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Jan. 14, 2016

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The latest higher education news and opinions.

The first five minutes of a class offer a “rich opportunity to capture the attention of students and prepare them for learning,” writes English Professor James Lang. He offers four quick ways to make the most of the start of class. (Chronicle of Higher Education). 

A national foundation is calling on “name-brand colleges” to admit more low-income students by devising “poverty preferences” that would give some students an inside track to acceptance. (Inside Higher Ed)

After finding stark racial and socioeconomic disparities in student enrollment, the Hechinger Report is seeking “new ideas, fresh approaches and potential solutions.” (Hechinger Report)

Chris Hakala, director of teaching and learning and a professor of psychology at Quinnipiac University, writes that faculty developers can do more to “translate” research findings into practice. (Faculty Focus)

President Obama touted an increase in college graduates with STEM degrees in his State of the Union speech, while again calling for free community college for eligible students. (Education Dive)

A college degree still gives people an advantage in a competitive job market, but some two-year degrees and technical certificates in technology and healthcare can offer students a good return on investment. (U.S. News and World Report)

A 42-year-old community college student who is working toward becoming a middle school teacher was among the guests with a seat in the first lady’s box at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. (USA Today)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to offer higher education classes to 1,000 prison inmates over the next five years. (New York Times)

A student-invented digital teddy bear is one sign of how the learning landscape may be changing in a big way in higher education. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Federal education officials, consumer advocates, and even a student activist who refused to repay her federal loans are among the many voices at the table, as new debt relief talks begin. (Inside Higher Ed).

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