How higher education can adapt to today’s volatile environment

October 25, 2016

Navigating the Perfect Storm

Inside Higher Ed

  • Higher education faces a perfect storm. Deeply disruptive, but also full with opportunities. Low graduation rates, increases in tuition, mounting student debt, this storm is placing institutions under enormous pressure to make college more affordable, cut time to degree, and ensure that graduates have real-world marketable skills. Steven Mintz analyzes how higher education can adapt to today’s volatile environment.

MIT releases preliminary “Future of Libraries” report

MIT News

  • An MIT task force is releasing a preliminary report featuring a set of proposals aimed at steering MIT’s library system toward becoming an “open global platform” for future generations. The MIT libraries should focus on its four "pillars" -- community and relationships, discovery and use, stewardship and sustainability, and research and development.

When Colleges Forget the Calendar and Focus on Mastery Instead

The Atlantic

  • Scrap the lecture halls, final exams, degree plans, and traditional semesters. In a growing segment of higher education, students can enroll in a personalized online degree program that allows them to move through lessons at their own rate. Formally known as competency-based education, this format it’s not a fad. It is something that’s growing.

Quality and Competency

Inside Higher Ed

  • Competency-based education (CBE) is growing rapidly, with as many as 600 colleges seeking to create new programs. But CBE has plenty of critics who say it can be a box-checking approach that is inferior to traditional higher education. Proponents, however, said it can require more rigor and proof of learning. To provide standards to the field and prevent the rise of bad actors, a group of colleges released a set of voluntary quality standards for the emerging form of higher education.

The Costs of Competency-Based Education

Education DIVE

  • Many schools see that the future of higher education will require shorter degree programs, more opportunities for adult learners and affordability for all types of students. A new study provides an in-depth look at the cost and increasing value of competency-based education, a model that may transform adult and continuing learning.

How the Disruptive Power of Technology Is Redefining Work


  • Exponential growth in technology will disrupt entire industries and create new ones. It will revolutionize the workforce as we know it. Many experts are asking the big questions: what jobs will be destroyed? How many will be created? How will the way we work change? How will we re-define work? And how will all of that, in return, influence our everyday lives?

The One Type of Leader Who Can Turn Around a Failing School

Harvard Business Review

  • The strength of a nation’s economy and the vitality of its society depend on the quality of its schools. So why does the UK still lag behind its peers, despite investing more than them? To try to answer this question, a study of more than 400 British academies suggest that it’s because we’re appointing, rewarding, and recognizing the wrong leaders.

Secret Shoppers ‘Pimp’ Academics’ Online Profiles

Times Higher Education

  • Some claim that careers and grants can profit on a good online presence, that is why academics are often being told why and how they should keep up appearances online through social media and web profiles. But, should universities themselves intervene to help academics build their digital footprint? This Australian university seeks to improve researchers’ digital identities. But does this risk excessive uniformity?

Pack More Relevancy and Engagement into Social Studies! (Oct. 25)
Boost Student Accessibility for Digital Storytelling (Oct. 26)
The “State of Affairs” of Assessment in Higher Education: Preliminary Survey Findings (Oct. 26)
Personalizing PD: The Choice and Relevance Imperative (Oct. 27)

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium (Oct. 25-28)
Educause 2016 (Oct. 25-28)
ePIC 2016 - 14th conference on ePortfolios, Open Badges, Personal Ledgers, Identities, Trust, Blockchains (Oct. 26-28)
The 13th Annual Open Education Conference (Nov. 2-4)
National Education Week (Nov. 9-11)
ICERI 2016: 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Nov. 14-16)
DevLearn 2016 (Nov. 16-18)
OEB Online Educa Berlin 2016 (Nov. 30- Dec. 2)
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