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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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