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4 WAYS ONLINE CLASSES CAN MAKE YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE TO EMPLOYERS

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-21 16:08

By Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri

Online education is the way of the future and employers are viewing online education more favorably in recent years.  Since more and more jobs have entered the digital realm, studies show that employers increasingly view online degrees favorably, as opposed to just a few years ago. Increasingly, nonprofit, brick-and-mortar schools have started offering distance-learning programs, and at some point, most students enrolled in conventional college programs will take at least one class online. Plus, even as the stigma of online education continues to fade, the benefits of a computer-based classroom are becoming increasingly apparent. In fact, online classes teach students skills and learning techniques that are invaluable in a digital workplace, yet often go untaught in traditional classroom settings.

4 Ways Online Classes Can Make You More Attractive to Employers

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Maltzman defends online learning programs after faculty report raises concern

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-21 16:05

By Meredith Roaten, the Hatchet

After a report raised questions about unequal standards and oversight of courses taught online, Provost Forrest Maltzman defended the quality of the University’s online learning programs in a presentation to the Faculty Senate Friday. Maltzman insisted the University’s online offerings are equally as strong as traditional classes, citing data showing that programs have high student satisfaction and often outperform peers in national rankings. But he also recommended departments and programs act to increase monitoring of those courses using surveys and retaining lectures. “There is no reasonable examination of this that anyone can walk away and say our online programs are worse than our other programs,” Maltzman told the Faculty Senate.

Maltzman defends online learning programs after report raises concern

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How to Choose an Online Science Course

News & Thoughts - Wed, 2018-02-21 16:03

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Students in online science classes should check how much time they must commit to coursework each week, especially if there’s a lab requirement. Between lab requirements and the use of classroom equipment to conduct research, the hard sciences – biology, chemistry and physics, to name a few – may not initially seem suited for the online format. But some schools have found ways for students to explore these fields remotely.Experts say online courses in the hard sciences may also attract nondegree students taking classes for general interest or to fulfill prerequisites before transferring elsewhere. Whatever their goals may be, here are six questions experts recommend prospective or incoming students ask as they research online science courses and speak with their academic or enrollment advisers.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-02-12/ask-6-questions-to-choose-an-online-science-course

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Northeastern University Launches Micro Credential Program in Computer Science

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:25

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Northeastern University has created a new Micro Credential program for working professionals in California’s Bay Area looking to hone their skills in computer science. The program was created in partnership with mobile security company Lookout and is an extension of Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus. Students who complete three courses can earn a Micro Credential in computer science. The credential will also count as credit toward earning a master’s degree in computer science at Northeastern.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/09/northeastern-university-launches-micro-credential-program-in-computer-science.aspx

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1 million US jobs will vanish by 2026

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:20

by Stephen Spinelli Jr. , CNBC

Is our higher education system ready for the challenge? The answer is no – at least not yet. For too long, college degrees have rewarded students’ proficiency in taking exams, not their readiness for a career. As a result, students are trained to recite definitions, processes and formulas, but their lack of experience in real-world application limits their effectiveness and ability to innovate within their respective fields. This has to change. Higher education must focus squarely on developing the skills students need to succeed in a rapidly evolving job market. We must reject the false dichotomy of theory and practice. Deep thought and decisive action must be linked – this is the imperative for today’s university graduate.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/02/automation-will-kill-1-million-jobs-by-2026-what-we-need-to-do-commentary.html

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The Changing Business Model For Colleges And Universities

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:17

by Lucie Lapovsky, Forbes

In terms of changes to the business model on the cost side a variety of strategies to reduce the cost of running colleges and universities are being implemented. These include the continued reduction in the percent of full-time faculty at private institutions which has declined from 78% of the faculty in 1970 to 51% today and the decline in tenured faculty among institutions with tenure which, in the last 20 years, has fallen from 50% to 44%. Beyond changing the composition of faculty, schools are offering programs in different formats including on-line and hybridwhich increase accessibility of the programs and minimize facility use. Forward-thinking institutions are working to minimize their idle capital by using their campuses much more fully year-round. A few campuses now operate year round with three terms where groups of students are required to attend the summer term.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucielapovsky/2018/02/06/the-changing-business-model-for-colleges-and-universities/#662f315e5ed5

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Northeastern University Launches Micro Credential Program in Computer Science

