Monthly Archives: June 2012

June 29th, 2012: Interest Rates on Student Loans Will Remain at 3.4% for another year…

Congress voted today to freeze interest rates on federally subsidized student loans.  The interest rates, which were scheduled to jump to 6.8% this Sunday will remain at 3.4% for the next academic year.  The votes were as follows: 373 to … Continue reading

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June 26th, 2012: For-Profit Stocks Rise on Gainful Employment Reports

Shares of beaten-down for-profit education companies rebounded Tuesday following an employment evaluation from the Department of Education that was better than expected and a rosy earnings report from Apollo Group Inc. (APOL). In its long anticipated report, the Education Department … Continue reading

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Another explanation for the higher ed bubble

From StrategyProfs.net. Via Marginal Revolution. “By now, you may be getting sick of reading articles and blog posts about the crisis in higher education. This post is different. It proposes an explanation of why students have been willing to pay more and more for … Continue reading

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June 4th 2012: More on Thrun via Forbes

Udacity’s earliest course offerings have been free, and although Thrun eventually plans to charge something, he wants his tuition schedule to be shockingly low. Getting a master’s degree might cost just $100. After teaching his own artificial intelligence class at … Continue reading

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Sebastian Thrun on Flipping the Classroom

In this video, Sebastian Thrun speaks out about why he put his Stanford class online.  A must see. A bit of a long winded intro. Skip ahead to 2:20.

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The Freedom From Student Loans Blog

For those of you interested in the student loan debate.  Check out this blog.  

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June 19th, 2012: iTunes U. Just Got Interactive!

Now available for registration on the iTunes platform is a Stanford class, “App Development for the iPhone and iPad,” which will allow, for the first time, interactive class discussions. The class’ lecture-only version is, to date, the most popular among … Continue reading

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Getting In

Admissions at the Ivies: A good article which appeared in The New Yorker back in 2005.  Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and Outliers, gives a nice overview of the evolution of admissions practices at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.  Read the … Continue reading

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June 15th, 2012: Student Loans Need Reform

An article from the Standard Examiner explains why maintaining low interest rates on student loans will not solve the problem.  Read the full thing here. Artificially reducing the interest rate by half is costing the federal government billions of dollars … Continue reading

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June 15th, 2012: Making MOOCs Count

A little more on the potential of MOOCs  via Paul Fain at Inside Higher Ed. Read the full article here. I love the idea of students building prior-learning portfolios, but I don’t think students will need the help of traditional … Continue reading

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