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While Idaho’s college go-on rates continue to lag, Idaho’s college enrollment numbers are trending upward. From spring 2015 to spring 2016, Idaho college enrollment increased by 3.2 percent, according to a National Student Clearinghouse report . The Idaho numbers defy the national trends; overall, enrollment dropped by 1.3 percent in this same time period. Idaho’s 3.2 percent increase also ranked fourth in the nation, trailing only New Hampshire, Utah and Arizona. All told, 93,768 students...

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This year’s SAT results are out and Idaho high school juniors averaged 1002. If you’re bringing up what you know about SAT scores, maybe trying to remember your own, you may be thinking that’s pretty bad. And last year, when the total possible was 2,400, it would have been. But this is the first year of some big changes to the test and the scoring system. Now, the total possible score is 1,600. It was 2012 when Idaho started paying for almost all high school juniors to take the widely-used...

Boise State University

Boise State and Idaho State will hold spring commencement ceremonies Saturday. Boise State says 2334 students are eligible for degrees and certificates following the spring semester. All told, about 4,000 students will graduate from Boise State this academic year. Boise State's commencement will start at 10:00 a.m. at Taco Bell Arena. New York Times columnist and author Timothy Egan will be awarded an honorary doctorate. About 1600 students are expected to participate in the ceremony, which...

Idaho Education News

Idaho continues to languish well behind its lofty college completion goals, according to a newly released national study. On top of that, Idaho’s numbers rank No. 46 in the nation. In 2014, 37.7 percent of Idaho’s adults held a postsecondary degree or certificate, the Lumina Foundation wrote in an annual report on college completion rates . The national completion rate was 45.3 percent. The latest Idaho numbers , released Friday, cast even more doubt on the state’s oft-stated “60 percent goal...

College of Idaho

There's been a buzz around the College of Idaho campus this week that hasn't existed there since the 1970s. Last weekend the school played - and won - its first football game since 1977. The Yotes beat Pacific University 35-34. College of Idaho plays its first home game Saturday afternoon against Montana Western at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. "Football, for better or worse, is a cultural phenomenon like no other," says College of Idaho President Marvin Henberg. "It brings the community much...

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Leaders at many of Idaho’s colleges and universities would argue their schools don’t get the credit they deserve. But the most underrated is Mormon Church-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho, at least according to the news website Business Insider . The site compiled a list of the most underrated colleges in each state. For that, it partnered with school ranking website Niche and combined academic rankings and acceptance rate. “Oftentimes, these schools' strong academic programs are...

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A bill to allow students, staff and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses passed the House State Affairs Committee in a party-line split. Lawmakers voted 11-3 Friday afternoon to send it forward to debate on the House floor, over objections from the majority of people who testified before the committee. Backers of the bill say letting holders of Idaho's new enhanced concealed carry permit to bring guns to class could halt a would-be mass shooter. But others say a loophole in the...

Curt McKenzie
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On one corner of Curt McKenzie’s desk at the Idaho Capitol sit three candy jars. On the opposite corner - an Army green ammunition box. McKenzie is the Republican state senator from Nampa who introduced a controversial bill that would allow some people to carry guns on Idaho’s college campuses. The bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House. “It’s a constitutional right that we have,” McKenzie says. “And even beyond that, it is the most basic right of a person to be able to defend...

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The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls is getting a $2.5 million federal grant to create a new degree program in food processing management. It’s part of $474.5 million awarded to community colleges nationally to expand demand-driven skills. The CSI program was the only Idaho grant in this round of a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, which will eventually give out $2 billion. The U.S. Department of Education says the new CSI degree will...

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Idaho high school juniors who took the SAT last spring scored nearly the same compared to those who took the college entrance exam the year before. The College Board, the company that administers the SAT, says 500 is the benchmark which indicates students are ready for college. The 2013 juniors scored 452 in reading, 452 in math and 446 in writing. The 2012 group got 448 in reading, 454 in math and 447 in writing. Idaho’s 2012 graduating seniors who had taken the SAT sometime during high...

