Natural gas is much cleaner than coal but it’s also important that its energy return on investment (EROI) – the total input energy with the energy expected to be made available to end users – is similar to coal, according to a paper in the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Read More
email@example.com Building a new public university that encompasses the Rio Grande Valley has become the law of the land. Read More
Susan Adams, Forbes Staff A new national study has found that the more money parents pay for their kids’ college educations, the worse their kids tend to perform, at least when it comes to grades. Read More
UT Austin to Expand Blended Learning Offerings to Improve Student Success and First-Year Experience Read More
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Here you have it. The words straight from The Chairman; Gene Powell. I an excellent interview by Jake Silverstein of the Texas Monthly the Chairman expressed his thoughts on Higher education, the UT controversy, and how MOOCS are changing the face of America. A good read without the usual biased negative media slant on the regents.
Photograph by Jeff Wilson
The University of Texas Board of Regents chairman on the fog of war, the battles over higher education, and the future of learning. Read More
Regents have offered high level of support, By Red McCombs Read More
By Andrew Messamore Daily Texan
As the attorney general investigates the University of Texas Law School Foundation, legislators and former Foundation trustees are continuing to hammer out the fine line between the University and the private institutions that support the 40 Acres. Read More
By Megan Strickland, Alexa Ura of Daily Texan
Recent public battles over lack of oversight in the University of Texas Law Foundation threaten to bring substantial changes to a complex mechanism of private fundraising developed over several decades that has successfully raised billions of dollars alongside internal fundraising efforts. Read More
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University of Texas
System Regent Alex Cranberg
The University of Texas Board of Regents has been getting more than its fair share of press lately, but often for the wrong reasons. Read More
On Thursday night, the University of Texas at Austin opened four free online courses for open registration. By Monday morning, total enrollment stood at 14,000 and counting. Read More
Guest Column by Thomas K. Lindsay for Texas Weekly Higher education, in Texas and nationally, faces a crisis. Read More
Teens from 9 cities in the United States, India and the United Kingdom give a thundering answer in a global business plan competition that culminated The Indus Entrepreneurs`TiE Young Entrepreneurs program (TyE) in Raleigh, NC on April 30th at Cisco Systems and NC State University. Read More
Just in time to celebrate Open Education Week, here comes a new initiative, the School of Open, a learning environment focused on increasing our understanding of “openness” and the benefits it brings to creativity and education in the digital age.
Developed by the collaborative education platform Peer to Peer University (P2PU) with organizational support from Creative Commons, the School of Open aims to spread understanding of the power of this brave new world through free online classes.
We hear about it all the time: Universal access to research, education and culture—all good things, without a doubt—made possible by things like open source software, open educational resources and the like.
But what are these various communities and what do they mean? How can we all learn more and get involved? Read More
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The University of Texas System plans to put up $5 million to join the EdX online venture, Read More
By Paul Briand
DURHAM — University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston on Thursday laid out a plan to try to convince the Legislature to restore the $38 million cut from the institution’s budget. Read More
Indiana University officials unveiled their latest response to a growing tuition backlash: A tuition freeze for upperclassmen on track to graduate on time. Read More
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The Huffington Post | By Tyler Kingkade
Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t believe public colleges should be able increase students tuition each year.
At the Texas Tribune festival, a three-day public policy forum in Austin, Perry said students who go to state universities should have the same tuition for their senior year as they do when they enter as freshmen. According to reports, Perry seemed intent to push for a tuition freeze in the next legislative session. Read More
by Megan McArdle
Mythomania about college has turned getting a degree into an American neurosis. It’s sending parents to the poorhouse and saddling students with a backpack full of debt that doesn’t even guarantee a good job in the end. With college debt making national headlines, Megan McArdle asks, is college a bum deal?
Why are we spending so much money on college? Read More
Edx, founded by Harvard and MIT, will host two not-for-credit UC Berkeley courses this fall.
UC Berkeley announced Tuesday that it is joining the new online education website founded by Harvard and MIT that offers free, not-for-credit courses to a worldwide audience. The addition of UC Berkeley will give edX its first expansion into a prestigious public university and a foothold on the West Coast away from its Cambridge, Mass., base, officials said. Read More
An advocate for California taxpayers says the state’s university system is trying to scare voters into passing tax hikes. Meanwhile, salaries of higher-ups within the system continue to rise. Read More
A great video. Higher education in California isn’t what it used to be. Find out why students are paying higher tuition costs and getting a less comprehensive education in California.
