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Afternoon Announcements: Obama Points to Data and Technology for improving Higher Ed. Graduation Rates

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December 05, 2014 11:15 am

Obama YouthCareer Connect, photo via the White House

The big words at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, a summit for discussing ideas to increase higher education graduation rates, were data and technology. Many of the summit’s speakers discussed other ways universities and colleges could use data to meet some of the goals of the summit, which included increasing graduation rates, and creating better links between primary and secondary schools and higher education. The Hechinger Report

Relatedly, new data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests today’s young adults are more likely to have a college degree than their peers who came of age 30 years ago. Still, young people are also more likely to be unemployed and living in poverty than young adults in 1980, according to vast new census statistics included in the survey, “Adults Then and Now.”

Communities interested in supporting students’ learning need a clear picture of where the gaps in resources are, according to a report by the New America Foundation that highlights the use of maps to identify inequities. EdSource

The White House on Wednesday released a report titled “2014 Native Youth Report” outlining the current state of education for Native American students, declaring that “Native youth — and Native education — are in a state of emergency.” The Huffington Post

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education Thursday gave unanimous approval to a new formula that would fund state colleges and universities based partly on performance factors such as student retention and graduation and service to low-income students. Chalkbeat CO

Aiming to fund its schools more efficiently and effectively, California has chosen an unusual, lead-from-behind approach that provides more state money to districts, but pushes communities to hold their local schools accountable for how that aid is used and for student performance. Education Week


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