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Why Competency-Based Degree Programs Make Sense Now

Why Competency-Based Degree Programs Make Sense Now | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Western Governors University is currently working with a dozen community colleges to adapt WGU’s competency-based model to better serve their students by reducing their seat-time.
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The Connection Between Skills And Employee Engagement

The Connection Between Skills And Employee Engagement | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

An examination of employee skills and their connection to positive engagement for job, team and company.



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Carnegie Foundation Report on the Credit Hour

Carnegie Foundation Report on the Credit Hour | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The credit hour is an inadequate unit for measuring student learning. Yet no better replacement for higher education’s gold standard has emerged, and getting rid of it right now would be risky. That’s the central theme of a high-profile report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: http://cdn.carnegiefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Carnegie_Unit_Report.pdf ;

 

 

 

 

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Higher Education Is Not a Mixtape

Higher Education Is Not a Mixtape | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Economists predict that colleges will soon become "unbundled" by the Internet. But that won't—and shouldn't—happen.   
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Fifteen Champion Countries Look for Effective and Useful Ways to Measure Student Learning

Fifteen Champion Countries Look for Effective and Useful Ways to Measure Student Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Joshua Muskin discusses the critical need to ensure that education systems and, most essentially, classroom teachers forge new accurate and reliable measures to evaluate “modern” skills.
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New Project Will Turn Out-of-Print Humanities Texts Into Free E-Books

New Project Will Turn Out-of-Print Humanities Texts Into Free E-Books | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are teaming up on a new grant program that seeks to turn out-of-print books in the humanities into freely available e-books.
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Language learning in the UK: 'can't, won't, don't'

Language learning in the UK: 'can't, won't, don't' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In terms of language learning, we're a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool - anxious about diving in and not convinced of the joys of taking the plunge, writes John Worne
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The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook

The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the Hispanic population and the condition of the fast growing Latino population in education.  

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, January 29, 9:56 AM
As the Hispanic population continues to increase in the US, what does their population look like within higher education?
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In an Evolving Career Landscape, How Should Colleges Prepare Students?

In an Evolving Career Landscape, How Should Colleges Prepare Students? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Educate them broadly, don’t just train them for jobs, was a key takeaway from a leaders’ forum organized by the Kettering Foundation.
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ASU president Michael Crow makes the case for college during annual address

ASU president Michael Crow makes the case for college during annual address | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow made the case Jan. 21 that a college education – or some sort of lifelong learning – has value to individuals, the region and the nation,
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2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers

2015 Survey of Chief Academic Officers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Many provosts report that their institutions are not feeling the impact of the widely reported improved economy. Most do not feel their institutions are operating in an improved financial situation, and many anticipate further budget cuts and paying for new initiatives through reallocations, not new funds.

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Community Colleges Buck the Trend of Shrinking Humanities

Community Colleges Buck the Trend of Shrinking Humanities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The share of degrees awarded in the humanities continues to slide in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs nationwide, but at community colleges the numbers are increasing.
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ThomasClowes's curator insight, January 23, 6:27 PM

As an adjunct this is crucial to the health and welfare of our nations students.

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Big gaps between student and employer perceptions

Big gaps between student and employer perceptions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A recent report finds that students consistently rank themselves as prepared in areas where employers do not agree.

 

 

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'Degrees don't guarantee jobs - and nor should they'

'Degrees don't guarantee jobs - and nor should they' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Eleanor Doughty from the UK´s The Telegraph writes on the debate about the relationship between degrees and job placement. 

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Chart featuring 12 attributes and skills that teachers should tend to in their instruction. You can use it as a self-assessment checklist to help you evaluate your teaching practice.



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Who Are Our Students?

Who Are Our Students? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

There is no single student profile; if we are to truly fulfill our access and success missions, we must recognize that many of our institutions have multiple subpopulations with distinct needs and aspirations. A one-size-fits-all, standardized curriculum is out of step with the times – and with student demographics.

 

 

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Forthcoming Book: The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere by Kevin Carey

The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere

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Carey explains how two trends—the skyrocketing cost of college and the revolution in information technology—are converging in ways that will radically alter the college experience, upend the traditional meritocracy, and emancipate hundreds of millions of people around the world.  

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, January 30, 9:42 AM

Is it the end of college? Do you want to read this book?

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The Day the Purpose of College Changed

The Day the Purpose of College Changed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
On February 28, 1967, Gov. Ronald Reagan spoke of "certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without." Here's why liberal education has never recovered.
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Graduate vacancies set to increase but 'tensions persist'

Graduate vacancies set to increase but 'tensions persist' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Employers are predicting an increase in graduate vacancies this year, but nearly half have warned that a lack of skills led to unfilled positions last year
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The landscape of competency-based education: Enrollments, demographics, and affordability - AEI

The landscape of competency-based education: Enrollments, demographics, and affordability - AEI | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Competency-based education, broadly defined as a form of higher education in which credit is provided on the basis of student learning rather than credit or clock hours, has begun to catch the attention of federal and state policymakers, foundations, and colleges. Among the model’s promising features are its potential to lower college costs and serve adult students in need of flexibility.
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Student choices in an ever-changing college landscape

Student choices in an ever-changing college landscape | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Whatever path you choose in regards to your academics (method of learning and/or by whom, full time faculty versus part time faculty) is your personal decision; just get all the facts beforehand and whatever you choose will most likely pay off.

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Standardized online classes would lead toward increased efficiency

Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students.
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Fortune Magazine Article on Pearson

Fortune Magazine Article on Pearson | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The publishing company is trying to reinvent itself for the Digital Age ­­in the most fraught field there is: your children’s education.
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OECD Report: Update of Employment and Educational Attainment Indicators

OECD Report: Update of Employment and Educational Attainment Indicators | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This publication is based on 2013 data collected in the first half of 2014 from the OECD-INES Network on Labour Market, Economic and Social Outcomes of Learning. It is an update of the series published in Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators, released in September
2014, and will be followed by the publication of 2014 data in Education at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators. This Education at a Glance Interim Report presents updated data on three major topics: educational attainment, labour market outcomes, and the transition from school to work. Link to the full report here:

http://www.oecd.org/edu/EAG-Interim-report.pdf ;

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Customizing education requires better assessments

Customizing education requires better assessments | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As we envision a future education system with modular customizability, we need to recognize that getting to that future will require investment in innovations to develop better competency-based assessment and tracking systems.
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Book: Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education

Book: Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This book presents a reframed conception and approach to student learning outcomes assessment. The authors explain why it is counterproductive to view collecting and using evidence of student accomplishment as primarily a compliance activity.

 

 

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