Hot Topics in Higher Education

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MOOCs. Income-based tuition payment. College-ready. With higher education reform increasingly part of the national discourse, you may have heard buzzwords like these and wondered how they apply to the work of student leaders in Minnesota. This discussion will introduce “hot topics” in higher education and provide participants the opportunity to engage in conversation about how these topics could affect the future of our colleges.

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Hot Topics in Higher Education

  1. 1. Hot Topics in Higher Education Jessica Medearis
  2. 2. Voices for reform: why now?     Tuition has never been higher Completion is essential Demographics are changing Community colleges are key
  3. 3. Discussion  What misconceptions do you encounter about two-year colleges? How do you correct these?
  4. 4. Today’s Topics  Completion ◦ Credit for prior learning ◦ Competencies   Open courses Affordability
  5. 5. Completion     What does “college ready” mean? Credit for Prior Learning Not about how long you’re sitting in class Need for more credentialed workers
  6. 6. Discussion  What skills/support do you see college students need?
  7. 7. Online Learning   Over 10,000 courses, 100,000 students In FY2010: ◦ 12.5% of all credits were online ◦ 35% increase over FY2008
  8. 8. The Rise of the MOOCs
  9. 9. MOOCs   Massive Open Online Courses Free online courses, not credit-based (yet) ◦ Coursera, Udacity
  10. 10. Discussion   Who is successful in learning online? Who isn’t? How do you see MOOCs impacting our schools?
  11. 11. The Education “Bubble”    Loss of state support, increase in tuition Cuts to federal aid programs Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt.
  12. 12. Tuition Model Reform:    Income-based payment Tiered tuition for extension courses Is college worth it?
  13. 13. Discussion  Do you think the cost of college will reach a point where it’s not “worth it?” Why or why not?

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