In an era defined by a $16 trillion federal debt and states across the country struggling with multibillion-dollar shortfalls, we are going to see an unfortunate but inevitable reduction in government funding for higher education. Colleges are facing this reality today. They cannot afford to wait for next-generation solutions. They need this-generation solutions. Millions of students’ futures depend on it.
California's Senate education committee is expected to vote next week on a newly amended plan to allow online courses from unaccredited providers to count for credit at the state's three college and university systems.
What exactly is critical thinking? You hear about it all the time as a valuable 21st Century skill that everyone should have, and one that a good education will help you develop. If it is so important, why aren’t there specific courses, seminars, self-help videos, or even whole schools focused on helping students develop it? This post, which focuses on research skills, and the next one, "Applying Hyper-Connected Critical Thinking in Higher Education" present a few things that you can do during your college career to make sure that you develop the kind of critical thinking ability that will make you an innovator and leader in the hyper-connected 21st Century, global economy.
One of the comments on last week’s post asked for a map of tuition. Below are maps of the enrollment-weighted, average tuition by state for (1) all colleges, (2) four-year colleges, and (3) two-year colleges.
Public university students in Florida next year will be able to start working toward college degrees without actually going to college, under a law Governor Rick Scott signed on Monday in front of educators and business lobbyists.
A State U Online model is achievable, but only if states and higher education institutions work together to share their resources and reduce barriers that prevent students from moving seamlessly through the system—credits in hand.
Earlier this year Capella University and the new College for America began enrolling hundreds of students in academic programs without courses, teaching professors, grades, deadlines or credit hour requirements, but with a path to genuine college credit. The two institutions are among a growing number that are giving competency-based education a try, including 25 or so nonprofit institutions. Notable examples include Western Governors University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
Last week California SB520 – the bill aiming to create a pool of online availability of 50 high-demand lower-division courses for which the public systems would have to award credit – was amended based on ongoing discussions and negotiations. These changes are very recent, so it remains to be seen the affect of these changes on faculty support or resistance.
Udemy is used by 600,000 people in over 200 countries around the world. Many people also use Udemy to train themselvesa and gain skills needed to move ahead in life, in their jobs, or even to get jobs. With 7,000 courses in the Udemy course library, there are so many courses to help our students gain the relevant knowledge to apply to the workplace,
Community college officials were urged to commit to “beta-testing” the Voluntary Framework of Accountability at the American Association of Community Colleges meeting in San Francisco. The new measure will be introduced in November.
As the costs of education continue to soar, a growing number of young people are considering Canadian colleges where the tuition is a fraction of what students pay in the U.S. NBC's Rehema Ellis reports.
Employers have a long-term concern about filling 21st-century job openings because the workforce lacks skills, reveals a new infographic that takes a closer look at this skills gap and how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are key to growth and innovation.
In Brussels, yesterday, Androulla Vassiliou (European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) announced that the "first pan-European" MOOC platform will be launched on 25 April 2013.
Partners in 11 countries have joined forces to launch the first pan-European 'MOOCs'.
In the uncertainty marking the present and the future of higher education it became clear that the successful modern universities will be only those capable to create knowledge and innovative solutions for the multitude of economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges. Universities must find ways to adapt, change and build on the power of their imaginations.
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