At Carnegie Mellon University, 40 percent of incoming freshmen to the School of Computer Science are women, the largest group ever. At the University of Washington, another technology powerhouse, women earned 30 percent of computer science degrees this year. At Harvey Mudd College, 40 percent of computer science majors are women, and this year, women represented more than half of the engineering graduates for the first time.

Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science -

We know that students do not make optimal choices when directing their own learning; especially when they’re new to a subject, they need guidance from an experienced teacher. We know that students do not learn deeply or lastingly when they have a world of distractions at their fingertips. And we know that students learn best not as isolated units but as part of a socially connected group. Modest as it is from a technological perspective, MIT BLOSSOMS is ideally designed for learning—a reminder that more and better technology does not always lead to more and better education.

An MIT Learning Program Challenges Many Ed-Tech Assumptions | MindShift

By pushing big questions about K-12 teaching to the margins and assigning them solely to education specialists, institutions of higher education became complicit in trends that continue to make public education more separate and more unequal. This silence has had a disproportionately negative impact in poorer urban communities. The type of liberally educated teacher who once commonly taught in economically diverse public schools now migrates toward private institutions or to affluent suburbs. Meanwhile, policies that emphasize vocational “readiness” — at the expense of curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking — communicate a dispiriting message of doubt to disadvantaged students who might benefit most from these educational virtues.

Liberal arts faculty need to get more involved in teacher education (essay) @insidehighered

“We are persuaded that to deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience in contradiction of the plain teachings of Bakke and Grutter,” wrote Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham in the decision.

U. of Texas Affirmative-Action Program Is Upheld by Appeals Court – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

At the end of the testing week, Lewis went back to the testing office with Crystal Draper, a language-arts teacher. For about an hour, they erased wrong answers and bubbled in the right ones. They exchanged no words. Lewis couldn’t even look at her. “I couldn’t believe what we’d been reduced to,” he said. He tried to stay focussed on the mechanics of the work: he took care to change, at most, one or two answers for every ten questions. “I had a minor in statistics, and it’s not that hard to figure out windows of probability,” he told me. Many students were on the cusp of passing, and he gave them a little nudge, so that they would pass by one or two points.

Rachel Aviv: A Middle-School Cheating Scandal Raises Questions About No Child Left Behind : The New Yorker

While American higher education faces limited growth prospects over the next 12 to 18 months, Moody’s says, positive trends like strong long-term demand for higher education and reduced household debt could help create conditions for colleges to stabilize over the next year. But Moody’s cautions that the institutions will face continued financial pressures in the near term.

Moody’s Issues Negative Outlook for Higher Education – Bottom Line - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

You may think you’re better at reading than you are at math (or vice versa), but new research suggests you’re probably equally good (or bad) at both. The reason: The genes that determine a person’s ability to tackle one subject influence their aptitude at the other, accounting for about half of a person’s overall ability.

About half of kids’ learning ability is in their DNA, study says - LA Times

"There is, by now, a clear body of evidence," says Nenagh Kemp, a language psychologist at the University of Tasmania who’s spent the past few years studying the topic, and recently published a new study on it with Clare Wood, of Coventry University in the UK. "Parents and educators need not panic that exposure to abbreviated and unconventional spelling and writing styles in digital communication will lead to the ruin of young people’s conventional literacy skills.". Kemp and Wood’s new study is one of several showing that, for children and teens, there aren’t any correlations between using more textisms and decreased performance on formal grammar and spelling tests over time. Indeed, there’s even a slight correlation between textism use and increases in test scores — suggesting that, counterintuitively, this sort of behavior might improve kids’ mastery of written language.

OMG! Texting doesn’t actually hurt kids’ grammar or spelling skills - Vox

Publishing is one of the most ballyhooed metrics of scientific careers, and every researcher hates to have a gap in that part of his or her CV. Here’s some consolation: A new study finds that very few scientists—fewer than 1%—manage to publish a paper every year. But these 150,608 scientists dominate the research journals, having their names on 41% of all papers. Among the most highly cited work, this elite group can be found among the co-authors of 87% of papers.

The 1% of scientific publishing | Science/AAAS | News

It’s no surprise that a college student getting a degree in civil engineering has better job prospects than someone majoring in, say, medieval literature. But not every STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduate ends up in the field that they have a degree in. In fact, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly three out of every four people with STEM degrees have jobs in other fields. That does not mean physics majors are all becoming poets. The STEM label can be kind of misleading — doctors are not technically considered STEM professionals, which excludes a lot of science majors who end up in the medical field. But it does point to the desirability of STEM majors to employers of all kinds. The report also found that many STEM fields are not very female-friendly, with men making up 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals.

Does Not Compute: Most STEM Grads Don’t Get STEM Jobs - NBC