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The Changing Role of Students in the Customer-Oriented Higher Education Marketplace

The Changing Role of Students in the Customer-Oriented Higher Education Marketplace | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education institutions must upgrade their approaches to business management to keep up with the demands of today’s students, who behave more and more like customers.
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Arizona State U 'MOOCs for credit' program faces unanswered accreditation questions

Arizona State U 'MOOCs for credit' program faces unanswered accreditation questions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Arizona State University has yet to brief its accreditor about plans to award credit through massive open online courses to thousands of students at the same time. While the university is unconcerned, accreditation experts are unsure if federal or regional regulations could derail the initiative.


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Individuals over Organizations: Five Changes to Prepare Higher Ed for Tomorrow, Today

Individuals over Organizations: Five Changes to Prepare Higher Ed for Tomorrow, Today | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Institutions must evolve to become more reliant on the ingenuity, imagination and innovation of their staff and faculty, and less reliant on committees.

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Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program

Promising Full College Credit, Arizona State University Offers Online Freshman Program | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The university, working with the online course provider edX, will begin a low-cost program that will be available worldwide with no admissions process and full credit.
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When a Two-Year College Degree Pays Off

When a Two-Year College Degree Pays Off | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
You generally do better with a four-year degree, but sometimes a quicker diploma can launch you on the road to success.
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Joran Le Cren's curator insight, April 23, 11:40 AM

This article is a demonstration of the subjective value of an educational degree.

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New report finds minority-serving institutions actively engaged in assessing student learning

New report finds minority-serving institutions actively engaged in assessing student learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new report released by a joint research institute of Indiana University and the University of Illinois shows that minority-serving institutions, which educate about 40 percent of students historically underserved in postsecondary education, are actively engaged in determining how well their students are learning.
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Achieving Agility in Higher Education: Four Critical Transformations

Achieving Agility in Higher Education: Four Critical Transformations | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Senior leaders need to be committed to removing bureaucratic hurdles and improving institutional agility if they wish to see their colleges and universities through to long-term viability.
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Georgetown´s CEW New Report: The Economy Goes to College

Georgetown´s CEW New Report: The Economy Goes to College | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce just published a new report that looks back over decades to track some of the long-term trends -- and they reinforce the importance of higher education. 

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The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much

The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Far from being caused by funding cuts, the astonishing rise in college tuition correlates closely with a huge increase in public subsidies for higher education. If over the past three decades car prices had gone up as fast as tuition, the average new car would cost more than $80,000.

 

 

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Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers

Political pressure builds for a new accreditation and aid pathway for upstart providers | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Any federal attempts to open even a limited amount of aid dollars to noninstitutional providers almost certainly would face a major challenge from established colleges and, probably, faculty groups. Yet many well-placed observers predict the feds will try something sooner than later. The rare bipartisan support for new ways of delivering higher education is too strong to be ignored
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Employer perspectives on competency-based education

Employer perspectives on competency-based education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
While excitement is growing over the potential for competency-based education to change US higher education, many employers don't even know what it is.
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The 'University of Everywhere' isn't for everyone: The future of learning will be a big tent

The 'University of Everywhere' isn't for everyone: The future of learning will be a big tent | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The future of learning will include more than open online courses. The University of Everywhere will be great for some, but it is not for everyone. And reformers shouldn’t pretend that it is.

 

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Considering the Legacy of MOOCs: Building Blocks for a Greater Whole

Considering the Legacy of MOOCs: Building Blocks for a Greater Whole | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOC platform providers are also “discovering” that students want to pay for credentials and not learning experiences. This means that many of those companies are tying their fortunes to the issuing of certificates and badge-like credentials.
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While cautioning against a retrospective on MOOCs, author Rovy Branon, Vice Provost for Educational Outreach at the University of Washington, details highs and lows of the early years of MOOCs now that the initial excitement surrounding such offerings has leveled off.  He delves into the "scalability glass ceiling", noting that while there is yet to be conclusive evidence about the long-term educational outcomes, instutitions of higher learning are on notice for pricing models.  MOOCs have also invested more heavily in issuing certificates and badges rather than the content of delivery, reflecting on the demands of their consumers.  Regarding the future of MOOCs and online learning, Branon concludes that "MOOCs show us one part of a possible future but their legacy will likely be that they provided one more essential component to a new system, rather than the totality of a new paradigm."