By William Lutz
Bill Powers should be on his knees giving thanks that he works for two people as patient as Rick Perry and Gene Powell. Compare that with how Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber (Oregon) dealt with another UT administrator — former liberal arts dean Richard Lariviere — who decided to get front groups to attack the governing board and generally didn’t play ball with the governor’s policies:
The full text of the governor’s statement:
November 26, 2011
“First, let me say that the situation involving the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and Dr. Richard Lariviere has nothing to do with an “ongoing difference of opinion over the future of the University of Oregon,” as Dr. Lariviere suggested in an email sent out to faculty and students last Tuesday.
My education strategy includes building a world class, innovative system of higher education that delivers better results for students and serves as an engine for our state’s economic recovery. Achieving these goals requires all of our university campuses, the Oregon University System and the State Board of Higher Education to be pulling in the same direction.
While the timing of the Board’s action on Dr. Richard Lariviere’s employment contract may come as a surprise to some, the possible decision to terminate his contract should not, given his record.
The New York Times recently updated their breakdown of college costs and debts, revealing that for-profit schools are not the only bad guys in this troubled economy. Read More
Advocates for a moratorium on tuition increases at public universities — specifically at the University of Texas System — will attempt to deliver bags of ice to the Capitol offices of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and other key officials this afternoon as part of their “Freeze Tuition Now” campaign. Read More
by Clark Aldrich
Unschooling Rules 49: College: the hardest no-win decision your family may ever make. Read More
This is a follow up to an article we posted last year – great read.
Stanford doesn’t want me. I can say that because it’s a documented fact: I was once denied admission in writing. I took my last math class back in high school. Read More
By Jody Serrano
Students who did not complete their degree at the University of Texas now have the opportunity to obtain an online degree from three UT system schools. Read More
“Because of the proliferation of new technologies, the younger generation today is outgrowing traditional forms of education – remember pencils, chalkboards, textbooks and graphing calculators? Whether we are in the car, on the train, at work, or in a classroom, mobile technology in particular is giving us the ability to learn on-the-go. Read More
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed had it right when he remarked recently that algebra and calculus haven’t changed in the past 500 years. He was asking why students have to pay upwards of $200 for revised textbooks on those subjects every three years or so.
As tuition at California colleges and universities skyrocket, there’s one area where costs could be contained. State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg plans to introduce a bill asking for $25 million in start-up costs to put textbooks for the 50 most-common subjects online, or available in a print version for $20. The free online versions could be updated by the authors as needed. That would eliminate revised texts that cost, on average, $100.
Students spend an average of $1,300 a year on textbooks. While used books are available, they’re often scarce. Steinberg’s proposal would help students save up to $1,000 a year, offsetting at least some of the steep tuition increases of the past several years. Read More
By Elizabeth Tice
Driven by student demand, technology, a troubled economy and roiling demographic changes, the continued growth of online and distance learning has become a force that is not only forever changing how education is delivered but will also drive economic change by preparing today’s workers for the technology-based jobs of tomorrow.
The rapid adoption and expansion of online education is closely tied to the growth of technology, the Internet and other new ways of delivering knowledge to more students beyond the previous boundaries of place, time and expense. Pioneers in online education were the early adopters of new digital technology. They created curriculum and delivery methods to meet the needs of working adults and other students who wanted to learn but needed access to education that was available on more flexible schedules.
In recent years, traditional schools have begun to add online curriculum. States are passing legislation to require high school students to take a certain number of online classes to enhance their learning. Community colleges are adding online courses both to meet student demand and to control education costs due to reduced state budgets. Read More
By KIM WILMATH
TAMPA | In the next 13 years, the state university system should increase the number of degrees it awards by almost 70 percent, have at least five of its 11 universities ranked in the top 50 nationally, and grow its adult-student enrollment and online courses.
Those are just some of the goals outlined in the new strategic plan for the Florida Board of Governors. With a heavy focus on fields in science, technology, engineering and math — STEM, as the buzzword goes — the plan aims to better position the university system as an economic driver.
It’s an idea that has been in the spotlight lately thanks to Gov. Rick Scott‘s new STEM-heavy jobs agenda. Read More
BY Lydia DishmanMon Nov 21, 2011
Andrew Yang founded Venture
to tackle unemployment, one aspiring entrepreneur at a time.
Andrew Yang wants to create jobs. Specifically, 100,000 U.S. jobs by 2025.
It’s an ambitious goal, but one that Yang believes is completely attainable just by getting recent college graduates to work at startups rather than take positions in finance, consulting, and law. But not just any startups: Yang wants to recruit young talent to ignite entrepreneurial sparks in such economically depressed areas as Detroit; Providence, Rhode Island; and New Orleans.
