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HOW TO: Develop Ideas That Will Disrupt Your Industry

HOW TO: Develop Ideas That Will Disrupt Your Industry | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Disruptive thinking can help you reinvent your business and start solving problems you didn't even know existed. Here are three strategies for re-imagining your industry.
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Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education | The Nation

Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education | The Nation | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

An older article but very on-point: The exploitation of contingent labor, a shrinking middle class, administrative elephantiasis: the turmoil in academia is a microcosm of American society as a whole.

 

Academia exists in part to support research the private sector won’t pay for, knowledge that can’t be converted into a quick buck or even a slow one, but that adds value to society in other ways. Who’s going to pursue that kind of inquiry if they know there’s a good chance they’re going to get thrown out in the snow when they’re 50 (having only started to earn a salary when they were 30, to boot)?

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What Makes Educational Technology Successful in the Developing World?

What Makes Educational Technology Successful in the Developing World? | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
What makes some technology so compelling and transformational that it thrives in a school setting and others languish?
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Noam Chomsky: Public Education Under Massive Corporate Assault — What's Next?

A partial transcript of a recent speech delivered by Noam Chomsky at the University of Toronto at Scarborough on the rapid privatization process of public higher education in the United States.

 

Pretty dense Chomsky-esque speech but WELL worth it!

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Student loans now outpace credit card obligations

Student loans now outpace credit card obligations | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

EVEN MORE TROUBLE BREWING:
If the defaults on student loans continue to climb, banks can be expected to tighten lending practices — making loans less available and at higher rates.

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Chart of the Day: Student Loans Have Grown 511% Since 1999

Chart of the Day: Student Loans Have Grown 511% Since 1999 | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Rising education debt makes the housing bubble look benign...

 

All this college debt could put the U.S. on a slower growth path in the years to come. As Americans grapple with high student loan payments for the first few decades of their adult lives, they'll have less money to spend and invest. All that money flowing into colleges and universities is being funneled away from other industries where it would have been spent in future years. Of course, this would be a rather unfortunate irony: higher education is supposed to enhance a nation's growth, but with such an enormous debt burden, graduates might not be able to spend and invest enough to allow that growth to occur.

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Study calculates lost wages of college dropouts

Study calculates lost wages of college dropouts | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Virginia potentially lost more than $7.3 million in state income-tax revenue in one year on the diminished salaries of just one class of college dropouts.
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The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed

The Hidden Costs of Higher Ed | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
Colleges are making it harder for average American families to afford higher education, while making it easier for the wealthy.
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Views: Get Out While You Can - Inside Higher Ed

Tenured professors should make alternate career contingency plans before the higher ed system collapses, writes James D. Miller.
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Some Humor from the Onion: "Nation's Students To Give American Education System Yet Another Chance"

Some Humor from the Onion: "Nation's Students To Give American Education System Yet Another Chance" | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON—Despite years of putting up with underperforming teachers, overcrowded classrooms, and a gradually deteriorating educational experience, American students reluctantly announced Tuesday that they would be giving the nation's public school...
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‘The Edupunks Guide’ Offers DIY Path to a Credential

‘The Edupunks Guide’ Offers DIY Path to a Credential | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

A new e-book seeks to help learners use online resources to chart alternative paths to affordable credentials.

 

From Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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John Seely Brown: Tinkering as a Mode of Knowledge Production

www.johnseelybrown.com "I am what I create" says John Seely Brown addressing the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - Stanford, CA, Oct. 23-...

Via Steve Wheeler
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Shift Happens v5 - Iowa, Did You Know? [VIDEO] | Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think

Shift Happens v5 - Iowa, Did You Know? [VIDEO] | Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

If you don't follow Scott McLeod you should! Here's a great post from earlier this month:

 

The Did You Know? (Shift Happens) videos have been seen by at least 40 million people online and perhaps that many again during face-to-face conferences, workshops, etc. This week saw the release of the latest version, this one focused on the state of Iowa. Titled Iowa, Did You Know?, the video is aimed at Iowa policymakers, citizens, and educators and is intended to help them feel a greater sense of urgency when it comes to changing our schools.

