Jeffrey R. Young

A Slow-Moving Storm: Why Demographic Changes Mean Tough Challenges for College Leaders

The financial crisis of 2008 was tough for the country, but the real impact will hit colleges in the year 2026.It turns out those fiscal anxieties a few years ago coincided with a dramatic "birth dearth"—a reduction in the number of children born, which means that the number of kids hitting traditional college age will drop almost 15 percent around 2026. That could amount to a crisis for colleges, unless they start planning now.

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Can a ‘Family of Bots' Reshape College Teaching?

Can college students tell the difference between a human teaching assistant and a chatbot? A Georgia Tech computer scientist has been pursuing that question for several years. And the answer has profound implications for the future of college teaching.

Do Online Courses Really Save Money? A New Study Explores ROI for Colleges and Students

Many college leaders have looked to online course delivery as a way to reach more students at a reduced cost, in hopes of increasing access to higher education. But so far questions remain about whether high-quality online programs can be delivered for less cost than traditional classes.

This New 2-Year College Is Unlike Any Other. And That Could Be Its Biggest Challenge.

Portland, OR — Wayfinding Academy doesn’t look like a college. In fact, it’s easy to walk past its building without even noticing, since the yellow clapboard structure blends seamlessly with its surroundings in one of the few affordable neighborhoods left in this quickly-gentrifying city.

Can a New Approach to Information Literacy Reduce Digital Polarization?

The internet doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but it should—to give users the skills to separate truth from falsehood so they can distinguish between propaganda and the indisputable and confirmable. And colleges should be the place leading students through this reference book.

VR Could Bring a New Era of Immersive Learning. But Ethical and Technical Challenges Remain.

Some educators tout the immersive power of VR technology, pointing to examples like an app that simulates what it was like to walk on either side of Germany’s Berlin Wall in the 1980s.But what does it mean to teach in an immersive format? What can this technology do that couldn't be done before? And how might it change a professor's approach to teaching, or should it?

When A Nudge Feels Like a Shove

These days more and more colleges are setting up systems that automatically email students when an algorithm determines they are academically at risk. The promise is that such small nudges can motivate recipients to get back on track and keep them from dropping out. But in some cases such efforts actually cause more harm than good.It’s not that the underlying idea is flawed, but research is showing that how colleges implement the efforts makes a big difference. And the risk of harm is great, with the ability to unintentionally nudge people out of college.

Are AI-Powered Chatbot Tutors the Future of Textbooks?

The mellow atmosphere at this year's SXSW EDU didn’t stop Day 3 keynoter danah boyd from lighting up Twitter and sparking countless conference-floor conversations on the merits of media literacy and how to think critically about critical thinking. A refreshing diversion into intellectualism, boyd’s talk was the clear highlight of a day that seemed almost to hum by on its own accord. (Read our full coverage of her remarks here.)

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Why Professors Doubt Education Research

Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University who has studied the culture of ancient Mayan cities, is turning her focus closer to home these days—exploring why professors try new teaching approaches, or decide not to.She found many professors are reluctant to move away from the way they’ve traditionally taught, even when presented with evidence new approaches might work better. But that isn’t because the professors don’t care about teaching. In some cases the issue was broader philosophical differences among faculty members over what it means to teach.

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?Betsy DeVos at SXSW EDU: ‘What Students Really Need Won’t Originate in Washington’

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a last-minute appearance at SXSW EDU on Tuesday, calling for a “rethink” of American higher education. In an unusual move, DeVos spent the bulk of the session serving as moderator, asking questions and seeking policy advice from three panelists.

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