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.
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 theatron.org and use them to block scenes from the gory revenge tragedy “Titus Andronicus,” to see how setting can heighten the drama.
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.
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.
Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education comments on students’ ability to repay their student loans.
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.
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.
Andrew Atzert of the Wharton School comments on the blending of face-to-face and technological components in online learning.