Thoughts on the Decisions Facing Foster Youth

I’ve been thinking about the the terrible situation that foster kids with college aspirations find themselves in. They face all the challenges of “new gen” students–minorities, poor kids, first in their family to go to college, immigrants–and many more. What I’ve learned is that what succeeds with foster kids also works with “new gen” students–that […]

Moving The Needle

Dear Professor—How do you move the needle on student success? There is a lot you can do to change the situation. Let’s focus on how you teach introductory courses. Nationwide, as many as a third of students flunk those big classes. They must retake them, which slows their progress to a degree. Disheartened, they may […]

Dropouts: What To Do?

Dear Professor—What do you know about dropouts at your campus?    If you are at all like me, you have been living a mostly placid life as a professor. You do your research and sit on committees. Like most of your colleagues, you regard yourself as an above-average teacher, and you get okay student ratings. […]