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See below for a listing of curated news articles of the day brought to you by Ray Schroeder, Director of the National Council for Online Education. 

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  • The Incredible Shrinking Higher Ed Industry - Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed
    Higher education enrollments have been falling for years, a well-documented outcome that can be attributed to some combination of a strong U.S. economy, changes in birth rates and, perhaps, growing doubts about the value of a college degree. Another decline is also unfolding -- this one attributable to a mix of economic and political forces: the […]
  • Colleges just got a lot more leeway to recruit students - By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
    The National Association for College Admission Counseling's (NACAC) Assembly voted to remove three provisions from its Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.  The vote during the association's annual meeting last week was an effort by NACAC to get ahead of a two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division, which found several of the […]
  • California’s new online community college to open after months of planning - Ashley A. Smith, EdSource
    California’s newest two-year institution — the online-only Calbright College — opened last Tuesday and for the first time, and students are able to register and enroll in programs that are intended to serve an entirely new adult and underemployed population. The new college was created to enroll so-called “stranded” Californians who are underemployed, working multiple part-time […]
  • 60 Years of Higher Ed — Really? - Alina Tugend, NY Times
    “The real driver of the 60-year curriculum is the job market and length of life,” said Huntington D. Lambert, the dean of the division of continuing education and university extension at Harvard University, who is a leader in the movement. Many continuing education programs already offer some of the elements. For example, the University of […]
  • White House working group outlines future of universal transcripts - By Hallie Busta, Education Dive
    In a new white paper, a workforce policy advisory board established by the Trump administration outlines the steps required to develop and successfully implement interoperable learning records (ILRs), which are compilations of peoples' traditional and hands-on learning experiences. ILRs are already being piloted as a way to readily and securely share such information with educational institutions […]
  • 3 ways that how online training add value to your learning - India Today
    Online learning has become a fruitful solution for individuals who prefer knowledge and skills over degrees. As scholars were keenly looking for affordable, accessible, engaging, and interactive learning solutions that can add value to their learning and shape their careers, online learning came for the rescue. Online trainings not only help students retain more information but […]
  • Major challenges facing our young people, graduates and students today - Patrick Ow, Thrive Global
    Just-in-time continuous learning through flexible short courses (online virtual learning and offline bricks and mortar), and continuous on-the-job learning and training will become a norm as new skills are constantly created to keep up with advances in technology, evolving business models, and organizational restructure. The role and relevance of colleges and universities in preparing our future […]
  • 4 edutech innovations that will redefine learning habits in 2019 - Nicholas Chew, e27
    Technology is changing the way that we learn, information is also more abundant to the masses. Breakthroughs of new technology innovations such as A.I. and Blockchain are giving more opportunities for the Edutech sector to grow. Let’s dig deeper into how Edutech can boost learning in the digital world.
  • When employees stop learning they start job hunting - Nigel Davies, Real Business
    Worried about your employees wandering to greener pastures? Keep them interested by making sure that learning, development and creativity are part of your retention strategy and your culture. As an employer, I’m sure you have a modest employee development scheme in place. However be warned, recent research by global skills organisation Kineo has revealed that, […]
  • The quality of online higher education must be assured - Nita Temmerman, University World News
    Technology has brought great advantages to the online teaching-learning environment. It has changed how we do teaching and learning and opened up the world of learning and opportunity to those who would not have had such opportunity without it. However, for online education to be successful there has to be commitment and support by governments, institutions, […]
  • Digital learning transforms spread of higher education - Munyaradzi Makoni, University World News
    A new phase of promoting higher education which places importance on digital learning through massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online learning platforms has emerged in India, says the latest UNESCO report. MOOCs and other digital tools such as Ekalavya, which characterises self-learning environments, have transformed education, connecting students to global learning platforms and making learning […]
  • AI equal with human experts in medical diagnosis, study finds - Nicola Davis, the Guardian
