Pierce College uses data dashboards to improve graduation rates

Pierce College employs practical data to help boost graduation rates


More coverage of digital learning

Inside Higher Ed's other coverage of digital learning during the past week includes:

Cornell faculty members unaware of library services

In a study of library instruction and usage, Cornell University Library found that 41 percent of instructors who responded (total: 46 percent of the faculty) lacked awareness of the services it provided on how to use the library. In one school, the proportion unaware was as high as 70 percent.

4 Expert Strategies for Designing an Online Course

Steps for success include involving the learner, making collaboration work, devising a consistent structure and revising based on evaluation. 

Colleges and experts assess value of U.S. News online program rankings

Getting on U.S. News & World Report's annual list of online programs gives colleges bragging rights, and administrators say it also helps them improve the quality of programs. But critics say they provide little value for students. 

Data analytics programs taking off at colleges

Colleges are working to meet demand for big data analysis with burgeoning degree and non-degree programs.

Digital accessibility experts discuss how they approach the faculty role

How do campus officials responsible for the creation of digital instructional materials balance accessibility requirements with faculty independence and academic freedom? We asked a group of them.

Competency-Based Degrees for Federal Employees

Southern New Hampshire University will offer competency-based degrees to federal employees through its College for America, the university announced this week. The partnership with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management means all federal employees will be able to earn associate and bachelor's degrees from College for America at an annual tuition rate of $3,000. College for America offers degrees in health-care management, communications, general studies and management.

The nonprofit SNHU in 2013 was the first to gain federal approval for a form of competency-based education called direct assessment, which is self-paced and does not rely on the credit-hour standard. A handful of other colleges have followed SNHU and College for America with direct-assessment degrees.

"This alliance will open the doors to higher education for thousands of federal workers and their families and will allow them to develop skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace," said Paul LeBlanc, SNHU's president, in a written statement.

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A professor examines why her students seem to act so helpless (essay)

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We might provide the most detailed of instructions, but students will still find a reason to challenge those instructions as inadequate and shift the responsibility of the work to us, writes Lori Isbell.

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