June 15, 2021

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Milwaukee Millennials Recommend Improvements To Education, Health, Policing To Stop Brain Drain

With thousands of young Black and brown Milwaukeeans migrating every year to larger cities including Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Houston, a group of young professionals has come up with recommendations to keep their colleagues from leaving. 

Milwaukee’s Millennial Task Force has spent the last year studying the city’s so-called brain drain. The group presented their findings and recommendations early this month to the Milwaukee Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee.

“While Milwaukee has comparatively low cost of living and opportunities for entrepreneurship, the high rates of poverty, insufficient educational systems, segregation, limited cultural scenes and concerns about public safety

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States Step In To Stop Colleges Holding Transcripts Ransom For Unpaid Bills : NPR

Gabriel Toro, 23, stands on the sidewalk near his apartment in Boston on March 11. Toro completed the credits required for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston but the school wouldn’t release Toro’s transcript or degree because of an unpaid balance.

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Gabriel Toro, 23, stands on the sidewalk near his apartment in Boston on March 11. Toro completed the credits required for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston but the school wouldn’t release Toro’s transcript or degree because of an unpaid balance.

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University of Kansas to stop requiring entrance exams | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is doing away with the requirement that incoming freshmen take a standardized test — like the ACT or SAT — to be admitted.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that new standards approved this past week by the Kansas Board of Regents are scheduled to be in place for the freshman class that begins in the spring 2022 semester.

The changes allow any student with a 3.25 high school GPA to be admitted without taking the ACT or SAT.

Under the old rules, freshmen had

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Oakland’s Mills College will stop granting degrees, ending 169-year run for women’s school: ‘Loss and grief’

Mills College in Oakland, 169 years old and one of just 34 women’s campuses remaining in the country, will stop enrolling first-year undergraduates after this fall, the victim of declining enrollment and years of financial troubles.

The private women’s school has taken desperate measures in recent years to fix those problems. It’s reduced tuition and even fired tenured professors. But it hasn’t enrolled men. Mills’ one attempt to do that 30 years ago led to a student revolt and to the departure of its president — and now, decades later, to a decision to close rather than to invite male … Read More

This STEM College Will Stop Looking at ACT and SAT Scores. Its Admissions Dean Explains Why.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announced on Monday that it will adopt a “test-blind” admission policy. Starting this fall, the institution will no longer consider ACT or SAT scores for all applicants as part of an eight-year pilot.

WPI, which adopted a test-optional policy in 2007, has long stood out among institutions that don’t require the ACT and SAT. For one thing, it’s a campus of fewer than 5,000 undergraduates that emphasizes science, technology, math, and engineering — and not a liberal-arts college like those that once represented the vast majority of colleges not requiring standardized tests. In 2017, the institution permanently

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Most People Don’t Know When to Stop Talking, According to Science | Smart News

A new study asks the question: Do conversations end when people want them to? The short answer, it turns out, is no.

The study, published this week in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, took a two-pronged approach.

The first piece was an online survey completed by 806 people that asked a series of questions about a conversation they recently had with an intimate friend or family member. The questions queried the participant whether there was a moment they had wanted the conversation to end and to estimate when that moment was in relation to

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