Technology helps minority students stay on track in college (The Economist): Could new degree-completion apps like eAdvisor and Degree Compass help shrink the graduation gap between black and white college students? Initial results from four colleges in Tennessee show students who use these programs get better grades; minority students who take the courses they are recommended to take have the largest gains in credit hours per term.
University of Washington approves $123.5 million animal-research facility: Despite protests from students and community members, the UW Board of Regents on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for a new underground animal-research facility. The new space will enable the university to increase the number of primates it houses from 650 to 930 and double the number of pigs.
Columnist calls for better STEM education in Washington: Seattle Times editorial columnist Lynne K. Varner writes about the local mismatch between STEM education and workforce demands on Friday’s opinion page. Her solution? An additional year of high-school science, more partnerships between public schools and industry, and better choices for post-secondary training.
- Seattle named smartest city in North America
- Relearning the lost skill of patience (The Atlantic)
- Colombian teacher’s “new school” model spreads worldwide (Education Week)
- Lacking uniforms, Ferndale High band turns zombie to win competition (The Bellingham Herald)
- Parents leading nationwide Common Core protest on Nov. 18 (Education News)