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Food for Thought - "Shattering barriers to education"

MIT recently announced its first free interactive,  fully-automated online course. As new models of instruction emerge and institutions looks for new ways to deliver education to more diverse student populations, what role will "instructor-less" courses play in achieving institutional goals?

MIT launches free online 'fully automated' course
Source: BBC
Date: 2/13/12

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the world's top-rated un...

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Food for Thought - Entering the Era of Big Data

Higher education has been slow to take advantage of the promises of big data compared to other sectors. However, recent work funded by the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation is starting to shed light on the realm of possibilities for applying data mining and analytical techniques to teaching and learning.  How does your institution leverage data to understand what works and doesn't work with students?


Big Data's Arrival

Source: Inside Highe...

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Food for Thought - Race to the Top for Higher Ed

President Obama would like to create incentives for states to smooth the transition between K-12 and college education--a program to build upon his Race to the Top program for K-12.  How is your institution working with the K-12 sector to improve the transition between secondary and post-secondary school?

Obama Proposes New Race to Top Aimed at Higher Ed.
Source: Education Week
Date: 1/27/12
The White House wants another Race to the Top com...

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Food for Thought - Renewed momentum for eTextbooks...

Although eTextbook adoption in higher education is slower that some might anticipate, growth is steady. A recent Pew Research report indicated the eReader ownership doubled this past holiday season.  Apple's recent announcement about its entry into digital textbooks and self-publishing and its goal to provide a "a new textbook experience" provides a new surge in momentum toward the mainstreaming of eTextbooks. What impact will broader adoption o...
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Food for Thought - Imagining the University of the Future...

As forces like globalization and consumerization reshape the landscape of higher education, what will your institution look like in 10 years? 20 years?  What needs to happen on your campus to make that vision a reality?

Envisioning University Of Future, In Person Or Online
Source: The New York Times
Date: 10/23/11
Will the university of the future be bigger — or smaller? Are college campuses still cradles of revolt — or merely marginal spe...

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Food for Thought - Serving the Global Student...

Student mobility will grow as student demand in developing countries is projected to grow and far-exceed capacity in fast growing markets like India, the Middle East and Latin America.  Universities all over the world are looking for ways to compete for these global students to offset declining enrollment in their own countries. But there are many challenges associated in meeting their needs effectively—whether it is in helping them navigate com...
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Food for Thought - Measuring the Value of College

Policies like Gainful Employment focus on drawing more direct links between degree completion and student employability.  Another way of looking at the issue is how much a degree costs and how much debt a student takes on for different kinds of credentials. What approach is your institution using to assess and measure performance and student success?

To Get at College 'Value,' Report Looks at Student Debt and Degree Completion Together
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Food for Thought - 43% of All Grades Are an "A"

Grade inflation is often cited as a key issue in higher education by faculty.  Many worry that over time educational standards are being lowered and the new drive to graduate more students may only continue to drive down these standards. As more institutions are evaluated on performance metrics like graduation and completion rates, how is your institution addressing the challenge of grade inflation?

Grade inflation rising on US campuses
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Food for Thought - Global Competition Transforming Higher Education...

Higher education is transforming across the western and developing worlds as countries look for ways to address growing student demand and control costs. As global competition for students grows, what is your institution doing to attract students from around the world and serve the needs of a more diverse student body effectively?

UK: Plan to Restructure British Higher Ed
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Date: 6/29/11
The British go...

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Food for Thought - Fostering partnership and collaboration with community colleges...

Community colleges are at the center of the dynamic changes that are transforming the higher education industry. They sit at the nexus of transitions from high school to 4-year colleges and beyond.  Facilitating these transitions through community colleges is an increasingly important factor to the success of the administration’s College Completion agenda. What is your institution doing to foster better collaboration with local community college...