Jeffrey R. Young

The Fast-Changing and Competitive World of Grad Degrees

There’s a boom in the number of graduate degrees and certificates awarded these days, especially as more colleges now offer degrees online. And these degrees come in different shapes, sizes and prices.

Live Online Video Classes Are ‘The New Face-to-Face.’ So How Many Students Can They Handle at a Time?

An experimental university announced last week that its home-grown online teaching platform can now handle up to 400 students at a time via live video.

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Is The SAT Secure? What the College Board Is Doing to Respond to the Admissions Scandal

The details of the admissions-fraud scheme revealed by federal prosecutors last month sound like something out of a heist movie. A private admissions counselor allegedly bribed a proctor of an SAT test, and in some cases paid someone to take the test for a student, or have someone change answers to improve a student’s score.The incident has raised questions about the fairness and validity of the admissions process as a whole, and specifically about whether the SAT is as secure as it should be.

Tips and Scoops from ASU GSV That You Won’t Find on the Agenda

What was once a sleepy conference at Arizona State University that charged $50 for attendance has now become ground zero for dealmaking in the education technology industry. (A ticket for this year costs nearly $3,200.)

ASU’s Michael Crow: “The Rest Of the Culture Sees Us As a Virus”

Michael Crow is building an empire, one that frees the state university he leads, Arizona State University, from dependence on declining state funding.

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When Colleges Consider Outsourcing Online Programs, Calculations Can Get Complicated

A growing number of colleges are turning to for-profit companies to help them run their online programs, and to help finance them. These companies are known as online program managers, or OPMs.The relationships can mean a clash of cultures. One college official recalled a meeting where the head of a popular OPM showed up wearing a gold chain and talking about the “cost of acquisition” of students. That focus on sales can be uncomfortable for traditional colleges, who prefer to talk about their nonprofit missions of preparing students to be good citizens.

Hackathon Series Aims to Build Support for ‘Learning Engineering’ Tools

When Carnegie Mellon University officials announced last week that they will open up the source code on their digital tools for improving college teaching, they admitted that the tough part will be getting professors and learning centers at other colleges to actually use and improve upon them.

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Why Students Can’t Write — And Why Tech Is Part of the Problem

Writing is more important than ever, but many of today’s students are lousy at it. John Warner has some ideas about why that is, and how to fix it. Warner has been teaching writing at colleges for more than 20 years. And he’s written two books on the topic, including his most recent, called “Why They Can’t Write.

U.S. Education Dept. Starts Investigation of 8 Colleges Named in Admissions Scandal

In the latest fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal, the U.S. Education Department this week notified eight universities that they are under investigation for possible violations of federal financial-aid laws.

Hoping to Spur ‘Learning Engineering,’ Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify.

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