14 septembre 2014

Tugged in Two Directions

HomeBy Paul Fain. A surge in new competency-based degree programs has created challenges for the accreditors tasked with approving them. They must seek to ensure academic quality without quashing promising ideas, while also dealing with sluggish and sometimes confusing guidance from the federal government. That was the message from top officials of three regional accrediting agencies, who spoke to a group the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) brought together here. Read more...

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Umbrella Group Backs Unbundling

HomeBy Paul Fain. In recent years the American Council on Education has experimented with issuing credit recommendations for online courses from non-college providers, sometimes sounding more like Silicon Valley than One Dupont -- the stodgy headquarters of the higher education lobby. Read more...

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Humanities: Still Here

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. Maybe the sky didn't fall on the humanities after all. The new edition of "The Humanities Indicators," being released today by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, suggests much more stability in humanities departments between 2007-8 and 2012-13 than is widely assumed to be the case. Read more...

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Measuring What?

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The New York Times kicked off its higher education conference here Monday night by releasing what it called a "revolutionary college index" that ranks institutions that enroll students from low-income backgrounds. The rankings are derived from a formula based on the proportion of undergraduates who receive Pell Grants and the net price (what students actually pay as opposed to sticker price) paid by those with family incomes of $30,000 to $48,000. Read more...

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The Pulse: The Future of 'Flipping'

HomeBy Doug Lederman. This month's edition of The Pulse podcast looks at what the future holds for efforts to use technology to "flip" the classroom. Read more...

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Young Families and Student Debt

HomeBy Doug Lederman. Studies that show student loan debt increasing are a dime a dozen these days. But while a new report from the Federal Reserve Board reinforces the idea that more Americans are taking on more debt to finance their postsecondary education, it also suggests a slowing of that trend in the last three years. Read more...

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