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San Jose State and Udacity are taking the summer results as progress. Both have put out news releases detailing the results, and the university’s release says it will restart its trials with Udacity in January 2014.
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The teaching leg of the stool is seeing stress. Open online courses now make lectures of faculty from elite universities accessible to learners around the world. This leaves assessment as the last leg of economic value. The badges and competency-based learning movement may challenge assessment, but at this point it remains reasonably secure.
Competency-based education’s time is coming; the promise of lower costs for students and better outcomes for employers is making it a necessity for institutions.
Arguments that state higher education systems constrain flagship universities miss the point: public universities best serve their states and students when they work in unison, Nancy Zimpher argues.
There is an equation at work in determining the likelihood of success, and it is an equation too often overlooked in our defense of the liberal arts: the one that calculates the value of character and personal skills.
Increasingly rigorous attention being paid to accreditation, and the introduction of a new teacher education accreditation regulator, are casting major changes on the teacher education industry.
AASCU has analyzed 41 addresses that have been given this year since January 1st to examine the extent to which governors have integrated higher education related themes into their state policy and programmatic agendas. The remaining nine addresses either have not been given or will not occur this year. Collectively, these speeches provide a portrait of the governors’ plans and priorities for higher education in the states.
The following themes were most apparent in this year’s gubernatorial State of the State Addresses this year:
Higher education continues to be an integral component of governors’ state economic plans. Similar to the last several years, higher education continues to be mentioned most frequently as instrumental in building state workforce capacity and boosting economic growth. Throughout the country, governors emphasized programs in science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) and highlighted partnerships between colleges and business and industry.College affordability remains a leading public policy concern. Through tuition freezes and additional investments in state financial aid programs and public college and university operating support, governors are seeking to keep college within reach for low- and middle-income students. In particular, governors introduced a number of proposals to allow students to pursue educational opportunities at community and technical colleges at minimal costs.Career and technical education has emerged as a top gubernatorial priority. The shortage of workers in high-skill fields has prompted governors to propose using state resources to encourage high school students and working adults to explore career opportunities in high-need, technically-oriented occupations. Governors proposed investing state monies in grant aid programs to make educational opportunities affordable in health care, manufacturing, and information technology-related careers. Governors are calling for stronger alignment between K-12 and college/career readiness. Governors continued to emphasize bridging the gap between K-12 and postsecondary education and training, especially through dual enrollment programs. State policymakers are seeking to eliminate redundancy and save students’ time and money by providing credit for courses in both high school and college programs.
Higher education related topic areas from this year’s addresses are shown below and ordered according to their prevalence in governors’ 2014 State of the State speeches. A state-by-state accounting of higher education-related gubernatorial public policy proposals stemming from this year’s addresses is provided via the link below.
2014 State of the State Addresses and Higher Education
Compiled by Thomas L. Harnisch, assistant director of state relations and policy analysis, and Emily A. Parker, senior research and policy associate
Questions we need to ask about edtech, privacy, and student data.
Critics are obsessed with the infamous "five percent completion rate."
Michael Crow on how he is remaking his school and why it's time to rethink tenure and other academic traditions.
The College Board needs to fend off attacks that its big "product" is unfair and contributes to social injustice.
Over the next 10 years, higher education is poised to transform in ways and at a pace unlike anything we have seen in the past century.
Even when school choice matters, where you went to college isn’t nearly as important as many Americans may think.
From the article: "Money and school choice aside, however, which should matter more: the knowledge a job candidate may have acquired during the course of an academic career or how he or she uses it? It’s heartening to know that a majority of those 623 business surveyed leaders think the latter."
This article was very meaningful to me, mainly because this is an issue I have been struggling with this entire year. CSU Channel Islands was not my first choice school by any means. I had dreams of attending a UC my entire life. So, I worked diligently throughout high school, and subsequently graduated as a valedictorian with a 4.2 gpa. But unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get me to a UC or Cal Poly SLO because of the cost. My parents are able to support my college funds, but only to a certain degree. So, I chose to be rational, save money, and come to school here. And I was somewhat embarrased of that- all my friends were off to UCSB, UCLA, and Stanford while I was stuck at a Cal State. I was worried it would affect my future, specifically my acceptance into graduate school. However, I'm starting to realize that a degree is a degree, and most people, in reality, could care less about where you recieved it.
Instead of imposing ineffective bureaucratic “accountability” on schools, our education system should ensure choice to all students so that every school is held truly and directly accountable to families. Policymakers then can dispense with rigid testing mandates, and all schools, public and private, will be free to serve their most important clients: families.
The SAT is making the essay component of the college admissions exam optional. Is this a sign that writing can't be properly graded?
Everyone who takes the test is measured against the same yardstick. That's not true of high school grades, writes Randolf Arguelles in The Wall Street Journal.
The most new jobs projected for 2022 are expected to be in occupations requiring a high school diploma or equivalent. The second largest number of new jobs projected for 2022 is expected to be in occupations that do not require a high school diploma.
Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland is leading a national effort to determine what public college graduates know how to do. The state proposes a new method to assess what college graduates are learning.
Über welche Kompetenzen verfügen Studierende nach dem Studium an welcher Hochschule? Massachusetts will dies prüfen.
A brief overview of the revolution.