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Study Identifies Common Elements of STEM Schools

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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics schools vary in many ways, but they share eight major common elements. So finds a nationwide study of 23 STEM schools conducted by the University of Chicago’s Outlier Research & Evaluation group.

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How Are Student Loans Affecting the Well-Being of Young Adults?

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Researchers at the University of South Carolina researchers find that young adults who accumulated higher amounts of debt incurred from student loans reported higher levels of depressive symptoms, even with adjustments for parental wealth, childhood socioeconomic status, and other factors.

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Iowa State Professor Says Facebook Not to Blame for Negative Impact on Grades

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The more time college students, particularly freshman, spend on Facebook, the more their grades suffer. But an Iowa State professor says the problem is not Facebook -- it's an issue of self-regulation.

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Immigration, Taxes, National Security, Jobs and the Economy: Experts Needed on Obama's State of the Union Tuesday

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Century-Old Drug Reverses Autism-Like Symptoms in Fragile X Mouse Model

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Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine previously reported that a drug used for almost a century to treat trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, reversed environmental autism-like symptoms in mice. Now, a new study published in this week’s online issue of Molecular Autism, suggests that a genetic form of autism-like symptoms in mice are also corrected with the drug, even when treatment was started in young adult mice.

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Difficult Behavior in Young Children May Point to Later Problems

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It’s normal for a very young child to have tantrums and be otherwise disruptive, but researchers have found that if such behavior is prolonged or especially intense, the child may have conduct disorder. The Washington University team, led by senior investigator Joan L. Luby, MD, recommends that children who exhibit these symptoms be referred to mental health professionals for evaluation and possible intervention.

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State Performance Funding Falling Short in Student Retention and Degree Completion

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State higher education performance funding is falling short of its intended goals of raising student retention and degree completion rates at community colleges, according to new research published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

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Community College Performance Funding Falls Short on Goals. FSUs David Tandberg: What Does It Mean for Obama’s Free Tuition Plan?

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Community College Performance Funding Falls Short in Student Retention and Degree Completion

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Performance funding as an incentive has had little effect on raising student retention and degree completion rates in community colleges, according to a new study co-authored by Florida State University Assistant Professor of Higher Education David Tandberg. While the study focuses on the state of Washington’s community college program, performance funding support came into the spotlight nationally as President Barack Obama recently unveiled the “America’s College Promise” proposal, which will make two years of community college free for responsible students.

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Autonomous Tots Have Higher Cognitive Skills

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Higher cognitive skills are found in the children of mothers who are consistently able to support the development of their baby’s sense of autonomy, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Montreal. The researchers specifically looked at executive functioning, which refers to a range of cognitive processes that are essential for cognitive, social and psychological functioning.