Blackboard Trend Report: 8/11/2017

Source: Blackboard Trend Report: 8/11/2017 – Blackboard Blog

Are you interested in learning more about what’s trending in education? Starting today, we’ll help you stay up-to-date by offering a recap of the week’s top education news every Friday. We’ll share some of the recent industry articles that the Blackboard team has been reading and found most interesting. We encourage you to let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below.Could Georgia Tech Use Online to Shave Time Off Bachelor’s Degrees?
Inside Higher Ed
Georgia Institute of Technology’s online, MOOC-inspired master’s degree in computer science has many educators watching closely. This spring, the university tried a similar approach for undergraduates and found it so successful that it’s continuing along a path to shave off up to a year and a half of in-person instruction for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

40% of 2-Year College Grads Earn a Bachelor’s
Inside Higher Ed
Among community college graduates who hold no previous degrees or certificates, 41 percent earn a bachelor’s degree during the next six years. That’s among the findings from a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which is able to track almost all students who enroll in U.S. colleges.

Purdue Wins State Approval for Controversial Deal With Kaplan U.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Purdue University, as expected, won state approval on Thursday for its deal to take over Kaplan University. But as the transaction now moves to the U.S. Department of Education for review of a “change of control” request, a critic of the deal is urging the department to reject it because, he argues, control isn’t really changing.

Does Harvard-2U Deal Challenge Skeptics?
Inside Higher Ed
With the polarizing debate continuing to swirl, “Inside Digital Learning” had a few questions for experts in the field: Does the fact that Harvard has turned to 2U for this certificate program contradict the assumption that the OPM business is on the ropes? Are there elements of the Harvard-2U arrangement that make this exceptional rather than a barometer of market trends? What is your prognosis for the five- to 10-year outlook for the OPM industry?

At Long Last, Signs That College Tuition Might Come Down
Annual tuition hikes have been pretty much a given in higher ed, but recently, there are signs that the decades-long rise in college costs is nearing a peak. NPR Ed asked a range of experts: Is this a trend? Have we finally broken the back of the college tuition camel? Will college become more affordable, or at least start to be subject to normal market forces?

Nearly half of prospective college students don’t expect to graduate
Education Dive
A pair of recently released surveys suggests that half of the nation’s high school students feel academically unprepared for college, while half of the students entering their postsecondary education are anxious that they may not graduate, suggesting a variety of stressors could keep them from attaining a diploma.

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.

DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: The human cost of college debt that becomes “purgatory”
Hechinger Report
In a vicious circle, debt and low-paying jobs make it tough to earn a way back to college.

Deconstructing CBE: Portraits of Institutional Practice
Despite the compelling logic of liberating learning from seat time, and of recognizing the value of work and life experiences, most higher education CBE programs remain nascent, highly localized and of limited size. Apparently, quick and easy solutions for the CBE Rubik’s cube remain elusive on most U.S. campuses. But, as is the case with the beloved puzzle, some efforts to “solve” CBE continue to attract a wide range of players while others may be headed to the sidelines.

The Digital-Native Debate
Inside Higher Ed
The term “digital native” has long been the subject of debate in academic circles. A new report bolsters earlier research arguing that some digital natives — those born after 1984 and who have grown up with technology — are not fundamentally different than their older counterparts.

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