28 juillet 2013

The MOOC That Roared

http://www.slate.com/etc/designs/slate/images/mySlateLogoBubble.pngBy Gabriel Kahn. How Georgia Tech’s new, super-cheap online master’s degree could radically change American higher education. Georgia Institute of Technology is about to take a step that could set off a broad disruption in higher education: It’s offering a new master’s degree in computer science, delivered through a series of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, for $6,600. The school’s traditional on-campus computer science master’s degree costs about $45,000 in tuition alone for out-of-state students (the majority) and $21,000 for Georgia residents. But in a few years, Georgia Tech believes that thousands of students from all over the world will enroll in the new program. Read more...

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Is Higher Ed the Next Target of Corporate ‘Reformers’?

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash4/276860_44667476574_273225471_q.jpgBy Rebecca Burns. The proposed shuttering of City College of San Francisco bears unsettling parallels to K-12 school closings. As students at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) registered for fall classes this month, they received an alarming piece of news: The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), one of seven regional accreditors in the western United States tasked with ensuring the quality of higher education programs, announced that it would terminate the school’s accreditation in July 2014. Currently serving more than 85,000 students, CCSF will be the largest school ever to lose its accreditation, which will effectively ensure its closure by disqualifying students from receiving federal loans and grants and the college from state funding. Read more...

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Who pays for college education? Not Mom and Dad

http://ads-pd.nbcuni.com/news/Bookmark_Drag&Drop_300x60.gifBy Sharon Epperson. A new study finds parents are footing a smaller portion of the college tuition bill as families become more cost-conscious. The burden is shifting to the student, who now has to depend on money from other sources to pay for rising college costs – and many are also finding "free money" to pay for a large chunk of the tab. According to a new report released Tuesday by Sallie Mae, scholarships and grants have trumped parental contributions as the number one source of paying for college for the first time in four years. Read more...

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Four Ideas to Fix Higher Education

http://online.wsj.com/img/renocol_DavidWessel.gifBy David Wessel. Can Government Have Affordability and Quality? Until now, the federal government's response to rising college costs has been to spend more on grants, loans and tuition tax breaks. But that is increasingly expensive and does little to assure that taxpayers' and students' (increasingly borrowed) money is well spent. Read more...

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Warren’s on right side of loan bill

http://www.bostonglobe.com/rw/SysConfig/WebPortal/BostonGlobe/Framework/images/logo-bg.pngBy Joan Vennochi. After listening to Education Secretary Arne Duncan make his pitch for a Senate compromise bill that lowers a July 1 hike in interest rates on student loans, I give him a C. It stands for “contempt” — because that’s what he showed for average American parents who are struggling to pay their children’s college tuition with whatever money they can scrounge up. On Tuesday, Duncan hosted a media conference call to sell a bipartisan proposal that will lower interest rates for now, but raise them in the future. Given the haplessness of the Obama administration when it comes to getting much of anything out of Congress, it’s probably the best option the White House can sign onto. But Duncan’s dodge when it comes to acknowledging the money the government makes off the backs of students — as Senator Elizabeth Warren rightly describes it — is insulting. Read more...

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College career advisors are on the social media bandwagon, but they don’t have much of a view

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UB-logo_4.pngBy Alexandra Levit. Using social media to build one-to-one relations with constituents. A few years ago, career services professionals at colleges and universities in the U.S. didn’t have much use for social media. But all that has changed. The Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have released a new national survey, “Career Services Use of Social Media Technologies,” about college career centers sentiment toward and usage of social media. Read more...

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Broadening the view of enrollment tracking reports

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UB-logo_4.pngBy Kathy Kurz. Critical recruitment data elements you may be missing. Most institutions have at their disposal a wealth of tools to track recruitment-related metrics throughout the year. If you checked with your admissions office in the fall it would, most likely, be able to share information about the number of prospects, inquiries, applicants, completed applicants, and admits compared to the prior year. Read more...

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Freshmen at some community colleges moving to front of line for class registration

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UB-logo_4.pngBy Nancy Mann Jackson. Greater attention is being placed on helping incoming freshmen not just enroll but also start off their college careers on a positive note. Many community college students take much longer than the intended two years to complete their studies, or don’t ever wind up graduating at all. Traditionally, administrators focused on accommodating those who may have credits but little direction. Read more...

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Bill would make it easier for STEM grads, PhDs to get green cards

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/default/files/UB-logo_4.pngBy Kristen Domonell. DREAM Act provision would create an expedited 5-year pathway to citizenship for those who attend a U.S. university or who serve in the military. The Senate-approved approach to immigration reform could improve the country’s competitiveness by allowing green cards for STEM master’s graduates, and it would also create a pathway to citizenship for students brought to this country illegally as children. Read more...

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Expérimentation du DIF couplé à une période de professionnalisation

http://www.adef06.org/resources/ARRIERE+PLAN.jpgAppel à Projets du FPSPP - Actions de qualification et de requalification des salariés et des demandeurs d’emploi
Expérimentation du DIF couplé à une période de professionnalisation

« L’objectif du FPSPP au travers de cet Appel à projets est de contribuer au financement d’actions de formation certifiantes dans le cadre de la mobilisation du DIF complétée par une période de professionnalisation.
L’appel à Projets vise à accompagner et sécuriser le parcours professionnel du salarié par la mise en œuvre d’une formation certifiante et soutenir l’initiative et l’investissement du salarié dans la formation par l’utilisation de son compteur DIF. …»
2 – Eléments de cadrage et finalités de l'Appel à Projets

Cet Appel à projets s’inscrit dans la Convention-Cadre entre le Fonds Paritaire de Sécurisation des Parcours Professionnels et l’État 2013-2015 et son annexe financière prévisionnelle pour 2013. Il est une des réponses à l’article 3.2 visant «l’évolution et le maintien dans l’emploi des salariés les plus fragiles».
Les organisations syndicales d’employeurs et de salariés, et l’État conviennent « de renforcer les politiques en faveur de la qualification et de la requalification des salariés pour lesquels un plus large accès à la formation renforce le maintien ou l’évolution dans l’emploi, notamment au sein des PME et des TPE. La formation professionnelle doit en effet concourir à l’objectif pour chaque salarié de disposer et d’actualiser un socle de connaissances et de compétences favorisant son évolution professionnelle et de progresser d’au moins un niveau de qualification au cours de sa vie professionnelle ».
L’objectif du FPSPP au travers de cet Appel à projets est de contribuer au financement d’actions de formation certifiantes dans le cadre de la mobilisation du DIF complétée par une période de professionnalisation. L’appel à Projets vise à accompagner et sécuriser le parcours professionnel du salarié par la mise en oeuvre d’une formation certifiante et soutenir l’initiative et l’investissement du salarié dans la formation par l’utilisation de son compteur DIF.
La maquette financière définie pour cet Appel à projets est de 20 000 000 euros.
http://www.adef06.org/resources/ARRIERE+PLAN.jpg Call for Projects FPSPP - Shares of qualification and requalification of employees and job seekers. More...

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