So who is this one-man economic stimulus package?
Yang is a 37-year-old serial entrepreneur with experience in just about every industry sector, from health care to fashion retail. This August he founded Venture for America (VFA), a wildly ambitious nonprofit based in New York City that is recruiting its first class of fellows. Read More
“Lectures … are not a high-value activity for teachers” … Salman Khan.
SALMAN KHAN is still getting used to being known as the man who flipped the classroom. Seven years ago, the then-Boston hedge fund analyst began to tutor his younger cousin in New Orleans remotely. Her maths marks improved, so Khan uploaded short videos to YouTube, where other students stumbled onto his lessons.
More than 3000 videos later, the Khan Academy is on the way to hitting 100 million views and has the backing of Bill Gates and Google and, increasingly, the attention of professional educators.
In the early days of his venture, Khan received emails from teachers saying they used his videos to ”flip” their lessons. They would assign Khan’s maths and science lectures as homework and conduct exercises and drills – traditional homework activities – the next day at school.
Students could pause and repeat the videos at will, then consolidate their knowledge in the classroom. When Khan mentioned this technique in his TED talk in March, the idea took off around the world.
”That’s what caught on but … we don’t think that’s the full transformation,” Khan says over the phone from the US. ”The real transformation is when you allow kids to work at their own pace and just ‘flipping’ doesn’t allow for that.” Read More
By Jeff Sandefer.
What do you get when give kids the chance to
- Make something with his or her own hands;
- Sell it (safely) to a stranger; and
- Experience the freedom (and responsibility) of having a little extra spending money as a reward?
I call these three things the “3 Magic Seeds of Entrepreneurship” (pdf). And we plant those seeds each fall at the Children’s Business Fair (CBF) in Austin, TX.
It’s continued to grow every year since we first put in on. This year there were over 88 separate booths, where kids ages 6 to 13 sold everything from arts and crafts to food to “messages in a bottle.” And turnout—1,200 attendees—broke the record.
But I think one of the biggest benefits of CBF from an learning perspective is that it clearly helps to answer one of the four big questions of education: “How can I prove what I can do?” These enterprising boys and girls spend weeks, sometimes months, building and preparing their product or service, and then test what they’ve got in front of a live audience. And whether they “win” at the fair or not, they persist—many budding entrepreneurs at CBF come back year after year. Read More
Oct. 29 is the federal deadline for U.S. colleges to put “net price calculators” on their websites. These tools are supposed to estimate the actual cost of tuition and room and board for a specific student, based on family finances and the school’s aid budget. But the most widely adopted calculator is inaccurate — to the tune of thousands of dollars, experts say.
Previously, students had to apply to a college and then wait for an aid award letter in the spring to find out if they could afford to attend. Those from lower-income families were often too discouraged by some colleges’ “sticker prices” to apply at all. Thus the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 mandated the web-based estimators, which will appear on about 6,800 college sites. They’re designed to give a ballpark estimate of real college costs in 15 minutes or less.
By one estimate, about a third of colleges have invested in robust, customized tools. (Elite schools have offered them for years.) Many others have posted a free calculator developed by the Department of Education. Critics say that one uses distorted definitions, minimal questions and old data — resulting in estimates that are thousands of dollars too high or too low.
A study conducted by Student Aid Services, one of a dozen firms that builds custom calculators, ran 145,000 real student profiles through the federal tool. The results were wrong 54% of the time. For example, for one student from a family of five, with two other children in college and parent income of $80,500, the net price estimate came in $5,500 too high. Read More
But UTSA ‘focused on serving the students that we have.’
By Melissa Ludwig
University of Texas System campuses are poised to greatly expand online courses — and possibly enrollment — by contracting with private companies that specialize in ramping up distance degree programs, UT officials said Thursday.
Universities will not be forced to sign contracts, but the UT Board of Regents is negotiating with three vendors to give campuses vetted options, said Gene Powell, chairman.
“One size does not fit all. This board cannot be prescriptive; (universities) have to make a decision on their own,” Powell said. “Some schools will embrace it much faster than others.”
Officials named Academic Partnerships of Dallas, Instructional Connections of Lewisville and Pearson of Boston as the vendors, but said no contracts have been finalized.
UT-Arlington blazed the online trail a few years ago by signing on with Academic Partnerships to offer degrees in nursing and education. The partnership, along with other distance education ventures, helped the school increase enrollment from 25,000 to 33,000 in two years. Read More