20 avril 2014

Is There a Sustainable MOOC Business Model?

The EvoLLLutionBy . They said 2012 was the Year of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). It’s little surprise, then, that 2013 turned out to be the Year of the Backlash.
If last year was a tough one for MOOCs and their various stakeholders — the platform companies, faculty members and sundry market cheerleaders — it can only have been a consequence of the absurd expectations for MOOCs, both as an agent of change and as a harbinger of educational doom. More...

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Obama Counsels Students on Options to a 4-Year Degree

ABC NewsBy . It would be a cultural shift, but the Obama administration is hoping to change the perception of two- and four-year universities and what is needed for success. Through two new skills-training programs, utilizing grant money announced in 2010, the administration is encouraging a competition to foster courses developed by industry at the community college level and an apprentice job scholarship program. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden appeared at a community college in Pittsburgh today to announce $500 million in grant funding for community college job-training programs and $100 million in funding for apprenticeship grants. More...

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When a 43 Percent Graduation Rate Means Success

By . Historically black colleges and universities are doing a better job serving students than headline graduation rates show. But that may no longer be good enough. Elizabeth City State University's enrollment is declining, it's struggling to absorb state budget cuts, and just 43 percent of students graduate in six years. But while this historically black college in northeastern North Carolina seems like a poster child for the woes of higher education, it's actually an overachiever: Students graduate at about twice the rate statistical models would predict, given the demographic the university serves, according to The Washington Monthly's 2013 college rankings. More...

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Local News, Off College Presses

The New York TimesBy Jennifer Conlin. In January, residents here learned the news that the senior place-kicker for the University of Michigan’s football team had been permanently “separated” from the college for violating its student sexual misconduct policy. In addition, the violation, what the authorities said was a sexual assault, occurred in 2009, when the kicker was a freshman, and his punishment was not determined until his athletic career had ended this past winter.
The article describing all of this, based on documents reviewed by two reporters, stated, “It’s unclear why sanctions were not decided in this matter until recently.” More...

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Will Digital Humanities #Disrupt the University?

By . First I have to figure out what it is. It’s no secret that the humanities—literature, history, philosophy, the foreign languages— are suffering from a precipitous plummet in higher education. But hark! Digital humanities are here to rescue the field—or maybe just kill it off for good. More...

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University officials discuss methods to combat rising costs for upcoming fiscal year

By Carl Soder. Methods of handling student cost of enrollment, faculty compensation and new sources of revenue, among other concerns, were addressed at an open forum led by Ohio University budget executives Tuesday in Baker University Ballroom. With the audience comprised mostly of faculty and budget executives, OU budget director Chad Mitchell detailed different budget scenarios varying in percent of tuition growth. Associate Provost for Budget and Academic Planning John Day summarized investment choices as well as future budget estimations on debt and compensation. More...

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The College Faculty Crisis

The New York TimesThe public colleges and universities that educate more than 70 percent of this country’s students were burdened by rising costs and dwindling state revenues long before the recession. They reacted by raising tuition, slashing course offerings and, sometimes, by cutting enrollment.
They also cut labor costs by replacing full-time professors who retired with part-time instructors, who typically have no health or pension benefits and are often abysmally paid, earning in the vicinity of $3,000 per course. More...

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Homeland strife can keep foreign students from studies

USATODAYBy Sharyn Jackson. In the pivotal final months before he finishes his doctorate, Jose Clavijo has found himself too distracted to work.
The 31-year-old University of Florida student is one of more than 6,000 Venezuelans now studying at a university in the United States. As his home country has erupted with anti-government protests that have turned violent, his mind is sometimes more focused on unrest than agronomy. More...

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Why So Few Women College Presidents?

By Lucie Lapovsky. I have spent the last few days in Denver at a summit of women college presidents sponsored by HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) which is an organization that is best known for its institutes for women in leadership in higher education. I serve on the board of HERS. The dual themes of the summit were “Leading Transformation” and “Transforming Leadership.” The presidents divided their time between discussing ways to effectively govern their institutions during these times of great change and increasing the number of women leaders. More...

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Hunger grows among college students

When Paul Vaughn, an economics major, was in his third year at George Mason University, he decided to save money by moving off campus. He figured that skipping the basic campus meal plan, which costs $1,575 for 10 meals a week each semester, and buying his own food, would make life easier.
But he had trouble affording the $50 a week he had budgeted for food and ended up having to get two jobs to pay for it. “Almost as bad as the hunger itself is the stress that you’re going to be hungry,” said Vaughn, 22, now in his fifth year at GMU in Fairfax. More...

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