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College News Roundup

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Up-to-date college news from this week:


Shooting at small Oakland, CA College

Tragedy struck this week at Oikos University in Oakland, CA as a gunman opened fire on campus killing at least 7. According to the AP, the shooter, One Goh, had intended to target a female administrator. In a news conference, Alameda County Dist. Atty. Nancy O’Malle said:

“On Monday, April 2, One Goh committed crimes of such enormity and brutality that our community, our country and citizens around the world are left reeling. The scope of this murderer’s rampage is unprecedented in Alameda County.”

Students Pepper Sprayed

While protesting rising tuition costs, students at Santa Monica College were pepper sprayed by campus police earlier this week. During a board meeting, over 100 students protested outside and were subsequently pepper sprayed with over 30 students needing medical attention. Chants ranged from ”Let us in, let us in” to “No cuts, no fees, education should be free.” Santa Monica College president Chui L. Tsang was less than sympathetic to the students stating:

“Santa Monica College regrets that a group of people chose to disrupt a public meeting in an unlawful manner. The College has launched a full investigation into the matter. The College’s action comes at a time when SMC is confronted with the greatest budget crisis ever to face higher education in California.

Kentucky Wins National Championship

Led by national player of the year Anthony Davis, the University of Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Their 67-59 win gave coach John Calipari his first national title and is the school’s eighth championship. Davis only shot 1 of 10 from the floor and all six of his points came from the free throw line. However, he had 15 rebounds, tied an NCAA championship game record with six blocks and added five assists and three steals.

Texting in Class

According to a US News and World Report Article texting is a huge problem in college classrooms. A study by University of Pittsburg of over 190 students showed that students read 2.6 text messages and sent 2.4 texts during one class. Author of the study  Fang-Yi Flora Wei said:

“College students may believe that they are capable of performing multitasking behaviors during their classroom learning, such as listening to the lecture and texting simultaneously. But the real concern is not whether students can learn under a multitasking condition, but how well they can learn if they cannot sustain their full attention on classroom instruction.”

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College News Roundup

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FLOTUS to Speak at Two College Graduations

First Lady Michelle Obama will be serving as the commencement speaker for at least three college graduations this spring. However, she will not be straying far from the White House! The lucky schools are North Carolina A&T, Virginia Tech and Oregon State University.

She’ll head to neighboring Virginia on May 11th , where she will be speaking at Virginia Tech. The First Lady chose Virginia Tech due to their resilience following the awful tragedy on their campus in 2007. The next day she’ll head to historically black college North Carolina A&T. She chose A&T because the school has “been instrumental in educating generations of African-Americans.”

Finally, on June 17th, she’ll head to Oregon State University where her brother coaches the Men’s Basketball Team. The school has been recognized for their ongoing efforts to champion healthy eating. As many know this has been the main cause for First Lady Obama in her first term.

Georgia Drops College Ban From Immigration Bill

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville has chosen to drop a provision from his immigration bill that would have barred undocumented immigrants from attending state colleges in Georgia. Sen. Loudermilk was unable to get the bill to the floor of the house with that language and as a result he has dropped this provision from the bill.

“There’s other provisions in there that we really need to streamline the process of identification and also security,” Loudermilk stated. “Instead of just jeopardizing all this when we didn’t have the support for the education part, I told them to pull that off if we need to and move forward with the rest of it.”

Final Four This Weekend

The Men’s NCAA Basketball tournament will come to a close this weekend as the Final Four arrives in New Orleans. The lucky schools who have made it this far all happen to be from the Midwest! This “all Midwest” Final Four features University of Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State and Louisville. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 31 with the finals on Monday.

In a matchup of high profile coaches, John Calipari’s Kentucky will face off against Rick Pitino’s Louisville. Tip off for that game is at 6:09. Following the conclusion of the Kentucky/Louisville matchup, Ohio State and Kansas will square off in what is certain to be a great game. Tip off for that game is scheduled for 8:49pm.

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17 Best Public High Schools

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We’re used to seeing rankings from U.S. News & World Reportbut they’re usually all about colleges.  Today, we’re sharing with you U.S News’s list of America’s top American high schools! These are the country’s top-performing public high schools that serve both high and low achieving students in developing basic proficiency as well as college-level readiness.

The rankings were created from a three-step process. First, they determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state by looking at reading and math results for all students on each state’s high school test.

Second, they looked at whether the school’s least-advantaged students were performing better than average for similar students in the state.

This third step measured which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students by computing a “college readiness index” based on the school’s AP or IB participation rate and how well the students did on those tests.

Check out the 17 best Gold Medal public high schools:

1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, VA
100.0 College Readiness Index
3.95 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index (a measure of the distance from statistically-expected performance using a relationship between poverty and a state performance index)
16.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap (difference between the school’s disadvantaged students’ proficiency rate and the state average for similarly disadvantaged students)

2. International Academy
Bloomfield Hills, MI
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.52 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

3. Whitney High School
Cerritos, CA
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.40 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
49.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

4. Oxford Academy
Cypress, CA
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.56 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
49.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

5. The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG Magnet)
Dallas, TX
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.88 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
27.8 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

6. Newcomers High School
Long Island City, NY
100.0 College Readiness Index
1.60 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
22.0 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

7. Pacific Collegiate School
Santa Cruz, CA
100.0 College Readiness Index
1.61 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

8. The School of Science and Engineering Magnet (SEM)
Dallas, TX
100.0 College Readiness Index
3.64 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
31.9 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

9. BASIS Tucson
Tucson, AZ
100.0 College Readiness Index
1.95 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

10. International School
Bellevue, WA
100.0 College Readiness Index
2.11 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

11. High Technology High School
Lincroft, NJ
98.9 College Readiness Index
1.00 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

12. Academic Magnet High School
North Charleston, SC
98.2 College Readiness Index
2.80 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
46.9 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

13. IDEA Academy & College Preparatory
Donna, TX
97.7 College Readiness Index
2.97 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
24.5 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

14. Pine View School
Osprey, FL
96.8 College Readiness Index
3.06 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
Not Available Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

15. Design and Architecture Senior High School
Miami, FL
96.7 College Readiness Index
2.56 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
47.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

16. KIPP Houston High School
Houston, TX
95.7 College Readiness Index
3.81 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
30.3 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

17. Stanton College Preparatory School
Jacksonville, FL
95.6 College Readiness Index
2.51 Poverty-Adjusted Performance Index
48.1 Disadvantaged Students Performance Gap

High school students don’t generally have a say in where they go to high school, but it’s still interesting to see the rankings. You DO, however, have a choice of where you can go to college. Find your match on Cappex!

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