PicoFeed The Chronicle of Higher Education | Technology https://www.chronicle.com/section/Technology/30/ 2018-12-19T06:26:42-05:00 The Chronicle of Higher Education General Education Can Wait, Says an Online-Learning Leader. Here’s Why. https://www.chronicle.com/article/General-Education-Can-Wait/245353 2018-12-18T09:18:00-05:00 For at-risk students, earning a worthwhile credential right out of the gate can feel like a big win. The president of BYU-Idaho’s online arm says more colleges should keep that in mind. By Goldie Blumenstyk How Can Colleges Help Liberal-Arts Majors Enter the Job Market? Here’s What You Told Us https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Can-Colleges-Help/245295 2018-12-11T08:07:00-05:00 A greater investment in professional development, syllabi that focus on skills, and a touch of the liberal arts in professional majors: Those are among the proposals from newsletter readers. By Goldie Blumenstyk One Way to Set Up Liberal-Arts Majors for Success: Focus on Skills https://www.chronicle.com/article/One-Way-to-Set-Up-Liberal-Arts/245252 2018-12-04T09:25:00-05:00 Without some intentional tweaks, two reports argue, liberal-arts departments won’t necessarily equip students to avoid underemployment or help them navigate a work environment increasingly dominated by automation. By Goldie Blumenstyk What the Rise of the Mega-University Might Mean for the Rest of Us https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-the-Rise-of-the/245165 2018-11-27T08:00:00-05:00 Vast institutions like Southern New Hampshire University won’t drive all their smaller competitors offline. But they might change the market for students, the nature of faculty roles, and how we judge academic quality, among other things. By Goldie Blumenstyk A Film About Higher Ed That Should Bother You a Little https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Film-About-Higher-Ed-That/245135 2018-11-20T08:00:00-05:00 Unlikely, a new documentary about higher education, isn’t just another scathing critique of the academy. It offers a close look at the challenges facing adult students — and it’s also a little sad. By Goldie Blumenstyk Colleges Are Taking Adult Students’ Needs More Seriously. What’s the Next Step? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Are-Taking-Adult/245071 2018-11-12T19:35:00-05:00 There’s plenty more room for improvement, but here’s one idea: making it easier for students who owe money to their old colleges to get transcripts and credit for their work. By Goldie Blumenstyk Meet the New Mega-University https://www.chronicle.com/article/Meet-the-New-Mega-University/245049 2018-11-11T18:30:00-05:00 Fast-growing Southern New Hampshire University represents a new breed of nonprofit institution driven by scale. Could it transform higher education? By Goldie Blumenstyk Don’t Forget the Role of Humans in Those Tech-Driven ‘Student Success’ Efforts https://www.chronicle.com/article/Don-t-Forget-the-Role-of/245077 2018-11-06T12:06:00-05:00 “Behind every data point is a student,” says a student-affairs leader who has combined data analytics and case management on his campus. By Goldie Blumenstyk Arizona State Will Give Uber Drivers in 8 Cities Free Tuition in Its Online Program https://www.chronicle.com/article/Arizona-State-Will-Give-Uber/244977 2018-11-01T10:00:00-04:00 The partnership is among a growing number of tuition-free alliances between universities and corporations, including Google, FedEx, and Starbucks. By Cailin Crowe Why Did a Small Conference in an Obscure Field Invite Steve Bannon to Give the Keynote? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Did-a-Small-Conference-in/244978 2018-10-31T19:05:00-04:00 Behind the curtain is an academic who has made waves for his digital emulation of Bannon’s former boss. By Emma Pettit Is Teaching Quality the Next Front for Education Investors? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Is-Teaching-Quality-the-Next/244954 2018-10-30T08:00:00-04:00 Companies hope to play a key role in the evolution of the student-success movement. By Goldie Blumenstyk A Message to College Leaders: Don’t Overlook Resources Right Under Your Nose https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Message-to-College-Leaders-/244879 2018-10-23T08:00:00-04:00 Doing so can be costly — especially when university-based projects have been at the forefront of movements now gaining purchase, like open educational resources. By Goldie Blumenstyk Can an Innovative Online College Help Adults Stay Employed? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Can-an-Innovative-Online/244797 2018-10-16T10:17:00-04:00 Foundry College is designed to prepare adults for middle-skill jobs that won’t leave them vulnerable to losing their livelihoods to a robot in the years to come. By Goldie Blumenstyk MIT Plans $1-Billion Project to Develop Artificial Intelligence — and to Tackle Challenges the Technology Will Create https://www.chronicle.com/article/MIT-Plans-1-Billion-Project/244806 2018-10-15T21:46:00-04:00 Fueled by $650 million in gifts so far and 50 faculty hires, a new college will break down interdisciplinary silos and explore both the future and implications of the growing field. By Lee Gardner What the Degree Really Means https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-the-Degree-Really-Means/244747 2018-10-08T19:08:00-04:00 As a society, we have put a “pay to play” barrier on the path to good jobs, with college credentials the cost of getting in the game. That’s a big source of resentment about higher education’s value today. By Scott Carlson Graduates Are Told They Can Do Anything With Their Degrees. Is That Why They Feel Lost? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Graduates-Are-Told-They-Can-Do/244696 2018-10-02T07:22:00-04:00 For many privileged students at well-regarded institutions, the march toward a credential doesn’t include much time for technical training or reflection on career paths. That’s a problem, and the stakes are high. By Scott Carlson What’s the Value in Helping Students ‘Reclaim’ Their Degrees? https://www.chronicle.com/article/What-s-the-Value-in-Helping/244614 2018-09-24T16:12:00-04:00 “Reverse transfer” campaigns make a powerful sales pitch — to get students on the doorstep of a degree across the threshold. But it’s not entirely clear how much of an impact they make. A new campaign could provide answers. By Goldie Blumenstyk It’s Time for Colleges to Stop Overlooking Hispanic Adults https://www.chronicle.com/article/It-s-Time-for-Colleges-to/244539 2018-09-18T04:45:00-04:00 Most efforts to enroll Hispanic students begin and end with the 18- to 24-year-old set. A new program backed by $2.5 million in grants aims to change that. By Goldie Blumenstyk ‘Education Governors’ Once Roamed Statehouses. Are They Making a Comeback? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Education-Governors-Once/244477 2018-09-10T16:04:00-04:00 The National Governors Association thinks so. The association has found that work-force readiness, college affordability, and teacher retention are hot topics in gubernatorial races. By Goldie Blumenstyk Do Corporate-Style NDAs Have a Place in Higher Ed? https://www.chronicle.com/article/Do-Corporate-Style-NDAs-Have-a/244434 2018-09-04T13:00:00-04:00 Even if a controversial policy at Purdue University Global is an anomaly, it could be yet another harbinger of the rising corporatization of academe. By Goldie Blumenstyk