    Research suggests AI able to interpret medical images using deep learning algorithm.  Writing in the Lancet Digital Health, Denniston, Liu and colleagues reported how they focused on research papers published since 2012 – a pivotal year for deep learning. One burgeoning application is the use of AI in interpreting medical images – a field that relies on […]
  • Why Western Governors U thinks microcredentials are the path to degrees - Hallie Busta, Education Dive
    Projections that the pool of traditional students will shrink, wariness of continued tuition increases and limited growth in state support for higher education are prompting institutions to shake things up. In many cases, that means making themselves available throughout learners’ lives as their education needs change. Doing so requires strengthening connections with local employers. Already, colleges […]
  • DYI Education Gaining Steam - Tamara Holmes, Yahoo
    In fact, a new study suggests many people across the world are instead embracing a hodgepodge of do-it-yourself learning options.  To collect the data, Pearson conducted an online survey of 11,083 people between the ages of 16 to 70.  An overwhelming 81% of respondents said they believe learning will become more of a self-service affair as people get older. […]
  • AI is here — do we trust it? - Samara J Donald, Towards Data Science
    More academically speaking, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) is a widely recognized one, which outlines considerations that factor into a users’ response to new technology, conscious or unconscious. These influencing factors include perceptions of usefulness, ease of use, and attitudes (preconceived notions) toward the technology. In essence, technology will be more readily accepted if it […]
  • How Student Debt is Disrupting Life Chances and Widening the Racial Wealth Gap Institute on Assets and Social Policy - Brandeis University
    The current higher education financing regime sediments and exacerbates inequality, andstudent loans adversely affect the Black-White racial wealth gap.6 Black students—and students at for-profit universities, who are more likely to be students of color—often face the greatest challenges as they try to finance their degrees with student loans. They take on more loans, amass higher amounts of loans, […]
  • Liberal arts degree? No degree at all? You are the perfect candidate for a tech job - Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC
    For the past two years as many as 1 million tech jobs remain unfilled. Tech executives on the CNBC Technology Executive Council say it has become harder to fill tech positions, so candidates with liberal arts degrees, or no college degree, are now being hired. “Tech companies and enterprises who depend on digital technologies to drive their […]
  • At Tech’s Leading Edge, Worry About a Concentration of Power - By Steve Lohr, NY Times
    Computer scientists say A.I. research is becoming increasingly expensive, requiring complex calculations done by giant data centers, leaving fewer people with easy access to the computing firepower necessary to develop the technology behind futuristic products like self-driving cars or digital assistants that can see, talk and reason. The danger, they say, is that pioneering artificial intelligence […]
  • Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Applications, Promise and Perils, and Ethical Questions - Elana Zeide, EDUCAUSE Review
    Do not surrender to the robot overlords just yet. Keep in mind that for all the hype and buzz, these AI tools are just computer systems. They can go wrong. They are created by humans. Their values are shaped by companies and institutions. Their data is not neutral but is defined by the historical patterns. […]
  • Training the future workforce for a data-driven society - JORDAN MORROW, eCampus News
    An educational imperative: Our students must know how to live and work in a world that is dictated by data. Our youth are inheriting the future in real time. Over the past decade alone, the explosion in data, automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence has completely transformed the way we interact with the world – and […]

News from UPCEA: 

Department of Education Releases Proposed Rules on State Authorization

The Department of Education released Friday July 22 their proposed regulations on State Authorization, following an earlier failure to reach consensus as part of negotiated rule making. State authorization for distance education — the proposed regulation for institutions administering a program in which a distance or online…


Alternative credentials now a must-have for traditional universities (eCampusNews)

Millennials prefer badging and certificates to traditional degrees, according to researchers from UPCEA, Penn State and Pearson. More than half of higher education institutions (64 percent) participating in a recent survey said alternative credentials are an important strategy for institutions’ futures. That same survey also…


Millennials prefer credentialing programs to traditional degrees (Education Dive)

A new study reveals that more than 90% of American colleges and universities offer alternative credential or badging programs for certification in industry-specific careers. The University Professional and Continuing Education Association says millennial survey respondents prefer certifications to bachelor’s degrees, and schools are responding with…