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Theater Education Programs Are in Demand for Workforce Creativity

Theater Education Programs Are in Demand for Workforce Creativity | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
A significant number of young people today, when they enter the workforce, will never have been exposed to the valuable skills that come with arts education and specifically the theater experience. This is a missed opportunity.
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A bright future for higher education -- somewhere else

A bright future for higher education -- somewhere else | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Last month, I took a week of vacation to view the landscape of higher education from the other side of the world
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How to Choose a College

How to Choose a College | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
When picking a school, you can focus on ranking, reputation, ivy. Or you can ask yourself where you’ll really be forced to grow.
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"College can shrink your universe, or college can expand it. I vote for the latter."

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Top Universities Offer Free Online Education, Business Plan to Follow | National News | United States | Epoch Times

Top Universities Offer Free Online Education, Business Plan to Follow | National News | United States | Epoch Times | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Coursera, a free massive open online course, is a “social entrepreneurship company” and partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take.
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Board Members Say College Costs Too Much, but Not at Their Institution - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Board Members Say College Costs Too Much, but Not at Their Institution - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Fifty-five percent of respondents to a survey said higher education was too expensive, but 62 percent said their college costs what it should.
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Graduate Programs Have International Bent but Struggle to Produce Global Thinkers - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Graduate Programs Have International Bent but Struggle to Produce Global Thinkers - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
For all their international students and scholars, many universities have fallen short on globalizing their campuses, speakers say.
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The Cavalier Daily :: Americans believe higher education should be reformed

The Cavalier Daily :: Americans believe higher education should be reformed | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
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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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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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Lauded US author expanded the reach of history

Lauded US author expanded the reach of history | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Jaques Martin Barzun who has died aged 104, was one of the West's most eminent historians of culture.
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Higher education in peril: Students take a stand for the Green Party

Higher education in peril: Students take a stand for the Green Party | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
The state of higher education in the United States is in dire need of reform. Jill Stein understands that the current system of high cost tuition, mounting student debt, and faltering student aid simply cannot last.
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Former UNC dean of students says she was forced to underreport sexual assault cases

Former UNC dean of students says she was forced to underreport sexual assault cases | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
The complaint alleges UNC officials told Manning the number of sexual assault cases she compiled was "too high"
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Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids : NPR

Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids : NPR | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Top schools often offer scholarships that not only include free tuition, but also free room and board for top students from poor families.
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US Gov’t Debuts ‘Pay As You Earn’ Student Loan Repayment | Education News

US Gov’t Debuts ‘Pay As You Earn’ Student Loan Repayment | Education News | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
As an increasing number of people in the United States struggle with managing student loan repayment, the US Department of Education has announced a plan to make payments more affordable.
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Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success

Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Low-income students have long trailed affluent peers in school performance, but from grade-school tests to college completion, the gaps are widening.
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Some Say It's Time to Put a Warning Label on Graduate School - Graduate Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Some Say It's Time to Put a Warning Label on Graduate School - Graduate Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
As student debt rises and job prospects dim, talk at the meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools often turned to what students need to know upfront.
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Higher education cuts unemployment rate in half, study says | Deseret News

Higher education cuts unemployment rate in half, study says | Deseret News | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
The higher the education, the lower the unemployment rate, according to a study published by the United States Department of the Treasury and Depa
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College funding: Does it make sense to fund campuses based on whether students earn their degrees? | Get Schooled

College funding: Does it make sense to fund campuses based on whether students earn their degrees? | Get Schooled | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Reflecting the national trend to outcomes-based education funding, Georgia's public colleges will now earn dollars based on how many students earn diplomas
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Here we go, Georgia!

I am interested to see how this works for the state I work in.  In the past, I've worked in the technical college system and the university system.  When funding based on enrollment was the formula, I saw many students who were at the wrong school - students enrolled in a 2-year college in the university system whose goals could have been met by the technical college down the road.  With funding based on enrollment, who was going to tell these students to go to another school, even if it was in the state system?

Colleagues fear we'll be pressured to inflate grades.  That's not what I've gleaned from the various interviews, speeches, and articles I've seen about this issue, but we'll all have to wait and see.


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Analysis & Opinion | Reuters

Analysis & Opinion | Reuters | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
If pricey education provided the hoped-for labor market edge, then 11 percent of student loan balances shouldn’t be overdue. The proportion of delinquent education debt has surpassed even late credit card balances.
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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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Administrators Ate My Tuition

Administrators Ate My Tuition | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Want to get college costs in line? Start by cutting the overgrown management ranks.
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If You're Going To College, You Must See This Chart Of Tuition Growth Vs. Wage Growth

If You're Going To College, You Must See This Chart Of Tuition Growth Vs. Wage Growth | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
Enough said....
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Is Higher Education Broken? Reform, Disruption, or . . . ?

Is Higher Education Broken? Reform, Disruption, or . . . ? | Higher Ed Reform | Scoop.it
By Catherine Probst and Colleen Kearney Rich Does higher education have a future? If so, what will it look like?
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