education and the workforce

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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10 Lessons Learned About MOOCs

10 Lessons Learned About MOOCs

Over at Education Dive, Keith Button has put together a list of 10 lessons various educational institutions have learned about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  Here is the list (we’ve put some of the more interesting findings in boldface): 1. The investment provides repurposable content 2. Experienced students are a great resource to utilize 3. Online […]

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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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Maker Spaces, Problem-based Learning and the Manufacturing Revival

Maker Spaces, Problem-based Learning and the Manufacturing Revival

The New England Journal of Higher Education has a piece on the role higher education is playing in New England’s manufacturing revival through the proliferation of such facilities as “Maker Spaces, Fabrication Labs, Hacker Spaces and Tech Shops” that introduce students to the processes involved in design, prototyping and manufacturing itself. This activity is responding […]

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The Economist:  3 Trends That Will Revolutionize Higher Education

The Economist: 3 Trends That Will Revolutionize Higher Education

The Economist believes it, so now it must be official:  higher education will be transformed in the coming decades.  Their Business Insider blog attributes this revolution to three trends: On one front, a funding crisis has created a shortfall that the universities’ brightest brains are struggling to solve. Institutions’ costs are rising, owing to pricey […]

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Louisiana Creates $40M Fund to Create Incentives for STEM Education

Louisiana Creates $40M Fund to Create Incentives for STEM Education

This from the State Science and Technology Institute: A project underway between IBM and Louisiana State University’s School of Engineering aims to better meet employer needs by tripling the number of computer science graduates in five years. Hoping to generate more partnerships like these, lawmakers approved legislation supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal that allows colleges […]

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