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States Demand That Colleges Prove Their Students Are Learning

States Demand That Colleges Prove Their Students Are Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Several college provosts in Missouri said they suggested including student learning in the state's new performance-based formula. An externally validated standardized test, many of them argued, would indicate rigor more objectively than an internal measure, like grade-point average, which can be inflated.

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Essay on the need for a new, innovation-focused accreditor

David Bergeron and Steven Klinsky explain how a new innovation-focused accreditor could ensure the quality of individual courses and drive down the cost of a degree.
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UK Universities to be hit by large-scale lecturers' strike

UK Universities to be hit by large-scale lecturers' strike | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of students could face disruption this week as universities are brought to a standstill as part of a national strike.
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Transferable Skills | MSU Career Success

Transferable skills are skills you acquire or learn in one setting that can be applied or translated to new and different settings, environments, and activities.
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Analysis suggests MOOCs will be more disruptive than open access journals

Analysis suggests MOOCs will be more disruptive than open access journals | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Supporters of open-access journals and massive open online courses have been quick to label their initiatives disruptive, but a recent analysis by a York University professor suggests only one of them has the potential to spark considerable change, while the other is likely to remain an alternative alongside traditional offerings.

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Video. The Higher Ed Bubble: Finding Financial Sanity on Campus

Video. The Higher Ed Bubble: Finding Financial Sanity on Campus | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The cost for a college education is skyrocketing, increasing at a higher rate than even health care. The total student loan debt in America recently topped $1 trillion. What are your options? What is the responsible choice? Watch this video by Dr. Vedder for insights on this issue and hear his ideas on how to solve the high cost of a college education.

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Today's College Graduates Will Not Be Able to Retire Until They Are 73

Today's College Graduates Will Not Be Able to Retire Until They Are 73 | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Student loan debt is making it harder for new college grads to save for retirement, and that's translating to a much later retirement age. With a median debt load of $23,300, a 10-year repayment plan and an unemployment rate of 18 percent upon graduation, new grads aren't exactly set up to start socking away retirement funds. It all translates to about $115,000 less in your retirement fund by the time you hit the typical retirement age.

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cMOOCs and xMOOCs - key differences

cMOOCs and xMOOCs - key differences | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs such as those offered by Coursera.

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What If Colleges Embraced Affirmative Action for Class Instead of Race?

What If Colleges Embraced Affirmative Action for Class Instead of Race? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Even if the state were to ban race-based affirmative action, the class-based framework should increase low-income admissions, maintain minority representation, and even better, predict success in college. It's a model that could help other universities become more diverse.

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Essay on the impact of adaptive and competency based learning on traditional-age students | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the impact of adaptive and competency based learning on traditional-age students | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In general, adaptive learning uses data-driven information to design coursework that permits students to proceed educationally at their appropriate pace and level. And competency–based learning allows students to be free of "seat time" and flexibly progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content.
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Three Major Changes Colleges and Universities Must Make

Three Major Changes Colleges and Universities Must Make | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

There are many additional challenges non-traditional, adult students face when going back to college. None of these students should be treated preferentially, but there should be programs to help them become more comfortable with the university and courses to help them better cope with the additional stressors that affect them.

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Fran Garrad-Cole's curator insight, October 22, 2013 11:08 AM

we need to acknowledge the changing dynamics within our undergraduates and abandon our 'one-size-fits-all' approach. Easy said than done with large UG numbers?

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Santander Will Contribute $100 Million To Support U.S. Colleges And Universities

Santander Will Contribute $100 Million To Support U.S. Colleges And Universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Santander Group Chairman Emilio Botin announced the Bank's commitment, through its Santander Universities Global Division, to contribute $100 million to U.S. universities during the next five years.

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Video. Credits, credentialing, and the future of universities

Video. Credits, credentialing, and the future of universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Unpacking the reputational aspects of credits and credentials is the first step toward exploring new ways of acknowledging learning experiences. Whether the credential takes the form of an open badge, a certificate of attainment or a degree, the underlying assumptions about their value are the same.  Ultimately, it is more about whether the learner entrusted with the credential possesses the values and quality set beneficial to his or her chosen industry or community.

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Presentations: MOOC Research Initiative

Two online presentations on Slideshares on a) MOOC Research Initiative (a review of literature, research themes) and b) Lessons MOOCs can learn from online education. Slides and recordings are posted.

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Why Colleges Get an 'F' in Cost Control

Why Colleges Get an 'F' in Cost Control | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A central reason college has become more expensive is that college is less and less about learning (instruction), and more and more about other things -much to the detriment of students and their parents.

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"Cost-Effective" College Plan Could Chill Innovation

"Cost-Effective" College Plan Could Chill Innovation | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
And we cannot measure universities by their ability to produce trained workers. There is a vital place for vocational training in schools and corporations. But the reality is we can no better predict and lock in today than we could have 50 years ago what we think the future will demand of our universities, their students or future innovators. 
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Unearthing and Developing Your Real World Skills

Unearthing and Developing Your Real World Skills | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Graduate students need to be developing skills and tools that can serve them more broadly than their topic or region of study. To survive in this job market, they need to be creative and strategic. Here are some tips for doing this.
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Opportunities, Obstacles Define Higher Education Innovation Landscape

Opportunities, Obstacles Define Higher Education Innovation Landscape | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

“Direct measures of student learning outcomes are going to be [among] the things that drive what’s happening in digital higher education going forward,” proclaimed Dr. David Payne, vice president and chief operating officer of the ETS Higher Education division, Wednesday during a roundtable discussion on digital technology’s impact on higher education.

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Analysis suggests MOOCs will be more disruptive than open access journals

Supporters of massive open online courses and open-access journals have been quick to claim the mantle of disruption, but in a new analysis, only one of them is found to have that potential.
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Persistence Beneficial for Students and Institutions

Persistence Beneficial for Students and Institutions | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

In order to increase the overall national higher education completion rate, institutions must pay close attention to the factors and strategies that increase adult retention.Student persistence in higher education is becoming a more visible issue.

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StudentGeneratedInduction's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:54 PM

A look at the application of CRM systems to address student retention.

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Open Access Explained!

What is open access? Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about.

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Colleges slow tuition growth, but financial aid is not keeping pace, report shows | Inside Higher Ed

Colleges slow tuition growth, but financial aid is not keeping pace, report shows | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Even though colleges have slowed the rate at which they raise tuition, the total grant aid available to students has not been able to keep pace with tuition growth, according to two reports released Wednesday by the College Board.
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What Would an Ideal College Look Like? A Lot Like This

What Would an Ideal College Look Like? A Lot Like This | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, as an example of an ideal college.
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MOOCs and their discontents

MOOCs and their discontents | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The MOOC may succeed or fail, but it is essential to remember that its existence constitutes an experiment, an experiment that comes in many incarnations, and one that after many deaths and rebirths will, for better or for worse, make its mark on the educational system that so many of us long to reform and change.

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David J MacFadyen's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:01 PM

Article stimulates our thinking while arguing with some of the assertions about MOOCs and their impact.