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Should higher education be bundled, or unbundled?

A series of formal courses, learning experiences, internships and practical experiences comprises as traditional degree program at an institution of higher education.  When such a program is carefully designed by getting input from business, industry, and the arts, the outcomes for most students are predictable and can be changed and modified if needed.

The notion of unbundling suggests that there are courses or leaning experiences that are relevant and some that may not be.  In formal education, the training world has provided these kinds of experiences, but oversight of training is not handled by traditional accreditation agencies or the governance agencies of higher education in most cases.

To suggest that either of these education providers has an advantage over the other is a matter for some scrutiny and discussion.  As long as employers demand more effective “training”,  higher education will be forced to justify both the scope and cost of its degree programs.

Source: Should higher education be bundled, or unbundled? | The Edvocate

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When study abroad isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Many parents and students alike approach higher education like they do vacationing and shopping.  That is, they survey the available options, speak with their friends and neighbors, and make decisions based on a simplistic rationale.  As this post suggests there is usually more to the decision than meets the eye.

We would suggest the following check-list to use before beginning your search for a college or program.

1.  Be aware of the students (or your own) learning style.  Independent learners require less structure, supervision, and person-to-person contact, especially with faculty and mentors.

2.  Assess the maturity of the student.  Leaving home is a mixed blessing for many young college students.  If they are ready to leave, the challenge will be valuable in most cases.  In some it will pose problems that could have been avoided by waiting another year or two.

3.  Distance learning and on-line courses can be attractive and valuable for students who need the support (financial and otherwise) of the home environment.  It also requires that students are computer literate and capable of setting their own schedules and work habits.

4.  Understand the significant differences between public and private institutions, their tuition rates, scholarship programs, and types of students in residence and/or utilizing their online resources.

5.  Consider the importance of accreditation to the quality imperatives of the institution.  Accreditation often assures better governance, internal controls, relevant programs, and financial stability of institutions, especially those located in the United States.

Viewpoint: When study abroad isn’t all it’s cracked up to be | USA TODAY College.

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What Is Competency-Based Education?

While policy makers are praising competency-based education, not enough is being done to ensure that our rules and regulations support it. For example, financial aid rules are generally based on seat time, and accreditation requirements tend to focus on reviews of faculty credentials, course materials, and time measures rather than what students are learning. Moving competency-based education into the mainstream will require a fundamental change in the way we look at higher education in America, but the improvements we will gain in student learning, efficiency, and affordability will be worth it.

via Dr. Robert Mendenhall: What Is Competency-Based Education?.

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Why We Fear MOOCs – The Conversation

Why We Fear MOOCs – The Conversation – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Fear?  Moocs?

“As hybrids, they defy easy categorization and threaten to upset the tidy categories we have for judging who is and is not college-educated. Like monsters, MOOCs threaten to disrupt our social world and bring chaos in their wake.”

The unknown has always challenged our sensibilities.  But the evolution of technology and education has gained significant momentum.  The best strategy is probably to get on board – at some level.  But are traditional bricks and mortar institutions ready to give up the turnstyle and massive investments in concrete and parking lots?

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