16 juin 2013

On Bubbles, Online Education, and Confused Reporting

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpgBy Joshua Kim. I'm sure that Forbes staffer John Tamny is a good reporter, and that Forbes is a quality publication. It is the quality of Tamny and Forbes that cause me so much frustration when I read columns such as Online Education Will Be the Next 'Bubble' To Pop, Not Traditional University Learning. When Tamny is saying that online education is the next bubble he is of course not talking about the sort of online education that any of us working in the field of designing, teaching, or supporting online courses would recognize. Read more...

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Engaging With For-Profits

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/technology_and_learning_blog_header.jpgBy Joshua Kim. I have this idea that people like me in traditional non-profits can learn some things from the for-profits. I also think that it is in everyone’s interest (both students and the for-profits themselves) to adopt some of the cultural norms and practices of traditional non-profits. The problem, as I see it, is that we don’t really understand each other. For-profits should be more transparent, and we (traditional non-profit people) should be more open to listening. It is in this spirit that I reached out to Dr. Jennifer Stephens-Helm, VP, Institutional Research & Assessment at American Public University System (APUS). Read more...

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Subprime Faculty?

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/large/public/CRW.jpgBy Lee Skallerup Bessette. There’s a theme to this week’s posts, aren’t there? I find it fascinating that one the same day that my blogging colleague Matt Reed makes an argument against the characterization of (certain) college students as “subprime”, people are making the serious argument that women should be discouraged or even prohibited from pursuing PhDs and careers as MDs in the comments here. The reason? Women have kids and families and thus work “less” than men, indicating a lower return-on-investment for all involved. Read more...

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Higher Ed Bubble Watch

HomeIt has become trendy if not clichéd in recent years to declare that higher ed is the next "bubble" in the American economic system will pop. This view has been particularly dominant in business publications. Forbes has run columns about the coming higher ed bubble, or why a higher ed bubble should be coming, numerous times (see here and here and here and here and we could go on). Many of those articles predict that one or more "disruptions" in higher education (online learning for example) will be key to the higher ed bubble popping. Read more...

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Mind the Gap

HomeByPaul Fain. The percentage of adults who will hold a college degree in 2025 is projected to hit 48 percent, far short of what is needed to reach the Lumina Foundation's 60 percent goal for degree- and certificate-holders. So to stay on track to achieve that “big goal,” the foundation today announced a set of 10 incremental targets to hit by 2016. Those short-term goals will use a 2012 baseline, Lumina said in its fourth annual status update on college completion, which the foundation released today. Read more...

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Strikes Continue at Venezuelan Universities

http://venezuelanalysis.com/sites/venezuelanalysis.com/themes/zen/venezuelanalysis/images/logo-text_blue-border.pngBy Sascha Bercovitch. Caracas, June 10th 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – In an effort to achieve wage increases, professors at 13 universities across the country have gone on strike, bringing university operations to a halt.
University strikes, normally led by professors and students belonging to the conservative opposition, have become common over the past several years in Venezuela, delaying scheduled classes and often causing students to graduate later than expected.
As the current strikes began at several universities last month, groups in Caracas led a large march throughout the city, during which Minister for University Education Pedro Calzadilla spoke. Read more...

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Study highlights a tertiary supply-chain conundrum

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy William Patrick Leonard. The United States’ public secondary schools provide universities and colleges with the bulk of their applicants. There is ample evidence that tertiary institutions are faced with contradictory data suggesting that they have a serious supply-chain problem. Recent reports indicate that high school graduates are better prepared for entry into tertiary education. Secondary schools have been graduating large numbers of students with relatively higher Grade Point Averages, or GPAs. Historical data reveal that secondary school graduates’ GPAs have waxed in recent decades. Read more...

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U.S. high school graduation rate sees big minority gains — analysis

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. A new analysis says that America’s high school graduation rate hit nearly 75 percent in 2010 — the latest year for which data are available — the highest point since 1973. Furthermore, the increase since 2000 has been largely fueled by improvements in the graduation rates for blacks and Hispanics. The data analysis was conducted by Education Week’s Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, a division of the nonprofit organization that publishes Edweek. Read more...

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14 juin 2013

Canada : Les étudiants américains affluent dans les facs

http://www.meltycampus.fr/default/images/logo/metro.pngPar Paulo1321. De nos jours, les étudiants américains hésitent de plus en plus à poursuivre leurs études dans leurs propres universités. Certains décident donc d’émigrer dans les Universités canadiennes. Le Canada, nouvelle terre d’accueil ? Dans un contexte où poursuivre ses études, pour un adolescent, devient de plus ne plus difficile financièrement, les américains ont trouvé une solution. En effet, pour pallier aux Université payantes sur le territoire américain, certains étudiants ont décidé de tenter leur chance au Canada. Alors, pourquoi me direz-vous? Eh bien tout simplement parce que les études y sont ‘’facilitées’’. D’après nos confrères de Radio Canada, les frais de scolarité n’excèdent pas 30 000 $ pour les étudiants internationaux. Un avantage certain comparé aux 60 000$ que déboursent les élèves d’une des Universités de Boston… Une autre qualité que proposent les établissements canadiens, l’aspect international. Et plus particulièrement la ville de Montréal. Toujours selon le média canadien, c’est une ville unique en son genre en Amérique du Nord, tant sur le plan linguistique que culturel. Suite de l'article...
http://www.meltycampus.fr/default/images/logo/metro.png By Paulo1321. Nowadays, American students increasingly reluctant to continue their studies in their own universities. Some therefore decide to emigrate in Canadian Universities. More...

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13 juin 2013

Grads leaving post-secondary with record debt levels

http://www.cbc.ca/i/regional/v11/img/cbclogo_sprite.pngAs they don their caps and gowns this week, post-secondary class of 2013 grads are facing the future saddled with the highest levels of debt in Canadian history. Federal student debt in Canada exceeds $15 billion, plus another $5 to $8 billion in credit card debts, lines of credit and provincial loans, according to Ottawa.
Calgary's Janene Vermeire, who is a single mother, is leaving Mount Royal University with an honours degree — and $60,000 in debt.
“I can pay it off over a span of 15 years. At what point am I going to get ahead? I'm never going to get ahead. Like, when am I going to start saving money to buy a house?” she said.
According to bankruptcy trustee Shawn Stack, graduates who are struggling can get help restructuring their debts — except the student loan, which can't be restructured for seven years. Read more...

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