Error—does not compute!

According to the results of two recent observational studies, technology impacts the way young people learn: Their attention spans are shorter, and the average quality of student work has dropped significantly in comparison to other, far-less-digital generations.

Ensuring financial distress

The problem with PSU’s new student health plan

Some Portland State students were surprised to find their tuition bill a bit higher than usual this quarter. Well, actually, a lot higher than usual.

Pay up, Oregon

Battling climate change in our own backyards

Two local teens have filed suit against the state for failing to adequately battle climate change.

Olivia Chernaik (12 years old) and Kelsey Juliana (16 years old) claim that Oregon hasn’t taken the steps necessary to stave off impending environmental doom. They fear living in what they imagine the world will become: a veritable wasteland.

Portland State gets its 15 minutes

And it’s about time!

Portland State has received some much-deserved international recognition in recent months.

We were featured in the revered (though somewhat glorified) Princeton Review book The Best 377 Colleges, 2013 Edition. US News & World Report not only placed us on its list of growing schools but also ranked our institution among the top 10 “up-and-coming” universities nationwide.

Oregon schools push for better writing instruction…finally

It’s a step in the right direction, but is it too little too late?

Beginning with the class of 2013, Oregon high school students will be expected to demonstrate adequate written communication skills in order to graduate. Teachers from all disciplines—not just English—are being asked to implement a more rigorous writing curriculum in order to prepare students for testing at the end of the year.

Falling behind: a response to President Wiewel

Let’s ask for more, not less

In a recent Oregonian op-ed piece, Portland State President Wim Wiewel asked to what extent the United States educational system should be emulating the academic rigor typical of places like South Korea and Singapore—countries that long ago surpassed the U.S. in terms of test scores and number of degrees earned.