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Coursera Flirts With Diplomas: Online 'Specialization' Is $250

Coursera Flirts With Diplomas: Online 'Specialization' Is $250 | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Coursera's new Signature program brings online education a step closer to the traditional university approach toward diplomas and tuition.

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Eductional innovators will continue to experiment with ways to offer people what they want from an education.

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An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000 | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
But one highly ranked program, at Georgia Tech, has taken a very different approach. Its master’s in computer science costs less than one-eighth as much as its most expensive rival — if you learn online. And a new study by Harvard economists found that in creating the program, Georgia Tech may have discovered a whole new market for higher education, one that could change the way we think about the problem of college costs.
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MOOC-based master's degree initiative expands globally

MOOC-based master's degree initiative expands globally | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
MOOC-based master's degree initiative expands to more than a dozen universities. Will learners opt to enroll or settle for a certificate?
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Millennial demand drives higher ed badging expansion

Millennial demand drives higher ed badging expansion | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Almost all U.S. colleges and universities now award certificates, digital badges and other forms of microcredentials. Driving this fast-growing trend are workforce millennials who want to learn, for instance, how to operate an Amazon delivery drone or repair a self-driving car without having to earn another degree.
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For-profit schools lash out at administration

For-profit schools lash out at administration | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
“I think there are simply some people within this administration who are opposed to the concept of the private sector being involved in the delivery of education at any level and they want to dramatically reduce or eliminate the sector’s existence,” said Steve Gunderson, CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities, which represents the for-profit education industry.
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ITT Tech Shuts Down All Campuses

ITT Tech Shuts Down All Campuses | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Following a series of federal sanctions, ITT Tech on Tuesday shut down its 130 campuses, forcing a scramble for many of the for-profit's 43,000 students.
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Higher education in facts and figures 2016

Higher education in facts and figures 2016 | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Statistics from academic year 2014–15 related to students at UK higher education institutions, and the income and expenditure of these institutions.
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What Are The Education Soft Skills That Can Change Everything?

What Are The Education Soft Skills That Can Change Everything? | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
The education soft skills that are the most useful, effective, and versatile for everyone in education—from student to admin—are here for you to consider.
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U of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings

U of Chicago warns incoming students not to expect safe spaces or trigger warnings | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Looking for safe spaces on campus or trigger warnings on a syllabus?
Incoming students at the University of Chicago have been warned they won't find either in Hyde Park.
They all received a letter recently from John Ellison, dean of students, which went beyond the usual platitudes of such letters and made several points about what he called one of Chicago's "defining characteristics," which he said was "our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression." Ellison said civility and respect are "vital to all of us," and people should never be harassed. But he added, "You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort."
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Schreiner University's novel approach to funding an online program

While many institutions rely on online program management providers, Schreiner University opts for an alternative way of building an online nursing program.
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Community college offers no textbook classes

Community college offers no textbook classes | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Going to college just got a little bit less expensive for students at Wytheville Community College (WCC). WCC now offers students significant savings by providing classes this fall that do not require them to buy books or supplemental course materials. This cost-saving measure is possible through WCC’s use of open educational resources in several selected courses.
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How to Get Students to Finish College? Offer Them a Free Year

How to Get Students to Finish College? Offer Them a Free Year | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Just over half of students graduate on time. Some colleges now offer an incentive: Finish in four years or the fifth year is tuition free.
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3 reasons why AI is education’s future - eCampus News

3 reasons why AI is education’s future - eCampus News | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
UX innovator discusses what forward-thinking schools are doing now, and what AI in education will look like in the near future.
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Colleges partner with training boot camps and online course providers for federal experiment

Colleges partner with training boot camps and online course providers for federal experiment | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Eight colleges will team with companies that run computer coding boot camps or online courses for an experiment that lets students pay for nontraditional training programs with federal grants and loans.
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U of Vermont medical school to get rid of all lecture courses

U of Vermont medical school to get rid of all lecture courses | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
“We teach evidence-based medicine all the time,” William Jeffries, senior associate dean for medical education at UVM, said in an interview. “If you have the evidence to show one treatment is better than the other, you would naturally use that treatment. So if we know that there are methods superior to lecturing, why are we lecturing at all?”
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North Carolina loses college sports championships over 'bathroom' law

North Carolina loses college sports championships over 'bathroom' law | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cited the law in its decision to relocate the events, which include the first two rounds of the "March Madness" men's basketball playoffs.

