08 septembre 2013

2 Texas Colleges Will Offer Competency-Based Hybrid Degree

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/wiredcampus-45.pngBy Hannah Winston. Texas A&M University at Commerce and South Texas College said Thursday that they are working with Pearson Education to open a competency-based, affordable hybrid degree for Texas students by next spring. The Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program is set to offer a 90-credit-hour online program that relies on a competency-based curriculum, according to a news release. Students will earn a degree in organizational leadership. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the nonprofit College for All Texans Foundation have joined to oversee the project. More...

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Canadian University Investigates Questions About Professor’s Credentials

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/Ticker%20revised%20round%2045.gifBy . The University of Moncton, in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, is investigating questions about the academic credentials of a prominent professor who has served as an environmental adviser to provincial and federal governments, according to the CBC. More...

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‘Responsible Investing’ Is No Passing Fad, Report Says

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/bottomline-45.pngBy Don TroopThe landscape is changing for so-called responsible investing, and  governing boards must adjust their strategies accordingly to gain a competitive advantage, according to a new report from the Commonfund Institute.
“Responsible investing” is the collective term given to three major categories of investing: socially responsible investing, or SRI; environmental, social, and governance investing, or ESG; and mission-related or impact investing. The combined responsible-investing market was worth some $3.74-trillion last year, an 11.2-percent share of the $33.3-trillion in total assets under management in the United States. More...

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How to differentiate universities, that is the question

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQCY_Na5RlC_ZalAL5Oz9YA2OlJgGn3OX_JlCWeFzZfUQH0QMiCFTvVS2EBy Gavin Moodie. Ontario has been considering whether and how to differentiate its universities since 2010 when its deputy minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Deborah Newman, commissioned a study, The benefits of greater differentiation of Ontario’s university sector from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. HEQCO’s most recent contribution, A data set to inform the differentiation discussion, released in July, is both helpful and unhelpful in advancing the discussion. While it is an example of differentiation informed by data, it ignores its own admonition in its report three years ago by grouping Ontario universities on only one dimension, research intensity. More...

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Teachers’, public employees’ unions merge

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wThe merger of the North Dakota Education Association and the North Dakota Public Employees Association gives the combined union more than 10,000 members, making it larger than all of the others in the state combined. Despite their agreement to go it together Friday, the two groups haven’t always been in lockstep. More...

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Va. higher education economic study released

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUa0Fk_7FQscWtrZHpz8OJg_QGcHVj2y63B7yEHt5K8aA7JDrjTD2O-wBy Matt Zalaznick. Every $1 that Virginia spends on higher education results in $1.29 in new tax revenue and more than $17 in increased economic activity, according to a University of Virginia report released Thursday. The report by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service details the economic impact of the state’s public higher education system, which consists of 15 four-year institutions, one junior college and 23 community colleges. More...

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Teaching graduates fail national competency test

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy María Elena Hurtado. Appalling results in the Prueba Inicia, or Start Test – a voluntary national exam that assesses the competence of Chilean teaching graduates – is forcing the government and universities to improve teacher training and make the teaching profession more attractive. Over half of new teaching graduates who took the test did not know their specific subjects or how to impart them, according to the results of the test, announced on 22 August.
“The results are alarming…extremely worrying,” said Education Minister Carolina Schmidt. More...

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Downsizing Ourselves

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpg?itok=aQthgJ91By Joshua Kim. I'd like to make a modest proposal:
The goal of academic technology departments should be to downsize ourselves.
That the purpose of higher education is for learners to learn and researchers to research - and that anything that we do that is not directly contributing to those two goals we should endeavor to do no longer. Read more...

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07 septembre 2013

Margaret Spellings on Obama Plan

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford. President Obama’s push for a rating system for colleges and universities that would eventually influence how the federal government doles out student aid is the most ambitious higher education proposal of his administration. The last serious push to so significantly transform federal higher education policy came in 2006 under Bush administration Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. That year, a 19-member commission -- known as the Spellings Commission -- released a report on the future of higher education that called, broadly speaking, for the federal government to play a larger role in promoting accountability and transparency at colleges and universities. Read more...

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What’s missing from education policy debate

http://dizqy8916g7hx.cloudfront.net/moneta/widgets/wp_personal_post/v1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. Reformers and policymakers talk a lot about how to recruit teachers with higher GPAs,  higher standards, better standardized tests, big data and more. In this post, Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., writes about something critical that gets ignored in these conversations. Schneider is a former high school teacher and the founder of University Paideia, a pre-college program for under-served students in the San Francisco Bay Area. His research focuses on educational policymaking and school reform in the 20th century. Schneider is the author of “Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America’s Public Schools” and is working on a new book about scholarship in education. He tweets @Edu_Historian. Read more...

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