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Re: “Reporter's Twitter question leads to leave for Little Rock teacher and a police report

Back to that whole "arming teachers in schools" argument...

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Posted by efm93 on 03/06/2018 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Proposal surfaces for University Avenue redevelopment

Fingers crossed for an Aldi or Trader Joes!

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Posted by efm93 on 10/13/2016 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Thinking big in Atlanta: Pathways not freeways. LR? Same old same old

I admit to being a little confused as to the process of this I-30 expansion. Who makes the final decision and when will that decision be made? Are the more opportunities for we, the people, to weigh in?

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Posted by efm93 on 09/15/2016 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Governor pushes sea change in higher education funding

Graduation rates, as they are determined now, are misleading. They only track first-time, full-time college students who stay at one institution their entire college career. This does not describe most college students today, particularly students at community colleges. If the caveat to this proposal is that it could be good *if done correctly*, you can just forget it. Asa doesn't do nuance.

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Posted by efm93 on 07/28/2016 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Creationism in the classroom in North Little Rock

I guess when we said we didn't want creationism taught in science classes, we should not have been so specific.

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Posted by efm93 on 02/11/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Freshmen will pay more at UALR

If you are truly interested in the research, I can point you to a number of researchers and studies that are considered foundational in the field of higher education. These are listed below. (I'll give you this much: it isn't enough to just require on-campus residence. There has to be structure and programming implemented as well in order to impact student persistence.)

However, given that you equate living in a residence hall to imprisonment, I think rational discussion is off the table.

Although not quite #1, another top contributing factor to college student success is support from family. You might want to think about this when you speak about college with your son. Delineating what you feel is a “real” college versus what you feel isn’t, based on nothing but your own opinions, is not going to give your son the tools he needs to make an informed decision regarding his educational plans.

Barefoot, B. O. (2005). Achieving and sustaining institutional excellence for the first year of college. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Braxton, J. M. (1999). Theory and elaboration and research development: Toward a fuller
understanding of college student retention. Journal of College Student Retention:
Research, Theory, and Practice, 1.

Engle, J., & O’Brien, C. (2007). Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities. Washington, DC: The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education

Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (1991). How college affects students: Vol. 1. Findings and insights from twenty years of research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Pascarella, E. T., & Terenzini, P. T. (2005). How college affects students: Vol. 2. A third decade of research. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition (2nd ed). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Tinto, V. (1998). Taking research on student persistence seriously. The Review of Higher
Education, 21(2).

Tinto, V., & Pusser, B. (forthcoming). Moving from theory to action: Building a model of
institutional action for student success. Washington, DC: National Postsecondary
Education Cooperative.

Tinto, V., Russo, P., & Kadel, S. (1994). Constructing educational communities: Increasing
retention in challenging circumstances. Community College Journal, 64.

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Posted by efm93 on 10/11/2012 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Freshmen will pay more at UALR

I suspect UALR doesn't have a waiver for those living with parents in the metro area because that would essentially cancel out the requirement. I would wager that MOST incoming freshman who meet this new requirement live in the metro area with their parents.

Student persistence has very little to do with family income. It has everything to do with building the relationships that will get them through to graduation. Research has shown that the #1 reason students persist is because they form a connection with someone on campus. This is across the board - no matter their income, social background, college-readiness, major, etc. Living on campus gives students an opportunity to form those relationships.

In this environment where everyone is talking about reducing the "cost of college" very few are talking about the ways in which public institutions are funded: FTE (full-time enrollment) and student persistence (i.e. - graduation). In their complaints, I would argue Dr. Jovanovic and others are barking up the wrong tree.

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Posted by efm93 on 10/10/2012 at 1:54 PM

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