#HBCUWeek: North Carolina A&T Goes the Distance With Distance Learning

As the higher education community celebrates HBCU Week, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is among the ACE member institutions in the news for promoting education excellence and innovation. A&T is already the nation’s largest HBCU, but it is now working to increase its enrollment even further by expanding and emphasizing distance education.

HBCUs Investing in STEM Careers

Several HBCUS are getting an extra boost encouraging careers in STEM fields thanks to a unique new partnership with Google. Designed to diversify the STEM workforce and bring students out west to the hubs of innovation in Silicon Valley, Google software engineers spend the semester on a campus to mentor and teach students and advise the institutions on the curriculum.

UNC-Chapel Hill Accelerating the Search for an AIDS Cure

This week a groundbreaking partnership was announced between UNC-Chapel Hill, a leader at the forefront of AIDS research, and GlaxoSmithKline, one of the top producers of HIV drugs, to create a new venture that will leverage government funds, private investment and research to accelerate the search to eradicate AIDS.

What Will “College 2050” Look Like?

What will “College 2050” look like? A panel at the closing plenary of ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting agreed that technology and innovation can play key roles in increasing the number of first-generation and low-income students who enroll and complete their degrees. But that technology must be deployed in ways that engage students in collaborative, supportive… Read more »

Student Success: A Vital Part of the 21st Century College Presidency

There is no dearth of challenges facing college and university presidents these days, from pressures on the higher education business model to questions about how to best leverage fast-changing learning technology.

VIDEO: Information Technology and the Future of Teaching and Learning

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy opened ACE’s Annual Meeting Sunday evening with the 2015 Robert H. Atwell Lecture.

Will the TEACH Act Make Higher Education More Accessible?

Colleges and universities are committed to creating the best possible learning experience for all of their students. In the case of students with disabilities, this means providing accessible campuses and learning materials that support their education. Meeting these goals can be challenging, but we believe that institutions working together with students can determine the best course of action.

VIDEO: Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education

Our colleagues at the Council on Library and Information Services and Vanderbilt University (TN) are looking at how the higher education community can manage the transition from analog to digital technology in a way that stresses access, collaboration and inclusion.

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on U.Va. FOIA Case

The Supreme Court of Virginia today ruled in favor of the University of Virginia ​(U.Va.) in its attempt to protect researchers and their work from unwarranted access through the commonwealth’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)​. The unanimous decision in the case American Tradition Institute v. the University of Virginia is the latest development in the university’s effort to protect… Read more »

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.

Universities Tapping Into Mobile Technology to Engage Students

It’s no secret that college students are constantly on the go and seeking out new ways to get important information, such as lectures and homework assignments, in real time. Universities have answered that call by investing in methods that use smartphones and tablets as educational tools.

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.