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Fostering critical thinking via assessment

Fostering critical thinking via assessment | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Critical thinking skills have been identified as learning outcomes expected of students. Teaching towards developing thinking skills is quite recent, attempts are observed to find ways to infuse critical thinking into the tertiary curriculum.
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Why MOOCs won't kill universities

Why MOOCs won't kill universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Rather than sweep institutions aside MOOCs will actually prompt growth in HE providers. The increase in the range and accessibility of online resources will stimulate demand.
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Leaving My Job To Continue My Education: It Shouldn’t Have To Be This Way

Leaving My Job To Continue My Education: It Shouldn’t Have To Be This Way | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Pursuing an advanced degree—or any postsecondary certification—can be a massive burden on the life of an adult student.
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New firm helps 2-year colleges create honors programs

New investor-backed company teams up with public two-year colleges to create honors programs designed to attract top students and help them transfer.
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MOOC-WHIPPED

MOOC-WHIPPED | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Blog: University DiariesFor the last two days UD has been in Washington DC, at a high-level gathering of federal government, Gates Foundation, and university people, all of whom convened to talk about how to use online technology to improve...
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MOOCs, MOCCs, and HarvardX | Inside Higher Ed

MOOCs, MOCCs, and HarvardX | Inside Higher Ed | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Seeing clips of ongoing and upcoming HarvardX courses and modules, from the faculty that have launched these courses and modules, and talking to the faculty and staff involved in the production and execution gave me a much deeper sense of the potential for this type of education.  The future looks very bright indeed. 
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In State of the Union, Closer Ties Between Education, Job Readiness

In State of the Union, Closer Ties Between Education, Job Readiness | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The President added his voice to the many calls for colleges and universities to prove their return on investment. On Wednesday, his administration followed the example of some states by launching a website called “College Scorecard” for parents and students “to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck,” as Obama said.

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Wisconsin Governor Wants To Invest Nearly $100M in Workforce - Higher Education

Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday he wants to invest nearly $100 million in programs to develop the state’s workforce, including grants to train residents for high-demand professions and a requirement for nearly 76,000 on food stamps to enroll in job-training programs.

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The end of higher education as we know it?

The end of higher education as we know it? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Stanford, Swarthmore, and Princeton may have nothing to fear in the near term, but why should anybody pay $50,000 per annum for four years at Drexel, Willamette, Xavier, or Birmingham Southern if, for a few hundred dollars per course, they can accumulate a degree's worth of college credits by studying on line and then taking a test?

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ATC21S at Education World Forum 2013 – Key reflections

ATC21S at Education World Forum 2013 – Key reflections | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

About the workshop on the Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S™) last week at the Education World Forum in London.

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Colleges Ask Education Dept. to Clarify Rules on Competency and Credit - Government

Colleges Ask Education Dept. to Clarify Rules on Competency and Credit - Government | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Programs that award credit for prior learning have been around for a while, but they haven't been using federal student aid. That may be about to change.
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UNC. The Establishment Has Spoken | The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

UNC. The Establishment Has Spoken | The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Two committees headed by UNC officials have signed off on a strategic plan that is better than past plans. North Carolina should be cautiously optimistic about the UNC system’s new direction. The new plan signals UNC’s intention of moving forward towards a more focused, transparent, and responsible system—a very good starting point.
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Academic, Pay Thyself

Academic, Pay Thyself | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
When one sees an institution hemorrhaging cash, one wonders why said entity cannot curb spending. When one is actually benefiting from the expenditures, one never sees enough of the elusive spondulix.
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In 2012, MOOCs Got Our Attention. In 2013, Universities Need to Keep It

In 2012, MOOCs Got Our Attention. In 2013, Universities Need to Keep It | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Through recent conversations with over 100 post-secondary institutions that deem online learning strategies a top priority, The Parthenon Group – a leading global strategic advisory firm – has articulated five things you should know about online learning.
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Don't Be Ashamed College Students, Profit Is Not A Dirty Word

Don't Be Ashamed College Students, Profit Is Not A Dirty Word | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Profits are a good sign we're meeting the needs of others.
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Getting MOOCs Into the Mix

Getting MOOCs Into the Mix | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Integrating MOOCs into higher education programming and awarding credits for their completion is a tactic that could help the large number of working adults with some college experience but no degree to earn their post-secondary credentials.
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Community colleges to release scorecard rivaling the president’s

Community colleges to release scorecard rivaling the president’s | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Students planning to attend one of the nation’s 4,500 colleges and universities have a new interactive College Scorecard touted by President Obama in his State of the Union address as a tool “to compare schools based on a simple criteria – where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.”

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Reassessing the Value of a College Degree in a Recession

Reassessing the Value of a College Degree in a Recession | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Despite the economy slowly rebounding, times are still tough for millions of Americans and the thought of taking on debt in the neighborhood of $24,000 for a higher education is daunting for most.
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SOTU's Accreditation Proposals Surprise Higher-Education Leaders

SOTU's Accreditation Proposals Surprise Higher-Education Leaders | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

The president called for revising accrediting standards, or creating new ones, that would hold colleges more accountable for "cost, value, and quality." A new pathway to accreditation might be based on more consumer-friendly information, such as graduation rates, job placements, and salaries, as well as competencies.

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Did State of the Union create opening for competency-based programs and other innovations?

Did State of the Union create opening for competency-based programs and other innovations? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The State of the Union address called for major changes to the nation’s system of accreditation -- changes that could upend the current system and provide a pathway for federal financial aid for competency-based learning, massive open online courses and other innovations.
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Technical college puts job readiness and attendance scores on transcripts

Technical college puts job readiness and attendance scores on transcripts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

A two-year college in Missouri issues "job readiness work ethic" scores on students' transcripts, as well as a rating for attendance.

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3 Predictions For The Future Of Liberal Arts

3 Predictions For The Future Of Liberal Arts | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Colleges are changing. My college certainly is. So I humbly offer a few predictions for the future of liberal arts to you, the inquisitive Edudemic reader!

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ATC21S Evaluación de las Competencias del Siglo XXI

ATC21S Evaluación de las Competencias del Siglo XXI | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

Here is the Spanish language ATC21S project website.

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The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended

The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Sentiment is growing to move beyond the traditional, book-length monograph to something that might actually help graduate students in their careers. The majority of graduate students are still sticking to the monograph version of the dissertation, producing static texts that are hundreds of pages in length and take roughly five or six years to complete.
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About time! The digital age arrived a long time ago, yet doctoral students ars locked into an antiquated model.

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New Book: "What Undermines Higher Education" by Stefan Popenici

New Book: "What Undermines Higher Education" by Stefan Popenici | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it

What Undermines Higher Education explores the "big challenges" for colleges and universities around the world. From rising inequality, decline of academic rigor, graduate unemployment and underemployment, this book is an important reading for scholars and students, policy makers and parents and encourages all to explore what they have taken for granted over the last decades. Stefan Popenici and Sharon Kerr present here risks and opportunities for higher education in a courageous approach. The impact of new technologies (including MOOCs), commercialization and other important developments are presented in a conversational style, explaining complex issues through storytelling and comprehensible explanations of data and evidence. Their heretic approach to social and academic issues opens for important discussions and provides an enjoyable lecture for readers around the world.

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