Academic administration

U.Va. board retreat focuses on structure and attitudes

In second half of retreat, U.Va. board focuses on how to restructure and divide responsibility between board and president, with lessons that might be applicable to other boards.

U.Va. board tries to move past leadership controversy

At first meeting since its leadership controversy in June, U.Va.’s board tries to move past mistakes and begin to confront emerging challenges.

Experts speculate on possible business models for MOOC providers

Coursera, edX and Udacity are making a name for themselves by giving away "elite" courses free. But eventually their investors will want them to be self-sustaining and profitable. How might they do that?

Midway College's attempt at creating a pharmacy school shows dangers of assumed quick fix

Midway College’s aborted effort to construct a pharmacy school shows that an assumed quick fix to finance problems might not be as easy as it seems.

U.S. officials try to assuage international educators' concerns on English programs

Federal officials address concerns over approval for English language institutes, but key questions remain unresolved.

Report: Barriers to the rise of artificially intelligent tutors at traditional universities

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Report identifies potential barriers to the widespread adoption of "machine guided" learning software at colleges and universities.

WGU example shows chilly policy climate for competency-based education

Despite conventional wisdom, Western Governors U. did not earn approval to award federal aid by directly assessing how much students learned. It ties student outcomes to the credit hour (though not to seat time).

Lafayette conference focuses on shifting conversation about liberal arts' value

While recognizing looming challenges, elite liberal arts college presidents think their best course is to continue to do what they do best and try to change the conversation about educational value.

Augustana retreat an exercise in collective governance

Augustana College president tries to give professors a voice in institutional governance at a time when faculty members across the country feel marginalized.

North Dakota and New York stories raise questions about ensuring international quality

Stories about colleges in New York and North Dakota highlight the lack of independent authority overseeing the quality of universities’ efforts abroad.

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