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Better Gauges of College Readiness May Be Key to Improving Graduation Rates

Better Gauges of College Readiness May Be Key to Improving Graduation Rates | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Placement tests are used to determine how well-prepared students are for the rigor of college-level courses. Students who do poorly on the tests are usually placed in developmental, or remedial, education. In fact, about 60 percent of high-school graduates who enroll at two-year colleges have to take remedial courses. But a rash of recent studies has started to cast a doubt on the effectiveness of placement tests and their role in higher education. "Where to Begin? The Evolving Role of Placement Exams for Students Starting College," released Tuesday by Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit organization that studies education and work-force issues, explores how institutions and even states are grappling with this issue and the decisions they are making to ensure that their students graduate. The report highlights emerging research that has begun to challenge long-held notions about how well placement tests work in determining college readiness. One of the more striking revelations in the report is research from the Community College Research Center that found that the grades high-school students earn is a better predictor of how well they will do in college than the scores they receive on a placement test.

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Economy Tests Harvard

Economy Tests Harvard | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At Harvard—and some of its Ivy League peers —the recession has lingered because of an unusually heavy dependency on their endowments for operating income.
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McGraw-Hill Higher Education Report on Tegrity

McGraw-Hill Higher Education Report on Tegrity | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Lecture capture has become a critical technology and essential component of the modern educational setting due to its proven ability to improve student and instructor performance and results. Increasingly, students and faculty alike are turning to the McGraw-Hill Tegrity Campus lecture capture solution to help them achieve their learning goals and today, McGraw-Hill Higher Education announced strong growth in faculty and student usage of McGraw-Hill Tegrity Campus during the 2011-2012 academic year.
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Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources

Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The authors do an excellent job of situating the contribution of OER in the wider context of the challenges facing education at all levels in an era of economic stringency. They relate OER to the realities of the teaching-learning process, arguing that greater reliance on resource-based learning, rather than large-group teaching, will be essential if wider access to education of quality is to be achieved. Creating high-quality learning resources ab initio is expensive, but Neil Butcher and Sarah Hoosen present compelling evidence that using OER can reduce this cost substantially. They also present some startling analyses of the economics of textbook production, which again show that systematic processes of investing in OER can create huge savings for governments and students. The commercial publishing industry can play a part in this process.

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UK Partnering with industry: more than just a logo to help recruit students?

UK Partnering with industry: more than just a logo to help recruit students? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Universities can develop new postgraduate courses quickly, and increase their relevance, by making industry partners integral to the development process.

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Loveless MOOCs

Loveless MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Is there a paradigm shift to learning in higher education or are universities going to continue focusing on content delivery and expect teachers to instruct and teach?
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APSCU: Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which represents the for-profit sector, issued a statement in response to the Senate Committee's report. "Unfortunately, Senator Harkin's report continues in the tradition of ideology overriding reality," according to the statement by Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer of the association. "The report twists the facts to fit a narrative, proving that this is nothing more than continued political attacks on private sector colleges and universities."
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The Manhattan Institute on the Senate's Assault on For-Profits

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released  a massive and negative report today on the for-profit college industry. In explaining why more than half of students leave for-profit colleges after a median of four months, the report's main contention is that "Congress has failed to counterbalance investor demands for increased financial returns with requirements that hold companies accountable to taxpayers for providing quality education, support, and outcomes." Of course, the invocation of federal responsibility stems from the government's serious commitment to the industry: in 2009-10 the Department of Education gave for-profits $32 billion in student loans--25% of its budget for loans. With Pell Grants, federal aid made up 86% of for-profits' revenue.
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Top Policy Challenges in Higher Ed Today

EDUCAUSE Policy recently asked association representatives from ACE, AACC, NACUBO, AASCU, ARL, and AAU to describe the most important policy challenges facing higher education today. In this new video they identify issues such as accountability, graduation rates, legal issues, reduced funding for and rising costs of higher ed, and how these challenges might affect teaching and research.

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Essay on whether online education will make professors obsolete

Essay on whether online education will make professors obsolete | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

College and university professors need to understand developments in the educational technology industry, if for no other reason than for their own self-preservation. Living in ignorance is probably the worst thing faculty could do. No matter how the Internet impacts higher education, we faculty need to play a role in the debate over its strengths and weaknesses for the sake of our students. If we happen to save our own jobs in the process of doing so, then that’s all for the better.

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UK: Young people are going to bad universities to study subjects no employers want

UK: Young people are going to bad universities to study subjects no employers want | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Surprised to hear that more than 20,000 graduates from the year of 2011 were still unemployed six months after they graduated? We shouldn't be. Is there anyone in there brave enough to admit that we can't afford to send 50 per cent of our young people to university, they can't afford it and we really need to bring back the distinction between College and University? Or are we happier to have thousands of new unemployed who as well as no jobs have no prospect of paying back the £30,000 debt they acquired to prove there were no jobs for them?

