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Vocational Education Is Ready For A Comeback

A recent report from a management consultancy, McKinsey, called "Education to Employment: Getting Europe's Youth into Work", paints a dismal picture of the state of vocational education. In four of the seven countries surveyed, more than half of young people taking an academic course said they …

Vocational Education

In higher education quality is in the eye of the beholder

In his National Press Club address, Christopher Pyne argued that higher education deregulation will “transform opportunities for Australians, …

Higher Education

The game of higher education – what's the best way to play it?

Leadership is something of a buzzword these days, a concept which has seeped into academia from the corporate world and seems to come in an unending array of flavours: academic, research, thought, moral, business, strategic, and so on.<p>It's the sort of thing people highlight in their job documents; …

Ethiopia crackdown on student protests taints higher education success

Western backers of the Ethiopian education system should not ignore reports of violent clashes on university campuses<p>Over the past 15 years, Ethiopia has become home to one of the world's fastest-growing higher education systems. Increasing the number of graduates in the country is a key component …

Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution

Improvements in learning—which correlates with stronger partisanship—and the tendency to choose likeminded mates may be helping to create divided politics.<p>In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented how Washington “has been consumed by ... rancorous argument,” which over the past …

Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank You Geo-Educators!

05/07/2014 · by samzuhlke · in Main. ·<p><b>In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, National Geographic would like to extend a thank you to the educators who have supported our recently launched Geo-Educator Community</b> in its various capacities. We commend those educators who proclaimed themselves …

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'We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education'

As colleges feel pressure to graduate more students for less money, professors worry that the value of an education may be diminished.<p>Universities in South Dakota, Nebraska, and other states have cut the number of credits students need to graduate. A proposal in Florida would let online courses …

Forget Bitcoin, A University Education Is The New Global Currency

Bitcoin may have been getting all the hype, but there is growing evidence that in a world without borders it is not virtual money that is the global currency, but a university education.<p>As national borders become increasingly permeable, it is becoming clear that more and more graduates will be …

The Education Revolution Is Here Right Now -- Don't Miss It

In a recent post, I spoke at length with Rick Beyer. Rick is a managing partner of Miles Howland Education Partners, an investment firm focusing on the higher education sector. In that interview we discussed innovation relating to macro trends in education. In this second interview we are talking …

The Future Of Higher Education Depends On Innovation

<i>The difference between the most dissimilar characters, between a philosopher and a common street porter, for example, seems to arise not so much from nature, as from habit, custom, and</i> <i>education</i><i>. –</i> Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments<p>What does it really mean to be “educated”? And what is the …

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.<p>It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor …

Education and Innovation: Time for a Change

Throughout America, there's a persistent national debate about the value of a liberal arts education. A day seldom passes when a new study doesn't appear about student debt, unemployed graduates, the need for professional training and, the perennial question, "Who needs to study Plato anyway?"<p>What …

Higher Education

Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

By: Timothy Zimmer<p>Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in …

The Real Value of Online Education

Why low completion rates may not matter<p>Out of all the students who enroll in a MOOC, only about 5 percent complete the course and receive a certificate of accomplishment. This statistic is often cited as evidence that MOOCs are fatally flawed and offer little educational value to most students. Yet …

Higher education should be free for everybody at the point of entry

Make university free for students, but extract promises to pay tax on it later. Then sell off the promises… Mark Reiff explains<p>Education has long been seen as a principal source of economic mobility. But for years now public education, and especially public higher education, has been under …

Academic ghostwriting: to what extent is it haunting higher education?

Students are paying agencies to write their essays. Julia Molinari asks whether it can ever be considered ethical – and what universities can do to detect and stop it<p>If you Google "academic proofreading," you will see a list of sites offering to "proof" your work. What they are also offering, …

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Earn while you learn: how higher apprenticeships boost social mobility

Students increasingly value the chance to earn while they learn, says Aston vice-chancellor<p>Social mobility in Britain has come to a halt – and a plethora of initiatives has done little to improve matters.<p>One positive sign, however, is that the new university tuition fee system has not deterred …

The UK needs to be part of India's further education revolution

India wants to train half a billion people in vocational skills by 2015 – and their entrepreneurial spirit will ensure they succeed. Now is the time for the UK to become a relevant partner<p>There can be little doubt that India's growth and development over the last decade or so has been impressive. …

Fees and higher education: does social class make a difference?

In contemporary Australia, post-school education is necessary for most well-paid jobs. And so who gets access to education is important. University …

Higher Education

Higher fees don't mean fewer working class students - look at the UK for proof

The most alarming claim levelled against the Coalition's proposals is that they will deter the most disadvantaged from attending university. Data from the UK tells another story<p>Since the federal budget outlined radical changes to higher education in Australia there has been a blitz of commentary …

Trends in Higher Education

By Victoria C. Newman, Founder & Executive Director, Greenwich Education Group and Co-Director of Day and Boarding School Advisory Services<p>At a …

Education