October 01, 2012

Critics seem hell-bent to fabricate exotic reasons that college tuition is rising. “It is a market response to free-flowing federal dollars,” say some. “It is a conspiracy,” say others. “Declining productivity!” say those who are convinced that college professors are overpaid and underworked.

September 22, 2012

“How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning,” a blog post by educators Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams reflects on their use of the flipped classroom model. They discuss the benefits of using the model and explain why they could never return to the traditional method of teaching.

August 21, 2012

According to a recent New York Times article by Steve Lohr, “Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom,” an analysis conducted for the U.S. Department of Education found that on average, students completing some or all of a course online rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with students completing a course in a traditional classroom who score in the 50th percentile.

August 13, 2012

“Four-year residential colleges cannot keep on forever raising their fees faster than the public’s capacity to pay them, especially when online degrees are so much cheaper. Universities that fail to prepare for the hurricane ahead are likely to be flattened by it.” This sort of bleak forecast, made by The Economist in response to a recent report prepared by Bain & Company, is becoming commonplace in higher education.

July 31, 2012

“It’s a tradition going back thousands of years,” writes American RadioWorks’ Emily Hanford in “Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking the Way College Students Are Taught.” That said, “[University of Maryland Professor Joe] Redish is trying to change the way college students are taught.

July 23, 2012

“The battle for the future of higher ed has landed—at least for the time being—on a concept few in academe had even heard of a year ago: the Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC.” The statement made by Jeff Selingo in the Chronicle of Higher Education article MOOC’s Aren’t a Panacea, but That Doesn’t Blunt Their Promise reflects the relatively high interest in the future of MOOCs in higher education.

July 18, 2012

Rising tuition costs and the uncertain job market have left many students worried about the ultimate value of a college degree. Partially in response to the changing environment of higher education, some accrediting agencies are redesigning guidelines for accreditation, which may lead to the accreditation of several institutions being in jeopardy.

June 26, 2012

Many people who laud recent online open-education initiatives by Udacity and Coursera may not realize that University of the People (UoPeople) has already developed a similar delivery platform for many people in underdeveloped nations. UoPeople uses open courseware to provide “tuition-free online education” to the world.

June 18, 2012

The jobless rate in the United States exceeds 8% with the unemployment rate of recent college graduates in excess of 9%. Somewhat paradoxically, the number of jobs openings in the United States rose to 3.7 million in March 2012, the highest number since 2008.

June 04, 2012

“What is Driving Up the Cost of College?“, asked the question that many outside and inside academia want to know the answer to — especially this time of year as families contemplate writing college tuition checks that over four years will top $200,000   According to a recent Pew poll, the majority of Americans believe that a college education is becoming unaffordable and want to know why. Facile explanations are easy to come by, but there are few that match the facts.

May 31, 2012

Sometime last year — exactly when depends on whose data you rely upon — the debt total of American college students topped a trillion dollar, surpassing credit cards, second only to home mortgages as the major source of indebtedness for students and families.

The principle reason that students are taking on debt is a dramatic rise in the cost of attending college. I have used this chart on other occasions,  but it is still the most dramatic illustration of what has  happened to  college tuition over the last twenty years.

May 24, 2012

On Monday, May 21st, Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid, Director of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), spoke at the Center for 21st Century Universities on the challenges and opportunities facing the QCRI as it helps Qatar become a leader in Arabic language technologies and in key areas vital to Qatar's transition from a carbon fuel to a knowledge-based economy.

May 14, 2012

Last year, Jane S. Shaw, President of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, wrote an essay portraying a future in which Harvard and Yale have merged in 2020 as a result of inflation, prohibitively high operating costs, and the availability of high-quality, low-cost online alternatives.

May 07, 2012

This week the Center for 21st Century Universities blog highlights Coursera, another approach to alternative learning environments and credentialing coming out of Stanford University. Unlike Udacity, however, Coursera maintains its university affiliation.

May 07, 2012

One of C21U’s areas of interest is in novel practices for engineering education. This week’s blog post covers another inventive approach to engineering education, offered not online but on a traditional physical campus.  The Franklin W.