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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 1

Building a Goal 2025 social movement for target audiences by creating a call to action, building partnerships among stakeholder groups and developing a common language and plan of action around the need to significantly increase attainment.

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Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Texas politicians have praised massive open online courses, or MOOCs, but academics are reassessing their role in higher education.
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, October 18, 10:53 AM

“I think MOOCs have been helpful and an important catalyst, but they have also been a distraction,” said Harrison Keller, the University of Texas at Austin’s vice provost for higher-education policy and research. Two years ago, the University of Texas System was the first of the state’s public higher-education institutions to jump on the bandwagon. The system invested $5 million in edX, a nonprofit provider of such courses." 

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

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.

 

 

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Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate Program

Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate Program | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.
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Study: Colleges failing to teach students basic information

Study: Colleges failing to teach students basic information | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

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.

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ACTA Releases Study of 1,098 Colleges and Universities

ACTA Releases Study of 1,098 Colleges and Universities | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the 2014-2015 edition of What Will They Learn?, which peels away reputation to assess what value students are actually getting from college.
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University Innovation Alliance

University Innovation Alliance | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

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. 

 

 

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The Increasing Value of a College Degree

The Increasing Value of a College Degree | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Earning a college degree is a good long-term investment of your time and finances.

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Competency-based Education: South Bend campus 1 of 3 to pilot Purdue project

Competency-based Education: South Bend campus 1 of 3 to pilot Purdue project | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
"The goal is to learn skills that employees need in the workplace," said Michael Sanders, director of Purdue's South Bend program.

There's a growing movement toward competency-based higher education: helping students earn degrees more quickly and economically, based on proven skills and experience.
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Finding the Middle Ground between Efficiency and Innovation

Finding the Middle Ground between Efficiency and Innovation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Though efficiency is central to a strong student experience, it can be challenging to implement strategies that may be seen to impact faculty innovation.

 

 

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A Competency-Based Educational Shift Is Underway in Higher Ed

Purdue University's College of Technology was recently rebranded as the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. The name change coincides with a shift in focus for the school, which is now committed to competency-based degrees. Purdue's President Mitch Daniels awarded the institute a $500,000 prize to help foster this change,

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Higher Education: A Dinosaur in the Digital Age

Higher Education: A Dinosaur in the Digital Age | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
What does a four-year college education get you today? Besides a large sum of debt, not much, especially if you’ve invested in a communications or marketing degree. The higher-education system is ill-preparing its students for our digital world.
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Innovation: The Other 80/20 Rule

A successful company can't simply focus on the present and rest on its laurels--resources need to be invested in the future.
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Untapped potential: Making the higher education market work for students and taxpayers

Untapped potential: Making the higher education market work for students and taxpayers | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Reformers can help ensure positive educational outcomes and foster innovation in the higher education system by thinking more broadly about who can act as authorizers and accreditors of academic quality, who bears the risk when students fail to pay back their loans, and how to best equip consumers to choose the right universities or colleges.
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Economies of Scale and Higher Ed: What Postsecondary Leaders Can Learn from Industry

Economies of Scale and Higher Ed: What Postsecondary Leaders Can Learn from Industry | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.

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How Does Coursera Make Money?

How Does Coursera Make Money? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.

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New Models of Higher Education

New Models of Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.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.
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An Improving Employment Picture for College Graduates?

An Improving Employment Picture for College Graduates? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.
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How MOOCs Can Help You Move Up The Ladder

How MOOCs Can Help You Move Up The Ladder | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The cost of attending a top MBA program is estimated to be $100,000 per year. The cost of attaining some valuable information and gaining high-end skills is that expensive?
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The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving?

The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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
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Australian graduates from elite universities earn no more than those from technical universities, says report

Australian graduates from elite universities earn no more than those from technical universities, says report | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.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.
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Efficiency Central to Nimbleness and Responsiveness

Efficiency Central to Nimbleness and Responsiveness | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Institutional leaders must be very focused on understanding the processes that can roll up to the institutional level, and the processes that must remain with individual units.
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The DQP and Tuning: Transformative Tools for Reshaping the System of Postsecondary Learning | Lumina Foundation

The DQP and Tuning: Transformative Tools for Reshaping the System of Postsecondary Learning | Lumina Foundation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Opening keynote speech by Jamie P. Merisotis, President, Lumina Foundation at the DQP launch.
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Anne-Marie Grandtner's curator insight, October 9, 12:14 PM

For the learning outcomes.

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DQP: Effort to define degree-level skills and knowledge makes slow, steady progress

DQP: Effort to define degree-level skills and knowledge makes slow, steady progress | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

What the DQP has not done is clearer: it has not become a tool for policy makers to use to standardize the education provided by colleges around the country, as some critics feared. Nor has it, as Lumina officials probably hoped, been widely used to dramatically reshape the curriculums at many (or perhaps any) colleges. But what it has done, say officials at numerous colleges, is start or stimulate deeper discussions among faculty members and academic leaders on more than a few campuses about what professors are doing in the classroom, what students should be and are learning, and how the former might be altered to improve the latter.



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Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

The idea of competency-based degrees is bigger than adult education alone. Employer input in a given field is crucial in seeing whether these degrees will hold water. 

 

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Disrupting 
the Education 
Monopoly: Netflix CEO interview

Disrupting 
the Education 
Monopoly: Netflix CEO interview | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has given millions of dollars to start charter schools. He’s put millions more into developing education software to personalize learning. But he doesn’t just give money. He makes things change. And he is not a fan of school boards.Hastings has focused on growing high-quality charter schools and developing technology that could transform education.

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