THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ STORIES
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.
Purdue Acquires Kaplan University to Increase Access for Millions
Purdue University announced Thursday it has acquired Kaplan University, a large for-profit chain to create a new public university. The initiative is meant to address two “striking new realities”: the need for postsecondary education for working non-traditional students, and the explosive growth in online education.
Top Universities With the Highest Percentage of International Students
Students today look for universities that provide an international experience and the opportunity to acquire a truly global higher education. Times Higher Education has compiled a list of the top 200 universities with the highest percentage of international students.
Mark Zuckerberg Wants to “Speed Up Science"
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is partnering with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to support and build their platform bioRxiv, to help scientists share research faster. The free service provide by bioRxiv enables life science researchers to share drafts of their papers before they appear in journals.
Harvard Medical School Unveils Its First Online Certificate Program
To democritize medical education, Harvard Medical School has launched for the first time an online program for students and the general public. The program, HMX Fundamentals, will offer coursework in four foundational subjects: physiology, immunology, genetics and biochemistry.
What Are the Top Skills and Backgrounds of This Year’s Ideal Silicon Valley Job Candidate?
HiringSolved, the AI recruitment platform, identified the most in-demand skills required for the 2017 technology job market. The study also compiled the leading universities with the most undergraduate and graduate alumni hired by the 25 biggest Silicon Valley employers in the last year (spoiler alert: none of them are in the Ivy League).
WHAT WE ARE READING
- Is the College Degree Outdated? (The Hechinger Report)
- What Does the College Experience of the Future Look Like? President Paul LeBlanc of Southern New Hampshire University Weighs In (EdTech Times)
- Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs) (The New York Times)
- Why College Presidents Are Becoming More Like Corporate CEOs (The Washington Post)
- The Myth of the College Dropout (Getting Smart)
- Can Scientific Discovery Be Automated? (The Atlantic)