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ACT scores are out for the class of 2013. The company that owns the nationally administered college entrance exam has released its annual report on how the scores reflect the nation’s college and career readiness. Idaho high school grads outpaced their national peers on all of the ACT’s college readiness benchmarks by wide margins. But Idaho has relatively low participation in the ACT. Fewer than half of the state’s 2013 graduates took the test. Generally, states with high levels of...

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About 120 high school students are staying in the Boise State dorms, taking classes, and eating in the student union. And that’s going on at more than 900 other campuses across the country including at Idaho State and University of Idaho. It’s part of a program to help kids from low-income families prepare for college. It’s called Upward Bound, and is part of the federal TRiO programs. Even though the program has been around for nearly 50 years, high school students are learning new...

In his State of the Union Tuesday night President Barack Obama said his administration would have a score card for every college in the nation. The online score card shows each school’s cost, graduation rate, amounts students borrow and how many default. According to the score card, Idaho’s most expensive post-secondary option is Brown Mackie College in Boise. The for-profit school costs the average student $23,126 a year. The most frugal option is College of Southern Idaho at $5,993 a year....

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This week the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation announced it would give up to $5 million to create a new school that would be unique in Idaho. If you want this money you’ll have to hurry. The foundation wants a letter of intent by early March and a finished proposal by April. You'll need to coordinate with at least three organizations, a school district, a college or university, and a business. The school the foundation envisions would be a partnership between all three. But executive...

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For the past three days, the presidents of Idaho’s state colleges and universities have stood before lawmakers. They’ve all made the case for why their school should get state money. But that’s been an increasingly tough sell over the years. This year Idaho’s colleges and universities got a $19 million boost from lawmakers. But after several years of cuts that only brought higher education spending back to 2006 levels. And even in times when schools were getting more money each year, the...

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Idaho’s most recent high school grads exceeded national averages on the SAT. The company that administers the college entrance exam released numbers Monday. Students who graduated in 2012 beat the national SAT scores by wide margins in all three subject areas. Idaho 2012 grads: Critical Reading – 547 Math – 541 Writing – 525 National 2012 grads: Critical Reading – 496 Math – 514 Writing - 488 Twenty percent of Idaho seniors took the test sometime during high school placing Idaho near the...

The latest community college enrollment numbers may hold a clue to what’s happening in the Northwest’s economy. Some two-year institutions in the region are seeing the first decline in class registration since the recession. At the bookstore at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, the piles of textbooks students buy are kind of like a bar graph for the local unemployment rate. And during the recession those stacks got pretty high as laid off workers streamed in seeking retraining. But this...

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Forbes has released its latest ranking of the nations top colleges . The Idaho school highest on the list of 650 is College of Idaho at 222. The private liberal arts school in Caldwell has about 1,000 students. The magazine bases the ranking on teaching quality, graduation rates, career prospects, and debt level. Idahos next school on Forbes list is Brigham Young University Idaho at 358. University of Idaho comes in at 396. Boise State makes the list at 616 with Idaho State University at 620....

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New numbers from the U.S. Department of Education show fewer Idahoans had college degrees in 2010 than in 2009. Nearly 67,000 residents aged 25-34 had some kind of post-secondary degree in 2010. Thats just under 33 percent of that demographic. And its about 1,000 fewer than the year before, or a .7 percent drop. The national average is above 39 percent. The District of Columbia beats all states with nearly 70 percent of young people holding degrees. Massachusetts comes next with 54 percent....

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Idahos State Board of Education Thursday approved a plan to get more students to go on to college. Its called Complete College Idaho and its goal is for 60 percent of Idahoans between 25 and 34 years of age to have a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020. It includes reforms to college remediation programs and measures to decrease the amount of time it takes to earn a degree or certificate. The Board of Ed held focus groups and sent out surveys to students, teachers, businesses, and...

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