By Michael S. Roth
My Coursera course, “The Modern and the Postmodern,” might have been labeled “course least likely to become a MOOC.” In many ways, it is an old-fashioned “great books” course, although I prefer to call it a “good-enough books” course, and in the 20 years I’ve been teaching it, it has always relied heavily on student interaction in the classroom….I was surprised that almost 30,000 people enrolled in the course, but I also found the number intimidating. I was used to facing a room full of eager faces, and we usually came to enjoy one another’s company as we studied together. Continue reading
Secretary Duncan has said that we cannot rest until all schools are schools we would be proud to send our own children. Unfortunately, for too many schools across our country, this imperative is not yet a reality.
However, in schools like Lee High School in Houston, TX, things are beginning to change dramatically. As you will see in this video about the improvement story at Lee, too many parents were “scared” to send their children to school. Too many students said things like, “I never thought I would actually go to college.” Continue reading
by B. Denise Hawkins
In the past decade, the rate of growth in online enrollments has been “extremely robust,” but holding steady, according to the report, Changing the Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States. When the Babson Survey Research Group of Babson College, a private institution in Massachusetts, and the College Board released the report in January, close to 70 percent of administrators surveyed said that online education was critical to the future of their institution. In 2002, that number was less than half.
By Caralee Adams on March 6, 2013 10:27 AM
Total state and local appropriations for higher education was $81.2 billion, down from 7 percent in 2011. But with fewer students attending full time (11.5 million, down from 11.6 million in 2011), per-student public dollars dropped closer to 9 percent. The public investment per student of $5,896 marks the lowest level in 25 years, the report from the Boulder, Colo.-based organization released today shows. Continue reading