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College students: These are the top 6 trends in higher education

College students: These are the top 6 trends in higher education | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
68 percent of students said online classes would be important to their educational experience, and campus administration is all about collaboration.
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New federal program tackles spiraling costs of college textbooks

College students will keep more money in their pockets thanks to a new $5 million pilot program approved as part of the $1.3 trillion appropriations bill that President Donald J. Trump signed on March 23.

The new grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, will support the creation or improved use of open textbooks for use at any college and university. Open textbooks are made freely available online by their authors. They can also be changed and combined by instructors who use them in their classes.

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Study of faculty motivation for teaching says intrinsic motivation and believing that teaching is important are linked to best teaching practices

Study of faculty motivation for teaching says intrinsic motivation and believing that teaching is important are linked to best teaching practices | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
As it turns out, certain factors predict professors’ intrinsic and “identified” motivation for teaching (the latter form meaning doing something because it's seen as important), in support of the authors’ conceptual model. And those kinds of “autonomous” motivations in turn predict greater use of proven, effective teaching methods -- namely instructional clarity and higher-order, reflective and integrative, and collaborative learning.

“Simply put, faculty who teach because they enjoy and value it tend to teach in the most effective ways,” said Robert H. Stupnisky, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of education and human development at the University of North Dakota.
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The 'Wisconsin Idea' Is More Important Than Ever In Higher Education

The 'Wisconsin Idea' Is More Important Than Ever In Higher Education | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
The "Wisconsin Idea" has been the foundation of the University of Wisconsin for over 100 years. It sees higher education as an essential good for every citizen. But its tenets are under attack, not just in Wisconsin but all over the U.S. That spells trouble.
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Higher ed sees a rise in specialized MBA activity

Higher ed sees a rise in specialized MBA activity | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Applications to full-time, two-year MBA programs in the U.S. have been down since 2014, and this past fall, 64 percent of programs reported declines, says a survey report.
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Coursera, purveyor of MOOCs, bets big on university degrees

Coursera, purveyor of MOOCs, bets big on university degrees | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

The company and its campus partners believe these new credentials can take advantage of the platform's extensive reach of 31 million users to drive down the costs of recruiting students (and hence the tuitions they charge) and help the universities begin to slice their degree programs into shorter-term credentials.

"We are squarely betting on universities -- and on the continued relevance, even dominance, of the degree as the master credential," says Jeff Maggioncalda, Coursera's CEO since June.

At the same time, he says, the company and its university partners are focused on "redesigning the degree to make it extremely compelling to learners around the world, and a formidable answer to any emerging credentials that might challenge the degree."

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Study: students believe they are prepared for the workplace; employers disagree

Study: students believe they are prepared for the workplace; employers disagree | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
A new study identifies the gaps between graduates' views of their skills and the views of those who hire them.
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Few MBA, Law Grads Say Their Degree Prepared Them Well

Few MBA, Law Grads Say Their Degree Prepared Them Well | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it

A new Gallup poll revealed that MBA and law degree holders are less likely than other postgraduates to say their degree prepared them well or believe their education was worth the cost

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A Serious Push for Free College in California

A Serious Push for Free College in California | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Funds would come from the reinstatement of the state’s estate tax, paid solely by the state’s multimillionaires and billionaires. The tax was eliminated in 2005.
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Amazon is quietly becoming its own university

Amazon is quietly becoming its own university | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Jeff Bezos' Amazon empire—which recently dabbled in home security, opened artificial intelligence-powered grocery stores, and started planning a second headquarters (and manufactured a vicious national competition out of it)—has not been idle in 2018. The e-commerce/retail/food/books/cloud-computing/etc company made another move this week that, while nowhere near as flashy as the above efforts, tells of curious thing
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Amazon's high-profile hire from higher education: Candace Thille

Amazon's high-profile hire from higher education: Candace Thille | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
A major force in the higher education technology and learning space has quietly begun working with a major corporate force in -- well, in almost everything else.

Candace Thille, a pioneer in learning science and open educational delivery, has taken a leave of absence from Stanford University for a position at Amazon, the massive (and getting bigger by the day) retailer.

Thille’s title, as confirmed by an Amazon spokeswoman: director of learning science and engineering. In that capacity, the spokeswoman said, Thille will work “with our Global Learning Development Team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon.”
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Here's why user experience is absolutely critical to higher education's future 

Here's why user experience is absolutely critical to higher education's future  | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
User experience is the most powerful tool institutions have to transform learning--but user experience design isn't well-known in higher education.
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University of Pittsburgh student board endorses effort to trim textbook expenses

University of Pittsburgh student board endorses effort to trim textbook expenses | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
An effort to cut textbook expenses facing thousands of University of Pittsburgh students through greater use of “open” educational resources in th
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What if more poor kids went to technical college after high school?

