Notes in the Margins: Assessment, grad rates and trading commodities

Where community colleges go wrong If the nation is going to make any headway in helping more students graduate from college, it will have to completely overhaul the way students enrolling in nonselective colleges are tested for college readiness, and make fundamental changes in how colleges use that information to help students earn degrees. (The Washington Post)

‘Complete College’ Study of College Graduation Rates The group Complete College America cites factors like whether enrollment is full- or part-time, or at a two- or four-year institution. (The New York Times)

University Advertises on a ‘Need to Know’ Basis A new Boston University marketing campaign is different from the typical campaign from a college or university that is aimed at potential students and their parents. In this instance, the primary target market is so-called thought leaders who influence the rankings on the surveys of best colleges and universities published by the likes of U.S. News and World Report, The Times Higher Education, The Princeton Review and The Fiske Guide to Colleges. (The New York Times via University Business)

ND college expands commodities trading room plans North Dakota State University’s proposal for a commodity trading room is coming out of the basement. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

UNH to stop selling energy drinks College officials say such products, while legal and safe when consumed as intended, can be dangerous when overused or mixed with alcohol. That’s what happened recently, when a student ended up in the hospital. (The Boston Globe)