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A Voluntary Core Curriculum at Emory U

Emory University has an interesting experiment going — offering students a voluntary core curriculum that gives them a sound liberal-arts education. The program has been meeting with considerable success.
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Community Colleges and Employers Develop Online Course Content To Address High-Need Skills Gap

Community Colleges and Employers Develop Online Course Content To Address High-Need Skills Gap | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
CorpU, a social learning platform, and Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit that focuses on addressing workforce demands, have assembled the College Employer Collaborative (CEC), a group of community colleges and employers that will work with CorpU to develop college curricula and credentials intended to meet the needs of high-growth industries.
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The New Breed of Competency-Based Education Degree Programs: A Trend or Fad? (Part 2)

The New Breed of Competency-Based Education Degree Programs: A Trend or Fad? (Part 2) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This is the second installment of a three-part series by Robert Hill discussing the rise of competency-based education (CBE) and its impact on higher education. In the first installment, Hill outlined the range of innovative approaches to degree completion currently entering the market and mapped out CBE’s rise to the top. In this installment, he discusses the numerous roles of higher education and whether CBE can satisfy them all.
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Faster Humanities Ph.D.s, But at What Cost?

Faster Humanities Ph.D.s, But at What Cost? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

UC Irvine experiments with a new graduate degree and postdoc hybrid program.

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Rework America: A Digital Platform to Match Employers, Job Seekers, and Course

Rework America: A Digital Platform to Match Employers, Job Seekers, and Course | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

For Americans who don’t graduate from college with a four-year degree, finding employment can be difficult. But a new partnership between a foundation, big-name companies, and colleges hopes to make the job search easier.

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What skills do employers want most?

What skills do employers want most? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Several recent studies with employers also point to leadership and other ‘soft skills’ of graduates as being in very high demand – and in short supply.
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Americans Believe Skills Are More Important Than College on a Resume

Americans Believe Skills Are More Important Than College on a Resume | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
People see social intelligence and computer knowledge as more important than a four-year degree in preparing for the workplace, according to a new poll.
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The New Breed of Competency-Based Education Degree Programs: A Trend or Fad? (Part 1)

The New Breed of Competency-Based Education Degree Programs: A Trend or Fad? (Part 1) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As competency-based approaches to degree completion become more common, it’s important to consider whether this innovative design will become the norm. This is the first of a three-part series by Robert Hill discussing the rise of competency-based education and its impact on higher education.

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Personalizing The Factory

Personalizing The Factory | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Students have different needs, tendencies and interests. Let’s give teachers the tools they need to effectively differentiate instruction.
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ASU: Teaching as "Luxury"

ASU: Teaching as "Luxury" | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Blog: Just VisitingIn a world of news cycles, the old is constantly replaced with the new, and important stories are occasionally buried.
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Picking a Major Based on Which Industries Are Hiring Is a Bad Idea

Picking a Major Based on Which Industries Are Hiring Is a Bad Idea | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In his new book, the Wharton professor Peter Cappelli argues that banking on a specialized degree’s usefulness is risky. After all, one reason some jobs are in high demand is that no one predicted that they would be.
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Lumina-led group seeks to develop a common framework for credentials

Lumina-led group seeks to develop a common framework for credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Credentialing has exploded in type and number in recent years, as job seekers earn a growing range of certificates, badges, experiential transcripts, industry certifications and licenses, in addition to traditional college degrees.
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Essay on how to talk about assessment in faculty job interviews

Essay on how to talk about assessment in faculty job interviews | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Conversations about assessment aren’t just about objectives or outcomes but are also about what we value and privilege in our classrooms and our teaching, and why. Successfully discussing assessment during an interview therefore requires more than just reviewing the department’s curriculum or the institution’s general education objectives -- it also necessitates thinking carefully and critically about your own values and goals as an educator.
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Can Digital Badges Help Encourage Professors to Take Teaching Workshops?

