A new push for apprenticeships looks to address the skills gap in the U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump took an important step toward addressing the skills gap, signing the executive order ‘Expanding Apprenticeships in America’ in order to promote affordable education and rewarding jobs. “Apprenticeships place students into great jobs without the crippling debt of traditional four-year college degrees,” Mr. Trump said. “Instead apprentices earn while they learn.”

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Who rules in Higher Ed?

QS World University Rankings released its latest edition of its famous rankings. For this edition, QS evaluated 75 million citations in more than 12 million academic articles and analyzed 115,000 employer and academic surveys. For the sixth year running, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) leads the ranking of over 950 of the best universities in the world, followed by Stanford University, Harvard, Caltech and University of Cambridge.

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Only 44% of College Students Feel “Very prepared” for Careers

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Survey: Only 44% of College Students Feel “Very prepared” for Careers
A new research from McGraw-Hill Education provides a picture of how prepared students feel about entering the workforce and the hopes and concerns students have about their post-graduation lives.

These are the universities leading on AI research
Companies and governments are showing an increasing interest in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the industry is rapidly adapting to push the frontiers of AI. But no advancements can be made without the work of researchers and universities. 

A coding school that pays you to attend
While the average full-time programming bootcamp in the U.S. costs around $11,451, Revature, a new Virginia-based coding bootcamp rather than charging tuition is now paying students to learn computer programming while also guaranteeing them jobs when they graduate. 

Study provides guidelines for the use of educational data
As massive amounts of educational data can now be stored, parents and privacy advocates are raising concerns about the misuse of the information. Addressing this issue, a new report provides guidelines for the use of research data. 

For designers, writing well is as essential as programing
Programming has been recognized for years as a must-have skill for designers, while writing has been neglected, but words are just as powerful as graphics for presenting ideas in a professional way.
 

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The “Challenger” Universities That Have Thought Outside The Box On Research Collaboration And Funding

A recent analysis by Times Higher Education identified “clusters” of higher education institutions that excel on innovation, research collaboration and funding. While many elite institutions rely on their reputation and large research fundings, the publication has looked at universities outside this group that have been forced to be innovative as they strive for other sources of income.

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Over Six Million Students Now Enrolled in Online Education

While overall enrollment in higher education has fallen since 2012, distance education growth continues. A new report titled “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017,” reveals that in 2015, more than six million students — nearly 30 percent of college students — took at least one course online. 

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Now You Can Learn a Language While You Wait For WiFi 

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Now You Can Learn a Language While You Wait For WiFi
There are numerous moments in a day that are typically wasted due to waitin: waiting for the elevator to arrive, WiFi to connect, or an instant message to arrive. With that in mind, researchers from MIT's CSAIL have developed a series of apps that opens up new possibilities for micro-learning.

New York Will Offer Free Tuition (with some restrictions)
In a historic move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a deal that will make tuition free at CUNY and SUNY for families with annual incomes up to $125,000. The governor's office estimates that nearly 940,000 families in New York State will be eligible for free public college tuition when the plan is fully phased in. The program called "The Excelsior Scholarship" has been hailed as a breakthrough and a model for other states, but some additions to the plan are alarming experts.

The Value of Interdisciplinary Research
Important research ideas often transcend the scope of a single discipline or program, pushing fields forward and accelerating scientific discovery. But interdisciplinary research is not easy to achieve, specially in big campuses where is more common to find clustered islands instead of real interdisciplinary teams. With that in mind, scholars at Duke University have attempted to solve this issue.

How Universities Are Using Big Data
“You could say it was bold. You could say it was crazy; maybe even arrogant. But I decided that if Georgia State was going to do something really big, this was the goal whose achievement would allow us to change the world,” declared Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, reflecting on a decision to focus on data analysis. A growing number of universities are using big data to improve student success but there are ethical issues that arises with the exploitation of student data.

University Classes Should Start at 11am or Later to Improve Learning
At many universities classes start at early morning, without regard to optimal functioning times for students with different chronotypes. But a new study indicates that starting classes at 11am or later benefits the greatest number of students.


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