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Higher Education Must Reclaim Its Soul

Higher Education Must Reclaim Its Soul | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A recommitment to academic rigor and morality is what universities need to get back on track, says former special prosecutor and current university president.
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American Millennials are among the world's least skilled

American Millennials are among the world's least skilled | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Researchers at Princeton-based Educational Testing Service (ETS) expected it to be when they administered a test called the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Sponsored by the OECD, the test was designed to measure the job skills of adults, aged 16 to 65, in 23 countries. When the results were analyzed by age group and nationality, it is clear that Millennials in the U.S. fall short when it comes to the skills employers want most: literacy (including the ability to follow simple instructions), practical math, and — hold on to your hat — a category called “problem-solving in technology-rich environments.”

 

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Full report here: http://www.ets.org/s/research/29836/

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Essay on the divide between faculty members and the ed tech industry

Essay on the divide between faculty members and the ed tech industry | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Essay on the gap between the worldview of college and university faculty on the one hand and that of the information technology sector on the other. The university might reach out to the start-up culture emanating from Silicon Valley as a potentially powerful ally. 


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Weighing new accountability tools, better data in Higher Ed Act rewrite

Weighing new accountability tools, better data in Higher Ed Act rewrite | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Senator Lamar Alexander on Monday released three policy papers outlining ideas on making colleges share in the financial risk of the federal loans they provide students, overhauling accreditation and changing how the federal government collects data from colleges. The documents offer the most expansive look yet at Alexander’s priorities for rewriting the Higher Education Act, which he has said he wants the Senate to vote on by the end of 2015.

 

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Kevin Carey talks about his new book, 'The End of College'

Kevin Carey talks about his new book, 'The End of College' | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The End of College takes the long view in diagnosing a higher education business model that Carey says is desperately flawed. He goes back centuries to describe how colleges developed scattered and disjointed missions. Carey also looks forward, to how information technology could help birth a more affordable and meritocratic form of higher education. Inside Higher Ed sent some questions about the book to Carey via email. The exchange is below.

 

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Stanford President John L. Hennessy on Information Technology and the Future of Teaching and Learning

The "unbundling" of degrees that many are predicting -- where students assemble the learning they want, offered in person or online, by one or more institutions to earn credentials -- is something that Hennessy predicted was the future of continuing education and professional education. "Online technologies will dominate this marketplace," he said. And this will include many professionally oriented master's programs, he said. But he rejected the idea that this would be or should be the future of undergraduate education.



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Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 23, 12:52 PM

This video shares a lecture from Stanford President, John L. Hennessy. During his lecture he eludes to the "unbundling" of degrees. Thoughts?

Ashley Jessica Beard's curator insight, Today, 9:04 PM

A talk regarding the importance of education and how technology will improve it and make the learning experience better.

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FlexPath : Self-Paced Courses Online - Capella University

FlexPath : Self-Paced Courses Online - Capella University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Capella University–an accredited online institution founded in 1993–has gained the reputation of being among the foremost innovators driving competency-based education (CBE) in the higher-ed landscape, thanks to its FlexPath program.


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Contemporary Challenges Facing American Higher Education

Contemporary Challenges Facing American Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

If higher education is to serve our nation and its citizens in an ever more competitive marketplace, innovation must be at the heart of every institutional mission. We will all have to learn to be more nimble and to adapt and transform at light speed in order to remain viable in the global marketplace of education.

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8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic presents the usefulness of badges as indicators of skills learned inside or outside the classroom.
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2 Former Politicians, Now College Chiefs, Lament the Pace of Academe

The onetime governors of Arizona and Indiana say higher education presents a new set of challenges when you’re leading a campus, not a state.
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3 Big Issues at the SXSWedu Conference

3 Big Issues at the SXSWedu Conference | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Several sessions focused on how alternative credentials, such as digital badges and new features of social-media platforms like LinkedIn, would become an important new currency for signaling personal achievement.
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James Coombes's curator insight, March 15, 11:35 AM

"Some 32 national organizations unveiled a statement of “Student Data Principles” during the conference, outlining a guiding philosophy that included a commitment to collecting only the minimum amount of information needed to help students succeed. The document was created primarily with secondary education in mind, but among its supporters are some higher-education groups, including the Institute for Higher Education Policy."

