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Patty Murray: ‘Crushing’ college costs hurt students, economy

Patty Murray: ‘Crushing’ college costs hurt students, economy | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Runaway college tuition and growing student debt are burdening borrowers and dragging down entire sectors of the U.S. economy, witnesses testified at Wednesday’s Senate Budget Committee hearing chaired by Sen. Patty Murray.
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WGU's low, flat-rate tuition has not changed in six years. We are doing our part to support student learning within financial reach.

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Hacking Higher Ed With Competency-Based Education | The Open Standard

Hacking Higher Ed With Competency-Based Education | The Open Standard | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
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More prominence for CBE with credit given to WGU for pioneering the model 17 years ago. 

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A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
The United States trails nearly all other industrialized nations when it comes to educational equality, and it shows in income inequality.
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Is Competency-Based Education Finally Becoming Mainstream? - Skilledup.com

Is Competency-Based Education Finally Becoming Mainstream? - Skilledup.com | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Competency-based education is still in it's fledgling stage, but more and more collaborative projects are helping institutions eager to get involved.
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It is exciting to see these CBE projects take root.

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20 Reasons Why WGU Indiana Is Growing and Earning Its Reputation as the 'Higher Education Disruptor' | TechPoint

20 Reasons Why WGU Indiana Is Growing and Earning Its Reputation as the 'Higher Education Disruptor' | TechPoint | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
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Kudos to Allison Barber, and WGU: 20 Reasons Why WGU Indiana Is Growing and Earning Its Reputation as the 'Higher Education Disruptor'

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Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon?

Is a Student Loan Crisis on the Horizon? | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Beth Akers and Matthew Chingos analyze more than two decades of data on the financial well-being of American households and find that in reality, the impact of student loans may not be as dire as many fear.
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Better news than thought on student loans from Brookings Institute.  

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Competency-Based Education: Adding Value in the Liberal Arts

Due to concerns regarding the value of a liberal arts degree, new methods of assessing student progress are being used. Competency-based education measures market-driven student skills as the primary evaluation tool and is an innovative force in higher education.
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More colleges and universities are realizing that the WGU model of competency-based education works in all aspects of the curricula.  

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21st century thinking and learning skills

21st century thinking and learning skills | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
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Job and life skills are morphing with the use of technology.

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The Value of College: It’s Not Just Correlation

The Value of College: It’s Not Just Correlation | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
A long line of academic research, comparing otherwise similar people, finds that those who graduate from college do better.
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Take heart students: College education increases earnings.

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How the Maghreb Can Help Improve US Higher Education

How the Maghreb Can Help Improve US Higher Education | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
I understand higher education, I have spent the last 14 years of my life dedicated to it, which has always been ironic since my own education is not what they would say measures up. But here I was, part of a delegation asked to speak with four North ...
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Important insights from a valued colleague and a reminder of the difference we can make here at home and also with our global family. .

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Online Graduate Degrees Hit a Sweet Spot of Quality, Convenience - US News

Online Graduate Degrees Hit a Sweet Spot of Quality, Convenience - US News | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
From full master's degrees to professional certificates, online classes offer a wide variety of styles and subjects.
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More students nationwide are choosing online education for quality and convenience. At WGU, add affordability.

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elearnspace › What will universities monetize in the future?

elearnspace › What will universities monetize in the future? | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
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A glimpse into the future?

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TheGreatCostShift2014-Brief.pdf

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Public support declines and tuition increases at our nation's colleges and universities. More than 7 of 10 college seniors now borrow to pay for college with an average debt load of $29,400

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Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century

Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Students take note: An observation from SXSWedu --big data mining is gaining momentum and becoming a career area in demand.

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What is the Real Cost of College Transfer?

What is the Real Cost of College Transfer? | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
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An excellent article on college transfer practices that disadvantage students. CBE at WGU makes transfer seamless.

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Why not having a college degree is a bigger barrier than it used to be

Why not having a college degree is a bigger barrier than it used to be | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
A new report finds employers are requiring BAs more than ever -- and not always because it's necessary to do the job.
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Michael Horn on ‘Failing Fast’ and Why Companies Should Understand Competency Based Learning (EdSurge News)

Michael Horn on ‘Failing Fast’ and Why Companies Should Understand Competency Based Learning (EdSurge News) | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, believes in the power of competency-based assessment--that entrepreneurs, educators, and administrators should be celebrated for the specifics of what they do. So when he took some time to sit down with EdSurge for a Q&A, we were
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Michael explains the power of competency-based learning. 

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Education Department updates its rankings of the most costly colleges @insidehighered

Education Department updates its rankings of the most costly colleges @insidehighered | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
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Breathtaking.....

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A New Teaching Structure Could Make College More Affordable. Why Don't More Schools Adopt It?

A New Teaching Structure Could Make College More Affordable. Why Don't More Schools Adopt It? | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Competency-based programs allow students to demonstrate mastery of topics like accounting or statistics, getting them on the fast track to their degree
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WGU Washington is very excited by the great work of the community colleges in Washington, who have worked closely with WGU in learning how to build competency-based programs.  Great job! 

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Patty Murray: ‘Crushing’ college costs hurt students, economy

Patty Murray: ‘Crushing’ college costs hurt students, economy | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Runaway college tuition and growing student debt are burdening borrowers and dragging down entire sectors of the U.S. economy, witnesses testified at Wednesday’s Senate Budget Committee hearing chaired by Sen. Patty Murray.
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WGU's low, flat-rate tuition has not changed in six years. We are doing our part to support student learning within financial reach.

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10 predicted e-Learning trends for 2014/15

10 predicted e-Learning trends for 2014/15 | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
“Or how we learned to stop worrying and love the learning technology.” In this blog post I shall countdown and discuss my predictions in e-Learning for the next academic year. 2014/15.  10. Heutago...
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Loved this list - pushing the envelop. What do you think about these predictions?

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Online vs Offline College Students Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

Online vs Offline College Students Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Check out the Online vs Offline College Students Infographic to find out more on the debate online vs offline learning and the points you need to consider to get a conclusion.
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How do you want to learn?

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WGU Launches Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Software Development, 3/25/14

WGU Launches Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Software Development, 3/25/14 | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Competency-based university offers in-depth program to help meet demand for highly qualified designers of mobile apps and software
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WGU's new in-depth online BS program in software development to develop highly qualified designers of mobile apps and software.

 

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Behind the Numbers

Behind the Numbers | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Economies rarely look the same after a recession. So where are the jobs being created?
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A look at where the post-recession jobs are.  

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Business Model Innovation in Higher Education (Part 2) | Acrobatiq

Business Model Innovation in Higher Education (Part 2) | Acrobatiq | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Among some higher education leaders, "improving quality" and "driving innovation" is being transcended by a growing interest in business model innovation.
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A nice shout-out to WGU's innovation.

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Announcing Mozilla BadgeKit

Announcing Mozilla BadgeKit | High quality online, competency-based, affordable higher education | Scoop.it
Today we are really excited to officially announce the release of BadgeKit, a new set of open, foundational tools to support the entire badging process for organizations developing badges for their...
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Alternative "credentials" differentiate students' knowledge and skills  and provide mid-goal recognitions.

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