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Why Does America Hate Late Bloomers?

Why Does America Hate Late Bloomers? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Community colleges are a great fit for late bloomers.
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George Leef notes how Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes, writes, “My college actually took me away from logical thinking.” He laments that so many young American exhaust themselves trying to get into an elite college (and drain the family’s resources if they succeed), when they’d learn more and spend much less at a community college. (He earned his degree in political science at Stanford.) Karlgaard foresees fruitful collaboration between community colleges and online education. “This affordable alliance will be a fantastic blessing for late bloomers — and America.”
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Colleges consider accepting massive open online course credits

Colleges consider accepting massive open online course credits | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As the price of four-year public and private universities increases nationwide, online education companies are offering up massive open online courses — otherwise known as MOOCs — as a way to bring higher education to students who cannot afford the traditional campus experience. Now, private colleges like Ithaca College are questioning their place in the rapidly changing arena of higher education. In a letter from Ithaca College President Tom Rochon to college employees in February, he said, “We were particularly struck in the just-concluded Board meeting by the depth with which Trustees discussed the subject of online learning, including the rapid development of Massive Open Online Courses, as a threat to the residential college model.”
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The corridor of uncertainty: MOOC quality project

The corridor of uncertainty: MOOC quality project | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
How can we apply quality assurance methods in this field since MOOCs differ significantly from "regular" courses? First of all there is no clear definition of a MOOC. Many of them are not so massive, few are genuinely open and some are not really even courses in the traditional sense.
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Is Online Learning for Steerage?

Is Online Learning for Steerage? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Well-off students will attend the few colleges and universities that are wealthy enough to eschew standardization and automation. They alone will have real relationships with great faculty. A second, less wealthy group of students will use online courses for their general education and attend “authentic” institutions for a short while. For poorer students, online learning could well become the main course. They will attend institutions that, strictly speaking, grant post-high school credentials to the coach class.
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Graduate Schools and MOOCs

Graduate Schools and MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
At a four-day conference held by the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, admissions staff from various graduate schools said they are on the fence about introducing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) into their institutions.
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Conventional college route shifts to “education buffet”

Conventional college route shifts to “education buffet” | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Under growing pressure to improve graduation rates, more colleges and universities are coming to terms with this new higher-education model.

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Guide to the use of OERs

Guide to the use of OERs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Last month, SIIA released a Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER) to help inform the field about the benefits, challenges and total costs that must be considered around the funding, development and adoption of educational resources, including OER.

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Online courses changing college classrooms — especially in the humanities

Online courses changing college classrooms — especially in the humanities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Virtual education at the college level has exploded over the last decade, with one survey finding that about a third of all students today take at least one class online. The humanities, though, remain a relative rarity in the digital world.

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Gallup Review of Lumina’s “America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign”

Gallup Review of Lumina’s “America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign” | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Smart Higher Ed already posted this report by Lumina when it first came out last February 2013. This includes the recent Gallup review of that report by Brandon Busteed, Excecutive Director of Gallup Education.

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Are Americans Rethinking Traditional Higher-Ed?

Are Americans Rethinking Traditional Higher-Ed? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Though Americans still prefer brick-and-mortar institutions - indeed, larger percentages of respondents agreed that "traditional colleges and universities offer high-quality education" -- they seem to recognize that they do not meet everyone's needs.

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San Jose State University Faculty Pushes Back Against EdX

San Jose State University Faculty Pushes Back Against EdX | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The philosophy department at San Jose State University is pushing back against the university's pioneering projects to test new online learning ventures.
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Common Core curriculum for K-12 could have far-reaching effects on higher education

New standards for K-12 education haven't gotten much attention from colleges, but they could have long-lasting effects on placement tests, remediation and freshman year curriculums.
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Americans Want Cost Cuts, Employer Help to Fund Higher Education

Americans Want Cost Cuts, Employer Help to Fund Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Americans are convinced of the importance of acquiring post-secondary education or learning. While the majority of Americans generally support increased government assistance to help students pay for college, more respondents believe lowering tuition costs and having employers step in to help their employees obtain advanced learning are the best approaches to addressing the high costs.
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College Majors With the Highest and Lowest Employment Rates (INFOGRAPHIC)

