We are constantly told that America needs to import its engineers from abroad—specifically China and India—in order to make up for a perceived talent deficit in the United States. The reality is that out of the 500,000 engineers who graduate per year from India, only 2.6% are employable and over 50% don’t have skills to succeed. Moreover, About 80% of Indian students have not mastered the basics of reading or mathematics.
OER use is new enough that data on student performance are not readily available. Early evidence at SCC shows that students are doing just as well with digital material as with traditional textbooks. TCC has found the same thing.
Anant Agarwal, president of edX, shared his thoughts at a panel on Friday. At the forum, Agarwal dropped the news that edX, the Harvard and MIT-funded MOOC provider, would announce "a significant number" of university partnerships in the "next few weeks." This news has big implications for both online learning and higher education. Many university educators fear MOOCs will replace them, and the new partnerships will only serve to heighten that anxiety.
There is little agreement about what universities’ core competencies actually are. Students want them to emphasize personal growth and amenities; the faculty favors pure scholarship and graduate education; politicians want job training and economically productive research; and so on. None of these constituencies “owns” the university. On the other hand, none can simply be ignored. As a result, nothing much gets done.
Computer-based educational systems have long helped impart information to students and assess their understanding of it. The next step, one company in the field says, is using their behavior to make predictions.
That’s the aim of technology being announced Tuesday by Desire2Learn, a Canadian company that specializes in cloud-based based learning systems it markets to colleges, schools and companies.
Students graduating from high school don’t have the math and English skills needed to succeed in their first year at a community college, according to a new report. Meanwhile, two-year colleges are not focusing on the practical math and English skills that students need to succeed in their selected career paths.
The second annual Universitas 21 rankings of countries has been released in London. Overall, the top five countries in the 2013 rankings are: USA (unchanged since 2012), Sweden (unchanged since 2012), Switzerland (6th in 2012), Canada (3rd in 2012) and Denmark (unchanged at number 5). The largest changes in the rankings occurred as a result of improved measures becoming available for a number of non-OECD countries. The largest increase occurs for Malaysia which improves nine places to 27th.
Grants go to the increasingly creative field of educational games. There is a growing base of evidence indicating that games can be an important and effective component of our strategy to prepare a highly skilled 21st century American workforce.
We are pleased to release Degrees of Value today. This paper aims to provide information on one important aspect of college—the return on investment. While there is certainly more to a college education than the financial payoff, the fact remains that this is an increasingly dominant concern for students. Over 80 percent of students now cite “to be able to get a better job” as a very important reason for attending college.
Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. Hre is the story from NPR's "Morning Edition". Selingo says: "This idea of competency-based education, which I think is perhaps the most disruptive force potentially entering higher education — so, right now we measure learning by time spent in a seat. They test you on the way in, they see what you know, and you basically focus on what you don't know. What I think the disruption will be is that some students could finish in 2 1/2 years. There's nothing really magic about 120 credits in four years. It's just tradition."
Many MOOCs are simply educational gifts, if you will, provided for the intellectually curious, as means of knowledge sharing in the purest sense. The waters get murkier—and more anxiety producing—however, when these MOOCs become legitimate means of bestowing credentials. In this latter circumstance, the structure and boundaries of higher education are breached, shaking the foundation and laying bare myriad paths to intellectual accomplishment.
The president of Montgomery College says low-income students are already underrepresented in higher education. Their best bet is often the community college, with the most affordable tuition offerings.
With the Socialist government rocked by financial scandal and its leader's approval ratings at a record low of 29 per cent, opposition from university leaders to key reforms are growing. These reforms seek to promote "collegiality" between institutions rather than the competition encouraged by Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.