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PODCAST: ACE’s Cathy Sandeen on the Evolution of MOOCs

Cathy Sandeen, ACE’s vice president for education attainment and innovation, recently sat down with the online newspaper Evolllution.com to discuss the impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education over the past few years and how they might affect continuing and extended education programs in the future.

The Evolving Role of Community Colleges

Community colleges nationwide increasingly are being called on to play a major role in the effort to increase the number of Americans with a college degree or credential—and to do so at an affordable cost. Community colleges are undergoing a transformation and stand “front and center” in the drive to develop the workforce the United… Read more »

VIDEO: Nine Groups Endorse Student Achievement Measure

Nine national higher education organizations have endorsed the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by the association community to track student attendance across institutions.

Confronting Higher Education  Consumerism Challenges

The higher education community is well aware of the evolving demographic, economic and technological forces presenting both challenges and opportunities to colleges and universities. But one less-noticed but increasingly powerful driver of higher education change is the concept of consumerism. Cathy Sandeen writes on how the demand for more information is shaping the 21st century college campus.

A MOOC by Any Other Name? An Online Course

“I’d aspired to give people a profound education—to teach them something substantial…but the data was at odds with this idea,” declared Sebastian Thrun, founder of the Silicon Valley MOOC platform Udacity in a recent Fast Company article. But if you have been tracking Thrun’s work over the past year, you will see his statement as nothing terribly new, writes Cathy Sandeen.

The Emerging World of Alternative Credentials

Digital badges. Verified certificates. Alternative credentials. More and more people are finding new ways—outside of traditional postsecondary degree programs—to show employers they possess the skills and knowledge needed for a constantly changing workplace, writes Cathy Sandeen.