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Expanding Enrollment in Online Degree Programs and Courses at a Traditional Institution

It’s almost impossible to read about changes in higher ed without reading about the “opportunity” for institutions that built online courses during the pandemic to market those programs and courses to “non-traditional” students who would normally not attend on-campus courses. I want to go on record as stating that it’s almost impossible to build substantial […]

Read My Lips: No Bachelor’s Required

In a recently published article in the Hechinger Report, Lawrence Lanahan questions whether the new trend to remove a bachelor’s degree requirement for a job will continue. Mr. Lanahan interviewed several people for this article who never earned a bachelor’s degree and who recently benefited in their jobs’ searches from the new trend. One gentleman […]

James Webb Space Telescope Releases Its First Images

By now, it’s likely that hundreds of millions of people around the globe have seen the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope. The pictures are impressive, yet the science behind the technology as well as the science involving the observations is incredible. The first picture that NASA showed the world at large is […]

Texas Community Colleges – Why They Matter

The Texas 2036 organization recently issued a blog article regarding the importance of community colleges to the state’s growth and financial well-being. Texas has 50 community college districts serving the state’s 254 counties. Texas 2036 points out that community colleges are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s increasing demands for skilled labor through quick and […]

Expanding Enrollment in Online Degree Programs and Courses at a Traditional Institution

It’s almost impossible to read about changes in higher ed without reading about the “opportunity” for institutions that built online courses during the pandemic to market those programs and courses to “non-traditional” students who would normally not attend on-campus courses. I want to go on record as stating that it’s almost impossible to build substantial incremental student enrollments that way.

Texas Community Colleges – Why They Matter

The Texas 2036 organization recently issued a blog article regarding the importance of community colleges to the state’s growth and financial well-being.

Texas has 50 community college districts serving the state’s 254 counties. Texas 2036 points out that community colleges are uniquely positioned to meet the state’s increasing demands for skilled labor through quick and affordable pathways to earn credentials.

Open Syllabus

For more than two decades, I have looked for innovations and advances in technology that can improve outcomes in education. Thanks to Moore’s Law, the costs of many technologies have decreased. What hasn’t decreased are the costs of programmers, trainers, and training time required for faculty, staff, and students. The return on investment of deploying the technology is an important factor for buyers and sellers alike.

Digital Design for Student Success

Last week the Texas A&M College of Arts & Sciences published an article regarding their participation in a collaborative digital innovation initiative to improve student success in Texas and beyond.

Rachel Knight reported that over the summer, Texas A&M faculty in the Departments of English, History, and Physics and Astronomy worked with faculty at Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin to “develop, deploy, and scale high-quality introductory college course materials that incorporate innovative instructional design, current insights from the science of learning and development, open educational resources, and a commitment to ongoing research and development.”

The “Mystery” of Short-Term Credentials

With all of the hoopla about the declining ROI of a college degree and the move to short-term credentials that can lead to increased wages, it was surprising to read Lee Gardner’s article in The Chronicle of Higher Education revealing the fact that few community colleges that offer these credentials track their outcomes or even the number of students that enroll in these programs.