Projections on Education Statistics, Web Counseling, Yale Lectures go Online, and Electronic Reserves

Here is a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics that could prove helpful since many of these students will be applying for college admission.  I have also included excerpts from some recent articles. Chris.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2015
National Center for Education Statistics Report
by William J. Hussar, National Center for Education Statistics Tabitha M. Bailey Global Insight, Inc.
September 2006

“This publication provides projections for key education statistics. It includes statistics on enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools, and enrollment, earned degrees conferred, and current-fund expenditures of degree-granting institutions. For the Nation, the tables, figures, and text contain data on enrollment, teachers, graduates, and expenditures for the past 14 years and projections to the year 2015. For the 50 States and the District of Columbia, the tables, figures, and text contain data on projections of public elementary and secondary enrollment and public high school graduates to the year 2015. In addition, the report includes a methodology section describing models and assumptions used to develop national and state-level projections.”

Using the Web to Prevent Suicide
by Rob Capriccioso
Inside Higher Education, Sept. 20, 2006

“Officials at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention believe that colleges can do much more via the Web to help students contemplating suicide. For the past five years, the group has been fine-tuning a “College Screening Program” that uses the Internet to identify students at risk for suicide and to refer them for treatment. Through pilot tests that have reached thousands of students, officials believe they have the statistics to prove that the program works — and, in fact, more institutions have started using it this semester, based on that data. Still, some caution that questions of institutional liability and confidentiality concerns could prevent some campus officials from wanting to use it.”

“The program uses a screening instrument called the Student Health Questionnaire, which is sent to groups of instituion-selected students anonymously online through a secure Web site. “Unique to this screening tool is that the clinical evaluation is individually tailored to the student,” said Ann Haas, a research director with AFSP. “A clinically trained counselor writes a personalized assessment and offers the student the opportunity for online dialogue or encourages a face-to-face meeting.” . . .

The Next Level of Open Source
by Scott Jaschik
Inside Higher Education, Sept. 20, 2006

“In 2001, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology started placing materials for its courses online — and making them available for anyone to use, at no cost. OpenCourseWare, which currently contains materials for 1,400 courses, has been a huge success, and thousands of people use the MIT materials each day.”

“The MIT project and others like it — such as Connexions, at Rice University — are based on the model of putting curricular materials online, but not the actual courses (although a few professors at MIT, Rice and elsewhere have put videos of their lectures online).”

“On Tuesday, Yale University announced that it would be starting a version of an open access online tool for those seeking to gain from its courses. But the basis of the Yale effort will be video of actual courses — every lecture of the course, to be combined with selected class materials. The money behind the Yale effort is coming from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which was an early backer of MIT’s project, and which sees the Yale project as a way to take the open course idea to the next level.”

Cornell U. Creates Guidelines on Electronic Reserves to Avoid Copyright Problems
by Jeffrey R. Young
Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 19, 2006
(requires subscription)

“To avoid potential legal action by the Association of American Publishers, Cornell University issued guidelines for professors this month on how to place materials on electronic reserve without violating copyright law. The guidelines were jointly written with officials from the publishing group in a process that began in April, after the group sent a letter to the university complaining that it suspected widespread copyright violations on the campus.”

“ ‘The university has sought to resolve this matter in a manner that protects the faculty’s legitimate interests while averting the threat of litigation,’the university’s provost, Biddy Martin, wrote in a memorandum to academic deans. The letter, dated September 6, asks the deans to distribute the guidelines to professors.” . . .

Cornell Electronic Course Content Copyright Guidelines

Letter from Biddy Martin, Provost, Cornell, to their Academic Deans

Projections on Education Statistics, Web Counseling, Yale Lectures go Online, and Electronic Reserves