Three Tests for a Website That Makes Every Prospective Student Want to Matriculate
What makes a website stand out as superior? There are some key qualities we all subconsciously look for when we scout a new site, but they are too often forgotten when it comes time to build or revise our own.
An important issue has yet to take center stage in the debate simmering over the impact that credentialing will have on the relevancy of a college degree. There is a difference between completing certification that leads a student/employee to present credentials and verification that credentials actually demonstrate proficiency. What happens if our commitment to increasing access effectively leads to a “dumbing down” of learned outcomes? In the end, who's in charge
Finding Students Where They Live
I had lunch in Boston last week with Rob Hutter and Michael Staton, partners at Learn Capital, based near San Francisco. Both are extremely creative, committed and entrepreneurial thinkers about the intersection of ed tech and higher education. The conversation ranged widely as time flew by. What struck me most during it, however, was a theme that has repeated itself in a number of conversations I've participated in over the past few months.
Finally, Secure Collaborative Document Software for Institutions
You’ve heard of Dropbox, Box, Google Drive - need I go on? Why would you care to hear about another cloud document service? Well, as of today, a little school out east called Yale is taking notice and has officially selected NetDocuments to handle their collaborative file management. And for good reason.
Teaching Beyond the Books--Help Students Manage Their Debt
The advice of administrators and counselors is often integral to college students’ academic success. As an administrator, you’re probably well-versed in helping students choose classes, areas of study and even career paths
The Role of Technology in the Classroom
With the rise of the technology, the landscape of education has changed dramatically in the last decade. Graduates are now expected to navigate a fast-paced, quickly changing world and to integrate numerous forms of technology along the way. In the classroom, teachers are taking on larger roles as facilitators while encouraging students to become active learners in a more independent educational process.
The Risks Ahead
As the federal government, encouraged by the media, looks more closely at college and university sticker prices, the American higher education community must be ready to cooperate where possible and defend itself when necessary.
The Tools You Need to Orchestrate a Successful On-Campus Event
Not only does an event organized online save trees and postage, you have a faster route to your invitees’ eyes through a screen - be it email, social networks, or public pin boards. Let’s get started!
How to Find Top Student Writers Without Relying on the SAT - Barry Lenson of Today's Campus Interviews Dr. Les Perelman
Les Perelman, Ph.D., recently retired after spending years teaching writing at MIT. He is still affiliated with that institution, where he is now researching ways to improve students’ writing skills.
Striking a Balance
The study released this week at the NCAA’s annual meeting showing that annual spending on sports by public universities in the six big-time conferences like the SEC and the Big 12 passed $100,000 per athlete raises some interesting questions that colleges and universities must address.
Why Attitude is More Important Than Aptitude When Hiring a Student Researcher
When it comes to hiring a student researcher, an apprentice for your work, attitude can often be more important than aptitude. It matters less what your employees can do or what qualifications they have, because they can always be trained on specific skill sets for the business. What matters more is the attitude that they have and whether or not they will approach work with an enthusiastic, creative and team-player mind-set.
Answering the Perception Problem
A trustee once told me that perception is reality in higher education. The comment didn’t require a response but I wish I had made one. What I should have said is that the truth trumps perception in a world where principle and fairness should always matter most. In fact, the best leaders are not those who facilitate or duck and cover but individuals, or for that matter institutions, that espouse clear principles, act courageously, and mean what they say.
Q&A with Jason Chu, Senior Marketing Manager at Turnitin
Jason Chu is the Senior Marketing
Manager for Turnitin, developing ideas for white papers, blogs, and customer
success stories. He has spent the last decade on a mission to help improve
Strengthening the Pathway to Higher Education
Once first in the world, the United States now ranks 12th among 36 developed nations in the percentage of the population with a college degree. Projections indicate that by 2018, as many as sixty million Americans will lack the skills and credentials to join the knowledge economy. Recognizing that this shortage of college-educated workers takes a huge toll on competitiveness in the global economy, President Obama has called for eight million more college graduates by 2020.
It has been interesting to watch the reaction to my blogs on higher education each week. Almost all of the comments have been useful. As expected, some deal with the specifics of the topic – the role of alumni and trustees, the need for stronger career centers, and how the election will shape the future direction of higher education – to name a few. Other readers speak more narrowly along political and ideological lines. I thought it might be interesting this week to take stock of what we learned.