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States Should Spend More on Public Higher Education and Less on Medicaid

States Should Spend More on Public Higher Education and Less on Medicaid | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


How can we guarantee US public colleges more stable funding? The answer is simple: The federal government would pay a higher share of Medicaid’s costs, and in return, states would return to the commitment of providing affordable public higher education.

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Where do billionaires go to university?

Where do billionaires go to university? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new study undermines the image of billionaires as self-taught self-starters. Not only are they far more likely to have an undergraduate degree, billionaires are more likely to have gone to elite US institutions, like the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, and Yale.

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7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)

7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

US students can earn low-cost/free degrees from schools in Europe and South America…and they don’t have to speak the language.

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How to Sell a Liberal Arts Education

How to Sell a Liberal Arts Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The skills built during a liberal arts education—creativity, critical thinking, teamwork—are also skills employers say they want in employees. But, as DePauw University’s president points out, institutions must also provide students the services that will get them their first jobs.

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A Great Recession, a Great Retreat

A Great Recession, a Great Retreat | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Without correcting the primary driver of rising tuition—declining state investment—the recent US federal investments in higher education will not fully help low- and middle-income families afford higher education. This report suggests a program that requires states to match federal grants and implement reforms and innovations to make higher education more affordable and more valuable.

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Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning

Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Adaptive learning technologies modify the way material is presented, combining computer science and cognitive psychology to offer a personalized experience for students. The result? Higher pass rates and lower drop-out rates.

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Women increasingly outpacing men’s higher education participation in many world markets

Women increasingly outpacing men’s higher education participation in many world markets | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In many parts of the world, more women enroll in higher education than men. Unfortunately, this has not corrected other gender imbalances—women continue to lag behind men in employment, income, business ownership, research, and politics.

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Academia and industry: Companies on campus

Academia and industry: Companies on campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Successful academia–industry partnerships require common interests, trust, and good communication. For each of these, proximity helps. Co-location removes the physical separation between researchers in academia and in industry, allowing serendipitous relationships to bloom.

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How to win a Nobel Prize

How to win a Nobel Prize | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Nobel Prizes were recently announced. Four previous winners were asked about how the prize changed their research work. The answer? Not much…and that’s a good thing. 

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Town and Gown: What Great Cities Can Teach Higher Education

Town and Gown: What Great Cities Can Teach Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Colleges need to learn from cities that survived the 20th century vibrant and healthy. Like higher ed today, some proclaimed the end of the city. Some cities used gimmicks and amenities to attract citizens, but the ones that emerged focused on something else: the essentials that allowed the social, collective experience and drama to flourish.

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Africa Analysis: Ranking African universities globally

Africa Analysis: Ranking African universities globally | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For the first time, four African universities not in South Africa were listed in the QS World University Rankings. Comparing diverse universities and colleges worldwide might not be of much use, but for African universities it can be an acknowledgement that they have a place in the globalized higher education system.

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How Southern New Hampshire U Develops 650-Plus Online Courses Per Year

How Southern New Hampshire U Develops 650-Plus Online Courses Per Year | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In the past two years, Southern New Hampshire University increased its online course offerings by 67% and more than tripled its enrollment. How has the fastest growing not-for-profit online educator in the US managed to create so many new programs and courses?

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The Value of a College Degree

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At a time when so many question whether college is worth the investment, the dollar value of a college degree is near its all-time high while the time required to recoup the costs of the degree has remained near its all-time low.

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Designing a College Campus in ‘Big Hero Six’

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Disney takes a stab at the campus of the future in its new movie Big Hero Six. Much of the movie takes place in the fictional San Fransokyo Institution of Technology, a campus that mingles Mission Revival halls with sleek robotics labs.

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This University Teaches You No Skills—Just a New Way to Think

This University Teaches You No Skills—Just a New Way to Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At a time when higher education is being pressured to focus on job preparation, a new university rejects that idea entirely. Instead, it teaches students how to think and communicate. “We wanted them to have the intellectual tools to succeed at jobs that don’t exist yet.”

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Inaugural 'maker' summit attendees rethink modern higher education

Inaugural 'maker' summit attendees rethink modern higher education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Maker Movement—a subculture that encourages DIY and hands-on projects—is gaining steam in higher education as a way to deliver project-based learning that is self-directed, self-guided, purposeful, and fun. The inaugural Higher Education Maker Summit discussed how to incorporate the maker experience in education, from preschool to beyond.

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Positioning Liberal Arts Campuses to Participate in Regional Economic Development: A Primer

Positioning Liberal Arts Campuses to Participate in Regional Economic Development: A Primer | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Almost every college has some kind of catalytic role to play in its regional economy. A new article from our Planning for Higher Education journal!

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How Can Universities Welcome People with Disabilities?

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The vast majority of higher ed institutions accommodate disabled people, but do they welcome them? Here are 4 tips for removing “attitudinal barriers”—practices and attitudes that keep institutions from offering disabled people the options available to their more able-bodied peers.

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These 10 campuses are among America's most haunted

These 10 campuses are among America's most haunted | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Halloween is almost here! Have you seen Coaly the ghostly mule at Penn State? What about the entire basketball team that haunts Ohio University?

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Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

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The number of college-educated people age 25-34 living within 3 miles of city centers has surged, up 37% since 2000. The economic effect on cities can be huge; for every college graduate who takes a job in an innovation industry, five additional jobs are created in that city.

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, October 26, 8:59 PM

No surprise...Austin #4 on the list...

 

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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It’s not enough to prepare students for a specific career. With so many new and complex challenges rapidly approaching—overpopulation, global climate change, microbiological threats—our very viability depends on our ability to discover. Fortunately, new programs and labs are encouraging this kind of learning.

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Degree Qualifications Profile Aims For Widespread Use Of Learning-outcomes Framework

Degree Qualifications Profile Aims For Widespread Use Of Learning-outcomes Framework | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Lumina Foundation recently launched the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). Nearly five years in the making, the DQP is a framework that clearly defines the learning that college degrees should signify at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. 

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Is university the place to learn to be an entrepreneur?

Is university the place to learn to be an entrepreneur? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Campuses across Canada are racing to create homes for budding entrepreneurs—incubators, labs, accelerators, etc.—but some question whether the programs are proliferating before universities know how to teach entrepreneurship successfully, or if it can be taught at all.

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Untapped potential: Making the higher education market work for students and taxpayers

Untapped potential: Making the higher education market work for students and taxpayers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How to reform US higher education (from a free-market, conservative perspective): 1) modernize federal oversight, 2) shift academic oversight from accreditors to a group of employers, nonprofits, and/or professional associations, and 3) give consumers (students) the information to make better choices.

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Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students

Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The “deeper learning” model, which emphasizes critical thinking, communication, and learning to learn, has positive outcomes for students from any background, according to the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, October 20, 9:34 AM

Always amazing that finds like this are news.  Seriously?  The brain is wired for challenge....surface learning and learning without purpose and understanding is not challenging. This is one of the biggest differences between American education and other countries.  We cover twice the material in our textbooks while others go deep.  What difference does it make?  From my observations, international students are more likely to connect the material in creative ways, actually recall the material because they can connect it, and end up with a mind more interested in learning.