In the United States, if your parents attended a college or university, there is a good chance that you will, too. But your chances are reduced if you come from a family with financial needs, a community with limited educational resources or have no one to follow as an example. Helping those attain a college education is the motivation behind “nudging” or nudge theory, a way of changing people’s behavior through suggestion and support. Popularized in the 2008 book "Nudge," the concept was a project of a legal expert and an economist with the University of Chicago. Nudging includes emailing and texting students, offering advice and help. A growing number of U.S. colleges and universities look to nudging as way to support poor, minority and first-generation college students. But recent studies show that nudging is imperfect, and influencing large groups of students is not easy. Alejandra Acosta is a higher education policy expert at New America, an independent … [Read more...] about ‘Nudging’ At-Risk Students Improves Performance
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(Reuters Health) - The rural U.S. is already in dire need of more doctors, and with decreasing numbers of medical students coming from rural towns, the problem is likely to grow, a study suggests. Doctors who grew up in a rural area are more likely to practice in one, researchers note in a special issue of Health Affairs focused on rural health issues. But the proportion of students from rural areas entering medical school has been declining for 15 years, and by 2017 was less than 5%, the study team reports. “Having a rural background can provide a distinct and valuable insight into the distinct cultures, joys, challenges, and lives of people in rural communities,” said Dr. Scott Shipman of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C., who led the study. “Having a physician workforce that (reflects) the breadth of experiences and cultures of the population it serves is an important goal in efforts to achieve greater health equity,” he … [Read more...] about Decline in rural medical students likely to hurt rural physician workforce
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The use of “they” to describe someone who does not identify as male or female gained ground on Tuesday, when U.S. dictionary Merriam-Webster picked it as the word of 2019. Merriam-Webster said searches for that use of the word, which was added to its dictionary in September, had increased by more than 300% this year as more and more people identify as nonbinary - neither a man nor a woman. The Oxford English Dictionary and Dictionary.com both published articles online in 2018 saying the singular “they” was grammatically correct and had been used since at least the late 14th century. “More recently, though, they has also been used to refer to one person whose gender identity is nonbinary,” Merriam-Webster said on its website. “There’s no doubt that its use is established in the English language, which is why it was added to the Merriam-Webster.com dictionary this past September.” The … [Read more...] about Dictionary chooses gender-neutral ‘they’ as word of 2019
LONDON: Idiocracy - a government formed of people considered ignorant or idiotic - is among 1,400 new words, senses, and phrases added in the latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary records over 100 words derived ultimately from the Greek suffix -cracy, meaning 'power' or 'rule'. The new addition idiocracy, refers to a society consisting of or governed by people characterised as idiots, or a government formed of people considered stupid, ignorant, or idiotic. Words like democracy and aristocracy originated in ancient Greek, but by the 18th century, -ocracy was being added to English words, as in statocracy and mobocracy. In the 19th century, the trickle of such formations became a flood, with many of the new words being terms of ridicule, a tradition to which idiocracy belongs; the earlier terms foolocracy (1832) and idiotocracy (used by Ambrose Bierce in 1909) express a similar concept. TL:DR, Bingeable & Other Tech Words That Made Their Debut In The … [Read more...] about Oxford adds 1,400 new words to the dictionary, ‘idiocracy’ makes it too!
Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is venturing into the digital space with a "dramatic web-series" based on the relationship of a struggling filmmaker and a top actress of the 70's era. Mahesh's Vishesh Films and Jio Studios has joined hands for the yet un-titled project. The director tweeted: "A perfect beginning.Happy partnering with "The greatest location in the world is the human heart. @VisheshFilms @JioCinema." This is not the first time Mahesh is making a film based on a Bollywood actress's life. His 2006 film "Woh Lamhe..." starring Shiney Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut, was supposedly based on Parveen Babi's life, her battle with schizophrenia and her relationship with Mahesh Bhatt to whom she was a lover, as well as a mentor. A tweet from the official Jio Studios account said: "Delighted to announce our collaboration with master storytellers @VisheshFilms for web series based on a dramatic love story set in 70s Bollywood that explores the highs and lows of the relationship between a … [Read more...] about Mahesh Bhatt set to make digital debut with web-series
HSBC has become the first UK bank to open its student account to higher level apprentices ahead of the new academic year. As well as undergraduates heading to university this autumn, young people enrolling into level four courses will also be able to apply for HSBC's student bank account, which includes free Amazon Prime Student for a year and an interest-free tiered overdraft - an important financial safety net for many students. The bank says the extension will offer those working towards higher level apprenticeships the same benefits as those heading to university - this also includes a £60 Amazon.co.uk gift card when you sign up. Higher apprenticeships are work-based, nationally recognised qualifications equivalent to foundation degree level and above, which enable apprentices to split their time between university study and the workplace. The courses, which vary from business, finance and IT to creative roles, engineering and manufacturing offer young people the chance … [Read more...] about Apprentices can now open ‘student’ bank accounts – freebies and 0% overdraft included – but only at one bank