 

Right now there’s a fair amount of complacency; the average Iowan isn’t coming to his or her school board or politician saying, “Hey, why aren’t you preparing my kids for this digital, global world we now live in?!”

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10 consequences of state cuts to public higher education | On Campus

10 consequences of state cuts to public higher education | On Campus | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

When states cut spending on higher education, it’s not just a matter of colleges doing more with less.

The consequences appear to go much further.

 

The long decline in state funding for higher education — lasting a couple of decades or more in some states — appears to have caused or accelerated some major changes in how some state-run colleges and universities function.

 

The trend is so strong it has caused CFOs of public colleges and universities to rank declining state funding as, in the words of the Chronicle of Higher Education, “far and away the most worrisome factor facing their institutions.”

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Innovative new teaching method puts college students in the drivers seat | USA TODAY College

Innovative new teaching method puts college students in the drivers seat | USA TODAY College | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

The student is becoming the master...The concept is simple: By flipping the typical student-teacher role around, it gives students more of an opportunity to play an active role in their education and recognizes they have more to offer than just sitting in class taking notes.

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AWESOME DEPICTION! The State of Digital Education [INFOGRAPHIC] | Knewton Blog

AWESOME DEPICTION! The State of Digital Education [INFOGRAPHIC] | Knewton Blog | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

With 30% of students in the U.S. failing out of high school, our education system is in dire need of change. Check out this infographic to learn how digital education is poised to transform the way our students learn.

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UC income from tuition will surpass state funding for the first time

UC income from tuition will surpass state funding for the first time | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
For the first time, the total amount that University of California students pay in tuition this year will surpass the funding the prestigious public university receives from the state.
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Chart of the Day: Debt to Degree Ratio by College Type « Kay Steiger

Chart of the Day: Debt to Degree Ratio by College Type « Kay Steiger | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Education Sector report called “Debt to Degree: A New Way of Measuring College Success” calculated the total amount of money borrowed by students divided by the total number of degrees a school hands out, or the “debt-to-degree ratio.” Then they broke it out by institution type. As you can see, this ratio is about twice that of private, nonprofit schools and even more than that for public nonprofit schools....it's worth reading the full report linked to in this article.

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Valuing A Liberal Arts Education In A Jobs-Focused World

Valuing A Liberal Arts Education In A Jobs-Focused World | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

We live in a time when college graduates depart campus with an average of $24,000 in loans and the unemployment rate for people in their early 20s is more than 14 percent. Is it fair to pretend that a true liberal arts education should not have anything to do with paying the bills later in life?

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Perry's education record questioned

Perry's education record questioned | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Higher Ed issues will be a major campaign subject for 2012 elections...here we have a local Texas tv station reporting on Perry's Higher Ed "strategy."

 

By EMILY GUEVARA and ADAM RUSSELL Staff Writers Tyler Morning Telegraph Gov.

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Lack Of Rigor Leaves College Students 'Adrift' : NPR

According to one study, more than a third of college students don't measurably improve in critical thinking skills through four years of education.
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The case against college

The case against college | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it

Dale Stephens leads UnCollege, a social movement that aims to turn conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to the role college plays in one’s overall success.

 

At 19, Stephens is a Thiel Fellow and currently working on a book about “hacking your education.”

 

We asked him to answer five questions about the UnCollege movement, as thousands of students prepare to attend college, and thousands more high school students prepare to apply.

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Smashwords - The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential - A book by Anya Kamenetz

Smashwords - The Edupunks' Guide to a DIY Credential - A book by Anya Kamenetz | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
A first-of-its kind resource for the future of education: a comprehensive guide to learning online and charting a personalized path to an affordable credential using the latest innovative tools and organizations.
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Skipping School: A Look at Free Higher-Education Alternatives - Education - GOOD

Skipping School: A Look at Free Higher-Education Alternatives - Education - GOOD | Disrupting Higher Ed | Scoop.it
An increasing number of free and cheap higher-education alternatives are changing post-secondary education.
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