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Afternoon Announcements: July 25, 2012

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July 25, 2012 08:32 pm

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It’s Wednesday! There are announcements! Let’s read them!

Despite spending $15,997 per public school student in 2011 (fifth overall nationally), Wyoming is not getting a lot of academic bang for its buck, according to a study from Harvard research Paul Peterson. The state ranks just 24th of 41 states in a study of student growth, reports The Associated Press.

The Idaho Statesman reports via The Associated Press that some universities are trying to make higher education more affordable by piloting new programs. The article notes, “University Center, an extended campus that offers classes from state universities in South Dakota’s largest city, is kicking off a four-year pilot program this fall that offers the first 60 hours of degree work at a reduced cost. The cost of basic courses would be $189 per credit hour, instead of the normal state university rate of $289.”

The Commercial Appeal (from Memphis, Tennessee), reports that Governor Bill Haslam will host a roundtable tomorrow to try to determine “whether Tennessee’s public higher education system is adequately training students for the workforce.” The roundtable will include business and education leaders and focus on “a candid conversation” on what is and isn’t going well in Tennessee in terms of student skills.

That’s it from us for today. Our Stats That Stick are so sticky that we can’t even get them off of our hands and out of our heads today. Look for them early tomorrow!

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