College Majors With the Highest and Lowest Employment Rates (INFOGRAPHIC) | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The following infographic analyzes 173 college majors and shows the top and bottom 15 unemployment rates along with their rank in popularity.
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Maximo Flint-Morgan, MBA's comment, May 6, 2013 3:35 PM
This is very interesting. Comparing the high unemployment+low popularity majors vs. low unemployment majors you can spot alot of overlap in potential content (namely, educational psych and school student counseling).
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Mastery Learning « Competency Works

Mastery Learning « Competency Works | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Competency education didn’t just pop out of the woodwork as a new reform. It’s been built upon many other reforms, learning from each and integrating them into the systemic reform that is now being adopted across the nation. One of the building block reforms is mastery learning.
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MOOCs and the Stratification of American Higher Education

MOOCs and the Stratification of American Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The elite schools will get better and better and the state schools will get more standardized and commodified, more reliably mediocre. Actually, that's an optimistic scenario. If we check out secondary education, we can see that the elite high schools are better than ever, while most high schools are pretty much warehouses for teenagers. Those two kinds of high schools will pretty predictably feed those two kinds of colleges. And nobody with eyes to see trusts assessment rubrics to guarantee quality control.
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The False Promise of MOOCs

The False Promise of MOOCs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A response to a Wall Street Journal article by Michael S. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, who argues that students get real benefits from Massive Open Online Courses. This response argues that it is probably an exaggeration to say that MOOCs are enriching “millions of lives” so Roth provides anecdotal evidence that at least some of the nearly 4000 students who completed his course (of about 30,000 who registered) learned something from it.
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Colleges Use MOOCs for Blended Learning

This spring, two Massachusetts community colleges launched a blended learning pilot program utilizing in-class sessions and material from an existing Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered through edX by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Education Watch Podcast: Driving Innovation in Higher Education

Education Watch Podcast: Driving Innovation in Higher Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
New America higher education experts Amy Laitinen and Rachel Fishman discuss policy reforms that could alter the higher education system for the better.
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Australia: Mismatch between degrees and jobs

Australia: Mismatch between degrees and jobs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
MORE than a third of creative arts graduates believe their qualification has little to do with their jobs, says a Graduate Careers Australia report.
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Here is the press release http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Beyond-Graduation-2012-Media-Release.pdf

 

Here is the full report. http://graduatecareers.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Beyond%20Graduation%202012.pdf

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Massive Open Online Uncertainty

Massive Open Online Uncertainty | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

With open-online education evolving, it’s unsure whether or not MOOCs will be the education of the future, prove to be a fad and disappear, or find a place in the fabric of the education world.

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MOOCs: Kick ass on final assessment

MOOCs: Kick ass on final assessment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Let’s face it, Higher Education accreditation is odd. You get a two numbers with a dot between them. What use is that? We need far more innovation on what we assess, when we assess and how we assess. MOOCs are starting to give us real answers.

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English teachers' group criticizes machine scoring

English teachers' group criticizes machine scoring | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
A new position statement from the National Council of Teachers of English says machine scoring of essays is easily "gamed" and can't grasp the same elements people can.
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Accenture 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey

Accenture 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Survey of 2,015 US college graduates reveals that 41% are working in jobs that do not require their degrees. Accenture recommends three hiring strategies for employers.
Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s insight:
The poll also found that just 16% of college students who will graduate this year had already landed a job. Worse, 32% of the 2011 and 2012 college graduates who are employed make $25,000 or less in annual salary.
Low earnings like that make climbing out of student debt difficult. Indeed, 34% of those surveyed said they have student loan debt of $30,000 or less and 17% owed between $30,000 and $50,000.
With job prospects bleak and personal debt so high, 32% of the students who will graduate in 2013 say they plan to move back home after graduation. Indeed, 44% of those who graduated college in 2011 and 2012 say they currently live at home with their parents.
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