Jeffrey R. Young

Walmart Chooses Three Colleges Where Its Employees Can Study For $1 a Day

Walmart, the largest private employer in the U.S., has announced a new benefit for employees that covers most of the costs of attending one of three nonprofit colleges, as long as they major in business or supply-chain management. Employees pay $1 a day to participate, and the company covers “tuition, books and fees,” according to an explanation of the program on the retail giant’s website.

With a Siri-Like Assistant, this Australian U. Wants to Rethink the Student Experience

In Australia, there’s a university that was set up to focus on distance education. It’s called Deakin University, and started about 40 years ago—before the internet really got going—when distance education often meant sending lessons through snail mail.

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Most Professors Think They're Above-Average Teachers. And That’s a Problem.

Summer is traditionally a time for professors to refresh their courses, or take workshops to learn new teaching techniques. But some in higher education worry about a lack of motivation for such efforts, especially when the vast majority of professors think they’re great in the classroom already.

Reading the Trend Lines Reshaping Education: A Look at Bryan Alexander’s Book in Progress

Futurists play a mental game of obsessively tracking what’s new right now and making imaginative leaps to predict what might come, say, ten years out. So what do futurists say is coming for higher education?

The Brief Life of a College Alternative: MissionU Will Cease Operations After Sale to WeWork

Traditional colleges don’t open, or close, very often. But in the world of experimental higher education, new entities can pop up quickly, and can shut down with little fanfare.

Why the Lumina Foundation Is Betting Big on New Kinds of Credentials

A college degree isn’t the only path to meaningful work. In fact, these days it seems like there are more kinds of credentials than ever, some with trademarked names like Nanodegrees and MicroMasters.

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Should Professors (a) Use Multiple Choice Tests or (b) Avoid Them At All Costs?

Multiple-choice questions don’t belong in college. They’re often ineffective as a teaching tool, they’re easy for students to cheat, and they can exacerbate test anxiety. Yet more professors seem to be turning to the format these days, as teaching loads and class sizes grow, since multiple-choice quizzes and tests can be easily graded by machines.

Longtime Higher Ed Leader (and Former U.S. Congressman) Argues For a ‘Networked College’

The campus of the future will be “networked,” argues Peter Smith, meaning that more and more academic-related services will be outsourced. That, in theory, will allow each campus to focus its energies on what it can do best and turn to outside companies and nonprofits for the rest.

Startup Aims to Help Colleges 'Tune' Their Curriculums

Professors can be “haphazard” in designing their courses, and a course often changes considerably when a new faculty member comes in to take it over. As a result, college departments don’t always have a clear sense of what it is they are trying to teach students.

How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Universities first opened these offshoots more than 100 years ago, and at the time they were innovative—throwing open the campus gates by offering night classes without any admission requirements.

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