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An example of local media reporting on Coursera

An example of local media reporting on Coursera | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

"Student loan debt surpassed $1 trillion in 2011. It reached an all-time high as college students borrowed their way to a higher education. Since private-college tuition can cost over $30,000 a year that's a good reason many students go to public schools. But, recently a group of top private universities have started to offer select-courses online for free. Participating universities include UPenn, Princeton, and MIT. Courses are provided through Coursera, a California-based education company. Classes such as internet history, finance, and computer vision all include lectures, interactive quizzes, and assignments.They were developed specifically for Coursera and are not offered on campus. There are no prerequisites or test scores for these classes. Students do not earn academic credit and classes do not count toward a degree.  The upside is all of that free knowledge. So far, over a million students from 172 countries have enrolled with Coursera."

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68% of organisations using assessment centres for recruitment

68% of organisations using assessment centres for recruitment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Economic Times: Nearly 68% of organisations are currently using assessment centres for re-cruitment, revealed a recent study by TJinsite, the premium research site promoted by TimesJobs.com. About 79% of the organisations using as-sessment centres believe they are reasonably effective means of recruiting workforce.

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Tech Guru and Skeptic, Becomes Columbia's First Chief Digital Officer

Tech Guru and Skeptic, Becomes Columbia's First Chief Digital Officer | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Columbia University's new chief digital officer, Sreenath Sreenivasan, brings his perspectives as both tech evangelist and skeptic to his task of developing Columbia University's online-learning program.

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The Rise of the MOOCs

But, why all the speculation about who is going to make how much money on this new development?  As I understand it, the coalitions said that the courses would be free, and that they would give web-based exams on the basis of which they would award certificates to course takers who meet certain standards of performance.  But they will not offer credit toward degrees to anyone who is not admitted as a regular student.  So there will be at least two classes of service.  And there is nothing to prevent the universities from offering multiple classes of web-based services, so that the stripped-down "Khan Academy" offering would be free, but the full-on bells and whistles version would be offered at significant charge, but still less than the regular on-campus experience. The whole "stripped-down-version-for free-but-charges- for-bells-and-whistles" idea is entirely consistent with the whole open systems approach to software development now so popular in many quarters of the tech world.  Many variations on such themes are possible.  
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New website for Higher Ed: PolicyDirect

New website for Higher Ed: PolicyDirect | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Welcome to PolicyDirect, an online resource designed to connect top quality academic research to decisionmakers in the education, government, and business communities.
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Education Department won't enforce state authorization for distance education programs

Education Department won't enforce state authorization for distance education programs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In a reversal of one of the most sweeping and controversial portions of its program integrity rules, the Education Department said Friday that it will no longer enforce a requirement that distance education programs obtain permission to operate in every state in which they enroll at least one student.

The change was announced quietly — on the third page of a five-page attachment to a "Dear Colleague" letter that the Education Department sent to institutions Friday — but will likely be cheered by many in higher education.

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Coursera: Week 1 - The first casualties

Coursera: Week 1 - The first casualties | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The lower completion rates of students in online courses, in comparison to traditional f2f courses, has been a long-time concern. Online courses are said to work best for students who are motivated, organized, and self-directed. Students in this Coursera class are now starting to post "Gotta drop out," "Considering leaving," and so on. Below are some factors which may (and, in one case I know personally, did) prompt a student to drop the course.
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OER university - WikiEducator

OER university - WikiEducator | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit.
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US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions. Report.

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, unveiled a report on the findings of the Committee’s two-year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry. The report outlines widespread problems throughout the sector, as evidenced by the thousands of pages of never-before-released internal documents that education companies submitted to the Committee at Harkin’s request.
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What’s up with MOOCs? And how does Oregon State fit in? | Online Education Trends

What’s up with MOOCs? And how does Oregon State fit in? | Online Education Trends | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Second, at OSU we are coming at the open courseware environment from the other end. As opposed to massive enrollment classes, we are planning development of open learning modules that focus on individual learning objectives. Oregon State’s existing competitive advantage is the development of high-quality online courses that focus on varying methods of helping students be successful. You will hear much more about our new open module development program in the near future. But, suffice to say now, this is how we’re approaching the expanding open courseware market.
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Open Educational Resources at The Open University

Open Educational Resources at The Open University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

This website is a portal to all the Open University OER projects, current and complete, to showcase our research and good practice which takes place at the University and to link to our own OER output. We aim to provide a coherant view of OER activity at the OU for our staff, our students and the world.

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Infographic on How Higher Education Uses Social Media

Infographic on How Higher Education Uses Social Media | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As social media becomes more integral to students' lives, educational institutions are finally catching on, and catching up. Here's how colleges and universities are leveraging social in the classroom and the recruiting office. See infographic.

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Digital Marketing Strategy: Steps for Success in Higher Education

Bob Johnson shares his slides for the eduWeb Conference 2012Boston, MAJuly 30-August 1, 2012.


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Higher-Ed Learning with Windows 8

Higher-Ed Learning with Windows 8 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Windows 8 in education provides students with a technology ecosystem that not only provides access to digital content, but also offers a fully functional tool that allows for productivity and collaboration. Seton Hall is on the cutting edge of building the future workforce and by using Microsoft technologies, students will have the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. And as some of the heaviest power users of technology out there, students have no problem sharing their feedback and ideas to both us and Seton Hall for how this technology can be used.

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