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MC Teens Graduate From Sheriff’s Youth Week

It was not an ordinary week of summer camp for the 126 recruits who participated in the 21st Annual Sheriff Youth Week, which began on July 8 and ended July 12, with a formal graduation. The challenging program, held at the Monmouth County Police Academy, provides high school aged students a unique opportunity to explore interests in law enforcement through police academy style training, exercise programs and instructional sessions. “I commend the entire Sheriff Youth Week class for staying the course and completing this intensive week of law enforcement training,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden.

County Seeking Employers for Sept. 20 Job Fair

Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Job Fair scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Brookdale Community College Recreation and Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. Last year’s job fair attracted more than 100 employers and an estimated 1,200 jobseekers. This year, employers in categories such as healthcare, government, retail, security, technology, manufacturing and sales are expected …

Nutley: Library Events July 11

Local artist Robert Parker’s photography exhibit will be on display throughout the month of July and will feature large, vivid photographs from around the world. Parker’s exhibit will focus on the, “Art of Seeing” as the theme for this show. He chooses this theme because, “Seeing” is where all photography begins. Parker states, “From the broad scene before his eyes, the photographer must focus on that small portion that offers artistic balance—a portion in which light, balance, color, and simplicity come together to create an artistic whole.

Creativity in Education

I was recently asked to answer a number of questions about creativity in education by the editor of an upcoming book on the subject. The questions stimulated my thinking on the link between creativity and education. I became concerned with two major questions:
1. Is creativity a goal to strive for in (higher) education? If so, how do we measure it? 2. What are classroom strategies for improving creativity? Tackling the first question, the obvious answer is YES, creativity is one of the goals of education in general. and of higher education just as well.

Report Calls for Better Federal Data to Help Students With College Choices

The federal government’s efforts to track student-loan-default rates and graduation rates are sending some students down the wrong path, according to a report released on Tuesday. In the report, Education Sector, an education-policy group, calls on the U.S. Department of Education to pair the default rates and graduation rates, instead of releasing the numbers separately, to arm potential students with more-complete information. The report, “In Debt and in the Dark: It’s Time for Better Information on Student-Loan Defaults,” by Education Sector’s research director, Andrew Gillen, also highlights colleges where default rates exceed…

Higher-Ed Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures

Six major higher-education associations have teamed up to develop a new method of measuring student success that provides a more comprehensive look at how students progress through college and how many of them eventually graduate. Beginning on Monday, colleges seeking a voluntary alternative to the federal government’s method of calculating completion can sign on to the Student Achievement Measure. Using information from the National Student Clearinghouse, they will be able to post data that includes graduation rates for transfer students and, for two-year colleges, those attending part time.

Colleges Make Slow Progress in Gauging Nontraditional Students’ Success

More colleges are keeping track of retention and graduation rates for nontraditional students and are trying to understand the factors that often prevent those students from earning a degree, according to a new report. The findings, slated to be published on Wednesday, are based on a survey of 75 public and private institutions that belong to the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, or are clients of InsideTrack, a student-coaching firm. This is the second year the two groups have administered the survey.

Shakespeare, ‘George M!’ and more on Shore stages

If it’s July, it must be the season for the Summer Shakespeare Ensemble at Brookdale Community College, as the Middletown campus of BCC prepares to host its annual presentation of classic drama the way The Bard intended it — outdoors, under the sun and stars, on the lawn adjacent to the school’s Performing Arts Center. Professor John Bukovec — a man who could tell you what it’s like to perform “outdoors in ‘Macbeth,’ in fur boots, in August” — directs a cast of returning Shakespeareans and newcomers in an airing of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” the early “pleasant conceited comedie” of young nobles, the comical folk in their orbit and the…

Colleges Make Slow Progress in Gauging Nontraditional Students’ Success

More colleges are keeping track of retention and graduation rates for nontraditional students and are trying to understand the factors that often prevent those students from earning a degree, according to a new new report. The findings, slated to be published on Wednesday, are based on a survey of 75 public and private institutions that belong to the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, or are clients of InsideTrack, a student-coaching firm. This is the second year the two groups have administered the survey.

Higher-Ed Groups Unveil Alternative to Federal Student-Success Measures

Six major higher-education associations have teamed up to develop a new method of measuring student success that provides a more comprehensive look at how students progress through college and how many of them eventually graduate. Beginning on Monday, colleges seeking a voluntary alternative to the federal government’s method of calculating completion can sign on to theStudent Achievement Measure. Using information from the National Student Clearinghouse, they will be able to post data that includes graduation rates for transfer students and, for two-year colleges, those attending part time. Students who are still …

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