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Focusing on Post-Traditional Student Services to Bring Undergraduate Programs Back from the Brink

Focusing on Post-Traditional Student Services to Bring Undergraduate Programs Back from the Brink | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
To save undergraduate enrollments, Golden Gate University shifted its focus toward providing robust services to its non-traditional students to help facilitate their success.
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New Data on Wage Premiums for College Graduates

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association has released new data on the wage premiums received by those who are college graduates. The data show a consistent economic advantage for those with a higher education.
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5 Ways edX Could Change Education

5 Ways edX Could Change Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Here is a look at what the researchers at MIT and Harvard intend to investigate and an evaluation of the evolving edX agenda.
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Free online university courses: are 'Moocs' a gamble?

Free online university courses: are 'Moocs' a gamble? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Twelve British universities are launching a free online course – or "Mooc" – service called Futurelearn. Mike Boxall explains why they're right to invest their financial futures in this untested model. It is still very early days for the Mooc phenomenon, which has come from almost nowhere in just a year. It probably will not presage the demise of established universities, as some have predicted. But it will bring higher education irrevocably into the internet age, and change the rules of the learning game forever.
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Russia shakes up its universities

Russia shakes up its universities | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Government plans to close struggling institutions and increase funding to the best. The New Year is unlikely to be a happy one for thousands of Russian university teachers and students whose institutes are facing massive cuts and closures in 2013, following a controversial performance review. But some researchers are optimistic that despite the hardships, the most significant overhaul of Russia’s university system in living memory will help to improve science and innovation in the country.
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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, December 18, 2012 9:00 AM

Change is happening rapidly in education, even though it is being resisted by many.  Change is constant in life and in business and education is no exception.  What has been taught for the last several centuries is not serving our youth today. It is time to provide our youth what they require to succeed in today's changed world.  Those that embrace the change needed, and do something about it will find opportunity where other's only see obstacles.

Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.'s comment, December 18, 2012 9:28 AM
Well said, Debbie. The best parts of that "change" is what we are all trying to figure out.
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Rutgers Partners with Pearson for Fully Online Graduate Degree Programs

Rutgers Partners with Pearson for Fully Online Graduate Degree Programs | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Rutgers U just announced a new public/private partnership with Pearson, provider of educational technology, content and services, which positions the university to significantly expand lifelong learning opportunities — including undergraduate and graduate degrees available entirely online —while maintaining access to the same level of academic quality that is offered in the traditional Rutgers classroom. Rutgers will work with Pearson to respond to the most rapidly growing segment of the population seeking higher education — adult, part-time learners who, because of work and family obligations, cannot attend traditional on-campus classes. The degrees will be in a wide range of disciplines and initially will focus on the Master’s level.
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Graduate students and faculty at U. of Minnesota pilot new, ongoing program review process

A new effort at the University of Minnesota seeks to change the program's review process that by establishing ongoing, qualitative models of assessment centered on students and action. If successful, the pilot Graduate Review and Improvement Process (GRIP), could be instituted on a voluntary basis across the university next year.
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Seminar. Online and open-access learning in higher education: MOOCs, new pedagogies and business models

Seminar. Online and open-access learning in higher education: MOOCs, new pedagogies and business models | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
London. February 5, 2013. This one-day seminar is aimed at senior managers and policy makers in higher education, as well as other stakeholders and innovators in both the public and private sectors. It will take a critical look at the current surge of online and open-access higher education in the US, as well as its emergence in the UK and elsewhere. What does it have to offer – to students and to universities seeking to adapt to this new landscape?
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GRCC weighs in after Legislature approves bill allowing two-year colleges to offer bachelor's degrees

GRCC weighs in after Legislature approves bill allowing two-year colleges to offer bachelor's degrees | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Community colleges could begin offering bachelor’s degrees in several areas under legislation approved Thursday by the Michigan legislature.
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Dean of GWU School of Business questions the Coursera model

Dean of GWU School of Business questions the Coursera model | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The start-up company is capitalizing on a lemming-like rush among elite colleges, but all it offers is the massification of education.
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10 In-Demand Careers Requiring an Undergraduate Degree

10 In-Demand Careers Requiring an Undergraduate Degree | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Employers in the United States have a difficult time filling a vast number of in-demand jobs. Why? They simply can’t find enough people with the appropriate qualifications.
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Who Can Still Afford State U?

