Chronicle of Higher Education

The Changing Role of Higher Education

The Changing Role of Higher Education

Over at the Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Berrett has a piece describing how popular perceptions of higher education have been transformed over the past 40 years: Sometimes, sea changes in attitude start small, gradually establishing assumptions until no one remembers thinking differently. This is how that happened to liberal education. It’s a story of […]

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How Gowns Can Learn from Towns

How Gowns Can Learn from Towns

That’s the focus of a recent piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Geoffrey Vaughn argues that during the urban crisis of the 1960s and 1970s, city leaders lost their way–they forgot what made cities significant components of human culture: From early Mesopotamia to Boston, cities have worked because they concentrate people in a small […]

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New Study:  College May Not Be Worth it for Some Students

New Study: College May Not Be Worth it for Some Students

Yet another report on how colleges are failing our students?   This one is from research conducted for the book Aspiring Adults Adrift:  Tentative Transitions of  College Graduates by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa as reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education: The authors followed more than 1,600 students through their senior year at 25 four-year […]

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One More Time:  Will MOOCs Destroy Higher Education, or Improve it?

One More Time: Will MOOCs Destroy Higher Education, or Improve it?

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ran a piece reporting on efforts of faculty to chastise colleagues from other institutions who might produce Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) that other colleges could use to reduce the need for faculty. “I don’t see it as particularly my business how people use the stuff once I put […]

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The “Grounded Curriculum:”  How Traditional Higher Ed can remain relevant in the Cloud culture?

The “Grounded Curriculum:” How Traditional Higher Ed can remain relevant in the Cloud culture?

This is sort of a follow-on to yesterday’s post about IT issues in academia.  As we’ve posited many times before, the rise of on-line collaboration technology and the trend for prestigious institutions of higher learning to release video lectures of their best faculty for little or no cost is putting public higher education in a […]

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A Consumer’s Guide to MOOCs

A Consumer’s Guide to MOOCs

Want to compare the various MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) out there?  The Chronicle of Higher Education has a handy guide here. The formats are as varied as the people who tune in. Some consist mainly of lectures recorded on iTunes, while other courses seek to replicate a classroom experience by offering study groups, computer-graded […]

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