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Making College Pay Off

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Peter D. Salins is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership and University Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University. This essay is adapted from his new book, The Smart Society: Strengthening America's Greatest Resource, Its People.                     

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Demystifying the MOOC

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The companies that rode to fame on the MOOC wave had visions (and still do) of offering unfettered elite education to the masses and driving down college tuition. But the sweet spot for MOOCs is far less inspirational and compelling. The courses have become an important supplement to classroom learning and a tool for professional development.

 

 

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Launching new institutions: Solving the chicken-or-egg problem in American higher education

Launching new institutions: Solving the chicken-or-egg problem in American higher education | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

US higher education reformers have encouraged accreditors to change their standards and speed up their approval processes to accommodate innovative educational models, but this jeopardizes accreditation’s beneficial quality-assurance mechanisms.

 

A major barrier to colleges and universities entering the higher education market is that as unaccredited institutions, they cannot enroll students with financial aid needs, but having students is a prerequisite for accreditation.

 

A new system in which institutions can become provisionally approved for federal student financial aid before they achieve official accreditation could create a streamlined path for new institutions to enter the market.

 

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Top World University Rankings | US News Best Global Universities

Top World University Rankings | US News Best Global Universities | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

U.S. News & World Report’s annual global college rankings are out, and Harvard University tops the list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford. The list’s methodology favors global reputation and research volume, among other factors. 



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How to Make Sure Your Team is Suited to 21st-Century Higher Ed

How to Make Sure Your Team is Suited to 21st-Century Higher Ed | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
It’s critical for postsecondary leaders to assess how staff time and effort is spent to ensure they are working in the most effective way possible.
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Educating the Whole Person

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Education of the whole person is about more than self-actualization; it also attempts to cultivate students’ social, emotional, physical, and ethical development and to foster creativity, promote psychological well-being, stimulate a rich and thoughtful interior life, explore core beliefs, encourage social engagement, and cultivate empathy and an ethic of service and caring.

 

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Looking Beyond the Classroom to Award/Earn College Credits

Looking Beyond the Classroom to Award/Earn College Credits | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Learning happens inside and outside the classroom, and rewarding prior experience instead of requiring students to use both time and money to "re-learn" information makes sense. With about 20 million students attending classes at American colleges and universities this fall -- many over the age of 25 -- it is imperative that higher education institutions offer opportunities for adult students to leverage all of their expertise, regardless of where it is attained.
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CIT Showcase 2014 Keynote: Michael Feldstein

Michael Feldstein, an educator, eLearning consultant, and educational technology industry analyst, helps us think through how to approach educational technology sensibly in the wake of the MOOC hype.
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When Education Data Speaks, Are We Really Listening?

When Education Data Speaks, Are We Really Listening? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Rather than a means of punishment and blame, a thorough and ongoing grounding in the data will help decision makers figure out who needs help and, over time, whether retention programs are making a difference. That's worth listening to.
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Impacts of MOOCs on Higher Education

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MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst for the development of progressive programs that respond to the changing world.
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Essay on the nature of change in education and the media

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The time is now to consider carefully how all our educational institutions need to change, what must be preserved and what must be updated, to choose what to repair and what to replace, and to invest our time, energy, resources, and social capital accordingly.

 

 

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As Many as Two Million Students Could Receive Associate Degrees through National Student Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Project

From a Lumina Foundation Grant Awarded for Landmark Reverse Transfer Project, the National Student Clearinghouse is working on a project to create a standardized and centralized way for colleges to exchange reverse-transfer credits.


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Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Texas politicians have praised massive open online courses, or MOOCs, but academics are reassessing their role in higher education.
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“I think MOOCs have been helpful and an important catalyst, but they have also been a distraction,” said Harrison Keller, the University of Texas at Austin’s vice provost for higher-education policy and research. Two years ago, the University of Texas System was the first of the state’s public higher-education institutions to jump on the bandwagon. The system invested $5 million in edX, a nonprofit provider of such courses." 

