Postsecondary Learning

How a Master's Program From the '80s Quietly Keeps Up With Coding Bootcamps

For Ellen Spertus, teaching computer science has evolved greatly since she began working nearly 20 years ago as a professor at Mills College, a woman’s college in Oakland, Calif. Major tech booms have shaped the ebb and flow of students to the field, new coding languages have sprung up and free online resources have emerged to train workers in programming.

Consolidation, Collaboration or Closure? How Colleges Stay Alive in 2018

The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises. Prominent full-time MBA and law programs folded. Whole colleges closed, as did well-known bootcamps. Purdue and Kaplan University stunned the higher education world.

Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?

The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth.

Join Our ‘EdSurge Live’ Video Discussion On The Future of Microcredentials

These days college degrees are coming in new shapes and sizes—with the rise of microcredentials. But the trend raises plenty of tough questions: Who should offer these new degrees? How short is too short? How can quality be measured? Will employers accept them?To address these and other questions, we’re holding a live video discussion on January 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST. We’ll be joined by Sean Gallagher, the founder and executive director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy.

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California Could Soon Have Its First Fully-Online Community College

California is one step closer to having a fully online public community college.In a state budget proposal issued on Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown called for spending $120 million to create the online institution within the 114-campus California Community College system. The college would aim to help 2.5 million students earn credentials through more-flexible and affordable digital learning options.

Is Your Institution Really Ready for Predictive Analytics?

The idea of an advisor telling a student who just received an associate's degree to next enroll in a Ph.D. program seems farcical. But, leaders in higher education act similarly when it comes to analytics by embarking to create predictive models without first building a baseline level of understanding around data and analytics.As a result, we hear all too often, “my institution needs predictive analytics.” This is not where you should start. An institution must build its analytics muscle to reach the stage where predictive analytics can be powerful and transformative.

As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Professors assign textbooks (or other materials) that they view as required to succeed in their courses, but some students say they go in with a wait-and-see attitude: They delay a week or two into the semester, and then obtain only the materials that seem truly necessary to them.“I try to read the vibe of the teacher and see how it’s going to be,” says Ursula Abdala, a senior at University of Texas at Arlington. “If I feel that one book will save my life this semester, I’ll break down and buy it,” she says. “I’m usually broke.”

As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players

Textbook publishers typically deploy sales reps to campuses to convince professors to adopt their titles. But who makes the pitch for free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks known as OER, or open educational resources?Increasingly, the answer is the campus library.

?Readers’ Roundup: EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

New years mean clean slates, fresh perspectives and goal setting for the months ahead. At EdSurge, we’re setting our own sights high for 2018, but that starts by taking a look at what our higher-ed community liked the most from this year.We’ve rounded up our 10 most popular articles from 2017, as picked by our readers. So what were some of the most popular themes? Microcredentials, and controversial moves and pivots by edtech companies hoping to disrupt the higher education landscape.Here’s the 2017 countdown, from #10 to #1.

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