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International student bubble bursts | EAB Daily Briefing

International student bubble bursts | EAB Daily Briefing | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
In recent years, Saudi Arabia's and Brazil's governments pumped resources into scholarships to help students study abroad. However, Saudi Arabia's contracting oil revenue and Brazil's political and economic turmoil have caused both programs to shrink drastically. 

Future Students, Future Revenues

Thriving in a decade of demographic decline
"Not only is it going to hurt immediately, but it's going to hurt a little bit longer," says Rahul Choudaha, CEO of DrEducation.
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College Is Worth It. Who Should Pay for It?

College Is Worth It. Who Should Pay for It? | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Between 2005 and 2015, middle-income families saw their wages decline by two percent, while average in-state net tuition and fees (the amount students actually pay) rose by 73 percent at public four-year colleges.
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Sanjay Sarma Rethinks the Professor’s Role

Sanjay Sarma Rethinks the Professor’s Role | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
S anjay Sarma argues that when it comes to technology, it’s easier to think big than to make small, incremental changes. So as the first-ever director of digital learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he’s aiming to change the culture of teaching there by pushing the lecture model into the margins and using technology to rethink the professor’s role.

Since taking the position, in 2012, Mr. Sarma and his office have made significant inroads. (He also has a new title: vice president for open learning.) Two-thirds of the university’s undergraduates have now taken a course that uses the interactive software that was developed for edX, the nonprofit spinoff of MIT that offers free MOOCs.

Sanjay Sarma argues that when it comes to technology, it’s easier to think big than to make small, incremental changes. So as the first-ever director of digital learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he’s aiming to change the culture of teaching there by pushing the lecture model into the margins and using technology to rethink the professor’s role.

Since taking the position, in 2012, Mr. Sarma and his office have made significant inroads. (He also has a new title: vice president for open learning.) Two-thirds of the university’s undergraduates have now taken a course that uses the interactive software that was developed for edX, the nonprofit spinoff of MIT that offers free MOOCs.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, May 17, 9:30 PM
I like the idea that we're now dealing with "Digital Learning" - cuts through so much of the online/face-to-face binary.
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How Effective Is Chivas Regal Pricing In Higher Education?

How Effective Is Chivas Regal Pricing In Higher Education? | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Chivas Regal was a middling scotch whiskey brand struggling to make sales, so they doubled their price and, according to legend, doubled their sales. It’s a story that has made its rounds in the corporate world and it’s starting to get traction in the higher education space as well.
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Computers: The TAs of the future | EAB Daily Briefing

Computers: The TAs of the future | EAB Daily Briefing | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
n an online graduate course about artificial intelligence, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor employed artificial intelligence as a teacher's assistant.

Students were unaware "Jill Watson," one of nine TAs for the approximately 300-person class, was actually a computer program powered by IBM's Watson analytics system.
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Ignoring Non-Traditional Students Invalidates Most College Ratings

Ignoring Non-Traditional Students Invalidates Most College Ratings | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
College ratings and rankings, especially those that focus on affordability, are providing students with important information, but overlooking the experiences and performance of non-traditional students minimizes their validity.
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Today's students are increasingly focused on their future jobs | EAB Daily Briefing

Today's students are increasingly focused on their future jobs | EAB Daily Briefing | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many college students today are pursuing higher education primarily as a means to employment, in contrast with the generations that preceded them, Bourree Lam reports for The Atlantic. 
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Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card'

Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card' | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
The latest reading and math scores of 12th-graders nationwide are out today. Here's a closer look.
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Cover Stories on Flipboard

Cover Stories on Flipboard | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education can be seen to be trapped in a kind of magical thinking that makes a fetish out of competition. There is a modern-day notion that competition will solve all problems. Its proponents believe it will lead to equity, enhance quality and protect universities against risk. Most importantly, competition is perceived as a natural force that is independent from human agency.
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Some investors, universities see a return in fronting students’ tuition - The Hechinger Report

Some investors, universities see a return in fronting students’ tuition - The Hechinger Report | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Treating students like stocks is the idea behind an emerging kind of financial aid called income-share agreements, or ISAs. Under the concept, students get money from investors and they agree to pay a percentage of their future income to those investors over a set period of time.
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How Sal Khan Hopes to Remake Education

How Sal Khan Hopes to Remake Education | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Khan Academy represents a philosophy. Sal Khan is pushing this idea of mastery learning where students shouldn’t move on to the next thing unless they really grasp the concepts that have come before, especially in areas like math, the idea that he’s trying to patch over an educational system he sees as flawed and moving people through too quickly.
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Colleges work to figure out what, exactly, employers want | EAB Daily Briefing

Colleges work to figure out what, exactly, employers want | EAB Daily Briefing | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Colleges and universities are analyzing job posting data to better prepare their students for the workforce, Anna Louie Sussman and Melissa Korn report for the Wall Street Journal.

