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Public policies, prices, and productivity in American higher education

Public policies, prices, and productivity in American higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Tuition, fees, and other college charges have increased at more than twice the rate of inflation. US spends more than $25,000 per student on higher ed. Must examine effect of public policies on higher ed spending.

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Higher education is constantly rising in price. As a public policy of the U.S. it's only getting more and more outrageous. To further your education so you can create a life for yourself costs you an arm and a leg. The prices are only going up and only making it harder for students or just people in general to be able to join and try that next step of life to eventually supporting themselves. What if the cure to cancer was in the mind of someone who couldnt afford college?

Abigail Beinborn's comment, May 15, 11:57 AM
I think the government and schools need to stop raising college and school expenses because it's gonna allow for less people to further their education. Many complain that students choose not to go to college, but maybe they can't afford it. It takes years to pay off college debt. It shouldn't have to be that hard to get a good education to get the job you want to pursue.
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Will Teachers Unions Kill Virtual Learning?

Will Teachers Unions Kill Virtual Learning? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
New educational technologies could be great for kids—if regulations and politics don’t get in the way.
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How universities will compete: appeal to elites, move online

How universities will compete: appeal to elites, move online | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Universities will have to adapt to increasing costs by either moving online and broadening their enrolment or catering to an elite
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This is a summary of the Avalanche report regarding the urgent transformation that is required in higher education.

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Could MOOCs Vet College-Ready Students?

Could MOOCs Vet College-Ready Students? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Before you roll your eyes at another MOOC story, consider this: An Ohio community college has developed a math MOOC not for its students, but for its local high school students. Why? To get more students math-ready before they come to campus.
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MOOCs: Game Changer or "Tech Ed Du Jour"?

MOOCs: Game Changer or "Tech Ed Du Jour"? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

At this point, we are left with some important unanswered questions to ponder regarding whether MOOCs are a game changer or, like many other interesting ideas, simply becoming interesting footnotes to future chronicles on higher education. A short list among many includes: How expensive will development of new pedagogies for MOOCs prove to be? How will MOOCs support themselves without tuition and fees? Will institutions continue to support MOOCs if results show that they are cannibalizing traditional approaches? How will evaluation for credit evolve, including the challenges of controlling plagiarism? Will MOOCs finally bring the end to our traditional institutions predicted by so many for so long? What do we do with the huge numbers of current faculty?

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Solving the Workplace Competency Problem with a MOOC

Solving the Workplace Competency Problem with a MOOC | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the value of higher education institutions faces increasing criticism, it’s important for low-cost programming to be developed that will teach workplace-relevant skills and competencies to students.
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California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment

California State U. System Will Expand MOOC Experiment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

San Jose State University plans to widen its relationship with edX, the nonprofit provider of massive open online courses, and the California State University system is encouraging similar experiments on 11 other campuses. The moves were announced on Wednesday, just two semesters after San Jose State began a pilot project with edX to improve teaching and learning in its own classrooms. The university will incorporate three to five new edX courses into its local curriculum next fall, including courses in the humanities and social sciences.

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System Failure: The Collapse of Public Education

System Failure: The Collapse of Public Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
From our high schools to CUNY, New York City's numbers are in—and they are terrifying.
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Study backs liberal arts, but questions graduates’ competence | Hechinger Report

Study backs liberal arts, but questions graduates’ competence | Hechinger Report | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Informing the Public about Education through Quality Journalism
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More about the AAC&U report. Hechiger notes that "hidden deeper in the findings, and not mentioned in the accompanying news release, is the disclosure that more than 40 percent of employers already don’t think colleges are teaching students what they need to know to succeed. A third say graduates aren’t even qualified for entry-level work, and more than half say new hires with college degrees don’t have the skills they need to ultimately be promoted."

