19 septembre 2015

The University As Ed Tech Startup: UMUC, Global Campus, Texas, and SNHU roll their own

By . Today the University of Maryland University Campus (UMUC) announced its plans to spin off their Office of Analytics into a separate for-profit ed tech company. More...

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17% Of Community Colleges Are Not Included In College Scorecard

By . In addition to the highly-misleading usage of ‘first-time full-time’ qualification for official graduate rates reported in the College Scorecard, there appears to be another major issue with the data. In particular, the Education Department (ED) is using a questionable method of determining whether an institution is degree-granting rather than relying on the IPEDS data source. More...

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College Scorecard: An example from UMUC on fundamental flaw in the data

By Russ Poulin at WCET has a handy summary of the new College Scorecard produced by the Education Department (ED) and the White House. This is a “first read” given the scorecard’s Friday release, but it is quite valuable since Russ participated on an ED Data Panel related to the now-abandoned Ratings System, the precursor to the Scorecard. More...

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Party Platform Analysis: The Conservatives

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "higheredstrategy.com logo"By Alex Usher. Back again for some more election platform analysis.  This week: the Conservatives.  But first, a caveat.  Part of the problem with trying to analyze party platforms in a 326-day election is that one’s rhythm gets all thrown off.  In a five-week campaign, all of the announceables are pretty much there in the first 21 days or so, so you more or less know when a party’s done announcing things.  In this election, we’re weeks into the campaign and we can’t be completely sure if the parties are done announcing things, unless, like the Greens, they actually publish the entire manifesto at once (an idea which, judging by their behaviour, the other parties find ridiculously passé). More...

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A Global Higher Education Rankings Cheat Sheet

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "higheredstrategy.com logo"By Alex Usher. As you likely noticed from the press generated by the release of the QS rankings: it’s now rankings season!  Are you at a university that seems to care about global rankings?  Are you not sure what the heck they all mean, or why institutions rank differently on different metrics?  Here’s a handy cheat-sheet to understand what each of them does, and why some institutions swear by some, but not by others. More...

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An Argument About the Effects of Tuition Reductions

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "higheredstrategy.com logo"By Alex Usher. At various times in the past (herehere, and here, for example), I have made the argument that lowering tuition fees is regressive because the benefits will accrue to people who are either the children of the wealthy, or people who will be wealthy, or both.  I have also said that where neither of those conditions is true (for example, some types of community college programs), there is a reasonable case for free tuition. More...

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Visible Minority Numbers Rise Sharply

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "higheredstrategy.com logo"By Alex Usher. I was poking around some data from the Canadian Undergraduate Survey Consortium the other day and I found some utterly mind-blowing data.  Take a look at these statistics on the percentage of first-year students self-identifying as a “visible minority” on the Consortium’s triennial Survey of First Year Students. More...

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Better Post-Secondary Data: Game On

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "higheredstrategy.com logo"By Alex Usher. You might remember that a little over a year ago, President Obama came up with the idea for the US Government to “rate” colleges on things like affordability, graduation rates, graduate earnings and the like.  The thinking was that this kind of transparency would punish institutions that provided genuinely bad value for money by exposing said poor value to the market, while at the same encouraging all institutions to become more attentive to costs and outcomes. More...

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Community of Inquiry: Teaching Presence

The EvoLLLutionBy Debra Beck - EvoLLLution. The Community of Inquiry’s conceptualization of teaching presence offers both clarity about the specific challenges of instruction in an online environment and a framework for aligning practice with that setting. More...

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Overcoming Online Persistence Challenges With The Trojan Café (Part 2)

The EvoLLLutionBy Amanda Smothers - EvoLLLution. One of the first ideas that came out of the planning phase was to create student forums that would allow interaction between users. Students were already utilizing Blackboard discussion boards to meet course requirements, therefore the infrastructure was ideal for hosting casual student forums. More...

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