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Higher education leaders have proposed a way to make it easier for universities to offer online courses across state lines.
The proposal would replace a cumbersome patchwork of rules and fees that make it costly for universities to offer online courses to students in different states. With some seven million students enrolled in online college courses for credit — a number that is growing rapidly — higher education officials say it is crucial to simplify the system.
Read more: nytimes.com
Executive Director of the World Campus and
Associate Vice President for Outreach
Penn State University
Everyone’s talking about massive open online courses, or MOOCs. The popular wisdom is that they will revolutionize higher education, and possibly even put traditional colleges and universities out of business. But MOOCs aren’t likely to solve the fundamental student learning challenges that colleges and universities face, and they certainly won’t take the place of a college education.
With the potential to host tens of thousands of students in a single course, MOOCs make lots of content available to lots… Continue reading
By Libby Sander
Few colleges track statistics that may help them design more-effective services to support military and veteran students, a new study has found.
In a survey of 239 institutions, a majority said they did not collect retention or completion rates. Nearly three-quarters did not do so for active-duty military students, while about two-thirds did not do so for veterans. The research was conducted jointly by NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and InsideTrack, a company that provides success coaching for students.
The groups’ seven-page report on the survey findings, released on Thursday, suggests that without… Continue reading
By Ryan Easttum
MOOCs are kicking down the doors of education, and replacing them with a much easier and figurative sliding glass door. That is, they’re easy to get into and you can peer right in. However, as a holder of an advanced degree and taker of many a MOOC, it’s not quite what it’s cracked up to be.
First, allow me to share my academic history. I was an achiever – not quite an overachiever, but I took zeal in getting A’s and bringing home honors and awards. Spelling bees and Geography bees in primary school and then… Continue reading
Now that the average college freshman takes more than five and a half years to graduate, a growing number of colleges are trying to entice students with guarantees that they will finish in four years – or the extra tuition will be free.
But most of these four-year guarantees come with fine print that can disqualify many applicants, such as requiring students who sign up for the program freshman year to declare and stick to a major all four years, take inconvenient classes or forgo study abroad. In addition, even the most generous of the guarantees only offer to… Continue reading