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Soledad O’Brien’s Education Foundation Celebrates Second Annual Gala

Soledad O’Brien’s Education Foundation Celebrates Second Annual Gala | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Two years after launching, the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation is well on its way to becoming a key change agent in higher education. At the organization’s second annual “New Orleans in the Hamptons” gala, Wall Street and entertainment industry players alike showed up to support the group’s efforts and celebrate its progress."

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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Great post that lists critical digital skills for teachers as comprehensive yet easily manageable "to-do" list, including selected links for aquiring them."


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Coursera Throws a 'Massive Open Cookout'

Coursera Throws a 'Massive Open Cookout' | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

The company is still working on the details of a matchmaking service it plans to offer between students looking for jobs and companies seeking qualified employees. That's one idea it hopes will bring in revenue, along with a plan to charge students who pass the courses a small fee for a certificate. But the business model for Coursera is still a work in progress.


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How students influence the education process - by Suzanne Rose - Helium

How students influence the education process - by Suzanne Rose - Helium | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"In a variety of ways, students influence the education process. They can help shape their own learning, either hampering or helping it.'

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Moody's Gives Higher Education a Bleak Outlook

Moody's Gives Higher Education a Bleak Outlook | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Moody's Investors Service's U.S. Higher Education Mid-Year Outlook, released Thursday, paints a grim picture for higher education in which existing challenges of heightened competition for students, declining revenue sources, and backlogged maintenance get worse, while new problems emerge. The agency says public colleges and universities will have to shift toward a more market-driven approach rather than continuing to act as state agencies."


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Bargain buys are good things for higher education

"University Center, an extended campus in Sioux Falls that offers classes from state universities, is kicking off a four-year pilot program this fall that offers the first 60 hours of degree work at a reduced cost."


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Top Tech Essentials for the Modern Business Woman

Top Tech Essentials for the Modern Business Woman | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"If you’re a businesswoman who is serious about not just being successful, but being the kind of person who stays at the top of her game, then you have to be a woman who is knowledgeable about the options that are available to you when it comes to technological tools and equipment..."

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Stanford's Next Lesson: Free Online Courses For Credit And Degrees?

Now that Stanford, Harvard and other top American universities are offering free online courses, will students one day be able to get course credits and degrees online from these schools without having to pay for it? Currently, Stanford offers online courses but without credit. (Students do get a "certificate of completion" signed by the instructor for successfully completing the coursework.) One major challenge to offering actual credit, according to Hennessy, will be how to assess the performance of a degree-seeking student in an online course.


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The Future of Higher Education | Pew Research Center

The Future of Higher Education | Pew Research Center | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

In today's Pew Internet / Elon University survey of 1,021 Internet experts, researchers, observers and users, 60% agreed with a statement that by 2020 “there will be mass adoption of teleconferencing and distance learning to leverage expert resources … a transition to ‘hybrid’ classes that combine online learning components with less-frequent on-campus, in-person class meetings.” Some 39% agreed with an opposing statement that said, “in 2020 higher education will not be much different from the way it is today.” See the full report here.


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Fisk Completes Deal to Sell Stake in Prized Stieglitz Art and Photo Collection

Fisk Completes Deal to Sell Stake in Prized Stieglitz Art and Photo Collection | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Fisk University has quietly consummated its controversial plan to sell half of its ownership in the prestigious Stieglitz Collection of art and photographs for $30 million cash and other considerations to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the new Arkansas-based venue backed by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton..."

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Piles, Stacks, Folders | Inside Higher Ed

"For now, let’s look at those piles of articles, stacks of books, and folders of PDFs. How do you get from a pile of articles or stack of books to a well-referenced dissertation?"

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A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills for Educators

A Quick Guide to 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills for Educators | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Critical thinking skills are what we want our students to develop. Without these skills we can not guarantee a sound and effective education that will enable our kids to seamlessly blend in tomorrow 's job market. Therefore, it is our responsibility as teachers and educators to fully understand the components of this set of skills in order to better focus on them in our instruction."


