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On Competency-Based Transcripts

On Competency-Based Transcripts | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Increasingly frustrated at the high cost and uncertain returns of traditional higher education, the federal government and some states, like Wisconsin, are taking a hard look at competency-based education.
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When Education Data Speaks, Are We Really Listening?

When Education Data Speaks, Are We Really Listening? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.
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Impacts of MOOCs on Higher Education

Impacts of MOOCs on Higher Education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst for the development of progressive programs that respond to the changing world.
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Essay on the nature of change in education and the media

Essay on the nature of change in education and the media | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

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.

 

 

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As Many as Two Million Students Could Receive Associate Degrees through National Student Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Project

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.


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Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Texas politicians have praised massive open online courses, or MOOCs, but academics are reassessing their role in higher education.
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“I think MOOCs have been helpful and an important catalyst, but they have also been a distraction,” said Harrison Keller, the University of Texas at Austin’s vice provost for higher-education policy and research. Two years ago, the University of Texas System was the first of the state’s public higher-education institutions to jump on the bandwagon. The system invested $5 million in edX, a nonprofit provider of such courses." 

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

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.

 

 

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Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate Program

Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate Program | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.
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Study: Colleges failing to teach students basic information

Study: Colleges failing to teach students basic information | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Just 18 percent of colleges and universities require a single course in American history or government. Only 13 percent require intermediate-level foreign language courses and just 3 percent require an economics course for graduation.

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ACTA Releases Study of 1,098 Colleges and Universities

ACTA Releases Study of 1,098 Colleges and Universities | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni today released the 2014-2015 edition of What Will They Learn?, which peels away reputation to assess what value students are actually getting from college.
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University Innovation Alliance

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The University Innovation Alliance (UIA) is a consortium of 11 large public research universities committed to making high-quality college degrees accessible to a diverse body of students. Because UIA member institutions serve large numbers of first generation, low-income students— the group lagging farthest behind in earning college degrees — UIA is at the forefront of America’s race to regain its educational edge and increase economic opportunity and mobility. 

 

 

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The Increasing Value of a College Degree

The Increasing Value of a College Degree | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Earning a college degree is a good long-term investment of your time and finances.

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Competency-based Education: South Bend campus 1 of 3 to pilot Purdue project

Competency-based Education: South Bend campus 1 of 3 to pilot Purdue project | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
"The goal is to learn skills that employees need in the workplace," said Michael Sanders, director of Purdue's South Bend program.

There's a growing movement toward competency-based higher education: helping students earn degrees more quickly and economically, based on proven skills and experience.
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Finding the Middle Ground between Efficiency and Innovation

Finding the Middle Ground between Efficiency and Innovation | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Though efficiency is central to a strong student experience, it can be challenging to implement strategies that may be seen to impact faculty innovation.

 

 

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Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning

Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.
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How Are Our Colleges Faring?

How Are Our Colleges Faring? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

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.

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To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative

To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.
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Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide.

Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide. | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The effort to standardize assessments of student learning is less about improving education than it is about pedagogical politics and the rise of managerial power in academe.
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Economies of Scale and Higher Ed: What Postsecondary Leaders Can Learn from Industry

Economies of Scale and Higher Ed: What Postsecondary Leaders Can Learn from Industry | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.

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How Does Coursera Make Money?

How Does Coursera Make Money? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
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.

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New Models of Higher Education

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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.
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An Improving Employment Picture for College Graduates?

An Improving Employment Picture for College Graduates? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The Collegiate Employment Research Institute released findings recently reporting that hiring for new bachelor's degree recipients will increase by 16 percent in 2014-2015. The Center based its findings on surveying among 5,700 employers.
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How MOOCs Can Help You Move Up The Ladder

How MOOCs Can Help You Move Up The Ladder | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The cost of attending a top MBA program is estimated to be $100,000 per year. The cost of attaining some valuable information and gaining high-end skills is that expensive?
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The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving?

The Battered Humanities–Are They Worth Saving? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The trend is clear.  The humanities need public interest in high culture, and it isn’t there.  The fields can only survive in a society that respects its best objects of study, one that pays attention to novelists, philosophers, composers, and critics.  If the wider culture doesn’t honor the difference between The Odyssey and Mad Men, academic culture can’t support it
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Australian graduates from elite universities earn no more than those from technical universities, says report

Australian graduates from elite universities earn no more than those from technical universities, says report | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The Grattan Institute report, Mapping Australian Higher Education, finds that the choice of university degree has a strong effect on lifetime earnings but that the choice of university has relatively little impact.
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Efficiency Central to Nimbleness and Responsiveness

Efficiency Central to Nimbleness and Responsiveness | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Institutional leaders must be very focused on understanding the processes that can roll up to the institutional level, and the processes that must remain with individual units.
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