San Jose State and Udacity are taking the summer results as progress. Both have put out news releases detailing the results, and the university’s release says it will restart its trials with Udacity in January 2014.
Many observers said the president’s plan -- which seeks to fold all sectors of higher education into the same sort of regulatory regime the White House has pushed with for-profit colleges and vocational programs at community colleges – will have a big rhetorical impact on the debate over accountability in higher education. It could also substantially increase the federal government’s presence in overseeing how colleges do business.
LinkedIn, the network that aims to link professionals with potential employers just launched its University Pages. These new pages are meant to help prospective students find the college or university that fits those best.
In an interview with WSJ's David Wessel, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities President Peter McPherson discusses the rising costs of a college degree and whether higher education is keeping pace with new forms of learning.
Audio with three people who have experience teaching and taking MOOCs.We start off with journalist JUSTIN POPE who wrote about learning on line in a recent AP article. Then we’ll talk to EDWARD ROCK of the University of Pennsylvania and TIM BURKE of Swarthmore College about the challenges and benefits of MOOCs.
This semester, a handful of university programs specializing in data mining are starting up. This week, the University of Virginia launched a new research center called the Big Data Institute. Columbia University will also begin offering a new master’s in big data, in a program technically called "Quantitative Studies."
Online education arguably came of age in the last year, with the explosion of massive open online courses driving the public's (and politicians') interest in digitally delivered courses and contributing to the perception that they represent not only higher education's future, but its present. Faculty members, by and large, still aren't buying -- and they are particularly skeptical about the value of MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed's new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests.
Some colleges and universities need to re-evaluate their financials if they want to remain viable in the long run.
For years, colleges were motivated to expand without really focusing on efficiency, or determining which programs and departments were profitable, and which were expendable. The cascade of recent reports—from Moody’s, Bain/Sterling, Inside Higher Ed, and Forbes—suggests that an institution maintaining the status quo will not be a viable long-term institution.
Next spring, seniors at about 200 U.S. colleges will take a new test that could prove more important to their future than final exams: an SAT-like assessment that aims to cut through grade-point averages and judge students' real value to employers.
Higher education is under attack, University of Florida President Bernie Machen told faculty in his State of the University address Thursday, and it's up to administrators and faculty to fight back by meeting those challenges head on.
What's the difference between OCWs and MOOCs? At the end of the day, it may be nothing more than managing expectations. We’re seeing a huge anti-MOOC backlash now, but never saw an anti-OCW backlash. Why? Perhaps because even though to the public mind they’re doing essentially the same things – publishing large collections of curated, high quality, freely available course content – OCW managed the public’s expectations better.
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