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Lumina Foundation. Strategic Imperative 2: Designing and Building a 21st Century Higher Education System

Imperative 2 is to develop specific approaches to create the fundamental change needed in higher education to reach the attainment goal. Specific structures within the U.S. higher education system — particularly finance and credentialing models — must be changed for attainment to increase to the levels required to reach the goal. Lumina will work to develop new models and to implement them throughout the higher education system.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 2

Working side by side with employers, metro areas and regions to encourage broader adoption of Goal 2025, create and strengthen the collaborative partnerships needed to increase attainment and more closely align postsecondary education with workforce and civic needs.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 4

Advancing state policy for increased attainment by encouraging states to adopt formal goals and implementation plans that are specific, challenging and focused on addressing the attainment gaps for underrepresented populations.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 6

Creating new models of student financial support that make college more affordable, make costs more predictable and transparent, provide incentives to increase completion, and align federal, state and institutional policies and programs.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 8

Creating new systems of quality credentials and credits defined by learning and competencies rather than time, clear and transparent pathways to students, high-quality learning, and alignment with workforce needs and trends.

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How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford?

How Much Protection Does a College Degree Afford? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Despite much media speculation about the impact of the Great Recession on labor market outcomes of recent college graduates, comprehensive analysis on the topic has been scarce.
 
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The idea is that despite different claims made indicating that the value of a university degree has been eroded, any amount of higher education improves employment outcomes.

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eCornell Offers a MOOC That Steers Students to a Paid Follow-Up

eCornell Offers a MOOC That Steers Students to a Paid Follow-Up | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Cornell University’s online spinoff is moving into MOOCs, with a free marketing course in its hospitality program starting on Tuesday. But the program will be designed to steer students toward a follow-up course for $1,200 to get a professional certificate.

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Will MOOCs Supplement or Supplant Higher Education?

Will MOOCs Supplement or Supplant Higher Education? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Views on the impact of MOOCs vary, even among higher education experts.

Currently, there are two views on the role of MOOCs in higher education. One side believes that MOOCs revolutionize higher education as we know it; the other side imagines a new category for one of the most stable institutions in the world.

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Size and Prestige Won’t Get You Too Far: The Key to Institutional Survival

Size and Prestige Won’t Get You Too Far: The Key to Institutional Survival | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Institutions will not survive the higher education revolution on the backs of their prestige or size. The defining factor for successful institutions in the coming years will be their ability to adapt to change in the industry.
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Also from the article: "I also believe that we will see the rise of learning assessment as a core feature of the teaching-learning process. Assessment is the process of distilling learning from broad experience. So, a college that chooses to become extremely good at the assessment of learners and learning—including them in the deeply educational process of thinking about what they have learned—could become the safe haven that learners, stymied by the chaos of resources without structure, come to for support or guidance."

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Coursera's fee-based course option

Coursera's fee-based course option | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

University partners and Coursera will jointly issue certificates under the fee-based option, affixing their powerful brands to them but not issuing credit for the courses. Fees will range from $30 to $100, with an initial group of 5 courses getting the deluxe treatment. However, company officials said most Coursera offerings would include the fee-based variety by the end of the year.

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Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities

Coursera Announces Details for Selling Certificates and Verifying Identities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Coursera announces the start of a pilot project to check the identities of its students and offer “verified certificates” of completion, for a fee.

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MOOCs, Outsourcing, and The Cloud: Where are Institutional Missions?

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If a critical mass of learning moves towards the MOOCs model, I am not sure who among that crowd will have the last laugh, but administrators, from presidents to deans and departments chairs and traditional faculty, will probably not be amused.
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Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow

Survey finds online enrollments slow but continue to grow | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Chief academic officers queried about the sustainability of MOOCs as a way of offering courses were deeply divided. Nearly half were neutral, with the rest evenly split between yes and no. There was much more widespread support for the idea that MOOCs could help institutions learn about online pedagogy, with nearly three in five respondents agreeing that they would serve that purpose.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 1

Building a Goal 2025 social movement for target audiences by creating a call to action, building partnerships among stakeholder groups and developing a common language and plan of action around the need to significantly increase attainment.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 3

Mobilizing higher education institutions and systems to increase the adoption of data- and evidence-based policies, partnerships and practices that closes attainment gaps for underserved students and improve overall completion rates.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 5

Advancing federal policy for increased attainment by developing a federal policy agenda that includes recommendations for linking federal workforce development and higher education policy, creating new models of student financial support, and advancing stronger public information and quality-assurance mechanisms.

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Lumina Foundation. Strategy 7

Creating new higher education business and finance models that significantly expand the nation's capacity to deliver affordable, high-quality education;supported by public finance and regulatory policies that create incentives for, and remove barriers to, innovation.

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Video: How Free Online Courses Are Changing Traditional Education

As tuition costs continue to rise, it seems counterintuitive that professors at top universities would give away their courses for free. But that's exactly what they're doing, on web-based platforms known as "Massive Open Online Courses." Spencer Michels reports on how a boom in online learning could change higher education.

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Lumina's new strategies for big completion goal

Lumina's new strategies for big completion goal | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Foundation picks new strategies for its college attainment push and grant-making, with a focus on metro areas, innovations and results.
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Twenty Million Minds Foundation

Twenty Million Minds Foundation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We support the creation, sharing, and proliferation of more effective and affordable educational content by leveraging disruptive technologies, open educational resources, and new models for collaboration.
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This week, the Twenty Million Minds Foundation organized a conference at the University of California, Los Angeles, in which MOOC pioneers, California politicians , university leaders, students and consultants wrestled with different ways of harnessing MOOCs’ potential. Panelists generally were excited about the progress made so far; attendees were intrigued but also wary of the risk that haphazardly run MOOCs could undercut educational norms.

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Beyond MOOCs Into Greater Openness

Beyond MOOCs Into Greater Openness | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What more can be added to the huge volumes already written on MOOCs, which is more than you could possibly ever read, even if you read just one article about MOOCs every hour of every day for all of 2013? Instead, this article expands our horizons and think more broadly about an even bigger trend in higher education, 2012’s noticeable advancement of the acceptance of openness.

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Video: Welcome to the Brave New World of MOOCs

More top colleges are offering free MOOCs (massive open online courses), but companies and universities still need to figure out a way to monetize them.

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Finding Focus in the MOOC Haze

Universities are quickly aligning themselves with xMOOC platforms or (in some cases) trying to build their own or a variant.  It has changed the institution of education, and thus it will in some way change education, regardless of whether it as a learning system will change the learning in the education system.

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65 MOOCs/Certificate Courses Getting Started in January

65 MOOCs/Certificate Courses Getting Started in January | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It is time for New Year's resolutions and for university courses to get started again. It's happening on campuses.
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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
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The 2012 iteration of the Babson Survey Research Group's annual Survey of Online Learning.
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ghbrett's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:13 AM

A report like this over a span of ten years can provide educators and education administrators a sense where technology in education has been and potential for where it might be headed.