04 août 2014

Why has the ‘public’ faded from public higher education?

delawareonlineBy Mark Weiss. After spending most of my career working in industry, I am fortunate to have served the past decade in public higher education. What I have seen is both uplifting and heartbreaking. While wealth or intellect all but guarantees some students the opportunity of higher education, too many others face more difficult paths. More...

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Higher ed study results are deeply disturbing

The News-GazetteBy Gene Budig and Alan Heaps. A recent report from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sheds important and disturbing new light on racial and gender inequality in higher education.
Pretending to be students, Professor Katherine Milkman and her colleagues emailed 6,500 professors at 259 of the nation's top colleges and universities requesting a meeting to discuss research opportunities before applying to a doctoral program. Each message was identical. More...

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Black Colleges Must Change to Survive, Thrive

By . The debate around the relevancy of historically black colleges (HBCUs) is at least as old as the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" educational systems are inherently unequal. The data and experiences of countless HBCU alumni like me tell a much different story: HBCUs play an invaluable role in educating often underprepared students successfully, and without HBCUs, the hopes and dreams of thousands of capable African-Americans would go unrealized. More...

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2014 Journal Citation Reports available within Thomson Reuters InCites

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. The Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters , the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals and the most trusted source of scholarly research resources, today marked a first for the scientific community with the release of its enhanced research analytics solution, InCites TM, an integrated web-based platform for measuring research output and impact, monitoring trends, and benchmarking articles, journals, institutions, and people, allowing for greater accuracy in assessing global influence and better decision making. The Journal Citation Reports TM (JCR) and Essential Science Indicators TM (ESI), two globally trusted scholarly analysis solutions, have been integrated into and are now available within InCites for seamless connection across the platform. More...

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The highs and lows of a Mooc education

By Charlotte Clarke. In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of Moocs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a Mooc cohort where she works in Springfield, Ohio. More...

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New state law limits core classes for college degree

By Bridget Ortigo. Some public college students in Texas could save time and money earning their associate or bachelor degree starting in the fall semester. The state Legislature changed the number of college credit hours in a student’s “core curriculum” from a minimum of 42 hours to a maximum of 42.
“In the past, institutions had the prerogative of requiring more than 42 hours for some core curriculums; now the state has taken that choice away, and 42 is the maximum number of credit hours that can be required for a core curriculum, excluding some health science degrees such as nursing or engineering,” said Rex Peebles, assistant commissioner for workforce academic affairs and research for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. More...

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UW-Madison making next round of MOOCs shorter, more Wisconsin focused

madison.comBy . By conventional education standards, UW-Madison’s first round of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, had an extremely rough start.
The interest was indeed massive, with more than 135,000 students worldwide signing up for the four classes rolled out last year, the school’s first dive into higher education’s new frontier. Read more...

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The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation

ForbesBy Henry Doss. The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and education.  – Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
What does it really mean to be “educated”?  And what is the role of institutions of higher education?  Are our universities institutions of vocational training, funded to prepare students for jobs?  Or are they institutions whose purpose is something a bit higher than that, perhaps loftier?  Or both?  Or neither?
Whatever your answers to these kinds of questions might be, the fact is that we are in the midst of an increasingly rapid transformation in education, across dimensions of purpose, content, pedagogy and methodologies. More...

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Understanding MOOC Behavior: New Study Provides Most Comprehensive Look at MOOC Student Engagement

University Business LogoBy JD Solomon. Study finds MOOC student engagement varies widely from traditional offline courses Are you a viewer, solver or an all-rounder?
A team of researchers from Cornell Tech, Cornell University and Stanford University have released a study that provides the most comprehensive look to date at how students engage with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). With their global reach and often staggering enrollments, MOOCs have the potential to become a major new mechanism for learning, but very little is actually understood about how participants engage in these courses and how their success should be judged. The new study from Cornell and Stanford concludes that MOOCs serve very different goals than traditional courses, and students should be assessed accordingly, beyond just course completion and their grade. More...

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Admissions/Enrollment Management - Honoree: Western Michigan University

University Business LogoBy Marcia Layton Turner. Historically, Western Michigan University’s 12 on-staff recruiters could visit as many as 40 or 50 high schools in a week and collect up to 1,000 paper cards filled with prospective students’ contact information. In a year, they could easily collect 10,000 such cards, which were brought back to campus and then entered manually into the university’s contact management system. More...

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