QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

March 29, 2016

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 – Out Now!

QS Top Universities

  • The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 features a record-breaking 42 subject tables. The rankings by subject are compiled using indicators selected to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject area, alongside research impact in the field.
  • At the very top, the tables are dominated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, each of which claims the number one spot in 12 subjects. UK universities come first in eight subjects, while the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Switzerland each claim one top spot.
Read more: http://bit.ly/QSTopbySubject

Keywords: rankings, universities, higher education

The University of Texas Reimagines the Path to a College Degree


  • The biomedical sciences undergraduate program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the first of nine competency-based degrees and certificates that the UT system is rolling out to serve the large unmet demand for high-quality, professionally-focused degree options that save students time and money.
  • The UT system aims to disaggregate traditional degree programs and making them more “stackable” around industry-aligned pathways. All programs include student coaching services and they’re all offered on TEx (Total Educational Experience)—a mobile-first digital learning platform that UT built internally.
Read more: http://bit.ly/NewPathtoCollege

Keywords: higher education, innovation in education, mobile learning, personalized learning, online learning

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education


  • What could AI technologies do for human education? To answer this question, Pearson has just issued a report titled Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI in Education, that predicts software that will bring helpful feedback in an instant about students' progress, their knowledge and even their state of mind.
  • The report also suggest the development of something called a "lifelong learning companion." Like an imaginary friend, learning companions would accompany students — asking questions, providing encouragement, offering suggestions and connections to resources, in their learning process.
Read more: http://bit.ly/AIForEducation

Keywords: artificial intelligence, AI, technology, innovation in education

How The Master's Degree Became The New Bachelor's In The Hiring World

Fast Company

  • Nearly a third (32%) of employers are bumping up education requirements for new hires. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, 27% are recruiting those who hold master’s degrees for positions that used to only require four-year degrees.
  • This comes at a time when the cost of a four-year college degree is out of reach for the average American family. But employers argue that a tight job market and evolving need for different skills are making it necessary.
Read more: http://bit.ly/TheNewBachelorsDegree

Keywords: higher education, employers, skills gap, workforce

6 Universities Partner on Credentialing Initiative

Campus Technology

  • Six leading institutions have joined forces to launch a new credentialing initiative via the University Learning Store. According to a news release, the microcredentials earned online through the University Learning Store will give employers confidence in learners' capabilities because of a thorough, industry-based verification process.
  • To earn a micro-credential, learners must prove their knowledge through hands-on, skills-based assessments. The macrocredentials will be available in three categories: Power skills, Technical skills, and Career-advancement skills.
Read more: http://bit.ly/UniversityLearningStore

Keywords: credentialing, online education, 21st century learning, skills, competencies

How Can We Elevate Teachers?

Bright / Medium

  • Teachers and education advocates have lobbied for years to elevate the profession and making teaching a more prestigious career. But how exactly does a country go about “elevating” a profession? By helping them learn to teach.
  • The Gates Foundation recently announced a $34 million grant to improve teacher training nationwide. A similar approach has worked in Finland where teacher training programs are nearly as hard to get into — and as prestigious — as the freshman class at Harvard.
Read more: http://bit.ly/ElevateTeachers

Keywords: teachers, professional development, teacher training programs

'Confidence Rating' for On-Time Graduation

Inside Higher Ed

  • Academic advisers at the University of California at San Diego will be able to tell on a scale from zero to 10 if the student sitting in front of them is on track to graduate within four years.
  • The new early warning system aims to condense millions of data points into a simple metric showing whether students will graduate on time. The university hopes to one day offer what it describes as “the academic equivalent of preventive medicine.”
Read more: http://bit.ly/WarningSystemHE

Keywords: higher education, big data, data analytics, predictive models, graduation rates

What Will Digital Portfolios Mean for College-Bound Students?


  • In order to improve the college admissions process in the United States, a group of public and private colleges and universities have created the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a new free online application platform that allows high schoolers to begin storing their projects, papers and even video footage for possible inclusion in future college applications through a “digital locker” available in the app.
Read more: http://bit.ly/DigitalPortfoliosHE

Keywords: digital portfolios, college applications, higher education

The Global Search for Education: The New Higher Ed


  • Minerva is a school that takes a daring approach to pedagogy that emphasizes building leadership through the development of vital skill sets. In this interview, Ben Nelson, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva, talks about how the Minerva system works and where he thinks the future of web education is heading.
Read more: http://bit.ly/NewHigherEd

Keywords: higher education, leaders, interview, Minerva Project

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