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Georgia Tech plans extension of undergraduate online computer science course

University uses model from closely observed master’s in computer science on undergraduates for first time, finds notable success and sees path to shaving a year or more off in-person instruction.

Robin DeRosa's OER pedagogical endeavor

Until 2014, Robin DeRosa had never heard of open educational resources. Now she’s about to publish her second free open textbook.

University System of Georgia sex-assault policies step away from Obama rules

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Georgia’s state higher education board votes to pull the most serious investigations to the central office, a shift that angers many advocates for assault victims, who already believe the new policies are out of line with federal law.

Flak Attack on Campus Carry

Texas’s divisive campus carry law took effect last week on community college campuses, one year after it was adopted at public universities. Charles K. Smith, an instructor of geography at San Antonio College, marked the occasion by teaching in a flak jacket and helmet. "It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there really should be," Smith to SA.com. The military-style gear “was just a statement on how I felt,” he said.

San Antonio College instructor Charles K. Smith, in helmet and flak jacket.

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Smith, whose photo was taken and posted online by a student, said he’s seen occasional fistfights during his 10 years on campus, but never a gun. The new law, which allows licensed gun owners age 21 and over to carry concealed weapons on campus -- including into classrooms -- “increases the chances of something happening,” Smith said. “Used to, when they got mad at me, they had to go home to get the gun and had time to cool off. Now they will have it with them.”

Students for Concealed Carry, a national advocacy group, said in a statement that there has been no report of injury, death or assault at any four-year Texas campus within the last year. The group also pushed for the removal of university regulations that continue to “circumvent” the law.

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Study: OPMs could hurt colleges' financial stability, student data

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Century Foundation, which describes itself as a "progressive, nonpartisan think tank" aimed at reducing inequality, released a report Monday warning about public and private institutions' arrangements with online program management companies -- and the risk they might pose to the nature of public higher education.

Harvard teams up with 2U for online certificate program

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, Harvard University announced Monday that three of its schools will create a new business analytics certificate program with 2U, the online program management company. The certificate program will teach students how to leverage data and analytics to drive business growth through a collaboration between 2U and professors at the Harvard Business School, the John A.

Maine college adds competency-based degree

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has created an online, competency-based degree aimed at adult students. The university's new bachelor's degree in business administration has a flat tuition rate of $2,000 per semester, which is less than half the standard rate for in-state students. It includes a focus on students' previous college learning and work experience, which can be counted toward the degree.

Are digital natives more tech savvy than their older instructors?

A report argues that those born after 1984 aren’t inherently better versed in technology. The author who coined the term “digital native” disagrees.

40% of 2-Year College Grads Earn a Bachelor's

Among community college graduates who hold no previous degrees or certificates, 41 percent earn a bachelor's degree during the next six years.

That's among the findings from a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which is able to track almost all students who enroll in U.S. colleges. The center's analysis looked at 575,067 community college students who graduated in 2011. Roughly 65 percent of these students enrolled at four-year institutions within six years (with 41 percent of the graduates eventually earning a four-year degree). The youngest group of community college graduates (20 and under) were the most likely to succeed at a four-year institution, with 62 percent earning a bachelor's within six years.

Figure 1: Bachelor’s Degree Outcomes for Students Who Earned an Associate Degree in 2010-11 as First Postsecondary Credential. Results broken down by age group and gender. Overall, 41.4 percent enrolled at four-year institutions earned bachelor’s degrees and 23.7 percent did not. For 20 years and under, 61.5 percent enrolled at four-year institutions earned bachelor’s degrees and 18.9 percent did not for 20 to 24 years of age, 43.9 percent enrolled at four-year institutions earned bachelor’s degrees and 23.3 percent did not. For students over 24 years of age, 32 percent enrolled at four-year institutions earned bachelor’s degrees and 25.7 percent did not. For women, 41.8 percent enrolled at four-year institutions earned bachelor’s degrees and 24.3 percent did not. For men, 41.7 percent enrolled at four-year institutions earned bachelor’s degrees and 23.6 percent did not. Note: based on students whose first postsecondary credential was an associate degree earned between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. Student age refers to the age when first credential was awarded. Subsequent credentials are limited to credentials completed within six years of first credential award date.

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Presque Isle Adds Competency-Based Degree

The University of Maine at Presque Isle has created an online, competency-based degree aimed at adult students.

The university's new bachelor's degree in business administration has a flat tuition rate of $2,000 per semester, which is less than half its standard rate for in-state students. It includes a focus on students' previous college learning and work experience, which can be counted toward the degree. In addition, all course and learning materials are included in the program's digital platform, the university said, eliminating additional textbook costs or fees.

In 2014 the university announced it was moving beyond traditional grading by basing all of its academic programs on competency-style proficiencies that students must master to earn a credential.

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