In the New Visions Journalism and Media studies weve had our share of odd videos this year, we turned Mitt Romney into Batman, did our take on the zombie apocalypse, spoofed the news in February, and now weve parodied Dr. Phil. Starring yours truly as Dr. Fil with an F(mostly due to my baldness). I bring three guests onto the show to help them solve their everyday problems, but cant hide my own issues while trying to help them.
Alex plays a wallflower named June looking for advice on how to get a boy to notice her, Chris plays a single father trying to connect with his daughter, and Jenna plays a homebody whos afraid of owning too many cats.
Although stories of students raising their scores by hundreds of points after taking SAT coaching classes abound, these anecdotes appear to be the exception and not the rule. On average, gains made from direct SAT instruction are rather small. According to a 2010, peer-reviewed study by Buchmann, Condron, and Roscigno, formal SAT coaching programs result in only 30-point boosts on the SATs. Specifically, coaching, on average, leads to a 20-point increase on the section and a 10-point increase on the Critical Reading section. Considering that the total possible combined score on the SATs is 2,400, a 30-point increase should not ostensibly increase admissions prospects; however, for some students, it may.
In a study administered by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), a third of participating, highly selective universities stated that small score increments on the SATs could improve admission prospects for high achieving students. These universities claimed that a 20-point increase on the Math section could boost admissions prospects for students with scores of at least 700 on the same section.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Board of Regents has tapped California schools official Gregory W. Gray as the system’s new president.
Board members on Thursday formally approved Gray’s recommendation and his contract, which includes an annual salary of $380,000 and use of a state vehicle.
Gray is chancellor of the Riverside Community College District in California, a system with three community colleges and more than 2,000 employees. His new job begins July 1.
In his new role, he will oversee the state’s new Board of Regents, which governs 12 community colleges, four state universities and the state’s online institution. He said he hopes to “cement our institutions’ reputations as being world-class.”
Last fall, the board’s former president, Robert A. Kennedy, resigned amid an outcry over unauthorized pay increases for staff members totaling $250,000.
Rhavon Cox-Bey doesn’t consider cyber-learning as home school. Rather, it’s school at home. Last year, the Davenport woman enrolled her children De-Andria, 18, Jhavon, 15, Anaiaha, 10, and niece Alesia, 17, in the newly launched Iowa Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school for students K-12. Although the program is not for everybody, Cox-Bey said she likes the flexibility the school has to offer and has seen major improvements in her children’s academic progress and in their interest in learning. “It just gives us the freedom and also helps them stay on track with their homework and their assignments and what they’re needing help in,” she said.
The Duke University Board of Trustees on Saturday elected David M. Rubenstein as its new chair, the school announced.
Rubenstein, a 1970 graduate of Duke, is the co-founder and co-CEO of The Caryle Group, a private equity firm. He term as chairman will begin July 1. BOT members Jack O. Bovender Jr. and Susan M. Stalnecker were elected vice chairs.
Aside from the election of Rubenstein’s, the board of trustees adopted a $2.2 billion operating budget for 2013-14. It includes a 2 percent pool for merit-based raises for faculty and staff and strategic investments in select programs.
The budget includes the School of Medicine and School of Nursing but excludes the Duke Hospital and other clinical component’s of the Duke University Health System.
The budges includes a 4.6 percent increase in financial aid for undegraduate students.
The board also on Saturday approved the construction of several athletic fields on Frank Basset Drive. The fields– two turf and one natural grass– will serve as practice fields for Duke’s varsity lacrosse and soccer programs.