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Liberal arts are the best preparation -- even for a business career

Liberal arts are the best preparation -- even for a business career | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The best preparation for life and career -- be it in finance, entrepreneurship or something else -- is a liberal arts degree, writes Edgar M. Bronfman.
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Manish Gosalia's curator insight, October 29, 2013 2:53 AM

a definite article, worthwhile to explore in India too

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European educators consider how their MOOCs could compete with those from U.S. | Inside Higher Ed

European educators consider how their MOOCs could compete with those from U.S. | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a legal basis for the creation of an online marketplace for academic credit that could be exploited by massive open online course providers, conference speakers have argued.

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Pennsylvania System of Higher Education enrollment drops for fall term

Pennsylvania System of Higher Education enrollment drops for fall term | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Fall enrollment is down officially across the State System of Higher Education for the third consecutive year, with 12 of the 14 state-owned universities registering losses, including all five Western Pennsylvania schools
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Community colleges targeting student success

Community colleges hope counseling and orientation will improve student outcomes.
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Alice j. Walker's curator insight, February 2, 2014 9:47 PM

Counseling, orientation, and an educational plan.  Community colleges across the nation are singing the same song.

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Proposal would let California's 2-year colleges grant 4-year degrees

Proposal would let California's 2-year colleges grant 4-year degrees | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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California's community college system is considering a controversial effort to offer four-year degrees, a move designed to boost the number of students who graduate and are more prepared for the workforce.
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Unusual Partnership Between 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges in N.J.

Unusual Partnership Between 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges in N.J. | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Gloucester County College in New Jersey plans to change its name to more formally align itself with nearby Rowan University, and to create an "exclusive agreement" in which students who enroll in the two-year institution will sign a non-binding...
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The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 20-Something Employees

The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 20-Something Employees | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Are you able to work effectively in a team? That’s the skill employers most want when they are recruiting new college grads. The next most important skill: ability to make decisions and solve problems.
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Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance:

1. Ability to work in a team
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
3. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
4. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others

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Essay on reforms needed to promote success at community colleges

Essay on reforms needed to promote success at community colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A community college administrator says that -- despite all the talk nationally about a focus on completion -- many institutions are still defined by access policies that doom students to failure.
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Why college costs will soon plunge

Why college costs will soon plunge | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
“My goal,” says the candidate, “is a healthier America. That is why I am setting an ambitious target of sending 1 million more Americans to the hospital in the next five years.
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The Experts - Higher Ed. WSJ

The Experts - Higher Ed. WSJ | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
An exclusive group of industry and thought leaders brought together by The Wall Street Journal who engage in in-depth online discussions of important topics.
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Digital badges in the classroom

Digital badges in the classroom | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Certifying and Valuing Digital Badges is an important area to consider. Anyone can visit Credly and begin developing digital badges, and this raises the question of validity. Smartly, though, Credly will certify an “issuer” (an individual or institution offering the badge) after a thorough vetting process and an annual fee of $150. This extra layer of authentication is highly recommended.
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Profit-Maximizing Online Education Can Be a Positive Change

Profit-Maximizing Online Education Can Be a Positive Change | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A market-based approach to higher education will ensure that high quality outcomes emerge from any change to the postsecondary system.
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Don’t Blame Students for the Jobs-Skills Mismatch

In order to ensure that students graduate with the skills needed for the jobs that exist, companies need to work with the education system, government and labor. These public-private partnerships are critical because they allow for the marriage of supply and demand.

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Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?

Via SusanBat , Dominique Demartini, Pierre Levy, juandoming, Mark Smithers
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Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

Christine Aizpurua's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

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Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:45 AM

An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.

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Blended Learning: The MOOC

Blended Learning: The MOOC | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

It’s a good season to learn about the use of technology in the classroom.

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Five Ways Digital Badges Can Influence Learning

Five Ways Digital Badges Can Influence Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Badges can be used to supplement more traditional credits so that adult students are recognized for their competencies as well as their knowledge.—Co-written with Andrea Thomas | Technology Writer, Purdue University— Today’s students, post-college...
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Ramping up engagement to boost student success

Ramping up engagement to boost student success | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

For student engagement strategies to yield student success, they need to be well designed, implemented at scale and integrated into clear, coherent pathways.

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Career Colleges Meet the Needs of Employees in the Evolving Labor Market

Career Colleges Meet the Needs of Employees in the Evolving Labor Market | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As more focus is placed on the capacity for postsecondary graduates to find pathways to the workforce, career colleges can open the door for adults to enter new, high-demand fields.
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American adults see online courses as at least equivalent in most ways

American adults see online courses as at least equivalent in most ways | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A majority of Americans believe online instruction is at least as good as classroom-based courses in terms of providing good value, a format most students can succeed in, and instruction tailored to each individual. But they question the rigor of testing and grading, and whether employers will view such degrees positively, a new survey by Gallup shows.

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Project Win-Win Connects Dropouts With Degrees

Project Win-Win Connects Dropouts With Degrees | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When students make the decision to drop out of college, they typically let go of the idea of ever earning the degree they spent time working toward.
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This initiative involves 64 community colleges and four-year colleges and universities in nine states, including Florida, New York and Ohio, according to the institute's website. Project Win-Win's goal is to identify former students who left school before they could receive an associate's degree. Based on information contained in school records, schools can figure out which individuals are eligible to receive their degrees retroactively.

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Clearing the Path to a Four-Year Degree

Clearing the Path to a Four-Year Degree | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
It may get easier for North Carolina community college students to transfer to UNC colleges in 2014—perhaps too easy.
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Uclan to offer credit for Moocs - Times Higher Education

Uclan to offer credit for Moocs - Times Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Uclan to offer credit for Moocs Times Higher Education It is thought to be the first UK institution to allow massive open online courses – known as Moocs – to count towards a university qualification, regardless of which university developed the...
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Assessment 101 Workshops Planned for faculty ar Washington State University

Assessment 101 Workshops Planned for faculty ar Washington State University | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The Assessment 101 workshop presented by the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning will be available soon.  This workshop introduces the basics of program assessment as well as the assessment resources and requirements at WSU.  It is designed to be useful for any faculty member who is new to assessment and will be especially useful for new chairs or new assessment coordinators.
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Massive open online courses emerge as corporate training option

Read why massive open online courses, social user interfaces and mobility are transforming stodgy learning managements systems, according to Bersin by Deloitte. Summarizing MOOCs, Bersin said they are very good for technical education today and [for] beginning to provide content on professional development and leadership. "Very much worth your time to experiment," he said. "I think employees will find this to be a great value add; a sort of engagement tool for your organization."
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Kara Hannigan's curator insight, October 2, 2014 1:02 AM

Very relevant - have definitely experienced the challenge finding the right courses, but worth trying to see if we can target audiences with right solutions (for free!)

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Wyoming Board of Ed wants new assessment oversight group

Wyoming Board of Ed wants new assessment oversight group | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Wyoming Board of Education has written to the Legislature’s select committee on educational accountability, asking to set up a group of stakeholders to develop or choose a new educational assessment for the state. Assessments will be used to determine such things as student progress in some key subject areas.

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