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A College System Measures How Low-Paying Degrees Serve the Public Good

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 5, 2015 - 10:53am

“In not all cases is income the most valuable way to measure outcomes,” says an analyst for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

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Feedback: Disconnected Youth

U.S. Department of Education Blog - August 5, 2015 - 8:02am

Earlier today Secretary of Education Arne Duncan posted a piece on Medium on the need to connect more youth.

All young people — no matter where they grow up — need havens of hope and safety. They need skills to succeed in society and the workplace. They need positive adult role models, mentors, support and structure, as well as clear pathways to a bright future.

He goes on to say that we need an all-hands-on-deck effort to reconnect these youth:

If we care about our country’s future, we must work together – at the local, state and federal levels –to reconnect all young people with the education and career pathways that lead away from poverty, desperation and violence and toward a renewed sense of community, stability, and success.

Secretary Duncan asked to hear your ideas:

Now it’s your turn to weigh in and highlight success. Share with us how people and organizations are helping recconnect youth in your community. We want to hear what’s working and to share examples with communities across the country. To do what’s right for our young people, we have no time to lose.

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When California Eliminated Its Higher-Ed Commission, Little Was Lost, Speaker Says

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 5, 2015 - 2:55am

A California State University official says his state’s public-college systems have fared just fine since Gov. Jerry Brown axed a statewide coordinating board.

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2 States Step Up Colleges’ Efforts to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 5, 2015 - 2:55am

Public institutions in Mississippi and Arkansas are teaching students how becoming parents could limit their academic success.

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88 College Taglines, Arranged as a Poem

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 4, 2015 - 2:55am

Take a dizzying trip down the rabbit hole of higher-ed marketing.

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What the Experts Say About Offering Pell Grants to Prisoners

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 3, 2015 - 2:55am

A small number of prisoners will have access to the federal grants next year. Educators who already work with prisoners are bracing for a political fight.

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4 Ways That Campus and Local Police Work Together (and Some Ways They Don’t)

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 3, 2015 - 2:55am

Many have agreements covering areas like data sharing and investigation procedures. But conflicts can still arise.

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The Week

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2015 - 11:05pm

What you need to know about the past seven days.

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Changes in Colorado Prompt Call for a New Kind of Professor; and Other News About People

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2015 - 11:05pm

Sam Kamin, a professor of marijuana law at the University of Denver, finds his expertise much in demand.

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Do Fraternities Have a Place on the Modern Campus?

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2015 - 11:05pm

They were born in an era when college was the domain of well-off white men. Now pressure for reform may be greater than ever.

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The Mystery of a Pledge’s Death Exposes Fraternities’ Fatal Flaws

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2015 - 11:05pm

The Clemson sophomore died in a plunge from a bridge, but what put him in danger may have been toxic forces that are inherent in Greek groups' allure.

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New Leaders Bring Marketing Chops to University Presses

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2015 - 10:01pm

Most directors used to come from the editorial ranks. No longer, as survive-and-thrive skills are ever more crucial.

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What I’m Reading: 'In Code' and 'Fading Hearts on the River'

Chronicle of Higher Education - August 2, 2015 - 10:01pm

Samuel Gorovitz, a philosophy professor at Syracuse University, is rereading two books with insights into how we see the world, how the past shapes us, and how we learn from both ancestors and descendants.

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Suicide and Race

U.S. Department of Education Blog - July 31, 2015 - 9:05am

This post originally appeared on the SAMHSA blog.

In 2013, there were more than 41,000 deaths as a result of suicide in the U.S.  Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death, claiming more lives each year than death due to motor vehicle crashes. Especially alarming, it is the second leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 24.

Suicide rates vary considerably within different population subgroups and are affected by factors such as socioeconomic status, employment, occupation, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For example, the rates of suicide were almost four times higher for men than for women and were highest among Whites. In 2013, suicide rates were 11.7 per 100,000 for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 6.0 per 100,000 for Asians/Pacific Islanders, 5.3 per 100,000 for Hispanics, and 5.4 per 100,000 for African Americans.

However, racial and ethnic disparities can be deceptive.

In July of this year, JAMA Pediatrics published a research paper analyzing childhood suicide trends from 1993 to 2012. One critical issue the authors found was that while school-aged suicide trends have stayed constant, trends on a racial level have changed substantially. In fact, the stable overall suicide rate has “obscured a significant increase in suicide incidence in black children.”

Obviously, this finding is concerning on many levels. However, more research is needed to understand the risk and protective factors for African American children and youth and to see if they are experiencing more exposure to violence, traumatic stress, and/or aggressive school discipline. Another example where more research is needed includes studies on earlier puberty in African American children to determine whether it is a risk for depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. Also, more knowledge is needed from the research lens to determine if there is sufficient evidence that religiosity and social support are in fact protective factors for this population or if the protective factors have changed over time.

It is essential to understand how culture and identity impact development and health.  The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans visits communities around the country to engage with students, families, educators and other partners to better understand how we can work collectively to support African American students.  Toxic stress in urban communities as well as stressors such as micro aggressions in affluent ones are regularly raised as issues by students and the caring adults who support them. According to The National Institutes of Health, one in three African Americans who need mental health care receive it.  To support President Obama’s goal of restoring the country to its role as the global leader in education, and to improve educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages, we must address mental health concerns.

Learning the answers to these and other questions will help us address this troubling trend. Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem in the United States. SAMHSA is working with our partners across the country on suicide prevention, but we know that we cannot do this work alone and need the help of educators, parents, brothers, sisters, pastors, and many others. Please consider joining the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Also know the signs of suicidal behavior and seek help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you or someone you know is thinking about attempting suicide. If you don’t know where to find help, SAMHSA can help you find local resources for behavioral health through the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and our toll free helpline 1-800-662-HELP(4357). If you are part of the healthcare and social services workforce, download our newest suicide prevention app Suicide Safe. Together we must address and work to decrease and eliminate suicide in all populations.

Find more information on suicide prevention

Jorielle R. Brown, Ph.D.is Director of the Division of Systems Development at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and David J. Johns is the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

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What Happened After One College Tried to Make Greek Life Go Coed

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 31, 2015 - 2:59am

Three years ago, Connecticut’s Trinity College told its fraternities and sororities to phase out gender exclusivity by 2016. So far, little has changed.

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Pell Grants for Prisoners? A Limited Program Sparks Hope for Broader Change

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 31, 2015 - 2:55am

The Obama administration gives programs that work with student inmates hope for growth — and solid funding.

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3 Things to Know About Higher Education in Prisons

Chronicle of Higher Education - July 31, 2015 - 2:55am

There’s still much to learn, both about how widespread access to education is and about how effective it is in preventing recidivism.

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