The demand for college comes from the perception that there is a causal link: If you get a college degree, then you will find a good job. That was never strictly true, but decades ago, before college became a virtual entitlement for everyone, the correlation was pretty strong. Now that we have a surfeit of people holding college degrees (but often no more than a weak high-school education), it’s time to abandon the idea that higher education is the path to success.
In celebration of the hundredth issue of Academic Questions, the National Associaton of Scholars presented “One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education”—a wide range of ideas from a wide range of contributors with a wide range of interests in higher education. Some ideas are ready to be executed immediately, others to be contemplated for future action, some are brand new, others leavened with forgotten wisdom, but as a whole they offer incontrovertible proof of the enormous vitality among those who wish to see improvement and reform in higher education today.
From the moment the American Council on Education announced in November that its College Credit Recommendation Service would assess the creditworthiness of a set of massive open online courses, there seemed to be little doubt that such approval would be forthcoming. And indeed, Coursera's announcement today that five of its courses have earned credit recommendations from ACE felt just a little bit anticlimactic.
Gov. Jay Nixon rolled out his budget last week, which included $34 million in performance funding for the state’s two- and four-year public higher education institutions. Schools that achieved their five performance goals got the maximum allotment allowed, which is 4.3 percent of their core funding from the state.
Americans overwhelmingly view a higher education as essential to landing a good job and achieving financial security, but they have doubts about its quality and affordability, according to a new report from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup.They also worry about cost and favor making it easier for working adults to earn degrees, including the awarding of credit for prior learning.
Success begins with ideas, and educational institutions are incubators where good ideas are born. Both New Hampshire and the Northeast in general are blessed with having excellent colleges and universities, but the key is to connect them to businesses.
When Fatimah Wirth decided to teach a massive open online course about how to run a virtual classroom successfully, she did not expect it to turn into a case study for the opposite. But after a series of design flaws and technical glitches turned Ms.
This week's PBS Need To Know program focused on jobs and the often discussed “skills gap” many say exists in the U.S. The program reports that twelve million Americans are jobless and looking for work but just what kind of work and where to find it does not yield a definitive answer. Some are of the opinion that the skills gap is not as wide as others may argue and therefore, how best to solve this problem is also an issue of contention. PBS asks two experts to give a better perspective on how outside issues affect or do not affect the problems of unemployment and matching workers with jobs.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
An interesting conversation with Anthony P. Carnevale and Fred Dedrick.
According to Harvard University's Dr. Tony Wagner, when it comes to the forward thinking model for American schools and colleges to watch, "The College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA/CLA) is really in a class by itself." Wagner sees CWRA as an essential part of what he calls "Accountability 2.0." But he adds it "should be accompanied by audits of students' digital portfolios which show evidence of progressive mastery of the skills that matter most, such as critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration."
A January report by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Knocking at the College Door, indicates that minority enrollment in higher education will increase dramatically between now and 2025.
“I believe education is for two purposes. One is to help exercise the brain and get good critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and understand our past and our future. And the second reason is to teach us skills that will also help us get jobs,” Gov. McCrory said.
A great deal of attention has been paid to the issue of rising costs in higher education, and while there are a variety of explanations, the media often focuses on luxurious campus amenities as a major culprit.
by Sumi Das, CNET news.com So you’ve graduated from high school and been accepted at a four-year college. But when you arrive on campus you find out that you can’t pass college entry-level courses, so it’s back to remedial classes.
No online lecture can equal "the surprise, the frisson, the spontaneous give-and-take of a spirited, open-ended dialogue with another person,” says Darryl Tippens, the provost of Pepperdine University.
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Some college presidents and policy makers have gotten behind Lumina’s push for competency-based education and other, more innovative models, but uncertainty about application and accreditation has kept the movement from taking hold. Merisotis says the survey results – looking at the esteem in which people hold academe and the barriers that make it hard to access -- are evidence that the public, at least, is ready for a new direction.
An interesting white paper on Khan Academy and some recommendations for adoption in California.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
Just as it is the case with many MOOC platforms, Khan Academy is a great idea. No question about that. The key now is to find ways to make those great videos part of a larger and more comprehensive educational solution including reliable and valid assessments.
Free online courses don’t lead to college credit, at least not directly. But students can use free course content from providers like the Saylor Foundation and Education Portal to study for “challenge exams,” which may be the fastest and most inexpensive way to earn credits. The examinations, like those offered by Excelsior College and the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), are designed to test whether students grasp the concepts that would be taught in a conventional classroom version of general education courses. In that sense, they combine elements of both competency-based education and prior-learning assessment.
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