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Florida’s New Public University Faces Uncertainty in Legislature

Florida’s New Public University Faces Uncertainty in Legislature | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed legislation last year to turn a University of South Florida branch campus into the state’s 12th public university. The effort to create the institution was pushed forward by J.D.
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As State Funding For Higher Education Collapses, Students Pay the Difference

Between 2008 and 2013, thirty-six states cut funding for public higher education by more than 20 percent, eleven cut funding by more than a third, and two states—Arizona and New Hampshire—cut their spending per college student in half.  
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MOOCs Likely to Be Integrated into Traditional University Programming

MOOCs Likely to Be Integrated into Traditional University Programming | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The idea of taking elite higher education programming online is not new, and Massive Open Online Courses will likely be adopted as common practice by elite institutions in 10 years time.

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Open2Study. The Australian MOOC platform

Open2Study. The Australian MOOC platform | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
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An all-Australian MOOC platform was just launched and several universities are already signed up to offer free courses through the platform, called Open2Study.

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Professors, Pedagogy and MOOCs

Professors, Pedagogy and MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

There is still much more to learn about MOOCs. It is too early at this point to determine how this format will be most effective for learners, and which instructional design methods work best, but we are seeing emergent patterns and results, which are taking us in the right direction.

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Purdue, Pearson Partner to Include Online Writing Lab in New Mobile Learning Resource

Purdue, Pearson Partner to Include Online Writing Lab in New Mobile Learning Resource | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab will be included in a Pearson mobile writing resource designed for smart phones and tablets through an agreement between Purdue Research...

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SUNY Signals Major Push Toward MOOCs and Other New Educational Models

SUNY Signals Major Push Toward MOOCs and Other New Educational Models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The State University of New York’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday endorsed an ambitious vision for how SUNY might use prior-learning assessment, competency-based programs, and massive open online courses to help students finish their degrees in less time, for less money.

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Department of Education Letter Could Put Cracks in the Credit Hour

Department of Education Letter Could Put Cracks in the Credit Hour | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While there’s still a lot to be done, Congress and the Department deserve “credit” for supporting an innovative approach that could bring desperately-needed, high-quality, lower-cost competency-based degrees and credentials to millions of students.  

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Op-ed: Degrees Matter

UNC Greebsboro has been working diligently with the Lumina Foundation on launching “Degrees Matter” — an initiative that is bringing all kinds of people, organizations, businesses and educators to the table to help the 67,000 Guilford residents who attended college but did not graduate.

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Feds give nudge to competency-based education

Feds give nudge to competency-based education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Education has endorsed competency-based education with the release today of a letter that encourages interested colleges to seek federal approval for degree programs that do not rely on the credit hour to measure student learning.
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Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity - New York Times

Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity - New York Times | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity New York Times Many people apply their certificate course work to a master's degree, said Jim Fong, director of the Center for Research and Consulting, part of the University...
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The Changes We See: A Survey of College Presidents - Forbes

The Changes We See: A Survey of College Presidents - Forbes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A recent survey of higher education chief executives had two interesting findings. On one hand it suggested that some may finally be recognizing that learning does take place beyond the classroom.
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Top universities drop English exams

China's top universities began their annual independent recruitment exams yesterday, with English no longer included among compulsory subjects.
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SC Manufacturing execs get creative on workforce development

Universities need to create a manufacturing degree, according to a S.C. manufacturing executive Thursday in Greenville. Bryan Dods, GE Energy Power and Water’s manufacturing technology leader, said engineers that come to work for GE are highly intelligent, but are not necessarily trained in the day-to-day operations of skilled manufacturing, such as how to operate cutting tools or how to lift 350-ton products. A manufacturing degree, or an engineering degree with a manufacturing minor, would be very beneficial to manufacturers across the state, Dods said.

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Coursera commits to admitting only elite universities

The provision obligates the company, on paper at least, to give AAU members de facto preference. That association, which has 62 members (two of them Canadian) in a country with roughly 4,000 colleges and universities, is committed to staying relatively small, to the frustration of universities seeking to join.

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Institutions launch informal network to innovate and inspire humanities programs

Institutions launch informal network to innovate and inspire humanities programs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Doomsayers about the job market for humanities Ph.D.s are everywhere. In response to a growing number of graduates unable to find a job in academe, seven universities are starting a new project to prepare students for a career that may lead them out of the classroom or into new kinds of classrooms.

The initiative, known as the Praxis Network, will showcase how different institutions are using innovative approaches to expand humanities education to help other colleges and universities do the same.

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A Truly Devastating Graph on State Higher Education Spending

A Truly Devastating Graph on State Higher Education Spending | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Some states have slashed per-student spending by as much as half.
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Changes Needed for Institutions To Remain Viable in 50 Years

Changes Needed for Institutions To Remain Viable in 50 Years | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
In order for institutions to thrive in 50 years time, they will have to meet the specific needs of their communities and ensure that teaching is an institutional priority.
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What's The Difference Between Higher Education And Education For Hire?

What's The Difference Between Higher Education And Education For Hire? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Companies investing directly in education and creating local paths to employment can have huge benefits for a community. But there's also the danger of companies using education as a political tool. Such is the case right now in Milwaukee.

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MOOCs: Your new classroom?

MOOCs: Your new classroom? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A California state senator introduced legislation last week that would allow students to earn public-university credit for private, online classes. For students who spend their time worrying about class registration or whether they’ll be able to enroll in everything required to graduate, a solution could be forming in California.

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Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity

Online Certificate Programs at Colleges and Universities Gain Popularity | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As employers demand more skills, many people are turning to online certificate programs to acquire a specific expertise that can lead them to a job or a promotion.
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U. of California faculty union says MOOCs undermine professors' intellectual property

U. of California faculty union says MOOCs undermine professors' intellectual property | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
California has become a sort of ground zero for the colliding orbits of traditional campuses and outside companies. Last week, California lawmakers detailed a plan to require the state’s 145 public colleges and universities to grant credit for low-cost online courses offered by outside groups, including classes offered by for-profit companies, including Coursera.
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New Report Details Steep Declines in State Support for Higher Education

New Report Details Steep Declines in State Support for Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A report released on Tuesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities details the steep declines in state support for higher education since the economic downturn that began in 2007, as well as the tuition increases colleges have imposed in...
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Competency-Based Learning Movement

Competency-Based Learning Movement | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The struggle continues for many higher education institutions across the United States to remain relevant and to their prove value to prospective students and employers in the workforce.
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3 Takeaways From The Global Education And Skills Forum

3 Takeaways From The Global Education And Skills Forum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
We were given the pleasure of attending the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai this weekend where we got a glimpse into the international world of edtech.
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