Can Digital Badges Help Encourage Professors to Take Teaching Workshops? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The idea of offering badges has become popular in education-technology circles in the past few years, in most cases as an alternative to a traditional college diploma, or even as a different way of giving grades in courses. The goal is to create an easy way for people to show employers they have attained a given skill. After all, who ever looks at a college transcript?
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How speaking multiple languages benefits the brain

How speaking multiple languages benefits the brain | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.
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Group's Call to Action for Accreditors

Group's Call to Action for Accreditors | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has summoned regional and national accreditors to a July meeting that Judith Eaton, the group's president, described as an urgent "call to action."
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Adults, Computers and Problem Solving (OECD Report)

Adults, Computers and Problem Solving (OECD Report) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The report provides an in-depth analysis of the results from the Survey of Adult Skills related to problem solving in technology-rich environments, along with measures concerning the use of ICT and problem solving.
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The real reasons a college degree costs so much

The real reasons a college degree costs so much | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Why does college cost so much? And why does tuition keep rising? John Schoen explores some of the reasons for the increase.
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, June 24, 10:34 AM

This article shares a lot of data and background on the rising costs of tuition. A very interesting article and worth the read of every parent who has a student in or going to college.

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Why Aren’t Today’s Billionaires Investing in Higher Education Innovation?

Why Aren’t Today’s Billionaires Investing in Higher Education Innovation? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What path our generation of philanthropists will take? Will donations to Harvard soar, or will philanthropists support disruptive models that redefine the future of the university?

 

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Princeton and Other Elite Colleges Critical of Accreditation Process

Princeton and Other Elite Colleges Critical of Accreditation Process | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The frustration among highly selective schools has reached the ears of lawmakers, who are considering alternatives such as a “risk-adjusted” system that would allow accreditors to focus more on colleges near the margins and less on world-class institutions with long track records of success.
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Shouldn't all higher ed institutions go through the same accreditation process?

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Daphne Koller: Online ed won't replace the traditional model

Daphne Koller: Online ed won't replace the traditional model | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller argues that online courses are more effective for teaching basic skills but expects traditional classroom experiences to hold their prestige and social benefits. In a conversation about the future of education with the Wall Street Journal, Koller advocated a blended model in which core content is learned online and classroom time is used for more interactive assignments. With Coursera, Koller plans to expand international enrollment with courses in languages other than English, and she’s gearing up for the first online MBA program at the University of Illinois, according to the article.

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George Leef on Higher Education

George Leef on Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Testing to evaluate a person’s abilities is reasonable and necessary. It’s a red herring to claim that doing so is unfair and denigrating to those who don’t do well.
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Who is teaching your kids in college? You might be surprised.

Who is teaching your kids in college? You might be surprised. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Adjuncts have their place in the academic life of an undergraduate, of course, but not in the first year or two of college. But they can be very helpful to students as they think about the transition to the workforce after college. Often adjuncts are working professionals in the career field that students want to eventually pursue and can assist in securing internships or jobs. And adjuncts who work full-time in careers outside of academia can usually give students a more realistic view of the workplace they’ll soon enter than full-time professors who are on campus all day.
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Beyond the Academy: As Some Departments Decline, Lifelong-Learning Rises

Beyond the Academy: As Some Departments Decline, Lifelong-Learning Rises | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The facts confirming this vocational trend are overwhelming. In 2012, the portion of incoming college freshmen that cited job success as a “very important” reason for attending college reached an all-time high of 87.9 percent, an increase from 85.9 percent in 2011. In 1976, that figure was just 67.8 percent, according to surveys conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute.
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The Fall of Big State U

The Fall of Big State U | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
According to a report released in April by the American Association of University Professors, the gap between the salaries of faculty at private and public universities is widening. The AAUP’s “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession” stated that at public institutions full professors’ salaries averaged $130,039 and assistant professors’ $77,446 in 2014, while at private institutions the average salary of full professors was $177,600 and assistant professors $95,312.
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AAUP committee survey data raise questions on effectiveness of student teaching evaluations

AAUP committee survey data raise questions on effectiveness of student teaching evaluations | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A committee of the American Association of University Professors wanted to help answer some of the questions, and help stir discussions about a better way to rate professors in the classroom. Survey responses gathered by the committee from some 9,000 professors suggest diminishing student response rates for course evaluations, too much focus on such evaluations alone in personnel decisions -- especially for non-tenure-track faculty -- and a creep of the kinds of personal comments seen on teacher rating websites into formal evaluations.
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