Is this the end of the golden age for higher education?

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One way to improve life for the new student majority is to raise the quality of the education without raising the price.

Interest in using the internet to slash the price of higher education is being driven in part by hope for new methods of teaching, but also by frustration with the existing system. The biggest threat those of us working in colleges and universities face isn’t video lectures or online tests. It’s the fact that we live in institutions perfectly adapted to an environment that no longer exists.

 

 

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Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun: MOOC’s not effective for undergraduate education

Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity, captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 16 million students for online classes. So why is he pivoting away from MOOC’s? Thrun says, “We don’t educate people as others wished, or as I wished.”

 

 

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Gates and Zuckerberg back code.org’s mission to teach 10 million students to code

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates

If you care at all about technology odds are that back in February you were one of the roughly 12 million people who viewed the video “What Most Schools Don’t Teach,” featuring the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh encouraging kids to learn to code.

 

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College enrollment declined in 2012, but for good reasons

Ninety percent of the overall decline in enrollment was from students over 25.

For the first time in six years the number of college students has declined, according to new Census figures released this week. The half-a-million-student drop is “a huge decline,” Census Bureau statistician Julie Siebens told me. This sounds like bad news, but it could actually be a sign of good news. It means the labor market is — slowly, but surely — getting better.

 

 

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In states with stronger teachers’ unions students learn less

There is a 4% fall in student proficiency rates in states where teachers’ unions are stronger.

According to a study by Johnathan Lott of the University of Chicago Law School and Lawrence W. Kenny of the University of Florida of 721 U.S. school districts in 42 states shows a 1-standard-deviation rise in teachers’ union dues per teacher is associated with a 4% fall in student proficiency rates.

 

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New statistics prove our student loan system is broken

Millions of former students are struggling under the weight of loans.

There are millions of students who are senselessly defaulting on their student loans while failing to take advantage of programs meant to protect them financially. And chances are, it’s the poorest, least sophisticated borrowers who are suffering worst.

 

 

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72% of MOOC professors don’t think their students deserve college credit

The actual number of professors who discount the quality of MOOCs is probably much higher than 72%.

Seventy-two percent of professors who have taught Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) don’t believe that students should get official college credit, even if they did well in the class. More importantly, these are the professors who voluntarily took time to teach online courses, which means the actual number of professors who discount the quality of MOOCs is probably much higher. The survey reveals the Grand Canyon-size gap between the higher-education establishment and the coalition of tech companies and lawmakers that are mandating college credit for online courses.

 

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How many Ph.D.’s find academic jobs by graduation?

Not all Ph.D. students want a career as a tenured college professor.  There are many fields, such as humanities, that spending your life buried in books and papers is the gold standard of success.  Data from the National Science Foundation has been broken down on the job market for doctorate holders and we take a look at just what fraction of new graduates were landing jobs in the academy.

 

 

 

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Parents need to let their children fail: Study

Study shows it’s okay to let children fail.

When Jessica Lahey was a fairly new teacher thirteen years ago she had to call a students’ mother to let her know that she would be initiating disciplinary measures against her daughter for plagiarism and that her daughter would receive a zero for the plagiarism.

 

 

 

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