How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
July 14, 2015
Contact us
How More Education Could Save A Half-Million American Lives
  • Getting a high school diploma is as good for health as quitting smoking. That's the finding from a study released by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • They found that if every adult high school dropout in the 2010 population had a GED or a regular diploma, 145,243 deaths could be averted. Similarly, 110,068 deaths could be avoided for that year if every adult who already had some college finished their bachelor's degrees. And if everyone in the population got a bachelor's degree, the total untimely deaths would be reduced by 554,525. 
  • Education enhances cognitive skills. Even if your degree doesn't earn you 1 cent more, it may give you "more knowledge about health, more access to get that knowledge, more of a sense of agency, more self-efficacy, better peer connections."
Visit Website:

Keywords: education, health
MONEY's Best Colleges
The 736 schools that provide the best value for your tuition dollar

  • Money’s second annual value ranking of schools found Stanford, Babson College, MIT, Princeton, and CalTech as the top five schools in the country, based on educational quality, affordability, and graduate earnings. 
  • Using unique measures of educational quality, affordability, and career outcomes, MONEY’s new value rankings will help you find the right school at the right price. The exclusive list of the 736 schools that provide the best value for your tuition dollar—that is, a great education, at an affordable price, that helps students launch promising careers.
Visit Website:

Keywords: higher education, colleges, rankings
The 20 universities that are most likely to land you a job in Silicon Valley
Business Insider
  • If your degree comes from one of these schools, you're in demand. Jobvite, a recruiting platform, analyzed seven million applications and 40,000 hires to determine the schools that had the most students hired by top companies in and around Silicon Valley.
  • Considering Jobvite is used by tech companies like Twitter, Zendesk, LinkedIn and NewRelic, that means the talent is being placed at some of the hottest companies. Here's a look at the schools whose grads are finding jobs in the valley. 

Visit Website:

Keywords: higher education, universities, popularity, rankings, Silicon Valley
Carnegie Mellon To Lead Internet of Things Expedition
Campus Technology
  • Google has selected Carnegie Mellon University to lead a multi-university project to create new technology for the Internet of Things (IoT). Google funded the Open Web of Things expedition "to encourage universities to explore various aspects of system design that could help enable the Internet of Things," said Maggie Johnson, director of university relations for Google. The company will provide Carnegie Mellon with $500,000 to launch the expedition.
  • Google chose Carnegie Mellon because of its plan to turn the Carnegie Mellon campus into a living laboratory through the large scale deployment of IoT technology. As part of the project, researchers from the university will collaborate with colleagues at Cornell, Stanford, University of Illinois, and Google to create GIoTTO, a new platform to support IoT applications.

Visit Website:

Keywords: technology, Internet of Things, IoT, Carnegie Mellon, Google
THE releases preliminary Africa university rankings
The PIE News
  • Times Higher Education, producers of the World University Rankings, have released a snapshot of their preliminary rankings of universities in Africa based on research influence alone, instead of five indicators used in the global rankings.
  • South African universities dominated the top five, with University of Cape Town taking the top spot. University of Witwatersrand ranked second, followed by Makerere University in Uganda, University of Stellenbosch and University of KawZulu-Natal, both in South Africa. 
  • THE judged the institutions based on how much their research papers are referred to and cited by other academics across the globe. The universities must have published a minimum of 500 research papers in the five year period from 2009 to 2013.

Visit Website:

Keywords: higher education, universities, rankings, Africa
Should Medical Education Be More Virtual?
The Evolllution
  • The recent announcement of the iMBA program by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with Coursera, highlights the rising availability of an affordable online professional education. With the cost of a private medical education now $280,000, could a virtual medical school be far behind?
  • Despite their traditional reputation, medical schools often serve as early adopters of new pedagogies. Problem-based learning, team-based learning, flipped classrooms and competency-based education have found early footholds in medical education and continue to evolve rapidly. 

