The Alternative Credit Project™ is a free tool that helps students find low-cost options to get them back back to college to complete degrees & certificates. Last month the American Council on Education launched the Alternative Credit Project Ecosystem. Through this project, students who successfully complete courses in a pool of 111 low-cost or free lower-division general-education online offerings will have a transparent pathway to determine, prior to transferring, whether certain higher education institutions will accept those alternative credit courses. ACE has engaged 40 colleges, universities and systems that all have a strong commitment to access and attainment and that have agreed to accept a large amount, if not all, of the courses in the pool.
BY GEORGE LORENZO, Fast Company What if you could earn a technology-centric credential at a similar level to a postgraduate for less than $1,000? And what if earning that high-level credential took about six to nine months?
Article on the growing trend to deconstruct the traditional university degree in favor of an amalgam of separate pieces. The author argues that this trend further complicates the current debate about what a university degree should represent.
This essay proposes five models of innovation in higher education that expand our "Ideas of the University," envisioning educational start-ups in the spirit of entrepreneurial experimentation. The author seeks to realize each of these feasible utopias as a way to disrupt higher education.
The measures are meant to more closely link accreditors to the outcomes of the institutions that they oversee and to provide more information to the public about how well the colleges under each accreditor perform.
Innovation has always flourished in the United States, but we must not take it for granted. Our research shows that it is important and feasible to help potential innovators discover their talents and contribute to the nation’s capacity for innovation. With an educational culture that encourages and promotes innovation, America can sustain its technological leadership for generations to come.
Southern Utah University is trying out a program that lets students complete all of their general-education credit requirements in one year. The university is doing it by offering a kind of supercourse taught jointly by eight professors in different disciplines. The goal is to cover 13 courses’ worth of material in one year, in a class that is scheduled to meet three hours each day, five days a week.
Colleges can lead students to education, but since many are unprepared for it or not interested in it, little or no learning happens. That being the case, no real improvements will come about through external pressures like Gainful Employment or accreditation standards. Our great problem is that a high percentage of the people who graduate from high school—the raw material of colleges—are not ready for anything resembling higher education.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual “Education at a Glance” report, an encyclopedic collection of education-related statistics across 46 countries, is being published today.
The hiring outlook for college graduates continues to improve as employers plan to hire 11 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2016 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2015, according to results of NACE's Job Outlook 2016 survey.
Though the existing regulatory framework designed to guarantee the quality of a postsecondary institution aren’t working, it’s important to thoroughly consider and understand the proposed alternatives before jumping in.
In a recently published book, America Needs Talent, he describes a broad fix to the talent pool problem that includes immigration policy shifts and the creation of a new U.S. Department of Talent, which would absorb the U.S. Department of Education.
Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and Mark A. Elgart, founding president and chief executive officer for Advance Education (AdvancED) write about their hopes that policy makers will come to recognize that the cost of accreditation is what is required to help guide institutions on their improvement journey; it is not the cost of the journey itself.
MIT announced an alternative path for students to enroll in its supply chain management program and earn a master’s of engineering in logistics degree. Instead of students being required to move to Cambridge, Mass., for the duration of the 10-month program, MIT will offer half of the program through MOOCs, saving students tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.
An unprecedented coalition of diverse public and private colleges and universities is coming together to improve the college admission application process for all students. The Coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of applying to college. The initial iteration of the platform will be available to freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school beginning in January 2016.
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