College Scorecard

Are you wondering if college is worth the time and expense? See for yourself in the recently published college scorecard put out by the U.S. Department of Education. They have compiled comprehensive information on colleges across the country including annual cost of college, graduation rates and median alum earnings. Read more from the US Dept of Education here.

Colleges reassess safety plans after omicron surge

Without federal or state mandates or guidance, colleges across the country are left to develop their own Covid protocols. In California, expectations are that the pandemic will soon be endemic and long term options are being discussed to cope with student and teacher illness. Many still don’t feel safe on campus but can’t follow lectures or classwork because no online option is given. Will online class options be normalized in the future? Read more from Cal Matters here.

Cal State Set to Abandon SAT, ACT in Latest Blow to Standardized Tests

Cal State may be the next large higher ed system to abandon standardized test requirements. Why? After implementing test optional policies at the start of the pandemic, many colleges received more applicants, better academically qualified applicants and a more diverse pool of applicants. With such positive results, why would they restore test-score requirements? Read more from US News here.

Graduation rates dip across U.S. as pandemic stalls progress

With more high school students working during remote school days and others taking late-night shifts leaving them too tired for school, it’s no surprise that high school graduation rates are declining. Read more from Chalkbeat here.

How colleges are dealing with high COVID case counts on campus

Did you know that colleges are some of the most vaccinated places in the country? But, as COVID continues to spread and case numbers climb, campuses are short of resources and students and faculty don’t feel safe. Read more from NPR here.

California offers college students $10K for public service

Californians For All College Corps is a new statewide public service program in which students receive $10,000 toward their education and can earn academic credit in exchange for 450 hours of community service,. Students can now reduce debt while earning college credit and making an impact on their community – what a great program! Read more from AP News here.