The Chronicle's 27th annual collection of data on colleges answers perennial questions like how much faculty make and which colleges are growing the fastest. This year's Almanac also gives you new ways to compare institutions. Which colleges have the most students enrolled in online courses? Which have the highest percentages of nonresident aliens? Browse the charts and tables in these sections to find out.
In less than two years, President, Mitch Daniels, has done three particularly noteworthy things at Purdue: begun to reverse the decades-long tuition spiral; done important things to make useful information on colleges available to students, taxpayers, and donors; and importantly attacked non-instructional student costs that have been soaring almost as much as tuition fees, albeit getting far less attention.
Long-term unemployed people, who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, are typically well-educated but hampered in their job search by their time out of work.Higher education institutions should devise a mechanism to certify skills to assure employers that long-term unemployed individuals have what it takes to succeed in the workforce.Career services offices of universities can also be more proactive in helping long-term unemployed alumni get the skills and education they need to transition into new industries.
A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?
The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers. The incentives would be used to revamp universities’ engineering programs to focus on manufacturing engineering and curricula specifically related to targeted industries.
Competency-based education has been on the higher ed scene for decades, but has really begun to capture the imagination of people industry-wide over the past two years. More and more institutions are introducing competency-based credentials, and accrediting bodies are coming up with new ways to accredit learning without tying it to seat time.
Institutions offering MOOCs should work with MOOC platforms toward the creation of measures for reporting course and student outcomes. Such endeavors would certainly facilitate the evaluation and comparison of MOOCs while perhaps also lending credibility to MOOCs as an emerging means of education. In other words, some standards in the Wild West world of MOOCs would benefit both the offering institutions as well as education consumers.
From Educause: Next Gen Tool: Competency Report highlights Northern Arizona University’s competency report that identifies specific skills and abilities of its graduates, giving employers a clearer picture of the academicprojects that prepare a student for the workplace.
Might the Online Skills Academy be a first step to creating a new alternative pathway to a degree, one that actually creates a new higher education ecosystem that can sit beside and maybe improve our existing system?
Coursera under Microsoft would be able to focus on its core mission to provide access to free online education to anyone in the world without the distraction of having to realize a return for the early investors.
When an 1882 cartoon in San Francisco’s Wasp newspaper depicted the Southern Pacific Railroad as an octopus with the whole state of California in its far-reaching tentacles, it launched an image of monopoly power still with us today.
A recent report by John Hagel and others describes how the exponential improvement in technology is driving exponential innovation. The potential exists for these disruptive scenarios to combine to drive a third curve – a new economic paradigm.