Visit Website:

Keywords: medical schools, medical education, online education
Women at Universities File Patents at Higher Rate
  • Around the world, the number of women filing patents with the US Patent and Trade Office over the last 40 years has risen fastest within universities, a new study shows. The analysis, which examined 4.6 million utility patents issued from 1976 to 2013, appears in PLOS ONEThe study found that the overall percentage of patents with women’s names attached rose from an average of 2 to 3 percent across all areas to 10 percent in industry, 12 percent in individuals, and 18 percent in academia. 
  • The analysis also reveals that patents from women frequently included contributors from a wider variety of fields, suggesting women inventors were more collaborative and multidisciplinary. “The relative success of large research universities in fostering women’s innovation might be due in part to the unique emphasis placed on intellectual communities in academia,” said Cassidy R. Sugimoto, the study leader. 
Visit Website:

Keywords: research, science, technology, patents, academia, women
More students getting college degrees in high school
USA Today
  • More than one-third of Americans have earned a postsecondary degree. But this spring, hundreds — if not thousands — of U.S. students received associate degrees before high school commencements. Young adults with two diplomas are outliers in programs allowing high school students to earn college credits, which operate under various names and formats. They are growing in number at about 7% per year, according to the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
  • One example is Brayan Guevara. He made a goal of earning an associate degree by the time he graduated high school. He was a student in Albany, Minn., and attended classes at St. Cloud Technical & Community College. Through the state's Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, he earned 66 college credits — a savings of two years and more than $10,000.
Visit Website:

Keywords: higher education, associate degrees, college credits
Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America
  • Global education spending is estimated at $5.5 trillion, of which e-learning represents about 3 percent, or $1.7 billion. A continuously evolving workplace, demanding more technical skills from employees, combined with the astronomical price of traditional degrees and the continued demand for skilled developers and programmers, have made online education a priority for professionals. In fact, some are calling e-learning the unbundling disruptor of traditional education.
  • With more than 600 million people, and an educational system that has lagged behind the developed world and hasn’t been accessible to everyone, Latin America indeed presents an interesting opportunity for ed tech players. Many are seeing e-learning as the ultimate class equalizer. It’s no wonder that Coursera is seeing more than 22 percent of its users based in Latin America, and is placing considerable business development efforts in the region.
Visit Website:

Keywords: educational technology, edtech, e-learning, Latin America
Metrics: how to handle them responsibly
Times Higher Education
  • Metrics have become increasingly important in the management and assessment of research. Within universities, too, metrics have been widely adopted, not merely for institutional benchmarking but also, increasingly, for managing the performance of academics. 
  • Amid concerns about the growing use – and abuse – of quantitative measures in universities, one concern is that metrics distort scientific priorities, especially among early career researchers. James Wilsdon, who is professor of science and democracy at the University of Sussex, fears that young researchers are pushed to “publish certain sorts of things [only] in certain sorts of places” in pursuit of “the right numbers rather than the right questions."
Visit Website:

Keywords: higher education, research, metrics
Get Half Your Tuition Back When You Graduate: Udacity
  • For-profit massive open online course provider Udacity announced a new feature of their Nanodegree program that will give students half of the tuition back after their graduate within 12 months of enrollment. The rule it's simple: If you enroll in a Nanodegree and graduate within 12 months of your enrollment date, you can get half of your tuition back. If you need to pause your learning, Udacity will only count the most recent continuous months of your enrollment.
Visit Website:

Keywords: online education, MOOCs, nanodegrees, Udacity
Educational Innovation Weekly Review is curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's  Observatory of Educational Innovation. With the highlights of the week on innovation, technology and education. If you require more information about a specific note, please email us: TECNOLÓGICO DE MONTERREY, 2015.

Observatory of Educational Innovation

Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation: We identify and analyze the educational innovation trends that are shaping the future of learning and education. 

Tecnológico de Monterrey | Av Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Monterrey, NL, México