Inspector General Faults Education Department

In a semiannual report to Congress, the Education Department’s inspector general took issue with the agency’s proposal to eliminate the gainful-employment rule without other accountability standards in place. Inspector General Kathleen Tighe, who retired from the department as of Nov. 30, also warned House and Senate education committee leaders earlier this year against eliminating the rule in an overhaul of the Higher Education Act. In the new report, which covered work by the inspector general from April through September of this year, Tighe said the for-profit college sector “continues to be a high-risk area for…

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Adequacy of facilities in schools correlates to quality of education

Adequate and up-to-date facilities in schools influence the quality of education and students’ performance. A study carried out in Tennessee, USA, found growing evidence of a correlation between the adequacy of a school facility and student behaviour and performance. “Building a school infrastructure is different from building an office infrastructure. The school infrastructure not only has to be functional and economical, but it also has to give a sense of self-worth to the students,” the report stated. Against this backdrop, the education ministry in its recent annual education statistics has…

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This is how smartphones and computers are disrupting your sleep

Researchers at Salk Institute in the US have uncovered how artificial light from smartphones and computers can disrupt sleep. The finding is more than just a curious study as it may lead to new treatments for migraines, insomnia, jet lag and circadian rhythm disorders. How smartphones and computer disrupt sleep Scientists found that certain cells in the eye process ambient light and reset our internal clocks — the daily cycles of physiological processes known as the circadian rhythm. When these cells are exposed to artificial light late into the night,…

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Love for international education takes alumna to the Philippines

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Of all the advice Evangeline Chow received while she was a student in the Penn State College of Education, one lesson sticks with her most. “Representation in the classroom matters,” the 2009 alumna recalled. “When the student body sees teachers who look like them, that means something.” Chow, the daughter of first-generation immigrants from Hong Kong, said these words, spoken to her by Maria Schmidt, assistant dean for multicultural programs, helped to inspire her teaching ambitions. During her five years at Penn State — she returned in…

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Solar power education in Region 8

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -One school district saves money by being energey efficient and educating students at the same time. The Batesville School District is using solar power to offset electricity costs, and helping students position for possible clean energy careers. The school district installed a $5 million solar power system that is expected to make about $100,000 worth of electricity per year. This will save the district about $2 million over a 20 year period. According to Batesville High School Principal David Campbell, energy costs have been steadily increasing about…

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Buhari charges varsities to embrace FG’s entrepreneurial education policy

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged tertiary institutions in the country  to key into the entrepreneurial and technology education policy of the Federal Government. He also charged the  tertiary institutions to intensify efforts on the actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals for economic growth and national development. The President said this during the combined 29th and 30th convocation ceremonies of the Federal University of Technology, Akure , Ondo State. The President, who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Accreditation, National University Commission, Dr Noel Biodun, noted that the…

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Higher education faces challenges ahead

Higher education has yet to be disrupted by technology and globalization the way some industries have. Sectors ranging from retail to entertainment to manufacturing have seen seismic shifts in their delivery models, competition, and customer expectations. Today, the question higher education leaders are asking is not are we next, but when and how does it happen? Higher education occupies a unique position among industries. Its performance and output is measured and evaluated not only by its own customers (students), but also by business (which employs its customers upon graduation), government (which provides…

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Investing in education hinges on smart measuring of impact

Honoris United Universities — a network of private higher education institutions seeking to raise skill levels across Africa — could have been a standard for-profit investment. But Actis, a UK-based emerging markets investor, backed it with the aim of ensuring a special focus on social impact. “Honoris is the first private education platform that is pan-African,” says Shami Nissan, head of responsible investment at Actis, which in 2004 was spun out of the UK government’s development finance arm, the CDC Group. “It provides high quality affordable education to young Africans…

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