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How to Help College-Bound Students Avoid the ‘Summer Melt’

Posted on · (Above: Students listen to an instructor at one of the campuses of Houston’s Lone Star College. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) In the summer between high school and college, some graduates enroll in a college or university but never show up in the fall. In higher education circles, the phenomenon is called “summer […]

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Latest NASA Developments, and Journalism Under Attack: Friday’s Show (June 23, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer worked to install wireless antennas outside the Destiny lab of the International Space Station. Photo Courtesy: NASA) Just a few weeks ago, astronauts aboard the International Space Station made an emergency spacewalk to make urgent repairs to a critical component that failed. NASA said the crew was never in any danger. […]

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Virginia Shooting, Political Roundup, and the Effect of Music on Your Brain: Wednesday’s Show (June 14, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Two people hug in an area blocked off by police crime scene tape in Alexandria, Va., after a shooting during a congressional baseball practice June 14, 2017. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) We’re learning more about this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., during a Republican Congressional baseball practice. Members of Congress and their […]

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How Prevalent Is The “Summer Melt” Among Houston Students?

Posted on · In the summer between high school and college, some graduates enroll but never show up in the fall. In higher education circles, the phenomenon is called “summer melt.” The U.S. Department of Education estimates as many as 10 to 20% of students nationwide plan to go to college, and then don’t. Some do so for financial […]

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Gun Culture in Texas and Summer Melt: Wednesday’s show (July 29, 2015)

Posted on · If you live in Texas, you must be a gun owner, right? Everyone is, after all. Except…no. Everyone isn’t. In fact, a recent study suggests while Texas has slightly higher than average gun ownership rates, gun owners are, in fact, the overwhelming minority. According to the report published last month in the health journal Injury […]