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Rick scott’s transition team suggests measures to transform the state’s education system

December 31,2010 by: admin

Governor-elect Rick Scott and his transition team have released a set of measures that are to be implemented in the state to revamp their education system.  This would include more ‘teacher accountability’ as well as an expansion in ‘school choice’ as per reports.  This is going to be a little different from the rest of the transition team recommendations as the document is called‘re-branding’ of the Department of Education in the State.  Here a new era would be ushered in by Department of Education Innovation. However, not all of these recommendations made by Scott’s advisors are new.  For instance, basing … (more) December 31, 2010

Recession seems to have taken a toll on higher education

December 30,2010 by: admin

Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois have run out of scholarship funds and are turning down thousands of qualified students due to lack of funds.  While many Public Universities (Georgia, Virginia, and Washington) have hiked up their fees to around $1,000 (fall semester) the Public Colleges in Louisiana, Florida, as well as Nevada have all canceled hundreds of classes due to lack of funding from the state.  It is the same with the high school graduates from California. Now college authorities in states like Louisiana are gearing up for further cuts that are painful, difficult as well as destructive.  Students seem to … (more) December 30, 2010

For-profit online programs are under scrutiny for recruiting practices

December 29,2010 by: admin

The enrolment figures have jumped from 229,363 to 2,139,714 which is a steep increase but not before grabbing the attention of Congress and the regulators.  An increase of that magnitude is bound to grab eyeballs and both the Congress as well as the regulators has been very critical about the way for-profit online programs are functioning and their recruiting practices have been questioned as there seems to be no transparency.  Students are equipped with these online degrees but do these degrees help students in finding the adequate employment? The truth is that students are being unnecessarily burdened with debts that … (more) December 29, 2010

Online education is changing at a rapid pace now

December 28,2010 by: admin

Andrew Topper, professor at Grand Valley State University is teaching online and leading the way by educating people on how to lead virtual classrooms for online students.  It all started off when his second-grade daughter’s teacher was seen struggling over the phone with the technical support people while around 25 seven-year-olds waited patiently.  Online educators need to understand that there a much better ways to integrate technology in classrooms. Although online education has gained prominence over the last decade, experts predict that it is likely to influence education in a big way.  There is a chance that the whole system … (more) December 28, 2010

Online degrees are offered by more HBCUs

December 27,2010 by: admin

Online education has gathered momentum and degree seekers are continuing to flood these online education programs.  As per studies conducted, online headcount has grown over 18% in the year 2010 and many HBCU’s are also hoping to cash in on the opportunities.  At least 19 out of 89 HBCU’s that offer four-year undergraduate programs are offering bachelors as well as master’s degree through online programs. However, some HBCU’s claim that they are just moving with the times and trying to meet their mission of educating the remote Americans who are disadvantaged.  There is immense financial pressure that is being felt … (more) December 27, 2010