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Higher Ed’s Biggest Problem: What’s It For? - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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‘Wake-​​up call’ for higher education

‘Wake-​​up call’ for higher education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
At a forum Tuesday in Washington D.C., President Joseph E. Aoun said higher education must keep up its social compact with Americans and continue to innovate to meet the needs of students.

 

The results from a national poll conducted by FTI were released at the “Inno­va­tion Imper­a­tive: The Future of Higher Edu­ca­tion" forum held in Washington, DC.

 

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"How­ever, while respon­dents believe the U.S. is a global leader in higher edu­ca­tion, they said greater invest­ments are needed to main­tain that standing"

 

"They also acknowl­edged there are sig­nif­i­cant obsta­cles making it harder to achieve a col­lege degree today, and they called for greater inno­va­tion to ensure the U.S. remains at the fore­front of higher edu­ca­tion in the world."

 

"In par­tic­ular, Aoun noted that survey par­tic­i­pants called for more flex­i­bility, online/hybrid edu­ca­tion options and oppor­tu­ni­ties for expe­ri­en­tial learning, entre­pre­neur­ship and global expe­ri­ences."

"How­ever, Aoun cited an “explo­sion of inno­va­tion” in higher edu­ca­tion that is aimed at addressing these con­cerns, including short­ening the path to degree and advance­ments in how aca­d­emic courses are assessed."

"How­ever, Leon­hardt pointed to sta­tis­tics that show only half of those who enter col­lege earn degrees, as well as the gap in access to higher edu­ca­tion based on eco­nomic status."

"Koller acknowl­edged that most courses don’t have a rig­orous struc­turing of learning out­comes and how assess­ments align with those learning out­comes. 'When you’re con­structing a course for thou­sands of people, that has to occur,' she said. 'This is not the solu­tion to the assess­ment problem, but it’s a very valu­able step along the way.'”

"On that same topic, Leon­hardt asked Broad about how to respond to a parent who asks how to deter­mine what his or her child actu­ally learned in college.

'That] is the focus of a con­sid­er­able amount of effort today in the issue of assessing learning out­comes and to ensure that the things that really matter,” Broad said. “That ability to have intel­lec­tual skills, to have a deeper knowl­edge in a spe­cial­ized area, to apply what you have learned in a real-world envi­ron­ment, to be able to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tively, both orally and through writing. Those are the things that I would urge they look for.'”

 

 

 

 

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