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As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt

As MOOC Debate Simmers at San Jose State, American U. Calls a Halt | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

While a faculty union at SJSU rips one university president over MOOC partnerships, a provost at American University defers action until a formal MOOC policy can be written.

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With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt : NPR

With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt : NPR | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. Hre is the story from NPR's "Morning Edition". Selingo says: "This idea of competency-based education, which I think is perhaps the most disruptive force potentially entering higher education — so, right now we measure learning by time spent in a seat. They test you on the way in, they see what you know, and you basically focus on what you don't know. What I think the disruption will be is that some students could finish in 2 1/2 years. There's nothing really magic about 120 credits in four years. It's just tradition."

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Unspoken Concerns about MOOCs

Unspoken Concerns about MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Many MOOCs are simply educational gifts, if you will, provided for the intellectually curious, as means of knowledge sharing in the purest sense.  The waters get murkier—and more anxiety producing—however, when these MOOCs become legitimate means of bestowing credentials. In this latter circumstance, the structure and boundaries of higher education are breached, shaking the foundation and laying bare myriad paths to intellectual accomplishment.
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600,000 Fewer Students at California's Community Colleges

600,000 Fewer Students at California's Community Colleges | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Opinion & AnalysisHuffington Post

The president of Montgomery College says low-income students are already underrepresented in higher education. Their best bet is often the community college, with the most affordable tuition offerings.
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France's higher education reforms face test

France's higher education reforms face test | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
With the Socialist government rocked by financial scandal and its leader's approval ratings at a record low of 29 per cent, opposition from university leaders to key reforms are growing. These reforms seek to promote "collegiality" between institutions rather than the competition encouraged by Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.
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Florida Polytechnic U. to offer multi-year contracts, not tenure, to faculty

Florida Polytechnic U. to offer multi-year contracts, not tenure, to faculty | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Florida's newest state university announces it will be the first without the traditional form of job security for academics.
Editorial Tags: Tenure
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The beginning of the end of tenure?
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LETTER: Disturbing trend in public education

A letter to the editor in The Kingston Daily Freeman, NY. "Pearson is in the process of developing more on-line educational resources so that your children won’t even have to go to school; they can just sit in front of a screen. Pearson represents a disturbing trend toward the dehumanizing, test-driven, profiteering, privatization of public education. Pearson is about to quietly take over public education in New York and most people don’t even know its name."
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Resist the Data Siren Song

Resist the Data Siren Song | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Neal McCluskey
It seems easy: collect data, process data, publish data, and everyone becomes better informed and wiser.
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Only 3.3% of Recent College Grads Unemployed, But...

Only 3.3% of Recent College Grads Unemployed, But... | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The New York Times reports a relatively small proportion of young Americans work by international standards, and suggests it may be because we are lagging in educating college students, since college graduates have low unemployment rates (3.9 percent in April for all college grads). There are several problems with this conclusion.
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The Power of Inertia

The Power of Inertia | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Five years ago I remarked that the highly touted Voluntary System of Accountability (by which major universities were going to reveal “student outcomes”) had not caught fire.
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Tackling the Urgent National Challenge of College Affordability: Criteria for System Redesign

Jamie Merisotis' latest op-ed in the Huffington Post outlines criteria for system redesign centered on increasing college affordability and incentivizing completion to help close the Nation's talent gap.
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Federal Student Loan Programs Subsidize Waste And Redistribution To The Wealthy

Federal Student Loan Programs Subsidize Waste And Redistribution To The Wealthy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Merit and need must be singled out in the aid discussion.
a simple, commonsensical fix to our wasteful system of financial aid. By combining merit and need criteria, rather than having aid programs based on criteria of pure need (such as Pell Grants) or pure merit (such as Georgia’s Hope Scholarships), we could cut a lot of expense, waste, redistribution, and bad incentivizing. Obviously, there are lots of people who will hate the idea, particularly entrenched interests, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about doing it.
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Higher Ed Data Central: Net Tuition Maps

Higher Ed Data Central: Net Tuition Maps | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A few commenters asked for institutional aid/net tuition maps. Since net tuition (tuition minus grant aid) includes institutional aid/grants, I will focus on net tuition in this post.
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Online Learning System Aims at Predicting Success or Failure

Online Learning System Aims at Predicting Success or Failure | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Computer-based educational systems have long helped impart information to students and assess their understanding of it. The next step, one company in the field says, is using their behavior to make predictions.

That’s the aim of technology being announced Tuesday by Desire2Learn, a Canadian company that specializes in cloud-based based learning systems it markets to colleges, schools and companies.

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A serious disconnect in education

A serious disconnect in education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Students graduating from high school don’t have the math and English skills needed to succeed in their first year at a community college, according to a new report. Meanwhile, two-year colleges are not focusing on the practical math and English skills that students need to succeed in their selected career paths.

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WMU's Haworth School of Business will now allow applicants to take the GRE

More business schools nationwide are moving to accept the GRE, which allows students to apply for multiple graduate programs.
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Ranking Reveals World's Top Countries for Higher Education

The second annual Universitas 21 rankings of countries has been released in London. Overall, the top five countries in the 2013 rankings are: USA (unchanged since 2012), Sweden (unchanged since 2012), Switzerland (6th in 2012), Canada (3rd in 2012) and Denmark (unchanged at number 5). The largest changes in the rankings occurred as a result of improved measures becoming available for a number of non-OECD countries. The largest increase occurs for Malaysia which improves nine places to 27th.
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Faculty who teach online are invisible on campuses (essay)

Faculty who teach online are invisible on campuses (essay) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
To engender that sense of community requires being present on campus and interacting face to face with my students. That’s not possible with the invisible lives of the online world.
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The abscence of faculty in their offices on campus is not just because of new technologies that allow for online classes and online interaction with students.
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College bubble bursts after decades of extravagance

College bubble bursts after decades of extravagance | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Colleges and universities have been doing a good job of meeting their administrators' needs. Now in the new normal economy they're scrambling to serve society's needs as well.
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The Future of Teacher Evaluations in Higher Ed - OnlineUniversities.com

The Future of Teacher Evaluations in Higher Ed - OnlineUniversities.com | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The future of evaluations may be quite different from the type of system that exists today, giving hope to those who see the current one as unfair.
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MOOCs: Higher Education for Everyone?

A discussion of Maryland's experience with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) including the decision to sign on with Coursera, perspectives from a Coursera instructor and MOOC students, where MOOCs are going and how they will impact higher education.

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Big Data and MOOCs Herald Change for Academic Publishers ...

Big Data and MOOCs Herald Change for Academic Publishers ... | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
This year's US Innovations Seminar of the International Association of STM Publishers focused on the impact of data mining, MOOCs and new author/researcher tools.
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High school grads aren’t even ready for low community college expectations, report says

High school grads aren’t even ready for low community college expectations, report says | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Community colleges expect little of first-year students -- and get even less, concludes the National Center on Education and The Economy.
The report paints a grim picture.
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Study: Generation Xers Are Continuing Their Educations

Generation Xers (people who are now in their late 30s) are embracing the idea of lifelong learning, according to a new study by the University of Michigan.
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Almost Half of Recent Grads Regret Choosing Their School or Major

Almost Half of Recent Grads Regret Choosing Their School or Major | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Top NewsBusiness Insider

In a new report, students are giving their colleges and institutions a failing grade.
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