Higher Education

Tech Disaster Torments College Applicants

Tech Disaster Torments College Applicants

| October 17, 2013

Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.

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How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

How To Reap the Most Out of College (Or Any) Education

| October 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

A growing body of evidence suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there. Historian and educator Ken Bain has written a book on this subject, What The Best College Students Do, that draws a roadmap for how students can get the most out of college, no matter where they go.

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Bypassing the SAT Altogether

Bypassing the SAT Altogether

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

A look at how students can bypass the SAT to get into a reputable college. “It’s kind of declaring war on the whole rigmarole of college admissions and the failure to foreground the curriculum and learning,” Leon Botstein, Bard’s president of 38 years, said in an interview. Saying the prevailing system was “loaded with a […]

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LinkedIn Invites Teens to Network With New University Pages

LinkedIn Invites Teens to Network With New University Pages

| August 19, 2013

The professional connections site LinkedIn launches a new section of its social network Monday, as University Pages targets young people who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools are already on the network, says LinkedIn, which also dropped its minimum age, to 14 in the U.S.

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Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

Is Online Education Widening the Digital Divide?

| August 16, 2013 | 16 Comments

Universities across the country are experimenting with MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a way to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all students. The premise of MOOCs has, to some, come to mean the democratization of quality higher education, a way of equalizing the playing field for students of every demographic. But that’s not always the outcome.

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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

| July 19, 2013 | 30 Comments

Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.

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Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses?

Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses?

| April 5, 2013 | 23 Comments

Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That’s the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pulled together from available data of some Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. But do completion rates matter? It’s not that course completion rates don’t inform observers about the nature […]

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How Mozilla’s Open Badges May Work In the Real World

How Mozilla’s Open Badges May Work In the Real World

| March 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

After 18 months in the darkness of beta world, Mozilla’s Open Badges project stepped out into the light recently with the unveiling of Open Badges 1.0. But will the concept of organizations bestowing their own virtual endorsements for the mastery of skills hold up to critical examination from a world that, even in an information […]

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Bypassing College? Ideas On Learning Outside the System

Bypassing College? Ideas On Learning Outside the System

| March 19, 2013 | 12 Comments

Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, a movement that challenges the notion that “college is the only path to success,” has some advice for students who are willing to take the nontraditional route between school and work. In his book, Hacking Your Education, Stephens outlines a path that he says will allow students to “ditch the […]

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Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

| March 18, 2013 | 5 Comments

Despite a deeply held belief that success in college is crucial for success in life, the traditional path students assume they’ll take is more an exception than the rule, according to a new report. Though most students believe the college path — high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from […]

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