Jeffrey R. Young

Ringleader of Admissions Scam Also Ran a College Counseling Firm For Families in China

William “Rick” Singer, the man at the center of the alleged college-admissions fraud plot detailed this week by federal investigators, had a big footprint—a global one, in fact.

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Key Details and Reactions to College-Admissions Scandal

Federal prosecutors charged nearly 50 people on Tuesday with crimes in connection to an admissions-fraud scheme in which parents allegedly paid millions of dollars to get their kids into highly-selective colleges by cheating on admissions tests or helping them pose as student athletes.U.S. government officials referred to their investigation as Operation Varsity Blues, and it has swiftly led several of the colleges involved to take action or launch investigations of their own.

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Who Owns Digital Badges? A Company's Patent on Credential System Raises Questions

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents last year for creating, managing and tracking digital credentials, it raised new questions and concerns among a community of innovators who are trying to create an open platform for rethinking credentials.

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Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Kids to Play Poker

Maria Konnikova doesn’t buy the "10,000 hour rule"—that theory popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes at least 10,000 hours of serious practice to become a world-class expert at an activity. She believes she’s found a way to short-circuit it, and it involves marshmallows and poker.

UMass Will Build a National Online College. But What About Its Previous Online Offshoot?

University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan made a splash this week by announcing plans to build a large-scale online college for adult learners that aims to compete with giants like Arizona State University and Southern New Hampshire University.

What Poor Kids Want Rich Colleges to Know About Their Experiences

When Zuri Gordon received several thick envelopes in the mail saying she got into highly-selective colleges, she hoped her family would be thrilled. But that’s not how it played out. “My mother would not care—she would say, ‘You’re not going to go there, we can’t afford that,’” Gordon told an audience at SXSW EDU this week, adding that "now I can see she was trying to protect me from getting my hopes up because they knew that they couldn't afford that."

$1-Billion Effort to Rethink Computer-Science Education at MIT Sparks Interest—and Protests

Cambridge, MA—MIT is in the midst of a $1-billion effort to reshape how it teaches computer science, in what some say may be a model for other colleges. But the effort has has also drawn protests by some students and professors, who are questioning how well ethics will be integrated into the effort and are criticizing the influence of a controversial donor.

Does Innovative Teaching Work? A New Effort Aims To Help Faculty Find Out.

Many professors try new teaching approaches or new digital tools in their classes, but few actually study whether the changes work any better than the old way. One reason boils down to a technicality: such research usually requires the approval of a college’s Institutional Review Board, or IRB, the office that makes sure any research involving human subjects follows legal and ethical guidelines. Getting such approval can be tedious and time consuming, and the green light might not come until a course is already underway (or over).

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Can Online Education Lower Costs and Improve Quality?

Inspired by the breakout podcast Serial, four years ago two digital learning leaders at the University of Central Florida created their own podcast—focused on online learning instead of true crime.

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To Get More Students to Office Hours, Colleges Rethink the Faculty Office

Professors often complain that students never come to their office hours. Robert Talbert, a professor at Grand Valley State University, has a theory about why students stay away.

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