Who Can Still Afford State U? | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
As public colleges spend more and get less from the states, tuition costs are shifting to parents and students—often putting higher education out of reach. A number of factors have helped to fuel the soaring cost of public colleges. Administrative costs have soared nationwide, and many administrators have secured big pay increases—including some at CU, in 2011. Teaching loads have declined for tenured faculty at many schools, adding to costs. Between 2001 and 2011, the Department of Education says, the number of managers at U.S. colleges and universities grew 50% faster than the number of instructors. What’s more, schools have spent liberally on fancier dorms, dining halls and gyms to compete for students.
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Big Debate Over Online Education

The recent Cato Unbound arguments shed light on the pros and cons of online higher ed. In time, we might get to the point where employers or graduate schools will look askance at credits earned from dubious courses taken on campus when the student could have chosen from such a plethora of rigorous online courses. If poorly taught on-campus courses can’t survive in an academic race to the top, good. More competition is just as beneficial in the world of higher education as it is in any other field. Online education, I believe, will be to learning what the airplane was to travel.
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Fall 2012 college enrollments fell by 1.8%

Enrollments dipped 1.8 percent in fall 2012, with biggest drops at for-profit and community colleges, National Student Clearinghouse data show.
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EAEA - Commission launches EU Skills Panorama on skills needs

The European Commission has launched the EU Skills Panorama, a website presenting quantitative and qualitative information on short- and medium-term skills needs, skills supply and skills mismatches.
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At U. of Maryland, an Effort to Make Introductory Courses Extraordinary - Curriculum

At U. of Maryland, an Effort to Make Introductory Courses Extraordinary - Curriculum | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Intro classes, always ripe for reinvention, benefit from a new emphasis on creative teaching at College Park.
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One of the reader's comments got my attention. The reader says: "One begins to wonder at what point will students get introduced to college level work. After they graduate from college?"

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Floria System Contemplates Its Online Options

The board that governs Florida's public universities -- charged by the Legislature with weighing the state's options for expanding access through the use of online education -- weighed in on a consultant's report that suggested a range of possibilities, and kept open the prospect of creating a freestanding 13th university that would operate only online.
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Brazilian e-learning startup Descomplica raises new round, aims to offer 10,000 video classes

Brazilian e-learning startup Descomplica raises new round, aims to offer 10,000 video classes | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Brazilian online learning startup Descomplica has raised investment from several funds to finance its expansion, the company announced today. Backers include Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures, ...
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15 Ways to Reinvent College. Infographic

15 Ways to Reinvent College. Infographic | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The folks at the Chronicle of Higher Education examined several perpetual problems in higher education and imagined ways to fix them. Here's what they came up with according to OnlineUniversities.com
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Jon C's curator insight, December 18, 2012 11:52 AM

I found this article hepful in talking about problems in college and how the problems can be fixed.

 

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Part II: From Wall Street to College Street

Part II: From Wall Street to College Street | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Here is the second of two articles on this topic by Todd J. Zywicki
The conclusions reached regarding possible reforms are: First, we should rededicate ourselves to explaining the value of a liberal arts education and how college resources should be allocated to advance that vision. Second, boards should follow the principles of good corporate governance and become less insular and self-perpetuating and increase the representation of independent trustees selected for reasons other than their fund-raising prowess and willingness not to rock the boat. Third, we need stronger policies to police self-dealing by trustees and university officials. Fourth, it is time to try to enlist faculty to create checks and balances against the expanding empire of college presidents and other administrative personnel. Finally, we need a new generation of college presidents with the courage of their convictions to put academic values—free speech, academic rigor, and intellectual integrity—ahead of careerism and self-enrichment.
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MOOCs to MOCCs

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As various players, from companies to individual professors, try to monetize the MOOC phenomenon, in the end we may not actually be left with true MOOCs anymore. The emergence of MOCCs is not necessarily a bad thing, but it may continue to shift the higher ed landscape through further disintermediation, questions about accreditation and ultimately student demand for credentials.
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The False Promise of the Education Revolution

Popular "disruptions" have the buzz but might put higher education out of reach for those students who need traditional instruction the most.
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The second article today in the Chronicle of Higher Education questioning MOOCs.

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MOOCs and Khan Academy: Opening up Science Education

MOOCs and Khan Academy: Opening up Science Education | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
Science education costs in the United States has risen astronomically. To address these costs, online education models like Coursera and Khan Academy have emerged, opening access to learning and education.
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nacis120's curator insight, December 18, 2012 10:36 AM

 I have the expirience of spending thousands of borrowed dollars on microsoft certification courses with the promise of employment upon completion. The money went and the promised job never came. I will not spend money or time on any course online or face to face unless it comes from a fully acreditted, well established instution that will award college credit toward a degree. Thats my two cents.

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Are MOOCs becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher ed?

Are Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) becoming mechanisms for international competition in global higher education? Where are Europe’s MOOCs in the context of the dearth of lifelong learning opportunities in the region, or both the internal and external/global dimensions of the European Higher Education Area? Who will establish the first MOOCs platform that spans the Arabic-speaking world? Are the MOOCs born in the United States (circa 2012) poised to become post-national platforms of higher ed given their cosmopolitan multilingual architects?
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The End of the University as We Know It

The End of the University as We Know It | TRENDS IN HIGHER EDUCATION | Scoop.it
The higher ed revolution is coming. The most important part of the college bubble story—the one we will soon be hearing much more about—concerns the impending financial collapse of numerous private colleges and universities and the likely shrinkage of many public ones. And when that bubble bursts, it will end a system of higher education that, for all of its history, has been steeped in a culture of exclusivity. Then we’ll see the birth of something entirely new as we accept one central and unavoidable fact: The college classroom is about to go virtual.
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