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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
President, Excelsior College
Advisory Board Member, InsideTrack
The following interview is with John Ebersole, the President of Excelsior College. Ebersole recently co-authored Courageous Learning, which provides an overview of the state of adult higher education and its connection with America’s economic future. A lifelong learner himself, he discusses some of the themes connecting the lifelong learning journeys together, and connecting to his own lifelong learning journey. Ebersole also discusses the value of adult higher education to America’s economic future, and where criticism of the industry comes from.
To listen to The EvoLLLution’s interview with John… Continue reading
According to recent sobering statistics, more than 50 million working-age Americans have some college but no degree.*
Courageous Learning: Finding a New Path through Higher Education (John Ebersole and William Patrick; Hudson Whitman/ECP) may help. The book is aimed squarely at working-age Americans with no degree, and was written to guide adults—whose financial and time constraints differ from traditional campus-bound students—to finish their degree at accredited institutions.
Dr. Ebersole, president of Excelsior College and a leading advocate for adult degree completion said, “Courageous Learning was written to demonstrate options, and to show that a student can finish a degree… Continue reading