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Texas Rolls Out an ‘Affordable Baccalaureate’ Degree – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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How a Little Data Can Solve One of Higher Education's Biggest Problems

How a Little Data Can Solve One of Higher Education's Biggest Problems | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
You don't need millions of dollars to improve graduation rates. Georgia State did it with tiny grants for the right students.
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What if We Made Fewer Ph.D.'s? - Run Your Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What if We Made Fewer Ph.D.'s? - Run Your Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it

Thanks to my colleague, Angela Pashia, for posting this on FB.

 

In search of the "right size" for American doctoral programs, let's not return to the days when graduate education was dominated by elite universities and old-boys networks.

 

"The whole scenario recalls the old days, when American graduate education operated on just such a small, elite scale. Getting in depended not on formal application, but rather on the opportunity to be noticed by a well-connected senior professor, who might then reach out to a colleague at another university and arrange for a promising student to be admitted for advanced study. It was easier to be noticed if you schooled in New Haven than Podunk."

 

 

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"...or many decades, Ph.D.'s graduated to all kinds of work. Only after World War II did the Ph.D.-to-professor career path become the default, when the country needed professors to staff a rapidly expanding higher-education sector that had to accommodate an influx of former GI's and then a generation of baby boomers. The oversupply lasted about a generation, and its beneficiaries are now in their 70s."

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A MOOC by Any Other Name | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

A MOOC by Any Other Name | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in 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.

 

Other interesting quotes from this article:

 

"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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Americans believe higher education must innovate | Northeastern Unviersity

Americans believe higher education must innovate | Northeastern Unviersity | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
The national opinion poll, con­ducted for North­eastern by FTI Con­sulting, under­scores the cen­trality of higher edu­ca­tion to the country's com­pet­i­tive­ness and char­acter, but also illus­trates the belief of most Amer­i­cans —...

 

"Two in three Amer­i­cans believe funding cuts to public uni­ver­si­ties have low­ered the country's standing as a global leader in higher edu­ca­tion."

 

This one is interesting and I'm curious to know how colleges and universities should do this.  Is this something that could be done outside of a traditional 4 year degree or graduate program? -

 

"69 per­cent believe teaching stu­dents about entre­pre­neur­ship, including how to start a busi­ness, is extremely or very impor­tant."

 

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