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Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years

Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years | SCUP Links |

Some colleges, mostly small privates, have implemented plans to graduate students in 3 years. Hartwick College is one. Now, Ohio State University has a mandate to phase in 3-year bachelors degree this fall.

"Yet for all its pocketbook appeal, the three-year concept hasn't taken off, particularly at public universities. Legislation in Rhode Island in 2009 and Washington last year encourages public universities to develop three-year options, but no programs have been proposed to date, officials in both states say. State budget challenges have pushed a University of California committee's recommendation to a back burner, says system spokesman Steve Montiel.

At Ohio State University, which must phase in three-year degrees beginning this fall, provost Joe Alutto says a three-year degree may be "misdirected for an institution such as ours." He told legislators last year that students who earned college credit in high school tend to add a minor or second major rather than graduate early."

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Where the College Graduates Are: Degree Attainment in Metropolitan Areas

Where the College Graduates Are: Degree Attainment in Metropolitan Areas | SCUP Links |

Using findings from an analysis on educational attainment, Alan Berube explains a growing divergence in college degree attainment among metropolitan areas.

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Florida Tech Has New Scholarship Programs For Valencia Grads

In add-on to that program, Florida Tech has set up a second grant module that will enable Valencia College President Sandy Shugart to endowment 10 Valencia former students with scholarships that are valued at $15000 a ...

Valencia College president Sanford Shugart is Sunday's plenary speaker at SCUP–47. Register now!

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You Have Never Seen a More Entertaining Presentation by a College President. Never.

And it's very timely: "Can Our Institutions Accommodate to People Who Don't Believe In Them" by Sandy Shugart, President, Valencia Community College and plenary speaker at SCUP–47 in Chicago, July 7–11, 2012; higher education's premier planning conference:

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Higher education priorities for developing countries: For Elites or For Everyone | Inside Higher Ed

This is a good question: "Should developing nations expend their money and energy trying to build "world-class" universities that conduct job-creating research and educate the nation's elite, or focus on building more and better institutions to train the masses?"

We think the question doesn't have to be aimed outside of US borders.

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A 'Moneyball' Approach to College - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A 'Moneyball' Approach to College - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links |

"Getting data down to frontline students and instructors like this marks a shift for an industry that often focuses on pushing numbers up to accreditors and trustees, says Mark Milliron, formerly of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which backs college data-mining.

'I know more about my 11-year-old son's sixth-grade basketball team than the average college faculty member knows about their incoming class, in terms of key variables that are going to make them successful or not successful,' he adds. 'It is a sin that that is the case.'

Today, half of students quit college before earning a credential. Proponents feel that making better use of data to inform decisions, known as "analytics," can help solve that problem while also improving teaching.

But skeptics worry that data-mining fosters a factory-line approach to education, one that wrings efficiency out of the existing system rather than reinventing it in a digital era."

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Task force targets low community college grad rates

Task force targets low community college grad rates | SCUP Links |
For every 100 Nevada ninth-graders, about 50 of them will graduate from high school, according to a new study presented to the Nevada Board of Regents.

The title link is to a useful news article about the report. The report, "Fresh Look at Nevada's Community Colleges," is the report of a task force looking at all four of Nevada's community colleges. It looks very much like a plan and it calls for a strategic planning effort, among other things.

It has 10 key recommendations:

  • Create a Strategic Plan Focused on Student Learning Outcomes
  • Focus on Future Technology Needs
  • Leverage Resources to Benefit Learners
  • Create Pathways for K-16 Learners to Succee
  • Remake Remedial Educatio
  • Implement Variable Tuition Pricin
  • Increase Meaningful Certificate
  • Expand Dual High School and College Enrollment
  • Change the State Funding Formula for Community College
  • Move Governance to the Sourc
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Certificates Make Up 22% of All College Awards; Up From 6% in 1980

"Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with a big wage payoff. But earnings mostly go to men, and the certificate remains largely misunderstood in 'completion agenda.'"

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The Next Chapter for HBCUs: Three Imperatives | Inside Higher Ed

There has been lots of speculation about the future of HBCUs. While some of this has played out in the media, there is also an on-going conversation within this sector about what needs to happen to ensure a viable and productive future. Both conversations are sensitive in nature, saturated with nuance and divergent views concerning which directions are best. There are, however, a few clear environmental signs that demand the attention of everyone concerning the future of HBCUs regardless of one’s current position.

1. Outcomes represent the “coin of the realm”;

2. Delivery systems matter; and

3. Using data and assessment to inform decisions. [end quote]

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Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College?

Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College? | SCUP Links |
How America's higher education system became one big dropout factory...

An international perspective: "Unprepared students sign up for school because they think a degree is their passport to the middle class. They should have other options."

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What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College

What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College | SCUP Links |
There is a cost to not educating young people. The evidence is literally all around us.

The International Youth Foundation's new Opportunity for Action (PDF) paper, according to The atlantic's Derek Thompson:

"Focusing on the United States and Europe, the IYF authors focus on the so-called "NEETs" of the developed world: those Not Engaged in Employment/education, or Training. A 2012 U.S. study put the social cost per NEET youth at $37,450, when you factored in lost earnings, public health spending, and other factors. That brings the total cost of 6.7 million NEET American youths to $4.75 trillion, equal to nearly a third of GDP, or half of U.S. public debt.

Statistics like this are a good reminder that, even though college tuition is famously outpacing median incomes, there is still something more expensive than going to school. Very often, that is not going to school."

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Why Is College So Expensive? And Can Obama Make It Cheaper?

Why Is College So Expensive? And Can Obama Make It Cheaper? | SCUP Links |

Regarding the president's speech in Ann Arbor last week:

"Is this plan just "political theater of the worst sort," as University of Washington President Mike Young put it? Or is it a brave attempt at "tying the method of funding to the outcomes we're looking for," as William Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, said? Honestly, it might be a bit of both. Some aspects of the plan look like little more than window dressing in an election year. But overall, it seems like an earnest attempt to hog-tie some of the many wild forces that are pushing up the cost of a college education."

Paul Whitney's comment, February 7, 2012 8:38 AM
Overall personnel costs and various fees charged to students are out-of-whack. Colleges continue to produce budgets that are geared to their survival and not directed toward the consumer [student] needs.
Miscellaneous charges are included in tuition costs that by their nature will continue to rise. Productivity is not a concept that Higher Education has any concept of or a clue how to address. Certainly, the federal bureaucracy is not the place for us to look for ideas on lowering costs...besides, how is No Child Left Behind working for you? Race to the Top is just another federal program throwing money at a problem. Schools that are innovative and manage their costs to revenue will survive.!

Editorial: Three-year bachelor's degree has merits | USA Today w/Opposing View

Editorial: Three-year bachelor's degree has merits | USA Today w/Opposing View | SCUP Links |
The latest in our Ideas From Afar series, this time from Canada.

USA Today thinks 3-year degrees are a good idea.

In Three-Year Degree is Not a SolutionDaniel J. Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) disagrees.

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