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Perfect Storm Skills Shortage Threatens Economy, But We Have a Path Forward

Author: Chad Ahren for Lumina Foundation

Published Date:July 24, 2017

Using lessons learned from the 2017 Education Symposium, the author argues that a path to remedy the current skills shortage has led to an increase in nontraditional educational offerings, such as competency-based education (CBE) programs. Examples of the Army’s CBE approaches with nontraditional students have been effective in capturing acquired skills of its soldiers.

Published Date: July 24, 2017


To Students, Many College Learning Experiences Feel Like They're From 'Another Century'

Author: Goldie Blumenstyk for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:July 24, 2017

In this interview with Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, he makes the case for ensuring effective use of technology in the classroom.

Published Date: July 24, 2017


Backers of an Audit Model for Judging Education Quality Invite Feedback

Author: Goldie Blumenstyk for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:July 21, 2017

Supporters of an alternative accreditation approach that calls for independent third-parties to audit colleges and universities have released a 22-page outline of how this approach could work.

Published Date: July 21, 2017


Does Redesigning Classrooms Make a Difference to Students?

Author: Shannon Najmabadi for the Chronicle of Higher Education

Published Date:July 21, 2017

A study shows how instructional space can impact student engagement when used in tandem with active-learning techniques.

Published Date: July 21, 2017


Dear New Instructor: It’s Not All on You

Author: David Gooblar in the Chronicle Vitae

Published Date:July 20, 2017

David Gooblar offers advice to new instructors about conceptualizing their role in the classroom and the role of students resulting in a successful course.

Published Date: July 20, 2017


Fear of Looking Stupid

Author: David Matthews for Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Education

Published Date:July 20, 2017

In this article, David Matthews discusses the hesitation of faculty members to adopt new, innovative pedagogical practices because of potential fear of embarrassing themselves in front of their students while adapting, along with concerns over negative student evaluations.

Published Date: July 20, 2017


Online Learning: Students Want Quality, Not Just Convenience

Author: Nichole Dobo for the Heching Report

Published Date:July 20, 2017

Results from a recent survey of online college students show that most students care about the quality of online courses and that while enrollments for online courses are high there are various reasons why students enroll.

Published Date: July 20, 2017


Developing OER Course Pathways

Author: Community College Daily

Published Date:July 19, 2017

38 community colleges are participating in an open education resources (OER) initiative aimed at creating better student engagement and making learning materials less expensive for students.

Published Date: July 19, 2017


Learning to Work, Working to Learn

Author: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Published Date:July 19, 2017

Employers benefit from students having meaningful learning experiences. This publication from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation offers examples of partnerships between employers and colleges to increase student engagement in career development though meaningful college experiences.

Published Date: July 19, 2017


What's Wrong With Too Many Required Courses

Author: Donal O'Shea for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:July 19, 2017

The author argues that marking courses as "required" has various unintended consequences that actually do more harm than good. Students would benefit more from an intentional, reworked course system and more quality interactions with faculty.

Published Date: July 19, 2017


NILOA is Now Conducting Our Third National Provost Survey

Author: NILOA

Published Date:July 18, 2017

NILOA is pleased to announce that we have launched our third National NILOA Provost Survey. The aim of the survey is to gain a clearer picture of the current state of assessing student learning in the United States. It builds on and updates NILOA's first national survey conducted in 2009 and second survey in 2013. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. With foundation support and assistance from several higher education associations, NILOA is sending the survey to all accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States to gain a current picture of outcomes assessment practices nationwide. Please feel free to review the 2017 survey, along with previous survey reports.

Published Date: July 18, 2017


Competency Education Group Opens Membership

Author: Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:July 18, 2017

C-BEN, comprised of 30 colleges and universities with competency-based education (CBE) programs, has opened up its membership in order to spread knowledge and expertise of CBE to interested institutions.

Published Date: July 18, 2017


Should Schools Test the 'Career' Half of 'College and Career'?

Author: Sarah Sparks for Education Week

Published Date:July 18, 2017

With growing emphasis on career readiness in higher education, more educators are calling for assessments that can better demonstrate to employers what skills students have when they enter the workforce.

Published Date: July 18, 2017


Learning Success: The Convergence of Assessment, Student Success, and Career Readiness

Author: Troy Markowitz for Forbes

Published Date:July 17, 2017

In order to close the awareness gap – students’ failure to connect classroom learning with real world experience/skills – there needs to be a larger partnership between curricular and co-curricular offerings. Assessment plays a key role in ensuring students not only attain desired learning outcomes, but are also acquiring skills required by employers.

Published Date: July 17, 2017


Our College Students Are Changing. Why Aren’t Our Higher Education Policies?

Author: Peter McPherson for the Washington Post

Published Date:July 17, 2017

The "traditional" college student is an outdated norm that many policy makers still think of when enacting higher education policy. However, the average college student no longer fits in that mold, and education policies need to change to better serve current and future students such as first-generation, work, part-time, transfer, those that have family responsibilities, etc.

Published Date: July 17, 2017


Promises and Pitfalls of Online Education

Author: Eric Bettinger and Susanna Loeb for Brookings

Published Date:July 17, 2017

While online education has served its role in making courses more widely available, it has not lived up to its potential. Two issues include less prepared students fare worse in online courses compared to when they take in-person courses, and quality assurance of online courses .

Published Date: July 17, 2017


The Education Writer Gospel of 'Academically Adrift'

Author: John Warner for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:July 17, 2017

Since the publication of Acadmemically Adrift, the authors' findings have been continuously used as evidence for how colleges are failing to educate students without proper acknowledgement of its methodological limitations. John Warner argues that the larger themes from Academically Adrift make for good headlines, but the study itself does little to allow for generalized conclusions about the “value added” of higher education.

Published Date: July 17, 2017


Learning from the Evaluation of Assessment: How Faculty and Staff Can Use Results to Inform Practice

Author: Natasha A. Jankowski for the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

Published Date:July 14, 2017

In a guest commentary, Dr. Natasha Jankowski offers four principles for using evidence to improve teaching and learning. Included in those principles are using evidence to improve student learning and engaging key stakeholders, both internally and externally, in a cycle of continuous improvement.

Published Date: July 14, 2017


Extra Credit

Author: Jennifer Goodman for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:June 27, 2017

A recent study by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) explores how six colleges and universities use prior learning assessment (PLA) to award alternative credits.

Published Date: June 27, 2017


11 Lessons From the History of Higher Ed

Author: Steven Mintz for Inside Higher Ed

Published Date:June 26, 2017

Steven Mintz presents eleven lessons from the history of American higher education from which we can learn and reflect on to envision the future of higher education. Included in these lessons are issues with diversity, the mission of higher education, and changing forms of pedagogy and assessment.

Published Date: June 26, 2017