On March 25, 2015 the National Association of Scholars released a report on the global sustainability movement titled "Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism." The launch event was held at the UN Millennium Hotel. Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, delivered the keynote speech and Herb London, president of the London Center for Policy Research and chairman of the NAS board, and Neil Ross, the U.S. program director for Spiked magazine, also spoke at the event. Additionally, coauthors of the report Rachelle Peterson and Peter Wood delivered remarks at the event. Here is the executive summary of the report.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While by no means a perfect model, what we’ve done at Utah State showcases the power of engaging faculty and staff as leaders to rethink how a quality degree is defined, assessed and explained. Such engagement couldn’t be more critical. After all, if we are to change the culture of higher learning, we can't do it without the buy-in from those who perform it. Teachers and advisers want their students to succeed, and the D.Q.P. opens a refreshing conversation about success that focuses on the skills and knowledge students truly need. The D.Q.P. helps give higher education practitioners an opportunity to do things differently. Let’s not waste 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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