Two months ago the National Basketball Association moved its 2017 pro All-Star Game from North Carolina to New Orleans for the same reason.
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ACC Moves Championships From North Carolina

Following the National Collegiate Athletic Association's lead, the Atlantic Coast Conference -- one of the major Power Five college sports leagues -- will move its athletic championships from North Carolina, due to state laws there that many say discriminate against gay, lesbian and transgender people.
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New book on advice for college instructors is based on thousands of student comments

New book on advice for college instructors is based on thousands of student comments | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
A new book by undergraduates at Michigan State offers teaching advice based on thousands of comments from students starting with the prompt, 'To my professor...'
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5 ways to tell if your college programs will survive the future 

5 ways to tell if your college programs will survive the future  | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
How to build the next generation of agile college programs, where each course can spawn online or classroom sections.
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What do adult students want from college?

What do adult students want from college? | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Students tend to want flexible class schedules – evening, weekend, and online classes so they can graduate in a reasonable time frame – and credit for previous experience, whether they earned it inside or outside the classroom. Returning students want an easy way to transfer their previously-earned credits. Some have already worked in their chosen field of study, and want credit for their on-the-job knowledge. A seasoned bookkeeper, for example, may deserve a chance to test out of Accounting 101. 

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Grad Students Get Right to Unionize. What It Means for the Future of Higher Ed Faculty

Grad Students Get Right to Unionize. What It Means for the Future of Higher Ed Faculty | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

Jeff Selingo: Recently, as part of a report on the decade ahead for higher education that I authored for the Chronicle of Higher Education, I laid out five potential scenarios for the faculty of the future at colleges and universities:

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NLRB says graduate students at private universities may unionize

NLRB says graduate students at private universities may unionize | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Federal labor board overturns ruling that denied collective bargaining rights to many teaching and research assistants.
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Millennial demand drives higher ed badging expansion

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Almost all U.S. colleges and universities now award certificates, digital badges and other forms of microcredentials so students can quickly show an employer specialized skills they’ve acquired.

Driving this fast-growing trend are workforce millennials who want to learn, for instance, how to operate an Amazon delivery drone or repair a self-driving car without having to earn another degree, says James Fong, director of the Center for Research and Marketing Strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

A generation immersed in social media, millennials are also drawn to the gamified aspect of collecting and displaying digital badges, says Fong, who recently completed a study on the growing influence of microcredentials in higher ed.

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New Models of Open and Distance Learning ~ Stephen Downes

New Models of Open and Distance Learning ~ Stephen Downes | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes

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Tuition is now a useless concept in higher education

Tuition is now a useless concept in higher education | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
If Congress wanted to make an actual difference regarding the rising cost of college, and to give universities and colleges a fighting chance to solve this problem, it would strip from the Higher Education Act the requirement that colleges publish a “tuition” number. The figure is as good as useless now.

Colleges should instead publish five numbers: how much they spend each year on educating each student; the range a family is expected to contribute to that expense, from zero to a maximum; how much a family contributes on average; the range of what a college itself will contribute for each student; and how much the college contributes on average to the total expense for each student.
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College requires first-year leadership course

College requires first-year leadership course | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
With increasing urgency, today’s colleges are being asked—by business, government and the nonprofit field—to impart so-called “21st century skills” of communication, collaboration, problem-solving and creativity to their students.

What’s often missing from the list is leadership, which galvanizes these other skills and equips students to make informed decisions, take meaningful action, and develop pathways to accomplish goals large and small.
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