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

Nearly 200 people were in attendance at the Center for 21st Century Universities Town Hall with Sebastian Thrun and David Evans.

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.

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.

April 16, 2012

In conjunction with Sebastian Thrun’s forthcoming Georgia Tech visit this week, C21U decided to take an in-depth look at Udacity’s new online educational format.

April 10, 2012

We touched on innovative aspects of higher education instruction and credentialing in last week’s blog post on Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity initiative. This week we explore another factor that impacts innovation: alternative funding sources.

March 30, 2012

One of the key thematic questions the Center for 21st Century Universities has been exploring is, "Can an elite curriculum be open, and accessible and still maintain quality and rigor?" If Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity initiative is indicative, it would seem that this is indeed possible.

March 26, 2012

We first blogged several months ago about our C21U TechBurst competition noting several interesting actors providing online video content. Since that time, a number of major players have entered or expanded their involvement in the higher education video market. YouTube and TED have expanded their online offerings to further catalyze change in education, creating venues that allow others to teach their own lessons.