16 janvier 2014

At-Risk Young Adults With Mentors Go to College at Higher Rates

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Beckie Supiano. At-risk young people who had a mentor aspired to attend college and enrolled at higher rates than did their peers without mentors. That’s according to a survey commissioned by the National Mentoring Partnership that was scheduled for release on Monday. About three-quarters of at-risk young adults (ages 18 to 21) with a mentor reported that they had always planned to go to and graduate from college, compared with 56 percent of those who didn’t have a mentor. More...

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Common App’s Board Begins Review of Organization and Technology

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/headcount-45.pngBy Eric Hoover. The Common Application’s Board of Directors has hired a consulting firm to conduct a “complete and expeditious review” of the organization’s structure and technology, according to emails the board recently sent to members. As Nancy Griesemer, an independent college counselor and blogger, first reported on Monday, the board held an “off-cycle” meeting in December to discuss the technical problems that have dogged the revamped online application since last summer. More...

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4 Digital-Humanities Projects From ‘Chronicle’ Readers

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Vincent DeFrancesco. A collection of articles in this week’s issue of The Chronicle explores how the digital humanities play in the undergraduate classroom, whether they pay off in tenure and promotion, and what it takes to create a work of digital scholarship that will last. As part of that collection, we asked readers to tell us how they integrate digital platforms into their humanities teaching and scholarship. Following are four submissions we found particularly interesting. Read more...

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Blackboard Buys Student-Centric Web Platform MyEdu

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Megan O'Neil. Blackboard Inc., whose learning-management system is used by more than two-fifths of nonprofit colleges in the United States, said on Wednesday that it would acquire the student-centric web platform MyEdu.
Jay Bhatt, Blackboard’s chief executive, declined to disclose the purchase price. He described the acquisition as “small” compared with others that Blackboard has made in the past several years, but “extremely strategic.” Read more...

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‘U.S. News’ Releases New Rankings of Online Programs

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Danya Perez-Hernandez. U.S. News & World Report has released its 2014 rankings of Best Online Programs. Nearly 1,000 programs answered questionnaires from U.S. News last summer for this year’s rankings. In 2012 only 860 questionnaires were submitted. Only all-online, degree-granting programs in popular areas, such as nursing, technology, and business, were evaluated. Read more...

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Exactly How Many Students Take Online Courses?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/wired-campus-nameplate.gifBy Steve Kolowich. We know that online education went mainstream years ago. Academic leaders believe it will become even more prevalent in the coming years. But how many American students are taking at least one online course right now?
The answer, according to the latest figures from the Babson Survey Research Group, is about 7.1 million. Read more...

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Report Proposes Federal Matching Grants for State Higher Education

By Eric Kelderman. As Congress begins debating the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, proposals to change how public colleges get their federal money are starting to pop up. On Wednesday, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities released a report recommending a new federal block grant to the states for higher education. The goal of the proposed program is to give states some incentive to preserve and even raise the amount they spend on colleges, which has been in decline, and also to strengthen the federal commitment to affordable higher education. More...

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White House Highlights How Groups Have Pledged to Improve Access

Subscribe HereBy Kelly Field. The more than 100 "commitments" that colleges, nonprofit groups, and foundations will make at a White House higher-education summit on Thursday will help hundreds of thousands of low-income students obtain a college degree, a top adviser to President Obama said on Wednesday. Read more...

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The Cost of a Ph.D.: Students Report Hefty Debt Across Many Fields

Subscribe HereBy Audrey Williams June. A new crowdsourcing project provides an eye-opening glimpse into the hefty amounts of debt some graduate students take on to pay for their education and how hopeless many of them feel about their prospects for repaying it.
"Given the rate at which interest is capitalizing, I will clearly never be able to pay off this debt short of winning the lottery," wrote a literature Ph.D. student who expects to graduate in 2015.
Karen Kelsky, who runs a consulting business and a blog called The Professor Is In, started the "Ph.D. Debt Survey" on Tuesday, and as of Wednesday night it already had drawn more than 1,000 responses. Read more...

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Doubts About MOOCs Continue to Rise, Survey Finds

Subscribe HereBy Steve Kolowich. Academic leaders increasingly think that massive open online courses are not sustainable for the institutions that offer them and will "cause confusion about higher-education degrees," according to the results of an annual survey.The Babson Survey Research Group has charted the growth of online education annually for more than a decade with support from the Sloan Consortium and other partners. The latest survey, conducted last year, asked chief academic officers at 2,831 colleges and universities about online education. Read more...

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