A report from the US Education Department's inspector general's office has found that the Federal Student Aid office has been lax in overseeing the companies that service approximately $1.4 trillion in federal student loans. Education Department officials disputed the report, which found servicers failed to inform borrowers of repayment options and miscalculated monthly payments.
Mississippi State University's new Center for Cyber Education has teamed up with telecommunication and tech services company C Spire to address the dearth of cybersecurity experts in the public and private sectors. The partnership will focus on working with students in K-12 to encourage more enrollment in computer science education to prepare for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce.
Some companies have developed artificial-intelligence programs designed to search for warning signs of potential threats in students' emails and texts, among other sources. Gaggle.net, which uses machine learning and human experts to analyze data, says its service has helped prevent 542 potential deaths by suicide and 240 instances of students bringing a weapon to school.
Eighth-grade students in Texas are using an interactive website to help make decisions about what they will do after they graduate. The program, Texas OnCourse, allows students to explore high school, college and career tracks and access resources.
The Japanese city of Otsu says it plans -- starting next fiscal year -- to use artificial intelligence to analyze records of previous bullying cases to decide how to intervene in new situations. "Through an AI theoretical analysis of past data, we will be able to properly respond to cases without just relying on teachers' past experiences," says Mayor Naomi Koshi.
Teenagers who spent more time playing violent video games had similar odds of engaging in aggressive behaviors, compared with other peers, according to a study by UK researchers published in Royal Society Open Science. The findings were based on data involving 1,000 British youths ages 14 and 15.
Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular, and now some teachers are finding ways to use the medium in academic lessons. Two Michigan educators collaborated to start podcasts where sixth-grade students interview their classmates about books they read.
A Learning House survey shows that three-quarters of online students enrolled to enhance their careers and half said it would be helpful to work with a career counselor. The report also includes strategies for institutions to boost enrollment in online courses, including providing clear credit-transfer guidelines.
Mississippi is among 10 states in the country highlighted as most supportive of students' academic, physical, emotional and social well-being, according to a report by ASCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report considered multiple factors, including states' policies around employee wellness, family engagement, nutrition and social services.
The US Department of Education has enlisted Instagram influencers and college bloggers to help encourage students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the June 30 deadline. About 1,000 posts with the same hashtag -- #ButFirstFAFSA -- were posted.
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