The plain truth about higher education. This blog has many links to help you make important decisions.
Nickolas Fleezanis -
Earned his PhD in 2001 from Michigan State University. The author has forty years of experience in education, the majority of it spent in higher education. He has held positions that ranged from campus president to student advisor. He hopes this blog will assist you in making a very important decision about about your education.
Two articles worth reading concerning college degrees loved and hated by employers. And an article dealing with associate degrees the earn a decent living. Both articles were published by Yahoo Education Blog.
You’ve more then likely heard about the advancing disruption that is headed directly towards higher education. The technological advancements, numerous innovative start-ups, MOOC’s and competency based education are all going to change how we learn and how higher education will deliver that learning.
With costs out of control, huge student debt, student loan defaults on the rise, a major reinvention of higher education will occur whether colleges an universities are ready for it or not. Those who reinvent will survive and those who persist with current practices and convention will perish.
The industrial/twentieth century ideology that learning takes place in defined periods of time with amassed numbers of credits will be washed away by the tsunami of change which will allow students to learn in a more natural, cooperative, accelerated and inclusive fashion.
Colleges and universities may not be the only players in awarding degrees. For example, Pearson, a textbook publishing company will be offering degrees in the UK. If successful, this is stimulate others to seek authority to offer degrees and this will spread world wide.
Straightline, Udacity, Coursera, The Khan Academy are but a few of the enterprises that offer courses that are either free or at reduced prices that will ultimately convert to college credit or badges that are proof of job skills.
One can sign up for a class through Udemy with a Facebook account or by email and review courses and sign-up! I suggest you take advantage of all of these different avenues to reach your educational goal what ever it is.
I just read an article in the Detroit Free Press, Feb 10, 2014, Section 1A: Page 1A, written by David Jesse, which discussed a report released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicating that the federal government will make billions off of student loans! The loan program made $41.3 billion in profit in 2013. It will continue to make profits like theses until the year 2024.
With students suffering from the weight of their loans and not being able to move forward with their lives because of the crushing debt, is it far that the government make money from these students? I think not as does U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Senator Warren and eight other U.S. senators are trying to eliminate the government profiting from student loans and attempting to address the $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loans.
Of course Arne Duncan stated “it’s actually neither accurate nor fair to characterize the student loan program as making a profit”. Sure Arne, what planet are you living on? Typical politician refuting a report issued by a federal government agency! Be a good consumer of education and write your senators and ask them the question, is the government making money off of my student loan?
I ran across a website that is devoted to MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses. The editor is Zachery Davis and contributors Alex Cusack and David Blake. The website topic areas you can search are: MOOCs News - MOOC Classes - About MOOCs - and MOOC Infographics. If your at all interested in a MOOC course, I would suggest you look at this site first. Moocs.com
In my searching through the internet, I came across this site that lists many things you can get for free. Included in this list are many sites that offer free online courses under the topic of Academics. It also lists topics such as: Languages, Art, Cooking, Computer Programming, eBooks, Music, and Other. The Site is called No Excuse List. Google it and have some fun!
I strongly suggest that you read the two articles who’s URLs are listed below. They are very informative and will give you a clear understanding of what is happening in this unique and free world of courses being offered. First article is titled “MOOCS can be a Significant Factor in Opening Doors to Opportunity”, by Daphne Koller. The second article is titled “MOOCs in 2013: Breaking Down the Numbers”, by Dhawal Shah. Well worth your reading in becoming a more educated consumer of education! Thanks to Tyler from EdSurge for the URLs.