A master’s degree for a mere $7,000? | Stanford will pay for your MBA | The alternative credentials boom is coming

October 4, 2016

An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

The New York Times

  • The master’s degree business is booming. Top colleges are more than willing to provide them — for a price. But a Georgia Tech computer science program has taken a very different approach: It costs less than one-eighth as much as its most expensive rival — if you learn online. And a new study has found that this could lead to a whole new market for higher education.

Stanford Will Pay For Your MBA—Provided You Then Go Work in This “Underserved Region”


  • Seeking an MBA? Stanford will give you one for free—if you promise to then go live for two years in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. A new fellowship program will cover the full cost of tuition and fees (around $160,000 in total) for students who demonstrate financial need and prove a “strong commitment” to the US Midwest.

Rethinking the Discourses of Higher Education Innovation

Inside Higher Ed

  • Anyone who reads the vast, rapidly expanding literature on innovation in higher education will be struck by the pervasiveness of certain discourses and tropes. Steven Mintz stands out three.

Innovation in Higher Education is About Anticipation

University World News

  • Legendary ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky famously said that everybody he played with skated to where the puck is: “I skate to where the puck is going to be.” The same applies to innovation in higher education. It is not about online education – that is yesterday’s response: “It’s about figuring out where the puck will be in three years' time”.

UT System Partners With Tech Industry Leader to Develop Next-Generation Learning Platform

The University of Texas System

  • The University of Texas System is developing a revolutionary technology learning platform that includes an online marketplace of courses and credentials, real-time feedback and personalized support services. Through the collaboration with Salesforce and Salesforce.org, UTx’s team will develop software and digital tools that support students on their academic and professional journeys, one of UT System’s nine Quantum Leaps.

Alternative and Complementary Postsecondary Credentials in 2025: The Boom Is Coming

The EvoLLLution

  • Like the eCommerce boom in the 1990s and 2000s, the demand for credentialed workers in the labor market will drive a massive increase in the number of alternative credentials awarded by 2025. Learning Sciences Professor Daniel Hickey, who has been studying and using digital badges since they emerged, speculates about what might become of alternative and complementary credentials by 2025.

CUNY to Train, Hire 2,000 Students in Free Coding Bootcamps

Campus Technology

  • The City University of New York (CUNY) is bringing industry-aligned coding bootcamps to more than 2,000 CUNY graduates, for free. Through a strategic partnership with Revature, a technology talent development company, the university system plans to train and hire the students in New York tech jobs over the next five years.

When Students Find Their Calling (And Prepare Wisely), The Labor Market Wins


  • Americans are bored at work. According to Gallup, nearly 70% of us are unhappy with our jobs and are working far beneath our potential. In short, nearly 70% of us haven’t found our true calling. How do so many miss their calling? Are colleges offering the wrong degrees? Are bosses ignoring talent? Are hiring managers putting people in the wrong positions?

Inviting Faculty to the Party: Encouraging Institutional Innovation and Change

The EvoLLLution

  • Faculty need to play a central role in institutional transformation processes if they are to be successful, but leaders need to ensure their colleagues are well appraised of industry challenges and open to transformation at the institution’s core.

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How Can Technology Help You Advance Assessment at Your Institution? (Oct. 6)
Rethinking Systems of Assessments and Building Educator Capacity (Oct.12)

Genius Network 2016 (Oct. 3-4)
Close It Summit 2016 (Oct. 4-6)
DML - Digital Media and Learning Conference 2016 (Oct. 5-7)
Learning with MOOCs 2016 (Oct. 6-7)
Exponential Medicine 2016 (Oct. 8-11)
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)
All upcoming conferences and events...

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