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Keeping An Eye On Online Test-Takers

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Millions of students worldwide have signed up in the last year for MOOCs, short for massive open online courses – those free, Web-based classes available to one and all and taught by professors at Harvard, Duke, MIT and other universities.

But when those students take the final exam in calculus or genetics, how will their professors …

The MOOC-Averse Technology U.

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While other universities move quickly to offer courses online for free, Carnegie Mellon University is instead starting for-profit efforts designed to capture segments of the education market.

Provost Mark Kamlet said the university is looking for a "financially sustainable" way to expand its reach. So far, that means a handful of spinoffs with a variety of …

Rate My MOOCs

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Many educators haven’t figured out what to make of free online classes for the masses, but Silicon Valley developers and students are starting to.

At least three sites have started in recent months to let users of massive open online courses review the MOOCs they’ve taken.

The idea isn't new, of course. Rate My Professors has allowed …

Scrambling To Understand Veterans

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Most colleges are failing to track the performance of their students who are veterans or active-duty members of the military, according to the results of a new survey, and most do not understand what can trip them up on the way to graduation.

About 68 percent of institutions said they do not separately collect retention and …

Why The College Degree Mania?

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RALEIGH, N.C. — For many years, the conventional wisdom in the United States has been that the more people who graduate from college, the better off we’ll be. It’s time to challenge that “wisdom.” The evidence says it’s wrong.

In his first major address early in 2009, President Barack Obama set forth a national goal of …

Adjunct Promotion at a For-Profit

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Professors at online colleges can be an anonymous, itinerant bunch, moonlighting as adjuncts from far-flung locales and often struggling to cobble together a teaching load that can pay the bills.

Breaking this mold are 98 newly minted online faculty members at Grand Canyon University. The for-profit Christian university hired them as full-time employees, and they get …

Blog: Frontline Report Proves the Importance of Perspective in Higher Education

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This spring, wild glasses frames are a popular look for creative executives with a gift for flamboyance. Oh, and granting national television journalists unrestricted access to your business dealings and conference calls taken via beach chairs at your seaside home headquarters is another way to show your dynamism, too.

These were just two sideline tips I …

Blog: Climate Change in Career Education

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The climate for career training-oriented schools within certain higher education circles could be changing faster than Al Gore can say "polar ice caps".

Something that feels like respect might be quietly beginning to build in certain segments of the four-year school realm, though it’s too early to label it such. (Far be it from me to …

Blog: Obama’s New Cybersecurity Coordinator has a Degree from … The University of Phoenix?

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On Tuesday, the Obama administration introduced Howard A. Schmidt as its selection for the government’s Cybersecurity Coordinator position. As government agencies are prone to do, the administration made its new hire’s biographical information available to the press, most of whom probably glanced over it with the usual monotony applied to hand outs.

This is a common …

A Change in Gatekeeping

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Control over what articles get posted to this site was handed over to me last week. Our website manager, Beth Neely, has moved on to another position within our organization and the keys were passed to me and our assistant editor, Jenni Valentino.

Beth did a tremendous job with this site since its launch three years …

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