06 avril 2015

Do College Admissions by Lottery

The New York TimesBy Barry Schwartz. The intense competition for admission to highly selective colleges and universities is destroying our kids. Suniya Luthar has spent about 20 years studying and documenting the growth of dysfunction among upper middle class youth, the prime candidates for admission to selective colleges. Luthar has found that extreme substance abuse, clinical depression, eating disorders and promiscuous sex are growing fast among these young people. Could there be a connection between these trends and the stress associated with applying to college? I think so. More...

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Syracuse to Drop Fossil Fuel Stocks From Endowment

The New York TimesBy . Syracuse University is dropping all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment, the university announced on Tuesday.
At $1.2 billion, Syracuse’s is the largest endowment to divest entirely of fossil fuel stocks. (Stanford University last year pledged to drop coal stocks from its $21.4 billion endowment.) More...

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How Engaged Learning Can Invigorate Higher Education

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "huffingtonpost"By Alan Harlam. In the morning, Natalie, a student at Brown University, reads a news article about the link between immigration policies and health outcomes. She then takes the shuttle to the local hospital where she volunteers as a Health Leads advocate helping connect patients with community services and resources. After a mid-day class, Natalie reads an academic paper about language acquisition in the Journal of Pediatrics. She ends her day discussing early childhood development in Rhode Island with her team for TRI-Lab, a new collaborative research program at Brown. More...

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Colleges of the Future Must Go Back to the Future

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "huffingtonpost"By . Much has been written about what colleges of the future will look like. "Erase every preconception you ever had about college learning and step into the future," writes Kate Hilpern in The Independent, as she outlines the elimination of classrooms and lectures, student-tailored degree programs, replacement of tenured professors with learning tutors, and institutions run by businesses. More...

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To improve higher education, scale back federal involvement

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. America’s colleges and universities are terribly inefficient and excessively expensive, foster relatively little learning and ability to think critically, and turn out too many graduates who end up underemployed. These and related problems have grown sharply in the half century since the Higher Education Act of 1965 heralded a major expansion of the federal role in higher education, but some mildly hopeful signs are now emanating from Capitol Hill. More...

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Plagiarism Education Week 2015 - registration now open

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. Plagiarism Education Week, hosted by Turnitin, will return for its 3rd annual virtual conference from April 20-24 with the theme “Copy/Paste/Culture”. Join daily, free 45-min. webcasts devoted to sharing ideas and best practices with educators and students about plagiarism and integrity. More...

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Higher ed's one-on-one admissions approach

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. There was a time when colleges and universities could put their best marketing message out to the masses, and wait for students to respond and express interest. Today, it’s about being aggressive without being pushy, being more student-focused without being intrusive, and being more open to digital communication without sacrificing authenticity. More...

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The global search for education

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. A little over 4 decades ago, Finland transformed its education system as part of the country's economic recovery plan. Finnish students had become the best young readers by the time the 2000 Program for International Student Assessment (a global standardized test for 15-year-olds) results were published. Three years later, Finnish students led global students in Math, and by 2006 they were doing it again in science. More...

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Studies say online instruction neither harms, benefits students

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. Does online learning work? Do students learn better, or at least as well, from computer instruction as they do from a human teacher? That’s a question asked over and over again by not only students, parents and professors, but also by academic researchers. More...

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Not classy enough

University Business LogoBy Stefanie Botelho. Massive open online courses took off three years ago, there was much concern that they would destroy traditional universities. That isn’t happening. “We’re doing a better job of improving job skills than of transforming the university sector,” says Rick Levin, a former president of Yale, who runs Coursera, the biggest of the MOOCs. More...

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