An "information gap" exists between how employers label their open positions and the skills needed to fill them, contributing to the so-called skills gap that recently came close to a historic high at 5.5 million job vacancies.
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New data show tightening Ph.D. job market across disciplines

New data show tightening Ph.D. job market across disciplines | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
As number of new Ph.D.s rises, the percentage of people earning a doctorate without a job waiting for them is up. While all disciplines face the problem, some have particularly high debt levels.
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Scholars consider how to save the liberal arts

Scholars consider how to save the liberal arts | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Scholars at conference on whether liberal arts need saving focus on evolving threats, including diminishing attention spans, mounting consumerism and a desire by administrators to quantify everything.
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College Affordability Diagnosis presents sobering picture of higher ed

College Affordability Diagnosis presents sobering picture of higher ed | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Families making less than $30,000 per year have to pay 47% of their income just go to to community colleges in Mississippi, after accounting for financial aid. In Minnesota, it’s 61.5% of family income, on average, among the bottom quintile of earners. 
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3 Ways States, Colleges Can Rethink How They Educate

3 Ways States, Colleges Can Rethink How They Educate | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Policymakers across the country have been sounding the alarm that colleges need to train more workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as employers call for more skilled workers to fill job openings. This training often means buying expensive equipment so that students become comfortable with the tools they'll use on the job.

Meanwhile, colleges have seen an uptick in students who are going back to school for skills training in a new career while juggling family responsibilities and jobs. As such, they need the anytime, anywhere access that online learning components offer.
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The TEDification of the Large Lecture

The TEDification of the Large Lecture | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Plenty of colleges are working on the problem [of learner engagement], but the biggest new effort we heard about is at Oregon State, where some of the largest classes are becoming elaborate productions inspired by popular entertainment.

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Most students at top colleges have the same sleep pattern

Most students at top colleges have the same sleep pattern | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it


Worries that young university scholars are not getting enough rest are probably unwarranted. Students at most schools get the same amount of shut-eye on average—7 hours and 3 minutes— which is within the range recommended by experts. But students at top-ranked schools showed an intriguing pattern: They tend to fall asleep late, after 1 AM, compared to their counterparts further down the rankings.


Those are the findings from Jawbone, a wearable device company crunching the data on about 18,500 students wearing its UP wristbands. They analyzed sleep patterns over 1.4 million nights at 137 schools since 2013.

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Is it time to redefine who 'traditional' students are? | EAB Daily Briefing

Is it time to redefine who 'traditional' students are? | EAB Daily Briefing | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Nearly three-fourths of all undergraduates have at least one trait of a nontraditional student, according to a new National Center for Education Statistics brief.
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The Mark Cuban Effect: How a Vocal Billionaire Is Betting on Higher Ed’s Disruption

The Mark Cuban Effect: How a Vocal Billionaire Is Betting on Higher Ed’s Disruption | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Mr. Cuban’s comments included a critique of accreditation, a call to eliminate the tax-deductibility of donations for college buildings, pleas for greater use of open-source textbooks as a way to save students "real money," and some tough love for students who hadn’t learned to make good financial choices.
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How the Banks Stole Higher Education | VICE | United States

"Student debt is big business for the banks, and it's f***ing us all over."

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Tenure is disappearing, much to the detriment of higher ed

Tenure is disappearing, much to the detriment of higher ed | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

The number of part-time faculty on college campuses has increased by 70% over the last 40 years. In the same time period, the number of full-time tenured positions has dropped 26% and full-time positions on the tenure track have gone down by half, according to data from the American Association of University Professors.

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The Pillaging of America's State Universities? #highered

The Pillaging of America's State Universities? #highered | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice—not necessity, as public leaders say.


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Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion

Taking High School Courses In College Costs Students And Families Nearly $1.5 Billion | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
When is a college course not really a college course? When it's classified as "developmental," or, less euphemistically, "remedial." These courses cover material considered high-school level, typically in math or English composition.
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Micro-Credentials Offer Universities an Opportunity to Bridge Skill Gaps

Micro-Credentials Offer Universities an Opportunity to Bridge Skill Gaps | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Working adults who change jobs and careers frequently often don't need to go through an entire degree program to learn different skills. However, they do need a flexible way to earn credentials that are recognized by employers and that demonstrate their ability to apply the skills they learn, said David Schejbal, dean of continuing education, outreach and e-learning at University of Wisconsin-Extension. University micro-credentials can help fill that role.
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