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:09

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Northeastern University has created a new Micro Credential program for working professionals in California’s Bay Area looking to hone their skills in computer science. The program was created in partnership with mobile security company Lookout and is an extension of Northeastern’s Silicon Valley campus. Students who complete three courses can earn a Micro Credential in computer science. The credential will also count as credit toward earning a master’s degree in computer science at Northeastern.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/09/northeastern-university-launches-micro-credential-program-in-computer-science.aspx

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4 actions to improve the future of higher education

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:04

BY LAURA ASCIONE, eCampus News

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York, convened the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education (CFUE), comprised of leaders from higher education, philanthropy, business, and government. The Commissioners were charged with assessing the state of undergraduate education and making recommendations for a future with better institutions and better-positioned graduates. The report, The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America, zeroes in on four national priorities that offer actionable solutions to improve undergraduate education and increase the number of students who complete their education without unmanageable debt, said said CFUE Co-chair Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA.

4 actions to improve the future of higher education

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How self-service options improve the student experience

News & Thoughts - Tue, 2018-02-20 16:03

BY JENNIFER WILSON, eCampus News

Further, students’ expectations—particularly the Gen Z crowd—to manage all of their needs online has led senior institutional leaders to re-examine their processes, chiefly the back office or administrative tasks, enabling self-service capabilities and offering the next generation of paperless functionality. Implementing new or expanding the use of existing technologies, such as enterprise content-management tools that provide access to e-forms and reduce paper processes, can yield increased efficiencies and productivity, and offer value that improves the overall student experience.

How self-service options improve the student experience

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Chinese Police Add Facial Recognition Glasses to Their Surveillance Arsenal

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:24

by Abby Norman, Futurism

Police officers in Zhengzhou, China have been spotted wearing sunglasses equipped with facial recognition software that allows them to identify individuals in a crowd. These surveillance sunglasses were actually rolled out last year, but a recent report from China’s QQ published a series of photos of the glasses in action.

Chinese Police Add Facial Recognition Glasses to Their Surveillance Arsenal

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What approval of the budget deal really means for higher ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:20

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The bill itself outlines appropriations for disaster relief aid toward institutions that were affected by wildfires and hurricanes, increases scientific research funding for groups like the National Science Foundation, exempts Berea College in Kentucky from having to pay a tax on its endowments as it provides free tuition, and provides state funding for abstinence education. The continuing resolution until March 23 — which is tacitly agreed upon but not concrete — includes “$4 billion [over two years] for programs that aid college affordability, including those that help police officers, teachers, and firefighters.”  The agreement doesn’t specify what the $4 billion will go toward beyond “affordability,” and includes no provisions around those students under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Though, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke for nearly eight hours opposing lack of action in the budget for Dreamers and called on Speaker Paul Ryan to address the issue in an immigration reform bill.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-approval-of-the-budget-deal-really-means-for-higher-ed/516766/

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What to Know About ED’s New Stance on Data Breach Reporting

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:15

by Sean Tassi, Campus Technology

Until recently, colleges and universities that experienced a data breach had no unique reporting obligations to the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions were expected to analyze security incidents under applicable federal and state laws and, when appropriate, notify affected individuals and appropriate federal and state agencies. Because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not contain a breach reporting obligation, ED had taken the position that a report directly to ED was optional. ED, however, has now changed its stance and has started levying Cleryesque fines — up to $56,789 per violation — against institutions that fail to report a data breach directly to ED.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/08/what-to-know-about-eds-new-stance-on-data-breach-reporting.aspx

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The Changing Business Model For Colleges And Universities

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:05

by Lucie Lapovsky, Forbes

In terms of changes to the business model on the cost side a variety of strategies to reduce the cost of running colleges and universities are being implemented. These include the continued reduction in the percent of full-time faculty at private institutions which has declined from 78% of the faculty in 1970 to 51% today and the decline in tenured faculty among institutions with tenure which, in the last 20 years, has fallen from 50% to 44%. Beyond changing the composition of faculty, schools are offering programs in different formats including on-line and hybridwhich increase accessibility of the programs and minimize facility use. Forward-thinking institutions are working to minimize their idle capital by using their campuses much more fully year-round. A few campuses now operate year round with three terms where groups of students are required to attend the summer term.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucielapovsky/2018/02/06/the-changing-business-model-for-colleges-and-universities/#662f315e5ed5

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What approval of the budget deal really means for higher ed

