High Job Placement Rates at the Time of Heavy Unemployment: A Story We Don’t Believe

In the midst of economic stagnation and with unemployment rising, it is surprising to see colleges like Ferris State University in Michigan which displays unbelievably high job placement rates of 97-98%.

Ms. Salomonson, who is the dean of enrollment department in Ferris State, admits that making conclusions, based on extremely low levels of response from their graduates, is wrong. However, such statistics help to attract more students to college.

This situation is quite common for educational institutions of all kinds: in order to attract students, universities sometimes provide information which is far from being accurate. The reliability of such data has been more than once questioned by many but the problem still exists. Researchers say that graduation surveys simply cannot be relied upon for there are no official standards or regulations to control the process. (more…)

Enhancing Teachers’ Interest in STEM Will Help to Spark This Interest in Students

Sally Ride Science Academy is hosting a major event this summer – a program designed to help mathematics and science teachers to increase their students’ interest in STEM disciplines. The program has existed for a few years now and has helped over 5,000 high-school teachers from all over the U.S.

Teachers are trained to introduce STEM to young students in the way that will encourage and inspire them to continue learning these disciplines at universities and colleges. They are given tools to help students increase their STEM awareness.

Apart from that teachers are lectured on the issue of gender-based differences that require different approaches to teaching. It has long since been proved that boys and girls adopt information differently and at a different pace, especially the information that is related to science and technology.  Gender-based differences cannot be neglected when it comes to teaching STEM, because it will result in many girls’ thinking about science and computers as of “boys stuff”. Teachers are explained how to break these stereotypes in classroom environment and present information in adoptable ways. (more…)