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Dean of UCLA Extension
My last post focused on the importance of developing broad knowledge and capabilities (Four-Year Career).
In my further reading I have come across a number of ideas that reinforce this point.
Industrial Darwinism or “survival of the fittest industry”
The notion of “Industrial Darwinism” reflected in this chart. Employment areas that are growing are likely to require higher-level thinking. (A perfect example: according to this analysis, “Think Tanks” are a small, but growing employment sector. Imagine that.)
Then, there’s the… 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
With an urgent need to focus on career success, many higher education leaders worry that the principles of a liberal education will be delegated to a “nice to have” versus an educational imperative.
In this presentation from the 2012 UPCEA Annual Convention, Heather Chakiris (Penn State University), Dave King (Oregon State University), Darcie Milazzo (Georgetown University), and Max H. Sotak (Regis University) share their insights on how to maintain academic standards, while equipping adult learners with skills in their chosen careers.
By Megan McArdle
MIT is going to offer certificates for completion of low-cost online coursework, an offering the university is calling MITx. Stephen Gordon ponders the implications:
Now, imagine a personnel manager at a mid-sized corporation who’s looking for an employee with some particular knowledge. There are two candidates: one with an appropriate college degree from the local state school, a second with relevant MITx certificates. Let’s say all other things between the candidates are equal. Which should the manager choose?
Given the caliber of professor at MIT, the online student may have learned just as much. The candidate who… Continue reading
By Goldie Blumenstyk
A $100-million investment fund backed by the German publishing and media giant Bertelsmann and the endowment for two Texas public university systems is jumping into higher education with two ventures aimed key markets.
One is a new bilingual college aimed at Hispanic students, in partnership with an affiliate of Chapman University. The other is a new London-based distance-education company that will assist European universities in creating, marketing, and managing online courses and degree programs.
For the yet-to-be-named Hispanic-serving college, the new fund, called University Ventures, will form a partnership with Brandman University, an 11,000-student nonprofit institution now… Continue reading