The rise of the online degrees / financial aid for coding bootcamps / Daphne Koller leaves Coursera and more...

August 23, 2016

The Rise of the Online Degree at America's Top Universities


  • Earning a degree online went from unthinkable to mainstream in a few short decades. Nevertheless, in an age when more than a quarter of higher education students take at least one online course, are established universities adapting? Priceonomics looked at recent changes in the availability of online degrees at colleges and universities and found that traditional universities are steadily embracing online courses. Among top-ranked schools, nearly 75% offer online degrees, and about half are increasing their online degree offerings.

Top U.S. Higher-Education Official Says Innovation Will Best Serve the ‘New Normal’ Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Ted Mitchell, the under secretary of education and the top higher-education official at the U.S. Department of Education, talks often about the need for colleges to innovate so they can better serve adults, working people, and others he calls the “new normal students” of today. In interview, Mr. Mitchell talks about the Education Department’s role in promoting innovation and change, and ways the legacy of that work could endure.

Low-Income Students Will Soon be Able to Get Federal Aid to Attend Coding Bootcamps


  • Coding bootcamps have emerged as an alternative way to access the skills you need to get into the tech industry, without needing to attend a traditional college or university. But coding bootcamps can be quite costly. In order to combat that, the U.S. Department of Education has launched a new experimental initiative in partnership with colleges and universities to enable students to pay for certain coding bootcamps using federal financial aid. The experiment’s goals entail testing additional ways for people to affordably access education that has been shown to lead to good jobs.

Calico Appoints Daphne Koller as Chief Computing Officer


  • Calico, a company focused on aging research and therapeutics, announced that Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera, is joining the company as Chief Computing Officer. Dr. Koller will lead the company’s computational biology efforts. Dr. Koller founded Coursera with Andrew Ng back in 2012 after working together on artificial intelligence research at Stanford. Though both have now officially moved on to new challenges, Koller and Ng remain co-chair’s of the Coursera Board of Directors.

Stanford Seeks to Change the Undergrad Experience

EdTech Magazine

  • The @Stanford Project, a yearlong initiative to reimagine the undergraduate experience, was sparked at the in Spring 2013. Given the contemporary emphasis being placed on experimentation with online learning, the team wondered what’s the future of the on-campus experience? What will the value of an experiential, residential education be? The project concluded in a collection of big ideas about the future of living and learning at Stanford that would serve as provocations for experimentation.

China Releases Outward Facing International Education Strategy to 2020

The PIE News

  • The document, "Guidelines on Works in Opening Up the Education Sector in the New Era", lays out the government’s intentions to strengthen China’s image as an attractive study destination, boost the quality of international education provision, and encourage partnerships with foreign education institutions and enterprise. Boosting course quality by learning from overseas universities and engaging in joint research are among the plan’s goals leading up to 2020.

China Moving Up Global Education Innovation Rankings

Education News

  • The Global Innovation Index 2016, a collaboration of INSEAD and Cornell University, ranks more than 100 countries by 82 innovation indicators and has identified China to be the leader in ‘innovation quality’ among middle-income countries, ranking 17th. This indicator evaluates university output including the number of scientific articles published and filings for patents. Other countries leading in innovation quality include Japan, the USA, the UK and Germany.

Developing Minds Ready for the Innovation Economy

Getting Smart

  • How in the world do we help young people develop minds ready to thrive in a project-based world? In Smart Cities, a three-year investigation of learning ecosystems, it was an innovation mindset that seemed to set apart people making a difference. Knowledge and skill are important but the best preparation experiences for students to succeed in an innovation economy would come through an innovation mindset and project-based learning.

Tuition is Now a Useless Concept in Higher Education

The Washington Post

  • Why is the concept of tuition as good as useless? If Congress wants to make an actual difference regarding the rising cost of college, it should scrap outdated language in the Higher Education Act that is distorting the decision-making at colleges as they try to consider how much to invest in each student annually, how much each family should be asked to contribute to that investment, and how much the college or university should itself commit to contributing.

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