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College assessment test poses problems

College assessment test poses problems | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The CLA+, by encouraging students and administrators to view the value of their education merely in terms of employability, could very well knock down the house of cards.
 
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Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT?

Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new test for college seniors that aims to be the SAT for prospective employers is the latest blow to the monopoly long-held by colleges and universities on what it means to be well-educated.
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Scores Improve in New Round of San Jose State's Experiment With Udacity

Scores Improve in New Round of San Jose State's Experiment With Udacity | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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The Changing Role of Students in the Customer-Oriented Higher Education Marketplace

The Changing Role of Students in the Customer-Oriented Higher Education Marketplace | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Higher education institutions must upgrade their approaches to business management to keep up with the demands of today’s students, who behave more and more like customers.
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Massively Online And Offline Too: How MOOCs Will Evolve In The Physical World

Massively Online And Offline Too:  How MOOCs Will Evolve In The Physical World | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The disruption in education is just beginning.  And "educators" aren't the only ones thinking about it.
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Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan

Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? - PandoDaily (blog)

Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money? - PandoDaily (blog) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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Infographic: How will the MOOCs make money?
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LinkedIn launches University Pages to help career-minded students find the right college

LinkedIn launches University Pages to help career-minded students find the right college | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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4 Problems with Federal College Scorecards

4 Problems with Federal College Scorecards | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

If the U.S. administration truly wants to “shake up” higher ed and bring down college costs, it would acknowledge that federal government intervention is the problem, not the solution.

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Video: Is a College Degree Still Affordable?

Video: Is a College Degree Still Affordable? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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Open online courses | Radio Times

Open online courses | Radio Times | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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Most Students Aren't Ready for College, ACT Data Show

Most Students Aren't Ready for College, ACT Data Show | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The test-maker's annual report also indicates that the average composite score fell to its lowest level in eight years.
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Mozilla to co-host MOOC exploring Open Badges as credentials

Mozilla to co-host MOOC exploring Open Badges as credentials | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

On September 9, Mozilla will co-host a MOOC exploring the growing interest in using badges to document and showcase knowledge, skills and competencies for those pursuing professional credentials.

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Universities Go in Big for Big Data

Universities Go in Big for Big Data | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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."

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Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology

Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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.

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The Balance Sheet Dilemma for Colleges and Universities

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.
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Pieter de Vries's curator insight, August 27, 2013 5:41 PM

In the end it is the money, stupid.

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" 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.

 

The report “College Financial Grades” published by Forbes analyzes the financials of 925 private not-for-profits, schools ranging from Harvard University to Gardner-Webb University, reporting that 544 schools received grades in the “C” or “D” range, 253 earned a “B,” and only 128 schools were given an “A.”....

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Colleges will offer new exit test to judge job-related skills

Colleges will offer new exit test to judge job-related skills | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.
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The Student as a Consumer

The Student as a Consumer | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As students begin to behave more like consumers, it’s critical for higher education institutions to respond to their demands in order to increase enrollments and retention.
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Machen: Higher education is under attack

Machen: Higher education is under attack | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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.

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Tuition starts to fall at private, for-profit colleges

Tuition starts to fall at private, for-profit colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Private, for-profit colleges have joined the march of institutions that appear to be lowering their tuition as enrollment flattens out and families become increasingly price conscious.
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Peter Haydon Druery's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:58 AM

Interesting findings emerging from the US. The "for-profit" college/training sector seem focused on making a profit so, they’re cutting tuition!  "There's  got to be something going on,” Gillen, cited in the report claims. “Either they’re trying to build their market share or they’re trying to undercut their competitors.” Read on.......a sign of tings to come here as we enter this brave new world of "marketisation" of TAFE - VET colleges here?

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MOOCs and The Change of Higher Education

MOOCs and The Change of Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The American writer H. L. Mencken once said that there is always a well-known solution to every human problem: neat, plausible, and wrong. MOOCs look neat, are plausible and… too many get it wrong!
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President Obama Explains His Plan to Combat Rising College Costs

President Obama Explains His Plan to Combat Rising College Costs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, President Obama outlines his plan to combat the soaring costs of higher education.
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Blended MOOCs: The Best of Both Worlds?

Blended MOOCs: The Best of Both Worlds? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Combining in-class instruction with high-quality MOOCs may resolve some of the hurdles facing stand-alone MOOCs, but questions about cost and the impact on faculty remain unanswered.
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What's the Difference Between OCWs and MOOCs? Managing Expectations

What's the Difference Between OCWs and MOOCs? Managing Expectations | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

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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