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Perhaps nation's best defense leads swagger-filled No. 2 Miami Central
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“Keir Thomas's highlights vs. Armwood High School 428 views1:17 Video: Keir Thomas highlights vs. Armwood Footage of standout Miami Central lineman and Florida State commit. As an undersized cornerback out of Northwestern (Miami), Roland Smith had to carry more than his 5-foot-9 and 170-pound frame onto the field for the University of Miami in 1987. "If you're were going to play at Miami back then, you had to play with some swagger," Smith said. Photo by Stuart Browning Roland Smith, Miami CentralSmith, who played for both Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson and won two national titles, said the same is true for perhaps the nation's best high school defense heading into the 2015 season. See the full preview for No. 2 Miami Central Although his Central (Miami) squad certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of stature or talent, the Rockets — with as many as nine college players on defense — still play with a chip and a confidence that Smith likes and relates to. "These guys pursue to the ball, they're cat-quick, aggressive and are always looking to create turnovers," Smith said. "If you don't play with a certain swagger, you're not playing football at Central." Smith, 46, is just happy to be coaching high school football again after he and his entire staff, in a highly controversial decision, were let go from Northwestern in 2007 over an off-field incident involving a star running back. Smith and his staff were later absolved from any wrongdoing, but had to watch that 2007 team led by prep All-Americans Marcus Forston and Jacory Harris — and a handful of other Miami recruits — win a mythical nation championship. Many of the players dedicated a season-opening win over Southlake Carroll (Texas) — and later their entire season — to Smith and his staff. Several of Smith's assistants found other coaching jobs including Telly Lockette, who guided Central to two state titles in three seasons. When Lockette left to take an assistant's job at South Florida in the spring of 2013, Smith decided it was time to return to high-level coaching. He had spent a lot of time during his six seasons away from coaching raising his son, Roland III. Smith said he didn't want to disrupt what Lockette had built and instead has simply added to the Rockets' dynasty. Since he took over, they are 27-2 with two Florida 6A titles — four in five years — and come into 2015 as the No. 2 squad in the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Early Contenders. It's been a happy return since he felt wrongly pushed out of something he loved to do. "It's an awesome job to be a high school football coach," he said. "I'm proud to be a role model like my high school coaches were to me. Photo by Stuart Browning Donovan Thompson, Miami Central"I want to make sure the kids from our community be the best they can be on and off the football field and try to get them at the very least a college education." Two of his senior defensive linemen, Eric Mitchell (6-3, 240, Florida) and Keir Thomas (6-2, 240, Florida State), have already secured commitments to their colleges. Third-year starter Donavan Thompson (5-10, 211) leads a impressive lot of linebackers that also includes Miami-commit Waynmon Steed, a 6-1, 210-pound junior. The secondary is loaded, led by 6-4, 187-pound cornerback and safety Jamel Cook (Florida State), along with Jamal Hudson (6-0, 185) and a pair of junior cornerbacks Christopher Williams (5-10, 175) and Allen Jones (5-10, 175). As if the defense needed any more bolstering, Smith brought former Oakland Raiders and Florida State safety Derrick Gibson to be the team's new defensive coordinator. The Rockets gave up just 12 points per game last year and recorded four shutouts. This defense could be even better. "We have a lot of talented kids," Smith said. "It's our job to get the most out of them." Photo by Stuart Browning Miami Central seeks its third straight Florida state title and fifth in six years.”
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3 Ways Colleges Are Working to Improve Online Learning
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“For many online students, the flexibility of an online degree or certification program outweighs the possibility of a less immersive student experience. But without having to physically walk into a classroom, an adviser's office or a study session, experts say students who are struggling to keep up or stay interested in course work are sometimes more difficult to recognize and easier to ignore. As a result, some programs are using innovative methods to foster an online educational experience that is more supportive, engaging, and responsive to student demands.”
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Find Child Care Resources for Community College Students
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“"Managing child care, school responsibilities and often work can be extremely challenging , and the difficulties with child care can be one of the primary reasons that students with children have to take breaks from school , or possibly quit and never return," says Barbara Gault, vice president and executive director of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a research organization that focuses on women's issues. For one thing, child care is expensive. In many states the average cost of child care often exceeds the cost of housing, tuition, food and transportation, according to a 2014 report from Child Care Aware of America.”
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Three former Berkeley students sue university over sexual assaults
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The lawsuit, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, says Berkeley failed to comply with a federal regulation known as Title IX, a 1972 law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds. The White House has declared sex crimes an "epidemic" on U.S. college campuses, with one in five students falling victim to sex assault during their college years. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 colleges, including Berkeley, that were under investigation to determine if their handling of sexual assaults and harassment violated Title IX.”
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U.S. Colleges Adapt as More Chinese Undergrads Come to Campus
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“Chinese undergraduate Tianyi Zhang had seen plenty of movies and TV shows about the U.S., but nothing could quite prepare her for what she would encounter on a North American campus. "There are lots of differences in our living habits -- the food, the lifestyle," says Zhang, a rising senior and computer science major at Purdue University--West Lafayette. Zhang is one of the increasing number of Chinese undergraduates enrolling at U.S. colleges.”
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10 Colleges Where Freshmen Are Most Likely to Come Back
by Education News Headlines - Yahoo! News
Jun 30, 2015
“The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search.”
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