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Minerva:  Another Attempt at Reinventing Higher Education

Minerva: Another Attempt at Reinventing Higher Education

The latest issue of the Atlantic profiles yet another attempt to reinvent American higher education.  This time it is 39-year-old entrepreneur Ben Nelson who its taking a stab at it.  The Minerva Project is an accredited institution (via an affiliation with the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, California) based in San Francisco.  The team that […]

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Is the “Skills Gap” a Myth?

Is the “Skills Gap” a Myth?

In the discussions about the sluggish economic recovery, one explanation offered quite often is that there is a mismatch between the skills required in the new economy and those available from current workers. According to this line of thinking, this so-called skills gap is dampening the US economic recovery.  In yesterday’s New York Times, Paul […]

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Bookless Libraries

Bookless Libraries

According to the San Angelo Standard Times, San Antonio’s public library is providing a glimpse of what bookless libraries might be like: All-digital libraries have been on college campuses for years. But the county, which runs no other libraries, made history when it decided to open BiblioTech. It is the first bookless public library system […]

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Connecticut Invests in STEM Education

Connecticut Invests in STEM Education

According the State Science and Technology Institute, Connecticut is the latest state to make a substantial investment in education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields: Instead of focusing on one industry sector, Gov. Malloy’s approach is built around the creation of a top-notch workforce to fill high-wage STEM jobs that he says […]

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Colleges Start Reinventing Themselves

Colleges Start Reinventing Themselves

This from the Wall Street Journal: Colleges and universities are rushing to offer free online classes known as “massive open online courses,” or MOOCs. But so far, no one has figured out a way to stitch these classes together into a bachelor’s degree. Now, educators in Wisconsin are offering a possible solution by decoupling the […]

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Redesigning Campuses for New Models of Education

Redesigning Campuses for New Models of Education

We’ve posted before about how new models for learning are affecting how space is used on college campuses.  Over at Educause Review Online, architect Shirley Dugdale outlines ten principles for adapting campuses to the new world of technologically infused learning: Analyze the whole campus as learning space. Develop insights from user engagement. Plan to support […]

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