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Empowering Students of Color: The Role of Minority Serving Institutions

Empowering Students of Color: The Role of Minority Serving Institutions | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Currently, Blacks receive roughly 6.1 percent of the degrees in math and statistics, 6.7 percent in physical sciences, and 5.2 percent in engineering. Likewise, Latinos receive roughly 6.8 percent of the degrees in computer science, 5.8 percent in math, and 6.5 percent in physical science. And, Native Americans receive roughly .5 percent of the degrees in computer science, .5 percent in math, and .7 percent in physical science. Although there has been progress in recent years among these groups, the progress does not reflect the proportion of these groups enrolled in college..."

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Peer to Peer U – A New Model of Learning

Peer to Peer U – A New Model of Learning | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Knowledge used to be the sole domain of the individual, highly educated expert. A professor with a PH.D. or a carefully researched and written book were the best sources to find out about something. Peer to Peer U (P2PU) employs a model of free online learning that relies on this community-based knowledge creation approach to make learning accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Even more interesting, P2PU allows those who have successfully completed at least one course (they call them challenges) to build and offer their own to other members of the community.


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Higher education institutions need to rein in costs

Higher education institutions need to rein in costs | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"The American higher education community's prospects for its own sustainability are questionable."


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Dr. Amin's Blog

Dr. Amin's Blog | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

In the Spring 2012 issue of “The Presidency,” Carol T. Christ, president of Smith College in Northampton, MA writes to dispel the myth that a liberal arts education is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the modern world...

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What We’re Watching: Does it Matter That the U.S. is Not Catching Up?

What We’re Watching: Does it Matter That the U.S. is Not Catching Up? | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Despite years and years of education reform, U.S. students are making gains that put them at the middle of the pack compared to students from other countries, according to a new report, Is the U.S. Catching Up?"


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Call for Papers: Third International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction ...

Call for Papers: Third International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction ... | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Third International Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage (HCITOCH 2012): Strategies for a Creative Future with Computer Science, Quality Design and Communicability :: Venice, Italy :: September 27 – 28, 2012

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Governor's higher education panel discusses reforms

Governor's higher education panel discusses reforms | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Florida's higher education system should be the best value in the nation, contribute to the state's economic success and be governed with a spirit of collaboration between its leaders."


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How Stereotypes Can Drive Women To Quit Science | UNC Charlotte ADVANCE | UNC Charlotte

"Even when women choose to go into science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) fields and are successful, they are more likely than men to quit. Toni Schmader, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, and Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the at the University of Arizona, came up with an innovative strategy to address this issue..."

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Introducing Higher Ed to the Concept of Flexibility

Introducing Higher Ed to the Concept of Flexibility | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

Higher education is notoriously inflexible, but the University of Wisconsin is taking steps to change that. There have been degree programs that allow students to test out of subjects on their way to completing their education for some time. However, one fairly unique aspect of the Wisconsin plan is that it breaks down course content into much smaller units, allowing students to place out of discrete portions of a class. This allows them to take only the portions of a course in which they need further training.


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Accelerated Bachelor's + Graduate Degree Programs

Accelerated Bachelor's + Graduate Degree Programs | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"Here is an example of a somehow similar and common educational practice in Europe that is now getting traction in the U.S. Take Pace University and look at its offerings of a wide variety of programs where students can earn a bachelor’s and advanced degree in less time than earning each separately. The average timeline for these programs is 5 years."


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Emotional Labor and Ethical Hiring Practices in Academia | Inside Higher Ed

Emotional Labor and Ethical Hiring Practices in Academia | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

With so many qualified individuals for each post, the question arises: how can one ethically respond to unsuccessful applicants?

 

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How to ask for what you need to get your idea off the ground (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

How to ask for what you need to get your idea off the ground (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"How can you acquire what you need to start the project? That depends what you need and from whom you need it."

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Should philosophy professors boycott conferences without female keynoters? | Inside Higher Ed

Should philosophy professors boycott conferences without female keynoters? | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education Roundup | Scoop.it

"If an academic conference’s organizers give the major speaking slots only to men, are those who attend the conference complicit in denying opportunities to women?"

 

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