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Peter Thiel on the Future of Innovation

Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestselling authors, are among today’s top global thought leaders and influential innovators. Watch as these two engage in a serious dialogue on the ideas and policies that will shape the future of innovation and progress in the coming years and decades.
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Five Ways to Lead in the Competitive Non-Traditional Higher Ed Marketplace

Five Ways to Lead in the Competitive Non-Traditional Higher Ed Marketplace | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Competitiveness in the higher education marketplace starts with a recognition of the status of today’s student as “customer.”
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New Book: Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

New Book: Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Many Americans are completely caught up in the costly, pointless, and often damaging obsession with getting their children into our supposedly elite colleges and universities.  His new book, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, is his effort at talking sense into parents and students about this.


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Looking Beyond the Data to Help Students Succeed

Looking Beyond the Data to Help Students Succeed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The program that Santa Monica has been trying out is SuccessNavigator, an assessment developed by the Educational Testing Service. Some 25,000 students on about 150 college campuses (half of them community colleges) have taken the personal survey since it was released, in July 2013. It was designed to help colleges get a more holistic picture of students’ chances of succeeding in college. The assessment, which costs colleges $6 per student, provides feedback to students, their advisers, and instructors, on the specific hurdles students may face and links them with campus resources that can help.

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General Education Discounting or Devaluing?

General Education Discounting or Devaluing? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
University of Akron plans to cut the cost of its general education courses by 86 percent and begin delivering them primarily online in an effort to both increase enrollment and respond to calls from the state’s governor to make college more affordable for Ohioans.
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Udemy for Business

Udemy for Business | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Udemy for Business offers companies a way to “train your employees better, faster, and more efficiently than ever before” by offering courses in programming, web design, digital marketing and business skills, among others. Client companies include many of the multinationals that business school executive education units covet. 


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Kevin Carey's The End of College: Wrong But Beautiful

Kevin Carey's The End of College: Wrong But Beautiful | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Kevin Carey's book "The End of College" is wrong but beautiful.  Wrong, because brick-and-mortar college isn't "ending" in our lifetimes.  Beautiful, because Carey makes us stop taking online education for granted, and feel the awe this historic achievement deserves.



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lynda.com Joins the LinkedIn Family

LinkedIn has entered the growing market for online learning with its $1.5 billion purchase of lynda.com Inc., a website that got its start 20 years ago and has since emerged as a leader in professional training videos.



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Helping students make better decisions can improve higher ed equality

Helping students make better decisions can improve higher ed equality | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Behavioral solutions alone won’t eliminate socioeconomic inequalities in postsecondary access and success. But for a relatively small investment in these strategies, we can meaningfully improve the efficacy of existing programs and policies and expand college opportunity for hardworking but economically disadvantaged students.
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Measuring mastery: Best practices for assessment in competency-based education

Measuring mastery: Best practices for assessment in competency-based education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The AEI writes about CBE indicating that external validity is the central component of their recommendations: 
- CBE programs should clearly define their competencies and clearly link those competencies to material covered in their assessments.
- To support valid test-score interpretations, CBE assessments should be empirically linked to external measures such as future outcomes.
- Those empirical links should also be used in the standard-setting process so providers develop cut scores that truly differentiate masters from nonmasters.
- In addition to rigorous test development and standard setting, CBE programs should continue to collect and monitor graduates’ life outcomes in order to provide evidence that a CBE credential stands for a level of rigor and preparation equivalent to a traditional postsecondary degree.

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Is College Worth It? That Depends

Is College Worth It? That Depends | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A degree has always been a marker of accomplishment -- something that conveys value to the degree holder, employers and society. Through the lens of Gallup's research, it's still true that a college degree is worth its weight in gold, but only for those graduates (and their alma maters) who made the most of their higher education experience as students. Graduates who strongly agree they had the following six experiences in college -- which Gallup refers to as the "Big Six" -- perform markedly better on every measure of long-term success compared with graduates who missed the mark on these experiences: a professor who made them excited about learning; 
professors who cared about them as a person; a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams; worked on a long-term project; had a job or internship where they applied what they were learning; were extremely involved in extra-curricular activities.

 

 

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Beyond the Bologna Process

Beyond the Bologna Process | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The belief that an entire region within Europe and stretching into Central Asia could develop common systems of governance, finance, law, foreign relations, and higher education has essentially collapsed.
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