The influx of investment money is a relatively new and exciting experience for the education sector. Over the past couple years, we've seen millions of dollars poured into the 'hottest' startups in education.
"Desire2Learn", a leader in providing innovative learning solutions, today announced San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) is using Desire2Learn Learning Suite to support its outcome-based instructional philosophy.
This brief examines transfer as a core function of community colleges. I examine multiple facets of transfer, including its role as a pathway to the bachelor’s degree, the mobility of credits between institutions, and current and future challenges associated with transfer.
The field of bachelor’s degree makes a considerable difference in a college graduate’s annual earnings, according to 2011 American Community Survey (ACS) data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. These differences add up over the span of one’s work-life. For example, among people whose highest degree is a bachelor’s, engineering majors earn $1.6 million more than education majors. These findings come from two separate ACS reports released today. The first report Field of Degree and Earnings by Selected Employment Characteristics: 2011, provides information about the relationship between the field of bachelor’s degrees, median annual earnings, and the likelihood of full-time employment. The second report, Work-Life Earnings by Field of Degree and Occupation for People With a Bachelor’s Degree: 2011, explores the relationship between how far one goes in school and how much money one might make over the course of a 40-year career (from age 25 to 64). It goes into further detail for people whose highest degree is a bachelor’s by investigating how college major and occupation impact these work-life earnings. This is the first time the Census Bureau has ever analyzed work-life earnings by both field of degree and occupation.
Categorizing assessments according to their intended purposes is problematic. Focusing on purposes overlooked the fact that the same assessment could be summative for some kinds of learning and formative for other kinds of learning.
These competency-based assessments will not eliminate the need or value of universities for many students. If you decide to attend a university, you will be immersed in a community of inspiring peers and professors doing amazing things. The universities themselves will continue to conduct cutting-edge research that pushes society forward. College will become something similar to an MBA - an optional path that could help, but one that is not a requirement for a satisfying, well-paying profession.
It's official: Higher education is shrinking, for the first time in at least 15 years. Total enrollment at American colleges and universities eligible for federal financial aid fell slightly in the fall of 2011 from the year before, according to preliminary data released Tuesday by the U.S. Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics.
The potential for MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, to fundamentally change the realm of higher education is clear: students worldwide can take courses and earn certificates from top-tier universities for free.
This is the second IITE publication within the series of case studies summarizing best practices of OER development in non-English-speaking countries. The study contains an overview of the Brazilian educational landscape, national educational policy and the strategies of ICT use in education.
Hobsons, the leader in recruitment, communication, and student success solutions for colleges and universities, has partnered with YOUniversityTV, the world’s largest college video tour network, to facilitate deeper connections between institutions and prospective students.
Education should be better, cheaper, and easier to access, argue Marginal Revolution bloggers and economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. To that end, they have launched a new online education platform free and accessible to people around the world. Students are invited to not just learn but also teach and share their knowledge.
A new study finds a significant decline over the last 20 years in the number of institutions whose missions align with the sector. Some liberal arts colleges are disappearing, while others are changing their curricular focus and approach to undergraduate education. An increasingly small number of these institutions have been able to maintain a dominant arts and science emphasis in their curricula. The influence of this sector may be diminishing as their numbers decrease and their educational focus becomes less clear.
Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education that an individual has completed. This is distinct from the level of schooling that an individual is attending. The the U.S. Census Bureau also released today a series of infographics, Pathways After a Bachelor’s Degree. These infographics, based on the 2010 ACS, examine 13 different bachelor’s degree majors and for each one, looks at the estimated work-life earnings at each level of education from a bachelor’s on up, as well as work-life earnings among selected occupations at these different education levels. They show, for instance, among social science majors working as financial managers, those who have a bachelor’s degree earn $3.5 million while those with a master's degree earn $4.6 million over a work-life.
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Universities are opening outposts in distant countries, but it’s not clear why. It appears that college administrators are prone to overestimating the benefits and underestimating the costs of IBCs. On the other hand, at this point IBCs are being built faster than they’re being taken down. Whether the IBC trend continues depends on the broader picture of how higher education develops in the future. If traditional universities begin to face a crisis, as some have predicted, IBCs may be among the first things cut.
One of the emerging technologies in my research ‘to do’ queue for some time now has been Augmented Reality. This week I spent some time trolling the web for insights into instructional applications of this new technology. I found a number of interesting sites, sources, and videos demonstrating applications and prototypes.
A growing number of nonprofit colleges have become big fish in online education and are targeting a working-adult-student market long-dominated by for-profit institutions. As the competition heats up, better-informed consumers will increasingly seek out online programs based on price and brand strength. Those were the findings of new research from the Parthenon Group, a strategic consulting firm. Parthenon has conducted previous studies with favorable outcomes for the for-profit sector, but gives nonprofits a bit of an edge in this report, which is dubbed “Are the Sleeping Giants Awake? Non-Profit Universities Enter Online Education at Scale.”
Despite Mugabe's oppresive regime in Zimbabwe, some Zimbabweans are working to increase open access in higher, secondary, and primary education. At the university level, open access, such as at the University of Zimbabwe and 13 other higher institutions, means free links to peer-reviewed literature and allowing users to read, download, copy, print, or search them. The aim is to increase knowledge and information through open access.
The integration of digital learning with brick and mortar schools continues. Codeacademy and New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development have just announced a partnership.
Here’s the latest update on what’s going on with the “future of higher education” and digital education innovation. This time around we have innovation in credentials, for-profit prestige, flipped classrooms, and of course “the reports of the death of higher education have been greatly exaggerated.” I try to keep the posts simple and stick to the interesting stories since there’s a new online university or ed startup every day it seems.
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