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Stereotypes are dangerous—they hurt, they mislead and they ultimately diminish us all. When whole groups are stereotyped, prejudices that damage the social and educational fabric result. This problem is evident when women and minorities are stereotyped in the science, technology, engineering and math fields known as STEM. The challenge of enrolling and graduating more women and minorities in SContinue Reading »
President Obama is on fire to make higher education more available at a reasonable cost to more Americans. Addressing the faculty and students at the University of Buffalo on Thursday, he made a convincing case that unless higher education wakes up to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century we will find ourselves uncompetitive and increasingly vulnerable economically and socially.<Continue Reading »
Much of the talk about online education over the past year has been dominated by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). In just a little more than a year, MOOC providers like Coursera have attracted more than 2 million students to 200 courses from several dozen university partners.
If you take a look at the list of universities that have partnered with Coursera, it reads like a Who’s Who oContinue Reading »
When I heard yesterday that the Minerva Project—seeking a pathway to accreditation—was entering a partnership with the highly specialized Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, part of the Claremont University Consortium, I was a bit surprised and more than a bit skeptical.
Minerva is an audacious, unusually well-funded, for-profit startup that aims to be a sort of high-tech, Continue Reading »
It’s easy to get neck strain from trying to follow the back-and-forth ping-pong game between MOOC fans and foes. This week was a particularly fast-paced match. First came the news, via The Chronicle of Higher Education, that a whopping zero students had signed up for the first for-credit MOOC class in the nation, announced with fanfare by Colorado State University last fall. This notwithstandinContinue Reading »
Colorado State University-Global Campus was in the news last fall as the first college to offer credit for a MOOC course. No one has yet taken up CSU-Global on its offer, though keep in mind it was a single course in computer science.
But offering credit for a MOOC is not the only uncommon practice at CSU-Global:CSU-Global is a public university that is entirely online – no labs, fContinue Reading »
A paper released recently by the Community College Research Center reminds the champions of MOOCs and other online initiatives of one very important detail: Not all students prefer an online education; many higher education students still want in-person discussions and on-the-spot feedback.
But that’s not to say it will stay that way.
The CCRC paper is based on a small survey of cContinue Reading »
Officials at eCore, the University System of Georgia’s online curriculum, collect heaps of student data every year: individual course completion rates, withdrawal rates, and even the number of those identified as at-risk each semester.
Every day, Melanie Clay, dean of eCore, says she looks at the dropout rate and compares it to the rate at the same time last year. “If it’s not going in tContinue Reading »
Online learning has become a permanent fixture of our system of higher education. Yet, public colleges and universities, which educate the vast majority of college students, have been visibly slow to embrace it. Many of these institutions were founded with a mission to serve their citizens, including those unable to attend in residence. Yet even as the technological means to achieve this goal Continue Reading »
Summer melt might sound like something that happens to an ice cream cone in July. But in the world of college access, the term refers to a more troubling phenomenon: the significant number of high school graduates (some 10 to 20 percent nationally) who have been accepted to college and plan to attend but never show up in the fall.
The problem is even more acute among low-income, first-geContinue Reading »