College applicants are down, especially among low-income students, Common App says

The number of college applicants is down so far this year, particularly among first-generation and low-income students, according to data from Common App, in what the college application company is calling an “alarming trend.”

a person walking down a sidewalk in a city park: Students walking to class on the California State University, Northridge campus in Los Angeles.

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Students walking to class on the California State University, Northridge campus in Los Angeles.

The organization, whose college admission application is used by over 900 colleges and universities, analyzed application data from its returning members submitted through Nov. 16 — the early decision and early action deadline for many institutions this year.


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The Common App found that when compared to the same period last year, the number of unique applicants decreased 4% this year (659,993 applicants, down from 686,866 in 2019). This decline was greater among first-generation and fee waiver-eligible applicants, which each saw about a 10% decline in applicant volume, it said. It was even greater than the decline

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The education app that is making equals of Bill Gates and the world’s masses

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the 500 million-download mark for Duolingo.
  • Swedish is the most popular language studied in Sweden because of Syrian refugees, while Bill Gates uses it to study French.
  • The language learning start-up was just valued at $2.4 billion by investors, which is just about $1 billion more than its valuation from just a year ago.

Luis von Ahn standing posing for the camera: Duolingo Co-founders Severin Hacker (L) and Luis von Ahn (R)

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Duolingo Co-founders Severin Hacker (L) and Luis von Ahn (R)

During the coronavirus crisis, Duolingo has seen a huge spike in new users. In fact, it’s become the world’s

How Duolingo is disrupting language learning with free app



language learning app, amassing more than 500 million downloads to date.

What many don’t know is that the world’s most popular education app began as a computer science project for co-founders Severin Hacker and Luis von Ahn, teaching people foreign languages while trying

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Arizona State University adopts blockchain-based app to track COVID-19

Open The New York Times’s rolling survey of coronavirus cases on United States college campuses and the picture looks bleak: as of Nov. 5, over 252,00 cases had been confirmed across 1,600 colleges nationwide. 

The spread of infection, combined with an at best incompetent, and at worst, cynical and exploitative policy towards college students and staff has resulted in university communities facing stringent quarantines in unsafe accommodation or being summarily sent home. All the while, students are expected to foot the bill for the full cost of their tuition fees.

With over 2,500 reported cases as of Nov. 5, Arizona State University is, at present, among the harder-hit colleges in the country — just over 50 colleges have reported 1,000 cases over the course of the pandemic, according to the New York Times. To keep this in perspective, it’s worth noting that ASU is one of the largest public universities

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Smartphone app might help when picking peanuts

Smartphone app might help when picking peanuts
Peanut crop harvesting. Credit: Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA

Georgia’s peanut crop generates more than $600 million annually, but determining the optimal harvest time for the crop can be tricky. Current crop assessment tools are time consuming and prone to human error, leading to millions of dollars in lost yield each year.

Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering are working to help farmers improve the quality and quantity of their yield by providing them with faster and more accurate data. In a new study published in Springer Precision Agriculture, the UGA team presents a portable, smartphone-based system for peanut harvest analysis.

One of the primary methods now used to determine peanut maturity is a peanut profile board, an eye test based on the close relationship between the pod’s color and its maturity. This method requires farmers to dig up samples from their field for assessment by a county agent.

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SLC launches ‘Coach Education App’

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has launched a ‘Coach Education App’, introducing one of the most sought-after Digital facilities to help its Cricket Coaches develop and enhance their knowledge at the comfort of their own homes using a mobile or a personal computer.

The new free app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, which is open for coaches of the SLC High Performance Centres, Clubs, Provincial, District and School level. Apart from that, coaches who conduct Private Cricket Academies and hold Coaching Licences issued by SLC can also use the ‘Coach Education App’.

Jerome Jayaratne, the Chief Cricket Operation Officer of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), has mentioned that the new app enables Cricket coaches to continue to engage with their Coach Educators in a way that is more valuable to them and it is another value-add programme that was introduced on behalf of Sri Lanka

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Education App Market | Growing Demand for STEM-based Apps to Boost the Market Growth

The global education app market size is poised to grow by USD 46.88 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of about 26% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Education Apps Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

With the growing number of job opportunities in STEM fields, the coming years will observe a rise in the number of students opting for STEM subjects. This will subsequently drive the need for STEM-based learning apps. This will be one

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