Bigfoot, Goldilocks, and Moonshots: A Report from the Frontiers of Personalized Learning (EDUCAUSE Review)

Bigfoot, Goldilocks, and Moonshots: A Report from the Frontiers of Personalized Learning (EDUCAUSE Review)

by Josh Jarret

“The creativity of higher education innovators has produced three categories of solutions with the potential to break the “iron triangle” of cost, quality, and access.”

Using technology to stave off rising costs

“The ‘Cost Disease’ in Higher Education: Is Technology the Answer?”

William G. Bowen, 2012

Bowen examines key aspects of economics in higher education—such as cost trends, affordability issues, and productivity—and the potential impact online learning could have on them.  Written by William G. Bowen, founding chairman of ITHAKA and board member, this two-part lecture was first presented through the Tanner Lecture Series  in October 2012.  Taking a system-wide perspective, Bowen provides context for the rising costs in higher education, particularly at public institutions, and discusses how those costs might be addressed through the use of new technologies.

College Navigator data updated

2012 College Cost Watch Lists Published.

National Association of College and University Business Officers, June 14, 2012

“On June 5, the National Center for Education Statistics released a series of college cost and affordability lists, as mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). The lists, now in their second year of publication, are publicly available in the College Affordability and Transparency Center, a part of the College Navigator website.

Using data collected by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for 2010-11 , the watch lists highlight institutions with the highest and lowest tuition and net prices. A second section of the website lists institutions with the greatest percentage increase in tuition and net price over the last three years (2008-09 to 2010-11).”

Strategies against the rising cost of education focusing on technologies and new models

Changing the Economics of Education 

Walt Mossberg,, June 4, 2012.

“Is there anything to be done about the rising price of higher education? That was the question posed to John Hennessy, president of Stanford University, and Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit online-learning organization. They sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg to discuss how technology might be part of the solution.”

A survey of hiring decision-makers: graduates not making the grade in workforce skills

Panel Discussion: Workforce Skills Reality Check.

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, 2011

“On December 5, 2011, results of a survey commissioned by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) were released during a panel discussion at the National Press Club. The findings showed that many hiring decision-makers believe that the post-secondary education system could do a better job preparing students for the workplace. The study, conducted by FTI Consulting, surveyed 1,006 professionals who make hiring decisions representing various industries in the United States on whether job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace.”