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UTA In The News — Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Editorial endorses early admission partnership

The Dallas Morning News applauded UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos in an editorial for “creating the smart arrangement” announced last week – the Bound for Success program. Through the initiative, UT Arlington will grant early acceptance to Arlington school district juniors who are in the top 20 percent of their class at the end of their sophomore year. The newspaper said: "The partnership between UTA and Arlington ISD is important at the state level, too: One of Texas’ biggest challenges is getting more students aiming for an education beyond high school."

Program could produce 1,500 students at UT Arlington

Texas's Bound for Success program is expected to "pre-admit" about 1,500 students, or 20 percent of attendees at Arlington school district, to the University of Texas - Arlington, presuming they graduate, the National Journal reported in a weekly roundup of education news. The story said the goal is to increase the college-going rates of Hispanics by admitting students to college as early as the beginning of their junior year. A website called Latino Ed Beat also featured the story.

Conference will feature new MOOC study

While Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have attracted millions of viewers and been heralded as a potential way to address skyrocketing tuition, very few of their viewers - 4 percent on average - actually complete the courses, according a study Penn's Graduate School of Education that will be presented at a conference sponsored by UT Arlington Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The study, conducted by the newly created Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at Penn, delved into when users enter and leave courses and when and how they participate.

Studies on python genome highlighted

Websites such as the GenomeWeb Daily News, and Sudan Vision continued to publish wire service reports about a pair of snake studies published earlier this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of which had UT Arlington Assistant Professor of Biology Todd Castoe as its lead author. Castoe led an international team that sequenced the genome of the Burmese python for clues about how its extreme biological characteristics evolved.

Disabilities studies courses featured

UT Arlington was mentioned in a post on the insurance industry website Life Health Pro about colleges and universities that offer disabilities studies courses. UT Arlington launched disabilities studies minor earlier this year.