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Uber, Badging and Higher Ed

Uber, Badging and Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Liquidity and portability are the key assets in a free-agent, knowledge-based, and technologically driven labor market. What would happen if we started to look at degrees the same way we look at houses and cars?  

 

 

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Addressing Disconnect Between Student Skills and Employer Needs

Addressing Disconnect Between Student Skills and Employer Needs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We need instruments that connect up interests and opportunities from employers with skills and abilities for students.
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Connecting Students to the Labor Market: The Talent Development Network

Connecting  Students to the Labor Market: The Talent Development Network | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

How can we better connect higher education to employers to the benefit of students, businesses and the city? 

 

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The impending surge for the University of Everywhere

The impending surge for the University of Everywhere | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education as we’ve known it, organized mainly for the benefit of the purveyors of education, will give way to new modes of teaching and assessment based on the needs of learners.
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‘Testocracy’ Is Here to Stay–Alas

‘Testocracy’ Is Here to Stay–Alas | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Testocracy is here to stay and will continue to play a decisive role in American higher education.
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Creating Value by Meeting Service and Outcome Demands

Creating Value by Meeting Service and Outcome Demands | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
If institutions want to maximize students’ sense of value from their higher education experience, they need to focus on learning outcomes and labor-market competency.
 
Outside the classroom, institutions need to think of their students as customers and consider how those customers would expect to interact with the college or university.
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From Disruptor to Bestie: How Instructors are Learning to Leverage MOOCs

From Disruptor to Bestie: How Instructors are Learning to Leverage MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Although the biggest hype surrounding MOOCs may be in the past, their biggest impact may still lie ahead.
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What Can Higher Education Learn From Air France?

What Can Higher Education Learn From Air France? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Social media enables universities to reach a global audience. And, while it's true that sites/apps like Twitter aren't accessible in all countries, it is probably going to be de rigueur in the near future for schools to communicate using social platforms in a multilingual capacity.
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ROI and the Post-Traditional Learner

ROI and the Post-Traditional Learner | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Meeting the value expectations of post-traditional students requires institutions to rethink how they operate and who they serve.
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Why Do We Need the Humanities?

Why Do We Need the Humanities? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We as a society have lost the sense that within the study of art, literature, and the humanities, there are things vital to shaping our souls, and to discovering and taking into ourselves what it means to be fully human. That Homer, Dante, Milton, Cervantes, Michelangelo, and all these great men saw more deeply into the human experience than almost any other, and came back to tell us what they learned, and to help us see what they saw.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 21, 1:07 PM

Not everyone will agree with Rod Dreher and some will be sidetracked by his promotion of his book and by the need to disagree with his thinking. Which is, oddly, his point. Part of the reason we need the humanities is to have an awareness of our cultures and to learn to weigh arguments, to consider evidence with as much objectivity as we might muster. Too often today there are those who disagree simply to disagree or because, or so it seems, they are unwilling to hear any other viewpoint but their own; as a result, the world is a much more close-minded place.

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Going to Class 2.0

Going to Class 2.0 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This piece is part of a series of posts from the Founding Class KGI about their experience reimagining the traditional college experience. Minerva is a new university program that prepares students to solve complex global problems.
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Higher education reform: Affordability, accountability, and value

Higher education reform: Affordability, accountability, and value | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
On March 17, the Brown Center on Education Policy will host a conversation with Purdue University President Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. on the challenges facing American higher education.
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Adapting the Higher Ed Model to Suit Today’s Students

Adapting the Higher Ed Model to Suit Today’s Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the student demographic becomes more non-traditional, the expectations and value-adding factors for students also transform. Institutions need to offer more programming that offers direct, and fast, labor market outcomes, such as stackable certificates and short courses. Institutions need to focus on making sure their business processes align with what students have come to expect from other industries.
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, March 13, 4:38 PM

More non-traditional students in college than ever before!

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Evolving Credentialing to Meet the Needs of Outcomes-Focused Students

Evolving Credentialing to Meet the Needs of Outcomes-Focused Students | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Higher education institutions need to communicate better with employers, both in terms of program relevance and credentialing, to create value for learners.


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How liberal arts offer the very 'workplace skills' critics demand - The Hechinger Report

How liberal arts offer the very 'workplace skills' critics demand - The Hechinger Report | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
An essay about whether higher education and liberal education in particular is meeting national needs, mainly for an educated workforce.

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, March 13, 4:35 PM

Can't go wrong with a solid liberal arts background!