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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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The Impact of the Great Recession on Public Colleges

Direct state investment in and enrollment at public universities and community colleges for each state is presented to support the need for a restored state-federal partnership in postsecondary education.
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When colleges rely on adjuncts, it's the students who lose

When colleges rely on adjuncts, it's the students who lose | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
With adjunct professors constituting over 70 percent of college and university faculty, former professor Joe Fruscione explains why adjuncts are petitioning the Department of Labor about their working conditions, and why the real losers in this situation are the students who don't get the attention they deserve.
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Texas Rolls Out an ‘Affordable Baccalaureate’ Degree – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Texas Rolls Out an ‘Affordable Baccalaureate’ Degree – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
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Public universities propose alternative to Obama ratings plan - Inside Higher Ed

Public universities propose alternative to Obama ratings plan - Inside Higher Ed | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Deseret News Public universities propose alternative to Obama ratings plan Inside Higher Ed The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities on Wednesday took issue with certain parts of the Obama administration's proposed college ratings...
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The Rise of Alternatives to University Continuing Education. Part 1 ...

The Rise of Alternatives to University Continuing Education. Part 1 ... | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
CE catered to the non-traditional learner long before this group became the norm across higher ed. The financial model of CE sufficient made these schools market focussed, well before… ...
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The 'Useless' College Majors Of The World's Most Successful People

The 'Useless' College Majors Of The World's Most Successful People | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
“You shouldn’t enter college worried about what you will do when you exit,” David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, said at a World Economic Forum panel discussion last week on the state of the humanities.
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Stanford Economist: Elite Colleges Should Not Give Credit for MOOCs – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Stanford Economist: Elite Colleges Should Not Give Credit for MOOCs – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
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Will MOOCs affect alumni contributions to elite institutions?

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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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MOOC: Every letter is negotiable

MOOC: Every letter is negotiable | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Just a visual representation of intepretations of what MOOCs are. New version at www.flickr.com/photos/mathplourde/8620174342/
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The Chronicle List: This Year's Newsmakers

The Chronicle List: This Year's Newsmakers | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
These individuals made their mark through the courts, through the power of an idea, through the act of writing an open letter, even in death.
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If Even the Genius Godfather of MOOCs Can’t Make Them Work, Can Anyone?

If Even the Genius Godfather of MOOCs Can’t Make Them Work, Can Anyone? | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Sebastian Thrun, godfather of the massive open online course, has quietly spread a plastic tarp on the floor, nudged his most famous educational invention into the center, and is about to pull the trigger.
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http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/academics-to-udacity-founder-told-ya/48667

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The Sad Death Of An Adjunct Professor Sparks A Labor Debate : NPR

The Sad Death Of An Adjunct Professor Sparks A Labor Debate : NPR | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
After 25 years of teaching French for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, 83-year-old Margaret Mary Vojtko was let go. She died shortly after, penniless and nearly homeless. Her story has spurred sharp anger over the treatment of part-time faculty.
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Michigan universities increase funding

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2014/02/michigan_universities_increase_funding_iowa_state_hires_more_full_time_faculty.html

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 Thanks to my colleague, Angela P, for this fairly upbeat article, but this - Ramsier, who insist that it’s just financially unfeasible to use professors who make more than $7 an hour, and that those hires know what they’re getting into, anyway.

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Your College Major Is a Minor Issue, Employers Say

Your College Major Is a Minor Issue, Employers Say | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
College students, here's a tip: When it comes to hiring, your major doesn't matter as much as you think.
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Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Where you went to #HighSchool continues to impact your #grades and performance at #university #HigherEd http://t.co/ipKErDjMp2
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Cornell President: Young scientists must be taught music and the arts

Cornell President: Young scientists must be taught music and the arts | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
The President of Cornell University, David J. Skorton, has endorsed the growing recognition of the importance of arts and music in the making of young scientists. In tune with Nobel Prizewinner Tho...
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Innovation in 2014: Welcome to the Evolution

Innovation in 2014: Welcome to the Evolution | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Instead of calling MOOCs a failure, combine them with other pioneering ideas to help higher education evolve.
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Liberal Education | Fall 2013 | The MOOC Moment and the End of Reform

Liberal Education | Fall 2013 | The MOOC Moment and the End of Reform | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION COMMITTED TO MAKING THE AIMS OF LIBERAL LEARNING A VIGOROUS AND CONSTANT INFLUENCE ON EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE AND INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING.

Via John Shank
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Did David Brooks and Thomas Friedman create the "MOOC Moment" and other good questions.

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The Post-Lecture Classroom: How Will Students Fare?

The Post-Lecture Classroom: How Will Students Fare? | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
A new study finds moderate student gains in courses where lectures take place at home and "homework" happens in the classroom.
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Angered by MOOC Deals, San Jose State Faculty Senate Considers Rebuff

Angered by MOOC Deals, San Jose State Faculty Senate Considers Rebuff | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
The Senate is expected to vote on Monday on a proposal limiting the president's ability to make technology deals without the approval of faculty members who would be affected.

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The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired | TIME.com

The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired | TIME.com | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
It’s because college kids today can’t do math, one line of reasoning goes. Or they don’t know science. Or they’re clueless about technology, aside from their myriad social-media profiles.
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