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3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake

3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Higher education has remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years, but that may be about to change.
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"Since the first wave of massive online courses launched in 2012, a backlash has focused on their failures and commercial uncertainties. Yet if critics think they are immune to the march of the MOOC, they are almost certainly wrong. Whereas online courses can quickly adjust their content and delivery mechanisms, universities are up against serious cost and efficiency problems, with little chance of taking more from the public purse."

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Boosting California's Postsecondary Education

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An excellent report, primarily authored by Patrick Callan, from The Council on Economic Development. The appendix, "Examples of Good Practices and Policy for Boosting Higher Education Productivity," is five pages of useful practice summaries from a number of other states.

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We Have Goals. Now what? | Change Magazine

We Have Goals. Now what? | Change Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
By Estela Mara Bensimon, Alicia C. Dowd, David Longanecker and Keith Witham

The nation is in an era of policy reform aimed at improving the productivity and effectiveness of higher education. Major philanthropies and policy groups have converged around variations of the ambitious college completion goals announced by President Obama at the beginning of his administration.

But at the same time, many state governments, while recognizing the pressing need to prepare a next-generation workforce, have had to reevaluate their spending priorities because of sustained budget crises. Responding to grant-funded initiatives from a handful of foundations and advocacy organizations, a number of states have thus been busy over the past several years outlining strategies to help their higher education institutions produce more degrees and credentials with the same or fewer resources.
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A New Reality— Higher-education lobbyists keep expectations low for 2014

A New Reality— Higher-education lobbyists keep expectations low for 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As legislative sessions begin anew, flat budgets and institutional accountability will dominate the discussion.

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Eric Kelderman writes that "a new reality has set in about what [can be expected] from state" budgets.

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State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed?

State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The 2014 legislative successes should allow institutions in numerous states to offer raises for the first time in several years, and to continue (or in some cases begin) to reinvest in programs or initiatives that have been cut or put off over several bad budget years.

That is a much more pleasant climate for campus leaders to operate in than was the one that has prevailed in recent years. On the question of whether the funding upturn represents merely a return to the normal cycle of increases in good times and cuts in bad, higher education officials are hopeful -- if not quite confident -- that something more is at play: a recognition by political leaders that higher education is essential to drive individual and state economic success.


"This is first and foremost about improved economic conditions in the states," says Daniel J. Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis at the state college association. "But there is some evidence that higher education has been prioritized to a higher degree than what current state conditions would have portended."

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