New technologies are changing the optimum size of educational institutions. The evolving scene in higher education and the growth of think tanks will lead to new educational offerings that will have a major impact on the quality and quantity of policy studies and public policy education.
The U.S. Education Department today published its annual compendium of all the data you'd want to know about American education: "The Condition of Education 2013.". Here is the link to the area of higher ed in that report.
Economic realities have led state budget heads to a set of recommendations for higher education institutions that include funding performance, restricting tuition increases, expanding access, improving information about higher education spending, and increasing cost-efficiency. In other words, the call for reform on higher education is now squarely on the minds of state fiscal officers.
The federal government makes 36 cents on every dollar it lends to students. Just last week, the Congressional Budget Office announced that the government will make $51 billion on the student loans it issued this year — more than the annual profit of any Fortune 500 company, and about five times Google’s yearly earnings. We should not be profiting from students who are drowning in debt while we are giving great deals to big banks.
there a future for MOOCs in Europe? Will this historical movement in Open Education have a lasting resonance in the digital age? To what extent can MOOCs engage users socially? How well can they promote entrepreneurship education?
Policies are clearly needed that make colleges, as well as students, take responsibility for dropouts. To do this we will need to measure more, and develop better measures. We also will need to be smart and innovative in determining where and how best to apply pressure for accountability. But as we go about this important work, we need to observe the same core principle that guides health care itself: “First, do no harm.”
Lumen Learning and Instructure broke new ground for open education with the introduction of six open course frameworks that make teaching with open content easier and more effective than ever before. Now freely available for anyone to access through the Canvas platform, these frameworks serve as blueprints instructors can use for designing and teaching general education courses based exclusively on open educational resources.
All the recent hype about online higher education and 'Moocs' misses the point, says Kel Fidler – universities have been doing it for years. Whatever the delivery model, success relies on the same fundamental principles of quality teaching, content and experience – and this is where I believe the debate about MOOCs often misses the point.
That’s the appeal of competencies. Let the students demonstrate that they’ve picked up a skill, and let them move on. Where they picked it up doesn’t really matter. Some will move faster than others, and probably most will vary their speed depending on the task at hand.
Capella Education Company is the privately owned, for-profit parent company of Capella University, an accredited online university based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Capella University has received approval from its regional accreditor to proceed with a pilot program in competency-based education that does not rely on the credit hour standard, an approach called "direct assessment." The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approved the for-profit institution's "FlexPath" bachelor of science in business and master of business administration. University officials said the direct assessment tracks could reduce the cost of a degree and the time needed to complete it.
When people think of overcrowding in schools, the first thing that comes to mind is elementary, middle, and high schools buzzing with children running into each other in congested hallways and long treks to portable classroom buildings.
This wiki was created to collaborate and share ideas on competency-based pathways. Competency-based learning is not simply the elimination of seat-time. In fact, eliminating it without replacing it may increase inequities. The time-based system must be replaced with a learning-based or competency-based system, fully aligned with students and what they need to educationally progress.
MOOCs have been around for several years now and only in the first decade of this millennium that they gained so much popularity because of the ease of accessibility to internet and also because of a growing digital culture among the generation Y.
Today, New America's Education Policy Program released The Next Generation University, a policy report about the future of public higher education. The report comes at a time when too many public universities are failing to respond to the nation's higher education crisis.