Educators have proposed a way to evaluate student learning as an alternative to traditional standardized tests. Measuring a student’s abilities when they graduate with an academic degree is difficult. Measuring that student against students from other institutions with the same degree complicates the results. The initiative — called the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate…

More than one-third of international students polled say they wish their professors would try to understand them better and provide helpful advice, a recent study says. “When I was in Ethiopia, I was taught to be more reserved, more quiet,” says Kedest Mathewos, 19, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “Whereas here, everyone tends to speak up, express…

Movies and television often show American college students at wild parties,  chugging alcohol and letting the lid off their inhibitions. Now, a new study suggests that the picture might be more unhealthy than previously thought: Some college students are skipping meals so they can get drunk faster on an empty stomach. Researchers call this kind of…

Ashok Goel uses the internet in almost all of the classes he teaches. Every term, more than 300 graduate students take his class on artificial intelligence (AI). The students never meet in person. All of the classes take place online — through a website. The site lets students ask questions and complete their work from anywhere in the world. Having hundreds…

A group of University of Miami students and first-generation college-bound students in the Upward Bound program joined researchers in a shark tagging mission in the Florida Keys. http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/10/27/7229b494-f4aa-4594-bd0e-9b5bd54c713c.mp3 Students who are the first in their family to attend college experience it much differently than students whose parents graduated from college. When Christopher Curran started looking…