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    Two Reports: Need More Retention Support For Students Beyond First-Year

    Sep 15, 2014

    By: Phil Hill Two separate articles came out this week describing research with a common conclusion: to help students succeed in higher education, institutions need to focus more of their retention efforts on second-year (and beyond) students. From what I can tell, the research and reports are independent but coincidentally

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    Textbook Costs: Mistaking Campus Bookstore as Honest Broker

    Sep 3, 2014

    By: Phil Hill honest broker, noun 1. a neutral person or organization that mediates disputes; an impartial mediator. In two recent posts, I described my recent experience helping my daughter navigate the process to purchase, rent or buy college textbooks. A key element of this process is time – having enough of it to find lower-cost options to get the

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    Textbook Costs: An Argument for the Open Syllabus

    Aug 29, 2014

    By: Phil Hill (Part 2 / 2) In the first post I described my current experiences helping my daughter go through the innovation-decision process to try and find lower-cost methods for obtaining her college textbooks based on the Everett Rogers innovation-decision process. She did not even find out which textbooks

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    Textbook Costs: Consider Time Pressure On Students

    Aug 28, 2014

    By: Phil Hill (Part 1 / 2) Now that my second daughter has headed off to college, I find myself in the role of a parent helping a student try to navigate the difficult and expensive process of buying textbooks and associated course materials. Despite the multitude of ed tech

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    Student Debt: Asking the Right Question

    Aug 15, 2014

    by: Michael Feldstein The New York Times has posted a guest piece by University of Michigan Professor Susan Dynarski entitled “What We Mean When We Say Student Debt Is Bad.” As the title suggests, the article is framed by an only slightly more interesting question than the typical, “How bad

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