Performance funding doesn’t boost success

President Obama’s higher education plan lauds states that link college funding to student success measures, but there’s “little evidence that performance funding improves student success,” new studies find.

Obama also praised competency-based education, but federal financial aid is based on “seat time” rather than learning.

Community college students need structure

With weak academic skills and little “college knowledge,” community college students  need structure, block scheduling and better teaching, writes Aspen Institute’s Josh Wyner.

“Student success” courses, also known as College 101, need to improve to have long-term impacts on students’ persistence, concludes a new study.

What works now to improve student success

Five California community colleges illustrate what works now to improve student success, even when budgets are tight.

California dreaming

California’s plan to focus community colleges on student success is “pure behaviorist claptrap based on fictional students being taught in fictional ways by fictional teachers,” writes an English professor.

What works in online learning?

Don’t rush to define ‘success’

Measuring student success by speedy degree completion could hurt students who combine part-time studies with jobs and family responsibilities, two professors argue.

Should community college students borrow more and work less to improve their chances of completing a degree?

Too nice?

Teachers share a common goal — student success — but have trouble working together to achieve it, writes Cole Farnum, a beginning teacher in New York City who’s guest-blogging for Rick Hess. Collaboration is stymied by fear, Farnum observes. Teachers don’t want to upset the status quo, even if they dislike it. They don’t want to be perceived as criticizing a colleague’s teaching ability or effort.

Are teachers too sensitive to criticism — or convinced their colleagues are too sensitive? “How might we allow ourselves more when working together as professionals?” Farnum asks.