What’s Dennis Reading? – May 4, 2014

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Higher Education’s Six Sigma
by Brandon Busteed, Gallup Business Journal

The Gallup-Purdue Index has found that there are six factors of the college experience, three that pertain to feeling supported and another three that apply to experiential and deep learning, that influence a student’s well-being and engagement at work. College grads who reported feeling supported during their college experience were twice as likely to be engaged at work. They also tripled their likelihood of thriving in all areas of well-being compared to those who did not feel supported during college. College grads who participated in things like internships and extracurricular activities were twice as likely to be engaged at work and were slightly more likely to be thriving in areas of well-being compared to students who did not share similar experiences during college.

The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul
by Todd Balf, The New York Times

Les Perelman, a former director of writing at M.I.T, conducted researched highlighting what he proposed to be the preposterous ways in which the SAT was formulated and scored. In his earliest finding, the length of the essays in the writing section was more important than any other factor, in terms of correlation with a high score. In more recent findings, Perelman found that details rather than factual accuracy were more important when approaching the essay section. After coaching this notion to 16 students who were retaking the test after receiving mediocre scores on the essay section, 15 of them scored in the 90th percentile on the essay when they retook the exam.

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
by Pew Research Center

Though some may have trepidations about whether or not college is worth the accumulation of student debt and high risk of un- or underemployment, assessments from a survey of 2,002 adults supplemented by a Pew Research analysis found overwhelming evidence that young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education. When modern college grads are compared with previous generations, the variation in economic outcomes between college grads and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been more significant.

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