Wake Tech works to improve success gap between seated, online classes

Wake Tech works to improve success gap between seated, online classes

Online college courses offer convenience and flexibility, but they also come with challenges. Wake Technical Community College looked at some of its most popular classes in 2015 and noticed students were not doing as well in the online classes as they were in the traditional “seated” classes. In 2015, 67 percent of students in traditional classes earned an “A”, “B” or “C” grade, while only 58 percent of students in online classes earned the same grades. One of the things we found out is students, even young students, who had…

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Plugging the gap: schools forced to find new sources of funding

Plugging the gap: schools forced to find new sources of funding

Latymer grammar school in north London hit the headlines recently withplans to ask parents to donate money to help with its “very significant financial shortfall”. There is an “urgency”, according to headteacher Maureen Cobbett, because of the cuts affecting the school. But Latymer isn’t alone in taking this route. Schools – facing a funding crisiscreated by real term government cuts and rising costs – are increasingly trying out new ways to plug holes in budgets. Stephen Morales, chief executive of the National Association of School Business Management, says, “You can…

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There’s a New Type of Pay Gap: The Height and Weight Gap

There’s a New Type of Pay Gap: The Height and Weight Gap

As if gender wasn’t a shallow-enough reason for the persistent wage gap, a new study found that height and weight have been added to the mix, too. More specifically, if you’re a short male or an overweight female, then you can bet that you earn less than your taller, thinner colleagues. Here’s what you need to know. (Photo Credit: JD Hancock/Flickr) Looks like a certain smaller-statured male demographic will be joining women (especially overweight women) in the fight for pay equity very soon. Based on a recent U.K. study, vertically-challenged…

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Amazon Reveals Pay Data After All, Shows Virtually No Gender Pay Gap

Amazon Reveals Pay Data After All, Shows Virtually No Gender Pay Gap

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected Amazon’s request to keep their pay data private, after Arjuna Capital filed a shareholder resolution to request that data. Yesterday, Amazon announced that it will share pay data – and that women at the company currently make 99.9 cents for every dollar male employees earn. Amazon also revealed that minority employees make 100.1 cents for every dollar earned by white employees. (Photo Credit: steelashan/Flickr) “We are pleased Amazon is stepping up in response to investor concerns about gender pay equity,” said…

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Presidential Campaigns and the Gender Pay Gap

Presidential Campaigns and the Gender Pay Gap

Recently, Jezebel analyzed presidential candidates’ campaigns to see which have the most significant pay disparities between male and female staffers. You may be a bit surprised to learn who has the “fairest” campaign in terms of the gender pay gap. (Photo Credit: Kim Bost/Flickr) At the time of the article’s publishing, there were six remaining candidates, so the data includes Senator Marco Rubio’s staff … and for good reason. Of the six campaigns analyzed, Rubio’s team was the only one that paid women more than men, with women averaging about…

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What Buffer’s Gender Pay Gap Can Tell Us About Unconscious Bias

What Buffer’s Gender Pay Gap Can Tell Us About Unconscious Bias

Pay transparency is supposed to help companies close the gender pay gap. By being open about their compensation philosophy, sometimes to the point of posting employee salaries for everyone to see, decision-makers hope to catch pay inequities before they become entrenched. Buffer, the social media management tool provider, is one of the companies that’s most publicly committed to transparency, publishing not only theirsalary formula, but a public spreadsheet of every salary at the company, from the CEO on down – which is why the company was taken aback to discover…

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