frequent touch with their parents, but moms and dads are less likely to intervene than to encourage their children to resolve matters on their own, according to new data presented here on Monday at the annual meeting of Naspa—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Blending Learning: Technology Helps Facilitate the Face-to-Face Experience

March 14, 2011

Andrew Atzert of the Wharton School comments on the blending of face-to-face and technological components in online learning.

Article Source: Financial Times