26 janvier 2014

Put Undergraduates to Work, for Their Own Good

subscribe todayBy John A. Fry. Despite an improving economy, eager and talented new college graduates are still encountering significant difficulty in securing jobs. The fallout has landed squarely on colleges. Parents are demanding higher returns for the significant investment in their children's education, and the government is backing them by increasing its efforts to collect and publish postgraduation employment and income data.
These demands are not without merit. As a university president, father of a college student, and former higher-education consultant, I value accountability. More...

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Newest edX Member is Dartmouth

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy Lawrence Biemiller. Dartmouth College said on Thursday that it had joined edX, the massive open online course provider established by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dartmouth will offer its first MOOC this fall, and three more are planned, but the university did not say in what disciplines. At a meeting in November, members of the nonprofit edX consortium discussed a possible expansion of the group, in part because it is currently too small to offer as many courses as there appears to be demand for. Including Dartmouth, the consortium has 31 members. More...

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Netflix-Like Algorithm Drives New College-Finding Tool

By Jonah Newman. As an admissions counselor at Valparaiso University, Daniel Jarratt noticed that few high-school students really knew what they were looking for in a college. For all the talk about the importance of college choice, most students Mr. Jarratt spoke to knew of a few colleges they wanted to attend but couldn’t articulate exactly why they wanted to do so. So on his nights and weekends, Mr. Jarratt, now a first-year Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, started working on a tool that would direct students to the right colleges even if they didn’t know what they were looking for. More...

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‘Concern Trolls,’ Passives, and Vultures

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy Geoffrey Pullum. “Concern trolls thrive on passive constructions the way vultures thrive on carcasses,” says Alexandra Petri in a Washington Post blog. My attention was captured not so much by the weird vulture comparison (she really hasn’t thought that through), but by the question of whether she had correctly diagnosed the “passive constructions” to which she refers. I’ll answer that question shortly. (In the meantime you might like to guess.)
But first, some context. Petri is commenting on a New York Times article by Bill Keller about Lisa Bonchek Adams, who blogs and tweets about her cancer. Petri charges Keller with adopting a “concern troll” tone in his discussion of her. More...

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Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With 'Leadership'? What's wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf?

By Tara Isabella Burton. Earlier this month, more than 700,000 students submitted the Common Application for college admissions. They sent along academic transcripts and SAT scores, along with attestations of athletic or artistic success and—largely uniform—bodies of evidence speaking to more nebulously-defined characteristics: qualities like—to quote the Harvard admissions website—“maturity, character, leadership, self-confidence, warmth of personality, sense of humor, energy, concern for others and grace under pressure.”
Why are American colleges so interested in leadership? On the Harvard admissions website quoted above, leadership is listed third: just after two more self-evident qualities. More...

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New firm to offer free online course on “Digital Badges”

http://www.universitybusiness.com/sites/all/themes/u_business/images/Cover.jpgBy Melissa Ezarik. Digital badges — the new industry model for issuing, displaying, and verifying an individual’s educational and professional credentials — are the subject of a free online course that will begin on January 27, 2014. Titled “Badge 101: The Discovery of Badging,” the course will be presented in a MOOC (massive open online course) web‐based learning format. Badge 101 will be open for four weeks, and attendees can participate on their own time and set their own pace for learning. Registration is free, at https://www.accreditrust.com/news‐events, and will remain open until Saturday, February 8. More...

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12 States Scrutinize Education Management Corp.’s Practices

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy Nick DeSantis. The Education Management Corporation has received inquiries from a dozen states about the company’s business practices, the for-profit-college company said on Friday in a corporate filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The office of the attorney general of Pennsylvania notified the company that it would serve as the point of contact for those inquiries, the company said. More...

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Completion Rates Aren’t the Best Way to Judge MOOCs, Researchers Say

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Steve Kolowich. When it comes to measuring the success of an education program, the bottom line is often the completion rate. How many students are finishing their studies and walking away with a credential?
But that is not the right way to judge massive open online courses, according to researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Course certification rates are misleading and counterproductive indicators of the impact and potential of open online courses,” write the researchers in the first of a series of working papers on MOOCs offered by the two universities. (The Harvard papers can be found here, the MIT papers here). Read more...

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Regent U. Creates a Christian MOOC

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy Lawrence Biemiller. Regent University unveiled a Christian massive open online course platform called Luxvera on Thursday, but the initial offerings are limited to three courses asking “Who Is Jesus?” and a series of “great talks” by conservative figures connected to the university, including Pat Robertson, the university’s chancellor and the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network. In a statement announcing MOOC platform, the university said that in the future it “plans to confer actual college credit at the university as a paid option.” It also plans to offer degree programs through the platform. More...

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California Policy Group Calls for a New State Higher-Ed Coordinating Agency

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/bottom-line-header.pngBy Lee Gardner. Just a day after the heads of California’s three state higher-education systems met to pledge increased cooperation, a policy group released a report saying that California needs a new higher-education coordinating body. The report, released on Thursday by California Competes, argues that the state’s complex educational needs, and its three huge and very different public systems, call for “an entity with responsibility for articulating a broad public agenda for higher education.” Read more...

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