Building a New Engine

Educational Innovation Weekly Review for Ed Leaders
Curated by Tecnológico de Monterrey's Observatory of Educational Innovation
July 21, 2015
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Building a New Engine
Usable Knowledge
  • What will it take to design an education system that prepares 21st-Century learners? We’ve got an engine that’s broken, can we design a new engine — one that will help all students succeed in an increasingly knowledge-based economy? Professor Paul Reville wants the Harvard Graduate School of Education to play a leading role in answering that question.
  • This spring, he announced the launch of a new HGSE initiative called the Education Redesign Lab, which he hopes will drive a national conversation about rethinking education for the 21st century. Usable Knowledge asked him to outline his vision for a newly engineered system of education.
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Keywords: education, leaders, interviews
The 'Just-In-Time' Education Revolution
  • If colleges and universities expect they’ll be selling as many degrees a decade from now, they should take a look at what’s happened in the software business. Rather than focusing on the big picture, colleges and universities are paying insufficient attention to alternative “Just-In-Time” (JIT) providers. 
  • Coding bootcamps – the first manifestation of JIT providers – are experiencing remarkable growth. One recent survey projected 138% growth from 6,740 graduates in 2014 to a 16,056 2015 – greater than any other sector or program in postsecondary education. But only one accredited university has seen fit to partner with a JIT provider: University of New Haven’s partnership with Galvanize on an M.S. Engineering in Big Data.
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Keywords: higher education, leadership, JIT providers, technology
Innovation and Quality in Higher Education
U.S. Department of Education
  • Much is changing in higher education. Most fundamentally, students themselves are changing. The iconic picture of an 18-year-old high school graduate walking across a leafy campus toward her dorm room no longer reflects the reality of today’s college student.
  • The demand for higher education is increasing, well beyond the capacity of traditional institutions. It’s easy to see why. In today’s economy and tomorrow’s, some kind of postsecondary degree or credential is essential. Outside of the traditional colleges and universities, a vibrant marketplace for learning is emerging.
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Keywords: higher education, innovation
Great Colleges to Work For 2015
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • This special issue features results of The Chronicle's eighth annual Great Colleges to Work For survey, based on responses from nearly 44,000 campus employees. The survey found that at colleges recognized for a strong workplace culture, employees were more likely to feel acknowledged, supported, well informed by their leaders, and engaged in a common mission.
  • You can see the complete list of colleges and exceptional performers on the Honor Roll,search particular categories, see how answers to questions differed among types of employees, and learn about the survey's methodology. 

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Keywords: higher education, colleges, surveys, great places to work
Learning to Engineer a Better Brisket
The New York Times
  • Harvard engineering students were assigned the task of creating a technologically sophisticated barbecue smoker that can outperform the best product on the market and sell for less than $1,500. This was not some strange undergraduate ritual. These were students enrolled in a course called Engineering Problem Solving and Design. 
  • The syllabus for the three-month course incorporated business and culinary lessons in addition to engineering skills. Guest speakers included a taste chemist, a barbecue pit master and patent specialists.

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Keywords: education, innovation, learning, problem solving
CU moving ahead with 'On Demand' online education initiative
Daily Camera
  • The University of Colorado is moving ahead on its new online education initiative, for now called University of Colorado On Demand, the university hopes to be able to compete with other, well-established online programs such as those run by Colorado State University and Arizona State University.
  • In the coming fall semester, officials are predicting 22,272 individual online course enrollments, which translates to 65,759 online credit hours. CU officials opted not to create a separate campus to offer online degrees and they expect the online offerings to be just as rigorous as brick-and-mortar classes.
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Keywords: online education
Beyond the Transcript
Inside Higher Ed
  • Most people in higher education agree that the old-school college transcript fails to adequately capture what students learn and do during their time in college. “The outcomes of a college experience are more than a degree,” said Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
  • The Lumina Foundation has kicked in $1.27 million for NASPA to partner with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to explore how to collect, document and distribute information about student learning and “competencies,” including what is gleaned outside of the traditional academic classroom.

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Keywords: higher education, learning, transcripts, competencies, soft skills
Why Is College So Expensive? Blame the Millenials
  • Business and economic analysis of the soaring cost of U.S. higher ed concludes the system is antique, grossly inefficient, and ripe for disruption. Colleges are providing what Millennial students and their parents deeply want.
  • This leads to new companies and new products that use digital economy tools to streamline delivery of education, aiming to lower costs and make it more accessible, flexible, and employment-oriented. College changed because people changed, and what they expected and demanded changed.

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Keywords: higher education, economy, entrepeneurs
U. of Miami to Get Its First Hispanic Leader
The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Julio Frenk, an authority on global public health, will take over as president of the University of Miami in September. He will be its first Hispanic leader. Dr. Frenk says he wanted to lead the private university in Miami because its "upward trajectory" had fueled the city’s status as "a hub and a crossroads" of Latin America.
  • While minister of health from 2000 to 2006 in his native Mexico, he ushered in Seguro Popular, a program of free, comprehensive health care. Today the plan, which he formulated while teaching at Harvard as a visiting professor, enrolls almost half of Mexico’s 120 million people.
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Keywords: higher education, leaders
Mentoring as Tenure Criterion
Inside Higher Ed
  • Purdue University, like most colleges and universities, evaluates faculty members up for tenure on their accomplishments in research, teaching and service. And as is the case at most research universities, research has tended to be prominent. But now, the university plans to make significant changes in those criteria. On top of them all in the policy will be an expectation that faculty members are active mentors to undergraduates, especially to at-risk students. Teaching evaluations will feature two new measures: commitment to involving undergraduates in research and to pedagogical innovation.
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Keywords: higher education, academia, tenure track, mentoring, pedagogical innovation
How to Build Effective Student Services
The Synapse
  • One aspect that administrators are quick to forget is whether students will want to use their services. Your support resources have to compete with companies like Khan Academy and Night Owl. These services have teams of people dedicated to marketing and improving their products. Successful services will support the student in his or her classes, and eventually improve retention rates. There are a few ways to make sure that your solutions are still on the right track.
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Keywords: education, student services, administration
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