27 décembre 2014

Competency-Based Education Programs- Questions and Answers

U.S. Department of Education and Federal Student Aid logo (Start Here. Go Further.)The attachment to this letter provides, in a Question and Answer (Q&A) format, guidance to institutions regarding the eligibility of competency-based education programs, which include direct assessment programs, under existing statutory and regulatory requirements for the Title IV, Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) student assistance programs...
Q13    Since students generally progress in competency-based programs at their own pace, how are the Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) provisions to be implemented when there are no established start and end dates for competencies?
A13    Because of the self-paced nature of CBE programs, we consider the time when a student is enrolled in a competency to be, for Title IV R2T4 purposes, a module.  We consider a CBE module to have begun when the student began working toward demonstrating mastery of the competency and ending when the student has successfully demonstrated mastery.  An institution must have a mechanism for determining and documenting that a student has begun attendance in a payment period by working toward one or more competencies. More...

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A Holiday Gift

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/StratEDgy%20Graphic%20Resized.jpg?itok=kIrUoz70By Margaret Andrews. Last time I wrote you a song, so this holiday season I decided on a more practical gift for readers of StratEDgy. Over the years, I’ve had many people – family, friends, students, and acquaintances – tell me they thought I had a ‘cool’ job and ask me for tips and tactics for getting a job, or a better job, in higher education. Read more...

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How We Hacked Binomial Distribution ...

By Fabrice Demichel. It’s another sizzling day in Wan Chai.
My technology partner for 10 years, Pierre Boquet, and I recently moved from France to Hong Kong to drive the technology efforts for our company FIRST FINANCE Institute, an enabler of online-based certificate programs for prestigious business schools worldwide, including Tsinghua SEM in Beijing and HEC Paris. More...

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Santa's Transcript

HomeThe National Student Clearinghouse is celebrating the holiday season by releasing Santa's transcript. He double majored in business administration and adolescent behavior at North Pole University, taking courses such as celestial navigation and reindeer breeding. The clearinghouse, always sensitive to federal privacy laws, noted that Santa gave permission for his transcript (see below) to be released.
If anyone has Judah Maccabee's transcript -- we believe he studied political science at the University of Modiin -- we would share that document as well. Read more...

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Anthropologists Urged to Focus on Police, Inequality

HomeThe president of the American Anthropological Association on Friday issued a statement calling on anthropologists to act in response to the issue of police killings of unarmed black men.
"In the United States, too many black Americans are killed by officers of the law. As anthropologists, we must speak out whenever our common humanity gives way to discrimination, prejudice and violence". Read more...

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A Mixed Report on Salaita Controversy

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The University of Illinois violated key principles of shared governance and academic freedom in its review -- and rejection -- of the hiring of Steven G. Salaita, a faculty panel has found. The faculty panel's report, released Tuesday, was particularly critical of the use of civility as a standard in making hiring decisions. Read more...

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Accreditors' Sanctions and Quality

HomeBy Michael Stratford. Accrediting agencies, on average, have not been more likely to sanction colleges with poor student outcomes than they are higher-performing institutions, according to an analysis by a Congressional watchdog. But the largest of them -- and the ones that accredit most public and nonprofit colleges -- are, the report notes. A Government Accountability Office report released Monday took particular aim at national accreditors, saying there was no significant difference in how those accrediting agencies responded to colleges with weak and strong student outcomes. Read more...

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Big Union Win

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling last week that could clear the way for much more unionization of faculty members at private colleges and universities. Read more...

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Academic Journals Lead the Way in Profits

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Did you know that Elsevier, the big scholarly-journal publisher, has a more lucrative business than Apple’s? That’s among the points made in a Green Mountain College professor’s striking look at the highly profitable academic-publishing business. The professor—Jason Schmitt, director of the college’s communications-studies program—calls scholarly journals “the most profitable obsolete technology in history.” More...

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Federal Agency Finds Plenty of Fault With Oversight of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Three days before Christmas, the Government Accountability Office put big lumps of coal in the stockings of accreditors and the U.S. Department of Education. The federal office released a report criticizing accrediting agencies’ efforts to oversee academic quality at colleges, and faulting the Education Department for not increasing its own scrutiny of colleges that are under accreditors’ sanctions. More...

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