We all know how the liberal arts have marginalized themselves out of existence: Read the course catalogues of so many college and see how, for instance, departments of literature have become shells of their former selves. With the rise of graduate school analyses and specialization that is now so much a part of the undergraduate curriculum, how much vitality has been lost from literature. Gone today in too many places are all the stories that showed us the world with its joys and sorrows, gone all our marveling over the varieties of human types or stories of honor and treachery, of hopes ascendant and hopes dashed. All replaced by more ideologically-driven studies; all replaced with our contemporary infatuation with race and class and politics.
It seems reckless to discard the intellectual traditions of the past that have supported us for so long. The humanities may provide a rudder that we don’t even perceive now but whose loss we would recognize by our drifting and purposelessness.
Even as more faculty members experiment with online education, they continue to fear that the record-high number of students taking those classes are receiving an inferior experience to what can be delivered in the classroom, Inside Higher Ed’s new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests.
Fixing the education system is the civil rights challenge of our era. A starting point is to embrace an ethos that was born in America but is now an expatriate: that we owe all children a fair start in life in the form of access to an education escalator.
CBE offers the potential to do a lot of good where it is implemented well and a lot of harm where it is implemented poorly. There are steps faculty can take to increase the chances of a positive outcome.
Adaptive technology’s greatest strength comes in its ability to conform and compliment student learning. Through personalized instruction students control their own destinies as they navigate through curricula and coursework. In the right hands such technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we perceive traditional learning, and although not yet fully realized, adaptive learning’s potential lies not within the subject but the student. If implemented, these new tools will not only change the face of higher education—they’ll transform the way we approach postsecondary pedagogy.
The world is changing fast, but the value of the liberal arts remains higher than ever. As we move into the 21st century, our nation needs workers who are agile and adaptable, citizens who are thoughtful and informed, and human beings to have been exposed to the very best that has been thought and said.
Transforming ourselves in this way has altered our way of thinking. We used to see strategic plans, advisory boards, and development efforts as standard practices only for business schools. No longer. With every new program, excitement about the value and relevance of the humanities—from students, faculty members, and even the administration—continues to bubble up.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. News & World Report’s annual global college rankings are out, and Harvard University tops the list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford. The list’s methodology favors global reputation and research volume, among other factors.
Education of the whole person is about more than self-actualization; it also attempts to cultivate students’ social, emotional, physical, and ethical development and to foster creativity, promote psychological well-being, stimulate a rich and thoughtful interior life, explore core beliefs, encourage social engagement, and cultivate empathy and an ethic of service and caring.
Learning happens inside and outside the classroom, and rewarding prior experience instead of requiring students to use both time and money to "re-learn" information makes sense. With about 20 million students attending classes at American colleges and universities this fall -- many over the age of 25 -- it is imperative that higher education institutions offer opportunities for adult students to leverage all of their expertise, regardless of where it is attained.
Rather than a means of punishment and blame, a thorough and ongoing grounding in the data will help decision makers figure out who needs help and, over time, whether retention programs are making a difference. That's worth listening to.
The time is now to consider carefully how all our educational institutions need to change, what must be preserved and what must be updated, to choose what to repair and what to replace, and to invest our time, energy, resources, and social capital accordingly.
From a Lumina Foundation Grant Awarded for Landmark Reverse Transfer Project, the National Student Clearinghouse is working on a project to create a standardized and centralized way for colleges to exchange reverse-transfer credits.
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.
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.