Economic realities have led state budget heads to a set of recommendations for higher education institutions that include funding performance, restricting tuition increases, expanding access, improving information about higher education spending, and increasing cost-efficiency. In other words, the call for reform on higher education is now squarely on the minds of state fiscal officers.
The federal government makes 36 cents on every dollar it lends to students. Just last week, the Congressional Budget Office announced that the government will make $51 billion on the student loans it issued this year — more than the annual profit of any Fortune 500 company, and about five times Google’s yearly earnings. We should not be profiting from students who are drowning in debt while we are giving great deals to big banks.
there a future for MOOCs in Europe? Will this historical movement in Open Education have a lasting resonance in the digital age? To what extent can MOOCs engage users socially? How well can they promote entrepreneurship education?
Policies are clearly needed that make colleges, as well as students, take responsibility for dropouts. To do this we will need to measure more, and develop better measures. We also will need to be smart and innovative in determining where and how best to apply pressure for accountability. But as we go about this important work, we need to observe the same core principle that guides health care itself: “First, do no harm.”
Skittish college professors won't stop the digital disruption of higher education. This online educational revolution is the next wave, and it is still very early. Rarely has a societal problem been presented with such an ideal solution. We should embrace it passionately, because it's happening whether we do or not.
Here's a course topic not currently offered by any of the providers of massive open online courses: "The Implications of Coursera’s For-Profit Business Model for Global Public Education." The course was proposed last week by Robert Meister,...
Challenging findings of landmark 2011 study, new data suggest that college students make significantly bigger gains in critical thinking. But differences in methodology may contribute to the differing conclusions.
When people think of overcrowding in schools, the first thing that comes to mind is elementary, middle, and high schools buzzing with children running into each other in congested hallways and long treks to portable classroom buildings.
This wiki was created to collaborate and share ideas on competency-based pathways. Competency-based learning is not simply the elimination of seat-time. In fact, eliminating it without replacing it may increase inequities. The time-based system must be replaced with a learning-based or competency-based system, fully aligned with students and what they need to educationally progress.
MOOCs have been around for several years now and only in the first decade of this millennium that they gained so much popularity because of the ease of accessibility to internet and also because of a growing digital culture among the generation Y.
Today, New America's Education Policy Program released The Next Generation University, a policy report about the future of public higher education. The report comes at a time when too many public universities are failing to respond to the nation's higher education crisis.
According to data from the Department of Education on college degrees by gender, the US college degree gap favoring women started back in 1978. The concern about gender imbalances and gender equity in higher education is very selective, imbalanced and inequitable – there is only concern when women are under-represented and never any concern when men are under-represented.
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