September 5, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week


September 5, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.

Tidewater Community College in Virginia is offering a free, “open-source” textbook program to cut costs for students. Community College Spotlight explains in detail.

Melissa Korn of The Wall Street Journal asks, “Are Colleges Producing Career-Ready Graduates?” Sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, in a new book, argue that rather than debating the value of a college education, which clearly pays off, the question at hand should be what are colleges doing to help students become productive adults.

Living away from home while attending a college or university can be an important and enriching opportunity. But, says The Atlantic’s Andrew Simmons, not all students can afford the “All-American on-campus experience.”

The New York Times reviews three academically-focused apps that can help any back-to-schooler turn their social devices into helpful learning tools.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s director of Young Scholars and Alumni Programs was recently quoted in Diverse Education. The article praises the “virtual” techniques of our educational advisers and discusses the growing role technology plays in college advising.

The work of our grantee, Harmony Project, with urban youth and music in the Los Angeles area recently caught the attention of The Huffington Post. Read more to find out about a Northwestern University study on music education and how Harmony Project’s work is succeeding in that field.