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The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs

The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn't MOOCs | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

Online competency-based education has the potential to provide learning experiences that drive down costs, accelerate degree completion, and produce a variety of convenient, customizable, and targeted programs for the emergent needs of our labor market.

 

 

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The Future of MOOCs

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MOOCs today have not evolved significantly in approach beyond those available in 2012. If next generation MOOCs are to appear, they will need to draw upon the experience of online retailers, journalism, online dating services, and social networking sites. Here are ten challenges facing MOOCs and lessons they might learn from the commercial world.

 

 

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Do the Liberal Arts Today Serve any Useful Public Function?

Do the Liberal Arts Today Serve any Useful Public Function? | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
We all know how the liberal arts have marginalized themselves out of existence:  Read the course catalogues of so many college and see how, for instance, departments of literature have become shells of their former selves.  With the rise of graduate school analyses and specialization that is now so much a part of the undergraduate curriculum, how much vitality has been lost from literature. Gone today in too many places are all the stories that showed us the world with its joys and sorrows, gone all our marveling over the varieties of human types or stories of honor and treachery, of hopes ascendant and hopes dashed.  All replaced by more ideologically-driven studies; all replaced with our contemporary infatuation with race and class and politics.
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Two modest reasons to preserve the humanities

Two modest reasons to preserve the humanities | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it

It seems reckless to discard the intellectual traditions of the past that have supported us for so long. The humanities may provide a rudder that we don’t even perceive now but whose loss we would recognize by our drifting and purposelessness.

 

 

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Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology

Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Even as more faculty members experiment with online education, they continue to fear that the record-high number of students taking those classes are receiving an inferior experience to what can be delivered in the classroom, Inside Higher Ed’s new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests. 
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The American Dream Is Leaving America

The American Dream Is Leaving America | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Fixing the education system is the civil rights challenge of our era. A starting point is to embrace an ethos that was born in America but is now an expatriate: that we owe all children a fair start in life in the form of access to an education escalator.

Let’s fix the escalator.
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Essay on the importance of tracking Ph.D. career paths

Essay on the importance of tracking Ph.D. career paths | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The Council of Graduate Schools seems uniquely poised at this moment to take a leadership role by developing a system to collect comprehensive data on Ph.D. career pathways.
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What Faculty Should Know About Competency-Based Education -

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CBE offers the potential to do a lot of good where it is implemented well and a lot of harm where it is implemented poorly. There are steps faculty can take to increase the chances of a positive outcome.
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Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning

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Adaptive technology’s greatest strength comes in its ability to conform and compliment student learning. Through personalized instruction students control their own destinies as they navigate through curricula and coursework. In the right hands such technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we perceive traditional learning, and although not yet fully realized, adaptive learning’s potential lies not within the subject but the student. If implemented, these new tools will not only change the face of higher education—they’ll transform the way we approach postsecondary pedagogy.
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How Are Our Colleges Faring?

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The world is changing fast, but the value of the liberal arts remains higher than ever. As we move into the 21st century, our nation needs workers who are agile and adaptable, citizens who are thoughtful and informed, and human beings to have been exposed to the very best that has been thought and said.

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To Save the Humanities, Change the Narrative

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Transforming ourselves in this way has altered our way of thinking. We used to see strategic plans, advisory boards, and development efforts as standard practices only for business schools. No longer. With every new program, excitement about the value and relevance of the humanities—from students, faculty members, and even the administration—continues to bubble up.
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Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide.

Higher-Ed Reform or Drinking Game? You Decide. | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
The effort to standardize assessments of student learning is less about improving education than it is about pedagogical politics and the rise of managerial power in academe.
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Economies of Scale and Higher Ed: What Postsecondary Leaders Can Learn from Industry

Economies of Scale and Higher Ed: What Postsecondary Leaders Can Learn from Industry | SMART HIGHER ED BLOG | Scoop.it
Institutions and systems should take advantage of economies of scale in such areas as purchasing and degree offerings to maximize efficiencies and minimize costs.
Institutions need to gain a better understanding of their products and the needs of their students/customers to ensure they’re adequately serving them.

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