The Landscape of Competency-based Education: Enrollments, Demographics, and Affordability American Enterprise Institute
Competency-based education (CBE) is starting to gain traction with colleges and educators. The American Enterprise Institute released a paper where they explore the landscape of CBE providers.
Still, few researchers have actually taken an in-depth look at the wide range of competency-based education providers. Many questions have emerged around the various ways students can earn credit. Additionally, although the list prices of CBE models appear very cost effective, no one has comprehensively examined the true affordability of CBE programs.
A Bright Idea: Teaching Educators To Be Entrepreneurs Forbes
The National Science Foundation surveyed the small businesses that had won its innovation research grants to see how they were progressing. Of those companies that failed, the most common reason was that companies made products no one wanted.
Perhaps similar reasons exist when education innovations don’t get widely disseminated? Can educators be taught to be entrepreneurs? That is the question the new National Science Foundation I-Corps L program is asking.
While other U.S. universities have built branch campuses abroad, the University of California at Berkeley is betting it can create a global higher education hub in its own backyard.
The proposed Berkeley Global Campus model stands out as an approach to internationalization in that Berkeley seeks to bring foreign universities to California rather than build its own campus overseas. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said that the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay will be “a new form of international hub”.
EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed Here and Now
EdX is the largest non-profit MOOC provider in the country, and its CEO Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.
“I talk about unbundling in time, function and content [...] Why should it be the case that a professor who teaches a course writes a textbook, teaches a course, writes the exams, the whole thing. Instead, a blended course is an unbundled course, where you might use a MOOC from a professor from another university as a new age textbook [...] Why can’t we increase that? Why is it that every student has to learn in college when they are 18? Why four years? How about unbundling time?" said Agarwal.
Setting the Stage for Anytime, Anywhere Learning Campus Technology
In August 2011 the Georgia Institute of Technology opened the Clough Commons, a $85-million, 220,000-square-foot, five-floor building that would be the academic hub for all students. But university officials wanted to be sure students were using the commons the way they had intended.
They gave students a mobile app to record what they were doing at Clough — and take a picture of what was going on around them. After this research they have some tips for designers at other campuses thinking about creating academic hubs like Clough Commons.
“This book is a route map, rationale, and guide for the few and the bold who dare to step forward to build the universities we need for the twenty-first century.” says Daniel Greenstein, the Gates Foundation director of Education, Postsecondary Success.
10 Topics Every College Website Should Cover in 2015 eCampus News
A new whitepaper released by The Kyle David Group, and titled Ten Elements Every College Website Should Have, takes an in-depth look at the challenges institutions are facing when recruiting new students.
In today’s market, a good website goes beyond merely displaying information, but instead seeks to build an ongoing relationship with visitors that will keep them coming back. “On average, it costs more than $2,000 to recruit just one new student, making it increasingly important that the first introduction to your school–most often your website–grab your audience’s attention and supply the appropriate information in the most appealing manner possible.”
In the spring of 2014 HarvardX and the Harvard Alumni Association launched HarvardX for Alumni. HarvardX it is a initiative to enable faculty to build and create online learning experiences that would also transform residential learning and enable groundbreaking research in online pedagogies.
Why should the rich community of learning that so many alumni cherish end with graduation? Indeed, this was an opportunity to redefine the idea of life-long learning as a life-long relationship with Harvard.
Associate Dean of What? The Chronicle of Higher Education
The School of Social and Clinical Medicine at the University of Bristol is hiring a new “associate dean of eureka moments.” This is a real job, not a satire. What’s going on here?
Too often, academic administrators and leaders take outmoded or inappropriate ideas from the business world and casually apply them to our institutions. But language matters and these terms cannot just be applied casually.