Sunday, August 14, 2016

Report: Online Courses and Free Market Can Crack Higher Ed Problems - Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

A new brief from a public policy think tank suggests getting rid of the link between federal student aid and college accreditation and even allowing the market to choose which schools are worthy of staying open. The National Center for Policy Analysis, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, wrote the brief to address the dual challenges of rising college costs and ill-prepared students who aren't truly ready to join the workforce full time. PayScale and executive development firm Future Workplace that found that while almost 9 in 10 graduates (87 percent) considered themselves ready to go to work, only half of managers felt the same way about recent graduates. The alternative, as the report noted, was for students to attend alternative types of online courses, such as MOOCs or workforce-oriented classes.

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