Tracking Key Education Trends on a Late Summer Day

By Jeffrey McCafferty, Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning at the American Public University System

Late summer and early autumn is one of my favorite times to visit New York City. The weather is warm, people are bustling, and there is a sense of starting anew as summer vacations have concluded and all are back to work.

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Australia’s Universities Considering Tuition Discounting

An article in Inside Higher Ed discusses the efforts by the Australian government to deregulate tuition and fees by 2016 and the potential consequences for students if that occurs. Naturally, the discussion leads to tuition discounting as it exists in the United States. The writer references a July 2014 survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) that finds that among 401 nonprofit colleges and universities, nearly 90 percent of the freshmen class were receiving grants equivalent to nearly a 50 percent discount on tuition.

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In a fairly new field such as Crowdsourcing (coined in 2005), having so many researchers presenting their papers enabled attendees to ask questions on topics similar to their area of research interest as well as share their findings on the same topic

Internet, Policy & Politics 2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy

Last week, I presented at The Internet, Policy & Politics Conference to debate whether or not MOOCs will satisfy learning effectiveness, satisfaction, and overall quality. I took note of the opening keynote speech by Dr. Chris Lintott, an astrophysicist and Citizen Science project lead in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. Dr. Lintott is the principal investigator of Zooniverse and is also the cofounder of Galaxy Zoo, an online crowdsourcing project where the public can volunteer to classify more than a million galaxies.

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MOOCs and 78 Banbury Road

Dr. Paul Rich is President of the Policy Studies Organization, an academic partner of APUS and publisher of many academic journals.  His enthusiasm for affordable learning through technology mirrors mine and I asked him if he would provide an introduction for the conference that we are attending this week at Oxford.

Every two years, American Public University System (APUS) is part of a conference held by Oxford University on aspects of the Internet.

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State Public Tuition Rate Legislation Creates New Education Options for Veterans

State Public Tuition Rate Legislation Creates New Education Options for Veterans

Guest Post by George M. Vukovich, Director, Veterans Relations at American Public University System

A recent article on Money.com, “Why Veterans Will Soon Save Thousands on College,” provides promising information for veterans and their family members as they transition from the military environment to civilian life, college and beyond.

As a retired Marine, and advocate for veterans achieving higher education success, I truly appreciate the congressional effort to enact new legislation to assist veterans with immediate in-state residency standing for higher education tuition purposes.

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Two-Minute Video Application for College

Last week, Goucher College, a liberal arts college in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that it would allow prospective students the choice of submitting the standard college application including transcripts and recommendations or, alternatively, a two-minute video plus two samples of academic work.

The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that Goucher is taking a bolder step than other colleges that have incorporated videos into their application process. 

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Viral Buzz & Contagious

For the past four weeks, I’ve watched social media videos on Facebook and Instagram that relate to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The first videos that I saw were from college athletes.  Then, one of my daughters challenged me (who can say no to their daughter?), and, in turn, I challenged two colleagues at the American Public University System.

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As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

As Data Overflows Online, Researchers Grapple With Ethics

Facebook recently conducted an experiment with approximately 700,000 users by manipulating their newsfeeds and recording the change in their emotions based on the information received. After the research was published, many people were outraged by Facebook’s failure to disclose the experiment and therefore not receiving their users’ agreement to participate.

According to Vindu Goel of the New York Times, most corporations typically conduct experiments like this in order to make product adjustments, but the results are not published.

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Everyday Devices Killed By Smartphones

Everyday Devices Killed Off By Smartphones

I read an article in The Guardian by Samuel Gibbs about devices once used regularly that were replaced by smartphones. The list is lengthy and includes: simple mobile phones, landline phones, pay phones (the kind available in public places, not “burner” phones), point and shoot cameras, the Walkman, Dictaphones, cheap laptops, portable TV’s, pocket calculators, watches, alarm clocks, and GPS devices.

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Would Closing Business Schools Make the World a Better Place?

Would Closing Business Schools Make the World a Better Place?

Would closing business schools save the humanities? Dr. William Major thinks so. Dr. Major is a professor of English at Hillyer College at the University of Hartford. In an interesting essay published in the July 28 issue of Inside Higher Ed titled “Close Business Schools/Save the Humanities,” he suggests that closing all the business schools (“B-schools”) would save the humanities, save schools money, and make the world a better place.

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