Rather than a means of punishment and blame, a thorough and ongoing grounding in the data will help decision makers figure out who needs help and, over time, whether retention programs are making a difference. That's worth listening to.
The time is now to consider carefully how all our educational institutions need to change, what must be preserved and what must be updated, to choose what to repair and what to replace, and to invest our time, energy, resources, and social capital accordingly.
From a Lumina Foundation Grant Awarded for Landmark Reverse Transfer Project, the National Student Clearinghouse is working on a project to create a standardized and centralized way for colleges to exchange reverse-transfer credits.
Online competency-based education has the potential to provide learning experiences that drive down costs, accelerate degree completion, and produce a variety of convenient, customizable, and targeted programs for the emergent needs of our labor market.
Coursera, the online education company, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding a program that awards special certificates to students who pass multiple MOOCs. The company unveiled the program, called Specializations, earlier this year.
Just 18 percent of colleges and universities require a single course in American history or government. Only 13 percent require intermediate-level foreign language courses and just 3 percent require an economics course for graduation.
The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a consortium of 11 large public research universities committed to making high-quality college degrees accessible to a diverse body of students. Because UIA member institutions serve large numbers of first generation, low-income students— the group lagging farthest behind in earning college degrees — UIA is at the forefront of America’s race to regain its educational edge and increase economic opportunity and mobility.
CBE offers the potential to do a lot of good where it is implemented well and a lot of harm where it is implemented poorly. There are steps faculty can take to increase the chances of a positive outcome.
Adaptive technology’s greatest strength comes in its ability to conform and compliment student learning. Through personalized instruction students control their own destinies as they navigate through curricula and coursework. In the right hands such technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we perceive traditional learning, and although not yet fully realized, adaptive learning’s potential lies not within the subject but the student. If implemented, these new tools will not only change the face of higher education—they’ll transform the way we approach postsecondary pedagogy.
The world is changing fast, but the value of the liberal arts remains higher than ever. As we move into the 21st century, our nation needs workers who are agile and adaptable, citizens who are thoughtful and informed, and human beings to have been exposed to the very best that has been thought and said.
Transforming ourselves in this way has altered our way of thinking. We used to see strategic plans, advisory boards, and development efforts as standard practices only for business schools. No longer. With every new program, excitement about the value and relevance of the humanities—from students, faculty members, and even the administration—continues to bubble up.
Institutions and systems should take advantage of economies of scale in such areas as purchasing and degree offerings to maximize efficiencies and minimize costs. Institutions need to gain a better understanding of their products and the needs of their students/customers to ensure they’re adequately serving them.
With decent revenues and plenty of money in the bank, Coursera has plenty of breathing room to continue growing its existing business models and trying out different ones to bring returns to the VCs who have invested so heavily in it.
The University of Texas System is poised to launch a bold experiment with career-aligned, competency-based, personalized adaptive programs, which we believe will be highly attractive to those students – including many working adults and degree completers -- who are eager a for an optimized path to a degree and who seek a clear value proposition from their education. To be delivered in a hybrid modality, these programs contain competencies defined by cross-institutional teams of faculty, leading professional associations, and industry advisory boards.
The Collegiate Employment Research Institute released findings recently reporting that hiring for new bachelor's degree recipients will increase by 16 percent in 2014-2015. The Center based its findings on surveying among 5,700 employers.
The trend is clear. The humanities need public interest in high culture, and it isn’t there. The fields can only survive in a society that respects its best objects of study, one that pays attention to novelists, philosophers, composers, and critics. If the wider culture doesn’t honor the difference between The Odyssey and Mad Men, academic culture can’t support it
The Grattan Institute report, Mapping Australian Higher Education, finds that the choice of university degree has a strong effect on lifetime earnings but that the choice of university has relatively little impact.