What if more poor kids went to technical college after high school? | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
SC Technical College promise scholarships are increasing tech school enrollment and providing skilled workers to help economic development.
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Higher Education's Push Toward Lifelong Learning

Higher Education's Push Toward Lifelong Learning | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
“We tend to think of retraining now as something that follows a traumatic event—a job loss, for instance,” said Parton, who served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor during the Obama administration. “We’re entering a stage where retraining will be the day-to-day world that people live in. It will be part of their daily life and a much quieter set of traditions compared with now.”
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Colleges must innovate to lower costs

Colleges must innovate to lower costs | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
We are gambling with our nation’s future by pricing its brightest young minds out of higher education. The divestment in public higher education has resulted in infinitely rising tuition and fees far outpacing inflation.
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Analysis shows Georgia Tech’s online master's in computer science expanded access

Analysis shows Georgia Tech’s online master's in computer science expanded access | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Analysis of Georgia Tech’s MOOC-inspired online master's degree in computer science suggests that elite institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale. But will other institutions follow suit?
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University launches new required process for international travel | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

University launches new required process for international travel | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
In summer 2016, members of Washington University’s International Travel Oversight Committee (ITOC) watched as a coup erupted in Turkey just as a group of undergraduate students was landing at the Istanbul airport
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Higher ed sees a rise in specialized MBA activity

Applications to full-time, two-year MBA programs in the U.S. have been down since 2014, and this past fall, 64 percent of programs reported declines, says a survey report.
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Higher ed group seeks key role in alternative credential landscape

While making it easier for working adults to enter postsecondary education is what many college officials might care most about, that's not the sole driver behind the new effort. The digital credentials offered through the initiative can also be used as third-party verified résumés when employees seek new jobs.

Ted Mitchell, president of ACE, said in a news release that the initiative’s focus on digital credentials is “about creating a new language for the labor market” and not just nudging people who may have no experience of postsecondary education to pursue college degrees.

“We’re fostering collaborations between employers and institutions that reflect the reality of today’s adult learners, and our shared responsibility in creating more seamless pathways from employment to education, and economic opportunity,” said Mitchell.

Ryan Craig, the managing director of investment firm University Ventures, said that the ACE initiative fits in with the emergence of a “competency marketplace” that places less focus on “pedigree and degrees” and more focus on ability.

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Michigan liberal arts colleges use Google to share courses, transform classrooms

Michigan liberal arts colleges use Google to share courses, transform classrooms | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
Presidents of six small liberal arts colleges in rural Michigan have been talking for a decade about the possibility of adopting a consortium model to facilitate sharing courses and other resources. Online programs are increasingly popular solutions to this issue in higher education, but they don't necessarily meet the small-classroom characteristics of a liberal arts education.

Last fall, at long last, a surprising path forward emerged. Just three months later, at lightning speed for a cross-college collaboration, three of those institutions -- Alma, Albion and Calvin Colleges -- have begun a pilot course-sharing program that makes use of Google hardware, including its brand-new Jamboard for interactive videoconferencing.

Early returns from the program’s three courses indicate positive effects on students. Plans are under way to add six more courses next semester and rope in the other three Michigan institutions -- Adrian College, Hope College and Kalamazoo College  -- next year.
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Rubio urges Florida schools to end agreements with China

Rubio urges Florida schools to end agreements with China | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
A  letter from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was sent to several schools and universities in Florida, including the University of West Florida, asking them to end their agreement with the Chinese government-run Confucius Institute. The letter was also sent to each schools board of trustees.

According to a press release, Rubio warned of China’s growing foreign influence operations in the United States.
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Perspective | Higher education is headed for a supply and demand crisis

Perspective | Higher education is headed for a supply and demand crisis | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
For the last year, I’ve been studying projections regarding high school graduates nationwide. What I found is the country is heading into a lengthy period of significant differences in growth by region. The South and to a certain extent the West will account for nearly all the growth in the high school population over the next decade-plus. At the same time, the Northeast and Midwest — home to the highest density of colleges in the United States with a history of student migration between states —show a continued and steady decline.
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New partnership between WeWork and 2U aims at lifelong learners

New partnership between WeWork and 2U aims at lifelong learners | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
The online program management company 2U on Monday announced a partnership with the co-working space behemoth WeWork that takes aim at the burgeoning marketplace of workers looking to burnish their career prospects through a widening array of credentials.

Through the partnership, which also incorporates technology from the WeWork-owned boot camp Flatiron School, the companies hope to gain a significant foothold in the lifelong learning market, in direct competition with companies such as General Assembly and Galvanize, which also offer non-degree-level credentials and short courses in hip shared office spaces that the companies call campuses.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: ‘Focus On Code Has Left a Potentially Bigger Opportunity Unexplored’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: ‘Focus On Code Has Left a Potentially Bigger Opportunity Unexplored’ | The Future of Higher Education | Scoop.it
And as we all know, most of these jobs hardly require computer science skills—but they do require, at the very least, the ability to interface fluidly with computers, and even that is in short supply. He highlights a recent Brookings report that the number of jobs requiring more than just a bit of digital skill has grown from 40% of jobs in 2002 to 48% of jobs in 2016.

To help, he announced expansion of a Google program to train IT professionals, giving free access to the course and connecting graduates with potential employers, naming Bank of America, Walmart, Sprint and others and said Google has “invested $1 billion over five years to help find new approaches to connect people to opportunities at work and help small and medium businesses everywhere grow in the digital economy.”
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IBM and NJIT Partner to Increase Access to New Collar Skills Education in New Jersey | NJIT News

To help more students build skills needed in high-tech industries, IBM Global University Programs and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Martin Tuchman School of Management have joined forces to offer an innovative program allowing degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students to learn skills that will make them competitive in the tech marketplace. NJIT is the first university in the United States — and the only university in North America — to adopt the IBM Skills Academy. While the program is new to the United States, the model already has been proven successful in other countries. First implemented in Africa in late 2014, the program now operates in 10 African countries and has trained or certified over 35,000 people for careers such as business intelligence analysts, cloud application developers and mobile application administrators.

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