13 avril 2014

Higher Education Is Adapting to Rapid Changes

By Scott D. Miller. We live in an age of predictions - of the economy, the environment, technology, medicine, communication, and much more. Higher education is not immune from trends. In fact, predicting trends at colleges and universities is a very hot topic these days.
That's because campus life as we know it is beginning to change radically. The trends heralding that change are already here.
My recent visits to various professional conferences have constituted a preview of what administrators and faculty will soon know as reality. See more...

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On College: Admission decisions aren't all based on meritocracy

By Purvi Mody. The last few weeks have been really difficult for many students. Every year we brace ourselves for a more competitive admissions landscape and the notion that the bar is being raised to incomprehensible levels. Coupled with these changes is the fact that students and parents alike are misinformed about the process. A student recently asked me, "Did the Ivies get a lot harder to get into this year?" Another family tried to create algorithms about where their son would have been admitted and was surprised when the actual results varied from the expected results. Others questioned every piece of their application and wondered which one element kept them out. The truth is that college admissions is more of an art than a science, and the real dirty little secret is that it is not as much of a meritocracy as we would like to believe it to be. That is also real life. More...

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"Fixing" Higher Education Requires a Diversity of Assessments and Reforms

Robert J. Cabin HeadshotBy Robert J. Cabin. There is much hand-wringing these days about how higher education is broken and in dire need of reform. At one end of the spectrum, grossly underpaid and overworked adjuncts and graduate students teach an ever-increasing proportion of our students. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, overpaid and underworked professors spend their time denigrating each other's arcane research and sub-sub-disciplines. Adding insult to injury, despite higher education's often obscene price tag, an embarrassingly high percentage of our graduates apparently still can't think, write, speak, work with others, do anything practical or get a job. For instance, a recent Gallop survey found that only 11 percent of business leaders and 14 percent of the broader population "strongly agree" that our graduates are well prepared for employment. More...

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How Open Data and Higher Ed Networks Can Decrease Poverty

By Tanya Roscorla. A former White House appointee calls for technology collaboration between government, higher education and the community at large. This century, we face a much larger challenge than bringing 100 gigabyte connectivity to college campuses. We have to figure out how to feed 9 billion people and decrease poverty. Government, higher education and citizens must all come to the table and work together to solve this problem with the help of technology, said Chris Vein, chief innovation officer for global information and communications technology at the World Bank. More...

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Americans' Trust in Online Higher Ed Rising

By Valerie J. Calderon and Susan Sorenson. Traditional universities and community colleges have edge on quality. Americans' trust in the quality of online colleges and universities is steadily rising. More U.S. adults, 37%, now agree or strongly agree that these institutions offer high-quality education than did so in 2011 (30%) when Gallup first asked this question. Roughly one in four (27%) disagree or strongly disagree. More...

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The need for effective funding higher education

By Brad Lager. Missouri’s post-secondary education system plays a critical role in our state’s economy. The degrees, courses, and programs offered throughout Missouri’s universities, colleges and technical schools enhance our workforce, bolster economic development, and allow us to compete in an ever-changing world. Therefore, as we look to the future, it is imperative that we have a top tier post-secondary education system in Missouri that is affordable and effective for our citizens. See more...

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Plattform launches new enrollment management offerings

PlattForm, the leading full-service marketing solutions provider to colleges and universities worldwide, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of new enrollment and program management solutions, Attribrand and Academic Program Management (APM)...
Since 1989, PlattForm (PlattForm.com) has set the standard of excellence in providing marketing services and enrollment solutions for colleges and universities worldwide. Read more...

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How Americans save for colleges

In 2009, Sallie Mae launched How America Saves for College. To understand how American families are planning for their children’s education, the study captures data on parents’ decision-making about savings, the use of savings vehicles, and the amount they save, as well as attitudes toward paying for their children’s future college education. Read more...

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University officials support loans for undocumented students

. Administrators from California’s two public university systems called Wednesday for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally to cover expenses not met with state scholarships. UC President Janet Napolitano and Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said their  university systems are backing legislation creating the loan program, which will cost the state and campuses up to $9.1 million the first year. More...

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Share Economy Comes to Education: Notes from the MOOCs Experiment

By Susan Galer. When I first blogged about MOOCs about a year ago, they were causing significant consternation about the fate of education. This hasn’t stopped their exponential growth across business and academia. Harvard Business School has introduced its online learning system, HBX.  California-based online course provider Coursera just snared ex-Yale president, Richard C. Levin, as its new chief executive. There’s also movement afoot, backed by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to review how credit is offered, including looking at digital badges, that contain a record of student coursework across institutions. More...

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