College Exams http://kut.org en The Serious Reason School Finals Week is Best for Playing With Puppies http://kut.org/post/serious-reason-school-finals-week-best-playing-puppies <p>Librarians are keeping late hours. Coffee shops are serving up triple-shot drinks to zombie-like customers. They’re all signs of one thing: college finals week.</p><p>The end of the semester creates an immense amount of stress on campus, which students handle with varying degrees of success. This year, area universities are providing a wider variety of services and resources to help students cope with the stress and anxiety.</p><p>In addition to the regular services offered by UT-Austin’s <a href="http://www.cmhc.utexas.edu/index.html">Counseling and Mental Health Center</a>, including stress management tips for students and an online resource called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cmhc.utexas.edu/stressrecess/Guided_Program/index.html">Stress Recess</a>, the university is hosting some more unorthodox events: UT Libraries partnered with the Austin Dog Alliance to <a href="http://lib.utexas.edu/calendar/therapy-dog-study-break-0">bring therapy dogs</a>&nbsp;to the Perry-Castañeda Library, Monday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Carrie Powell 9314 at http://kut.org The Serious Reason School Finals Week is Best for Playing With Puppies How Advanced Placement Success Could Save Texas Students Millions http://kut.org/post/how-advanced-placement-success-could-save-texas-students-millions <p>Education Commissioner Michael L. Williams and the Texas Education Agency&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/news_release.aspx?id=2147509430" target="_blank">announced this week</a>&nbsp; that the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams rose by four percent in the 2011-2012 school year.</p><p><a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html" target="_blank">The Advanced Placement Program </a>allows high school students to take college-level courses and ultimately exams that they can earn college credit for. The tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5 . A score of 3 or higher is considered satisfactory. Last year, 194,391 Texas students took 350,700 AP exams.</p><p><a href="http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/Controller.jpf">The College Board</a>, which created and oversees the AP program, estimates that if all of the students who scored a 5 on the exams last year enrolled in one of the state’s two flagship universities and received course credit, they would collectively save between $36.2 million and $42.9 million in tuition costs.</p><p>This news comes at a time when climbing <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gov-rick-perry-calls-college-tuition-freeze">college tuition rates are a major talking point in Texas</a>, and on the cusp of a legislative session that will likely address these issues.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:52:51 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5291 at http://kut.org How Advanced Placement Success Could Save Texas Students Millions Texas Students Show Low College Test Scores http://kut.org/post/texas-students-show-low-college-test-scores <p>The majority of <a href="http://www.act.org/news/data/11/states/pdf/Texas.pdf">Texas students</a> who took the <a href="http://www.actstudent.org/">ACT</a> college entrance exam this year don&#39;t have the necessary skills for college.</p><p>According to a report done on the class of 2011, many Texas students tested below the national average in reading, English and science. 101,569 graduates in Texas, or about 36% of the class of 2011, took the ACT.</p><p>Texans were slightly above the national average in mathematics, which is 45 percent of students passing, with 48 percent.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:48:17 +0000 Kelsey Johnson 2253 at http://kut.org Texas Students Show Low College Test Scores