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:03

By Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive

The bill itself outlines appropriations for disaster relief aid toward institutions that were affected by wildfires and hurricanes, increases scientific research funding for groups like the National Science Foundation, exempts Berea College in Kentucky from having to pay a tax on its endowments as it provides free tuition, and provides state funding for abstinence education. The continuing resolution until March 23 — which is tacitly agreed upon but not concrete — includes “$4 billion [over two years] for programs that aid college affordability, including those that help police officers, teachers, and firefighters.”  The agreement doesn’t specify what the $4 billion will go toward beyond “affordability,” and includes no provisions around those students under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Though, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke for nearly eight hours opposing lack of action in the budget for Dreamers and called on Speaker Paul Ryan to address the issue in an immigration reform bill.

https://www.educationdive.com/news/what-approval-of-the-budget-deal-really-means-for-higher-ed/516766/

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Are Online Courses for You? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

News & Thoughts - Mon, 2018-02-19 16:01

By Brittany Hawes, ULoop

Are you looking to take one or more online courses next semester? If this is your first time and you’re nervous about switching from a physical classroom to a virtual one, don’t feel too overwhelmed! Online courses and courses that you take on campus share many similarities. Here’s the low-down on online courses. Even if it’s an online course, you’ll still be earning the same amount of credits you would earn by taking the same course in a classroom instead. The material you cover should be the same but will most likely be given to you in a different format.

https://www.uloop.com/news/view.php/259171/Are-Online-Courses-for-You-8-Questions-to-Ask-Yourself

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How Penn State student government aims to lower textbook prices, accomplish semester goals

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-18 16:25

by Anshika Agrawal, The Daily Collegian

“We are trying to work with different universities in the state to address how we can lower the cost of textbook prices, whether that be using an older edition of a textbook or using online editions,” said Andrew Ahr, the UPUA College of Arts and Architecture representative. One of their initiatives involves lowering textbook costs, known as Open Educational Resources. “[OER is] a huge thing that schools across the Big Ten… are looking into right now because they’re trying to make a huge shift [from] print resources towards online, more affordable resources,” UPUA At-Large Representation Sophie Haiman said.

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_472f8e3c-0b7e-11e8-8688-df19262c0491.html

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A Teen Ahead of His Class

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-18 16:20

By: Taylor Williams, Wabash Valley]

It’s certainly not the way most teens do it, but this 15 year old started and ended high school in the same school year, all without stepping foot in a classroom. On most days this is where you’ll find 15 year old Walter Wildman, typing away on his computer. But Walter is not your typical 15 year old. In January Walter graduated high school. “Are you sure? Most of the reactions are, are you sure it’s accredited or are you lying,” Walter Wildman said.   But it’s true.

http://www.mywabashvalley.com/news/a-teen-ahead-of-his-class/952948375

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Distance Learning Discussed at MU

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-18 16:15

By BETSY SMITH, KBIA

The University of Missouri Board of Curators discussed problems and goals of distance learning and collaboration among campuses at a meeting on Friday morning at the Columbia Campus. Choi wants to increase the number of online courses and programs offered. The board of curators says more online classes are necessary for student flexibility. Curator David Steelman says the four campuses need to find a way to use distance learning so students can graduate on time. The board of curators’ task force will work on solving problems and removing boundaries from online courses among the four campuses.

http://kbia.org/post/distance-learning-discussed-mu#stream/0

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What to Know About ED’s New Stance on Data Breach Reporting

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-18 16:10

by Sean Tassi, Campus Technology

Until recently, colleges and universities that experienced a data breach had no unique reporting obligations to the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions were expected to analyze security incidents under applicable federal and state laws and, when appropriate, notify affected individuals and appropriate federal and state agencies. Because the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) does not contain a breach reporting obligation, ED had taken the position that a report directly to ED was optional. ED, however, has now changed its stance and has started levying Cleryesque fines — up to $56,789 per violation — against institutions that fail to report a data breach directly to ED.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2018/02/08/what-to-know-about-eds-new-stance-on-data-breach-reporting.aspx

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Look for MBA Courses on Artificial Intelligence

News & Thoughts - Sun, 2018-02-18 16:05

By Ilana Kowarski, US News

Business school courses on AI should acknowledge its limitations and distinguish facts from exaggerations, experts say.  “AI is transforming everything about the way the world does business, so any aspiring business leader will be better prepared by understanding where we’re headed,” Josh Tyler, executive vice president of engineering and design at Course Hero, an online learning platform, said via email. Advocates of taking AI courses in business school point to the abundance of AI-based companies in Silicon Valley. Artificial intelligence powers the recommendation engines on Amazon and Netflix, and it is also the technology that makes ride-sharing apps and self-driving cars possible.

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2018-02-08/look-for-high-quality-mba-courses-on-artificial-intelligence-robots

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