18 avril 2013

The Case for On-Time Registration

http://www.league.org/images/header/welcome_header_r1_c1.gifBy Terry O’Banion and Cynthia Wilson. In the past decade, the policy of late registration—allowing students to continue registering during the first week (or more) of class—has come under scrutiny in the community college field. Advocates for late registration have argued for continuing this decades-old aspect of community college culture based on access and revenues. By keeping the doors open one more week beyond the deadline, colleges increase opportunities for more students to enroll in college, and more students mean more revenue from increased FTE or ADA. These arguments have held sway without question until very recently, when an increasing number of colleges, along with several larger research studies, have identified late registration as a barrier to student success. Findings from a recent survey of community college CEOs suggest that late registration is on the decline and may be disappearing as a common practice. Read more...

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Is Higher Education the Next Bubble? I Hope so

http://s.huffpost.com/images/v/logos/bpage/college.gif?31By Jennifer Kramer. It is probably not in my best interest if the higher education system in the United States collapses since I am the co-owner of a company that prepares students for higher education. Yet, I believe a crash is inevitable. Ironically, I also find myself hoping the bubble bursts sooner rather than later. Why? Because education in the United States is broken. We have lost sight of what should be the driving factor in education: fostering innate curiosity. Instead, we have become focused on outcomes and measuring the end results of our efforts. Students are driven to get A's, not to demonstrate learning, but to "get into college." Teachers are evaluated not on how many students they inspire, but on their class's standardized test results. And American education is not failing because students are less passionate about learning, but because it placed 17th in the developed world for education. Read more...

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Can you MOOC your way through college in one year?

http://bostonglobe.com/rw/SysConfig/WebPortal/BostonGlobe/Framework/images/logo-bg.pngBy Marcella Bombardieri. A Lexington dad tries out a new kind of education. Nothing is hotter in the education world right now than the massive open online course, or MOOC. Behind the goofy acronym is an idea that flips the old “online degree” on its head. Instead of Internet diplomas offered by sometimes dubious schools for a price, MOOCs make an elite education available to anyone, typically for free but without course credit. While online materials from MIT and a few other universities had been available for years, these courses first grabbed the public imagination in 2011, when an artificial intelligence class offered by Stanford University attracted 160,000 online students. Today, some of the world’s top educators are extolling MOOCs as a phenomenon that could transform the lives of people unable to attend top colleges in person, including young people in Third World villages, American working moms, and restless retirees. Read more...

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‘Personalization’ of learning: Genuine or slick marketing?

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. You can’t have a conversation about education reform these days without, at some point, hearing the words “personalization” and “engagement.” What do they really mean? Here to explain is George Wood, superintendent and secondary school principal at the Federal Hocking Local School District in Stewart, Ohio.  He is also the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy and chair of the board for the Coalition of Essential Schools. This appeared on the forum’s blog. Read more...

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Applying changes

Times Higher EducationA rising proportion of university applicants will have vocational qualifications. The sector must respond, says Mary Curnock Cook. Last month, a little-noticed consultation was launched by the Department for Education about vocational qualifications for 16- to 19-year-olds. The lack of fanfare is perhaps not surprising, but it is worrying given that - as the report itself sets out - nearly 50 per cent of those learning at Level 3 are now pursuing vocational qualifications. The number of students taking vocational qualifications at this level has trebled since the mid-1990s, while the number taking A levels has increased by just a fifth. And the consequence of this? “The proportion of students entered for purely academic qualifications has been in steady decline in recent years - from 70 per cent in 2008 to 51 per cent in 2012,” the report explains. Read more...

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Mind the money, not the Moocs

Times Higher EducationSteve Smith warns of looming budgetary issues that could send institutions off the road. There is a lot of apocalyptic language around at the moment. And not just in higher education: we are, after all, still picking our way through the aftermath of a financial “tsunami”. So it was timely for the authors of a recent report on the challenges facing our own sector to couch their analysis in terms of an “avalanche”.
The upheaval forecast by the Institute for Public Policy Research in An Avalanche Is Coming: Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead is based largely on the advent of a new type of online learning - the now ubiquitous massive open online course, or Mooc. Co-authored by Sir Michael Barber (a former head of Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit who is currently chief education strategist for the education giant Pearson), the report warns of a coming era of unprecedented competition in higher education driven by proliferating online opportunities, and it generated widespread media coverage last month. Read more...

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Unfilled course numbers rise despite cutbacks

Times Higher EducationBy David Matthews. Do the data represent the failure of market research or are they the inevitable by-product of a broad curriculum? The number of degree programmes offered by universities that failed to enrol any students has risen despite cutbacks in course portfolios, Times Higher Education has found.
There was a 7.6 per cent rise in the number of unfilled courses between 2011-12 and 2012-13 at universities that responded to a THE Freedom of Information request, sparking debate over whether unfilled courses represent a costly failure to do proper market research or are an inevitable by-product of a broad curriculum.
Sixty universities told THE how many degree courses (including part-time and postgraduate taught programmes, but excluding joint honours) had failed to recruit over the past two years. There were 934 unfilled courses in total in 2011-12 and 1,005 in 2012-13, an average of 17 per university this year. Only 10 universities say they recruited students to every course on offer in 2012-13. Read more...

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French universities court world’s brightest students

http://www.france24.com/en/sites/france24.com.en/themes/france24/logo-en.pngBy Joseph Bamat. The French government has started unveiling a series of reforms aimed at making its universities more attractive to foreigners, with a new emphasis on drawing in the brightest students from developing countries. France is set to adopt measures that will help draw the world’s brightest students to its universities, according to government ministers. The reforms are meant to improve the experience of foreign students in France and open possibilities for them in the country's job market.
“International students and researchers represent an asset for France. The way we welcome them in our country is very important for France’s academic and scientific influence, but also for our economic competitiveness,” Higher Education Minister Geneviève Fioraso (pictured main) told students during a visit to Cité U campus on Tuesday.
She was accompanied by Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who acknowledged that burdens placed on students, notably requirements to renew visas every year, were sometimes “degrading”.
Measures in the works included new two-to-three year student visas whose expiration would depend on the type of diploma students were working towards.
New centres dedicated to easing academic and administrative paperwork for international students, and loosening labour laws to permit an easier transition from the classroom to French-based jobs, were also planned as part of the charm offensive.
Finally, Fioraso highlighted French-language lessons for students from non-French speaking countries and a rapid build-up of affordable student housing in Paris. Read more...

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New national University opens in the Solomon Islands

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/sites/all/themes/basic_abcra/images/nav_logo.pngThe Solomon Islands government launched its first university after a land lease signing ceremony earlier today at Doma outside Honiara.
The University to be called the Solomon Islands National University was formerly known as the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.
Dr Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, a Solomon Islander and Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii's Center for Pacific Islands Studies, says the new University is a positive step for all Solomon Islanders.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and other dignitaries attended this morning's gathering signalling the start of increasing education for Solomon Islanders.
Caroline Tiriman spoke with Dr Tara Kabutaulaka and asked him about the new University.

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Opening the door to university partnerships

http://www.libyaherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/LHLogoOfficial11.jpgAs the three-day trade visit by British universities drew to a close yesterday, both Libyan representatives and the UK delegates were unanimous in seeing higher education partnerships as the way forward.
“We are very glad to have these university representatives here in Libya,” Director of Universities Administration for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Jamal Elfardag told the Libya Herald.
“We are very ambitious for partnerships with UK institutions,” he added.
The delegation, he said, had made visits to Tripoli University and the Libyan Academy and had met representatives from a number of Libyan universities to discuss how this could work. Read more...

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