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Going to college in prison

A prison education advocate shares his experience in prison and talks about his work spreading college to others.
The Hadera Desalination Plant in Israel. (Photo: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv | Creative Commons via Flickr)

Israel: Using technology, engineering to cut reliance on Galilee

Water has been a matter of national security for Israel since the nation's inception. Drought and growth have pushed the country to use desalination, wastewater recycling and other technology and engineering feats to address the demand. But it's a different picture where Palestinians are involved.
Pasadena City College Veterans Resource Center. (Photo: Samara Freemark)

The front lines of the long journey home

Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
Paul Quinn students working on the We Over Me Farm. (Photo: Suzanne Pekow)

The reinvention of Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn College was a sorry sight when Michael Sorrell, the school's fifth president in as many years, drove onto the Dallas campus to see what he was dealing with. As Sorrell looked around campus, he had one thought. How do you save a school that everyone thinks is already dead?
Students on the campus of Howard University, 1870.
(Photo courtesy of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center Howard University Archives)

The history of HBCUs in America

Zach Hubert came out of slavery with an adage that he would pass on to his children, and his children's children, and their children down the line. "Get your education," he would always say to them when his family gathered together in later years. "It's the one thing they can't take away from you."
Howard University graduation, 2015. Photo: Emily Hanford.

The Future of Historically Black Colleges

Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
Photo: Dierk Schaefer

Making it stick

Why do we remember some things, and forget others? That's what author Peter Brown and psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel set out to answer in their new book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.
Heritage University is surrounded by orchards and cropland in eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley. Many students are the first in their family to go to college. (Photo: Samara Freemark)

Heritage University: Bringing elite education to the most disadvantaged

Since 1982 Heritage University, in Eastern Washington's Yakima Valley, has made it its mission to educate some of the poorest, most isolated students in the country.
UCLA psychologist Bob Bjork takes a swing at a Los Angeles driving range to demonstrate the most effective way to learn new skills or knowledge. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

Variation is key to deeper learning

Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
Michael Young (Photo: Samara Freemark)

Learning to love tests

If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.