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California community colleges release completion scorecards

California community colleges release completion scorecards | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
California's community colleges get graded with new completion scorecards. Experts say the data are among the best provided by a public college system.
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LEAP Employer-Educator Compact

The LEAP Employer-Educator Compact is a statement from educational and business leaders about making high-quality learning a national priority as employers seek college graduates with a broader set of skills and knowledge to fuel our innovation-driven economy. Employer-Educator Forum
April 10—Washington, DC.

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The 6 Characteristics Of Modern Online Language Learning

The 6 Characteristics Of Modern Online Language Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As a former foreign-language teacher, I often look at the tools available to teachers now and wonder how my teaching might have been different if I had the same tools when I was teaching.
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Daphne Koller on Rapid Changes in Higher Education

Daphne Koller, Stanford professor and Coursera co-founder, talks about the relationship between online courses and traditional classrooms.youtube.com
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Initiatives for containing the cost of higher education

Initiatives for containing the cost of higher education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Failure to change will make traditional universities vulnerable to disruptive innovations from for-profit universities and online offerings. Cost containment reforms must acknowledge the multiple levels of higher education governance. How can policy and advocacy provide cost-containment incentives for institutions to implement promising ideas?

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Emerging Technology: Wake Up to Educating the Future Workforce

Emerging Technology: Wake Up to Educating the Future Workforce | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Emerging technology is shifting our workforce toward intellectual capital. Is your association ready to train members in skills they'll need in the future?
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What To Know About The Accreditation Of MOOCs And Online Learning

What To Know About The Accreditation Of MOOCs And Online Learning | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

We take a close look at the process and questions surrounding the accreditation of MOOCs and online learning in the digital age of education.

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22 Thoughts on Automated Grading of Student Writing

22 Thoughts on Automated Grading of Student Writing | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
I have some thoughts on automated grading of student writing. Most of them are unkind.
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The Three-Legged Stool of Competency Frameworks

The Three-Legged Stool of Competency Frameworks | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
I don’t know how I missed it, but in February New Hampshire released competencies that will be used as the infrastructure upon which they will out their balanced assessment systems.
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MOOCs and Megatrends: A Prediction Comes True

MOOCs and Megatrends: A Prediction Comes True | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Approving credit for Massive Open Online Course completion may well be the innovation that will maintain California’s status as the trend-setter state.
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Florida legislation would require colleges to grant credit for some unaccredited courses

Florida legislation would require colleges to grant credit for some unaccredited courses | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The Florida plan is similar to a high-profile California bill. Both would force public colleges and universities under some circumstances to award credit for work done by students in online programs unaffiliated with their colleges.

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A Future Full of Badges

A Future Full of Badges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

It might take some time, but the credentials that validate learning are about to be transformed. The badge system isn't just a transcript, CV, and work portfolio rolled together into a cool digital package. It's also a way to structure the process of education itself. Students will be able to customize learning goals within the larger curricular framework, integrate continuing peer and faculty feedback about their progress toward achieving those goals, and tailor the way badges and the metadata within them are displayed to the outside world. Students won't just earn badges—they'll build them, in an act of continuous learning.

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Survey of Internationalization at European Institutions: On MOOCs, No Clear Opinion

The European University Association released results of a survey on the internationalization of European universities in advance of its annual conference in Belgium. The survey also asked about universities’ interest in MOOCs, and found that only 58 percent of respondents had heard about MOOCs and 33 percent said they had been discussed at their institutions.

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Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success

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Nearly all employers surveyed (93 percent) in a new report say that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than a candidate’s undergraduate major.

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Survey finds that business executives aren't focused on the majors of those they hire

Survey finds that business executives aren't focused on the majors of those they hire | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Business executives care more about their new hires' thinking, communication and problem-solving skills than they do about their undergraduate majors, according to a survey being released today by the Association of  American Colleges and Universities.

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Community College Degree Bill Killed in CO House

Community College Degree Bill Killed in CO House | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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A bill that would have allowed Colorado's community colleges to offer a very limited number of bachelor’s degrees failed by one vote in the state House Education Committee.
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