Curriculum development

Credential Engine seeks to create a database of public information on all credentials

Ambitious project to create public database of wage data and other information about all postsecondary credentials seeks to help students and employers know more about what's expected in academic and job-training programs.

Texas Legislature requires colleges to use popular reform approach to remedial education

State requires a change to remedial education that’s based on an increasingly popular reform concept.

American Public U's new competency-based degrees do not rely on credit-hour standard

Big for-profit American Public now offers competency-based undergraduate degrees that don’t rely on the credit-hour standard, but federal aid isn’t part of the mix, for now.

Study questions whether elite college courses are of higher quality than others

Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.

Tensions at Mary Baldwin College signal competing understandings of liberal education

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As many women's colleges move to admit men, Mary Baldwin tries to preserve a single-sex institution by building up professional and graduate programs. Some faculty fear the college is safeguarding one tradition by sacrificing another.

After #MassiveTeaching, questions about MOOC quality control

Coursera has come under attack after an instructor conducted a social experiment on his students, but the MOOC provider is sticking with its hands-off policies, saying they promote academic freedom.

Faculty object to plan to replace humanities requirement with self-help course

Replacing a required humanities course with a class based on the popular self-help book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has faculty up in arms at one community college.

Study on online learning finds it helps, not hurts, credential attainment

New study of online learning, finding those who've taken distance courses to be more likely to earn certificates and degrees, is at odds with earlier research focusing on shorter-term outcomes.

Can colleges build students' cultural capital? And should they?

Academic and student affairs officers discuss their responsibilities to help first-generation students overcome deficits in exposure to arts and culture -- and the pros and cons of requirements.

Faculty advocates react to Obama's plan for higher ed

Professors overwhelmingly voted for Obama twice. But five years into his presidency, few faculty leaders are surprised that they disagree strongly with his plan for higher ed reform.

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