higher education

WGU President Scott Pulsipher on Bringing Customer-Centric Culture to Universities

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan once said he wanted competency-based college programs like Western Governors University “to be the norm” rather than the exception. So what’s in store for WGU today?

That’s among the questions we posed to Scott Pulsipher, who took the helm as the university’s president in March 2016. (Also: What is a former consultant-turned-technology executive doing running one of the most-cited experiments in higher education?)

‘Sadly, This Is Not New’: UVA Professor Reflects on History of Racism in America

University of Virginia history professor Brian Balogh arrived at the university grounds on Saturday, ready to give a talk as part of a planned “reflective conversation” about race in America. It was part of a university event intended as counterprogramming against a rally by white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right groups happening a short distance away.But the reflection never happened.

Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them

When students interact with digital learning environments, they leave behind trails of data. The desire to understand and improve learning has led many educators to consider the value and utility of this information. But what can these data traces actually tell us about the students who left them, and how do we translate them into meaningful action?

What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?

It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries.

Here’s What College Advisors Wish the Tools Built for Them Would Really Do

Even in the age of online lectures and digital courseware, college advising has remained relatively low-tech: sketching out degree plans with a pencil and paper during one-off meetings between students and advisors. That’s starting to change, though, as more companies and campuses create technology-augmented advising systems like predictive analytics, self-service course registration platforms and early-alert tools.

Digital Ivy: Harvard Business School’s Next Online Program

Yes, this is a program that’s all about the numbers.A triad of Harvard institutions—its business School, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the department of statistics—are teaming up with Maryland-based digital education company, 2U, to offer an online executive education certificate in business analytics.

?Scaling Mobile Technology for Community College Students: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs

After three years of utilizing a BYOD (bring your own device) policy with my classes at Nassau Community College, I have seen how tools like tablets and laptops can lead to better academic engagement. In particular, at a busy New York commuter campus like ours, students juggle schooling among other personal and professional commitments. It’s why mobile access has been one of the most important means of connecting students to their academic resources.

Coding Boot Camps Won’t Save Us All

This article is part of a series on the future of coding bootcamps.

?More Bootcamps Are Quietly Coming to a University Near You

In the last two years, a surge of nonprofit, four-year institutions have hopped on the bootcamp bandwagon. These programs, often on skills such as software development or data analytics, have arrived in a number of ways—from universities partnering with local for-profit bootcamps, or colleges creating their own intensive training programs completely in-house.

Will 'Publish or Perish' Become 'Clicks or Canned'? The Rise of Academic Social Networks

Scholars want peers to find—and cite—their research, and these days that increasingly happens on social media. The old adage ‘publish or perish’ could soon go digital as ‘clicks or canned.’

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