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Oregon State and Eastern Oregon see growth in home-grown online programs

by Andrew Theen, the Oregonian In 2002, Oregon State University’s distance education program looked sort of like a Blockbuster video store. The school had a storage room in Corvallis with lectures on VHS tapes, which staff would mail to students enrolled at OSU who rarely set foot on the main campus. Today, OSU’s so-called “Ecampus” is [...]

Current, former presidents talk higher ed disruption

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A convening of current and former college presidents at the University of Virginia put on public display executive thoughts about the future of higher education, which all agree will be “disrupted” by technology, affordability and public appropriations in the near future. University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III told the [...]

Blended, Online Nursing Grad Programs Offer Varied Options

By Jordan Friedman, US News Between odd work hours and clinical requirements, experts say, prospective online nursing students need to assess their flexibility when choosing a program format. In search of an online nursing graduate degree program with hands-on experience, Adam Switzer, a registered nurse at a medical center in Texas, found the University of Texas—Tyler’s [...]

The costs of competency-based education

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A recent analysis of competency-based education reveals four new models of development and approach, which are finding more support from colleges and universities nationwide. According to the analysis, institutions implementing CBE programs can expect an initial investment of just over $382,000 to develop one two-year degree program, and between $4.2 and [...]

Innovative Cooperation, at Scale: An Interview with Michael M. Crow

by John O’Brien, EDUCAUSE Review The Arizona State University president talks about student success, technology changes in recent years, institutional transformation at scale, cooperation within higher education, personalized learning, and analytics. Under his direction, the university pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence focused on the major challenges of our time, as well as those central [...]

Online digital access codes are ‘the new, dangerous face of the textbook monopoly,’ study says

By Ally Johnson, Daily Pennsylvanian Single-use online access codes for textbooks are making it difficult for students to save money on necessary materials for classes. In Sept. 2016, the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) — independent statewide student organizations that work on issues like environmental protection, consumer protection and homelessness — published a report called [...]

New report ranks the 50 top-paying college majors

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive reveals a list of the top 50 highest-earning majors, with STEM majors comprising each of the top ten degree programs. Science, engineering and technical programs encompass nearly the entire top 20, with liberal arts programs in fashion design and business ranking as 19th and 20th, respectively. The top programs were [...]

Is CBE the future of higher education? Study says too early to tell

by Jarrett Carter, Education Dive A new study from the American Institutes for Research outlines the profile of students in competency-based education programs and how they are engaged to participate in the curriculum. But researchers say it is too early to determine the efficacy of such programs on postgraduate success. The study reveals that 68% of [...]

Florida University system looks to boost online classes

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida The Florida university system has set an ambitious goal of having 40 percent of the undergraduate student credit hours in online classes by 2025. That would more than double the usage of online classes from the 2013-14 academic year, under a goal set by the system’s Board of [...]

Are students buying what education innovation is selling?

BY JULIA FREELAND FISHER, eCampus News Clay Christensen’s newest book, Competing Against Luck, chronicle the coming of age of another theory that may prove just as, if not more, powerful than disruptive innovation: the theory of jobs to be done. Jobs to be done hinges on the fact that consumers “hire” products and services to do [...]