19 avril 2014

Putting Community Colleges to Work

HomeBy Paul Fain. The White House on Wednesday rolled out two job-training grant programs that focus on the community college sector. Both push for closer ties between colleges and employers. The news wasn’t exactly new for the largest of the two pots of money – the fourth and final installment of a $2 billion workforce development fund. This week the U.S. Department of Labor released the application website for the last $450 million of the competitive grants, which were created in 2010. Read more...

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Desire2Learn, U of Guelph will try to measure learning outcomes

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Rosanna Tamburri. The University of Guelph is teaming up with four other postsecondary institutions and Desire2Learn (D2L), a provider of learning management systems, to develop a way to track and assess student learning outcomes across programs. More...

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Community College Uses Gaming To Bring Real-World Relevance to Courses

http://campustechnology.com/~/media/EDU/CampusTechnology/Digital_Edition/2013/1013cam_cover_cropped_165.jpgBy Dian Schaffhauser. Lambton College is developing a pilot program to test out gaming in six of its courses — including first-year math, electrical circuits, and hair removal — to see if the use of game-playing improves attendance rates and student engagement. Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, an hour north of Detroit, is working with developers at education technology company Desire2Learn to develop the games. The program is expected to be introduced to students in fall 2014.
The college has about 3,600 full-time students and 6,500 part-time students. It offers two-year and three-year diplomas, as well as certificates, advanced diplomas and applied degrees. More...

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15 avril 2014

Graduate programs keep higher education sector humming

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/simgad/16117305942652112198By Sheila Livadas. An overview of the largest graduate degree programs at local colleges and universities confirms what Upstate New Yorkers already know: Students from all over the world flock to the Rochester area to advance their studies and careers.
Their presence is felt far and wide; they bolster the area’s intellectual cachet and keep the higher education sector humming along. More...

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14 avril 2014

The 55 percent solution

Maryland is already one of the best educated states in the nation, ranking at or near the top when it comes to the percentage of residents with college and post-graduate degrees. But state leaders, looking at an increasingly competitive, knowledge-based global economy, think that's not going to be nearly good enough. About 45 percent of the state's adults have at least an associate's degree now, but state leaders decided in 2009 that it should aim to bump that up to 55 percent by 2025. Read more...

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13 avril 2014

Good News for Low-Income Students

By . Opponents of affirmative action have leveled a new three-pronged attack on affirmative action in higher education that could significantly change admissions at selective universities and colleges for the better. The Project on Fair Representation, which was behind the recent Supreme Court litigation in Fisher v. University of Texas, has launched websites soliciting white and Asian plaintiffs who believe they were discriminated against by racial-preference policies at three institutions: Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More...

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Weekend Reading: When Pollen Attacks Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . Happy Friday ProfHackers! A disclaimer: I’m writing this week’s weekend reading through pollen-induced haze thanks to a triple whammy of tree pollen here in the Southeast that has sent allergen counts through the roof from Virginia through parts of Florida. Last week, I included the news of David Letterman’s retirement. Yesterday, it was announced that Stephen Colbert will be his replacementThe LA Times argues that “Colbert is not a conservative choice.” Apparently Rush Limbaugh and other political conservatives agree: Limbaugh called the announcement “a declaration of war of the heartland of America.” More...

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Families’ College Savings Start to Rebound, Report Says

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “How America Saves for College 2014″
Organization: Sallie Mae
Methodology: Ipsos Public Affairs interviewed 2,020 parents with a child under age 18. The survey was conducted online, in both English and Spanish, in November and December 2013. The sample was selected to be nationally representative on certain demographic variables. More...

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Support for Minority-Serving Colleges Would Serve the U.S. Too, Report Says

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Report: “Lessons Learned: Implications From Studying Minority-Serving Institutions”
Authors: David A. Bergeron, vice president for postsecondary education; Farah Z. Ahmad, policy analyst; and Elizabeth Baylor, associate director for postsecondary education, all at the Center for American Progress. More...

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Review Didn’t Support Researcher’s Claims on Athletes’ Literacy, UNC Says

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . Three outside experts hired by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to review a learning specialist’s findings about the subpar reading abilities of Tar Heel athletes did not find evidence to support those claims, the News & Observer reported. More...

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