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Earn degrees by showing what you’ve learned? What a concept!

July 24, 2019

When we say: “It’s about the learning,” we’re stating that educational quality shouldn’t be measured by a list of courses taken or grades earned or even the time students spend in classrooms. Rather, quality should be measured by what students actually learn — by the specific knowledge and skills they gain through their programs.

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Today’s students are different … so why isn’t financial aid?

May 16, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, when you hear the term “college student,” a picture comes to mind: A young person — late teens or early 20s — walking across a leaf-strewn quad with a backpack slung across one shoulder. It’s an evocative image — iconic, even.

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Education entrepreneurs are redrawing the learning curve

April 03, 2019

There are at least two ways to look at everything, including innovation. One way — let’s call it the radical approach — was aptly expressed by Charles F. Kettering who said this: “If you’ve always done it that way, it’s probably wrong.”

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America has fallen behind in the global education race

Feb 18, 2019

We’re getting better but we’re still a long way from great when it comes to post-high school learning in the United States.

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Everyone has an opinion about the value of college. Tony Carnevale has the facts.

Dec 03, 2018

For a decade now, a small squadron of researchers at Carnevale’s Center on Education and the Workforce has explored the relationship between what students are learning and what skills employers need.

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Robots, A.I., education: The future of learning and work

Oct 01, 2018

How we work is changing, so fast that it’s possible to miss the way that robots, artificial intelligence and the rise of new-collar workers are changing something else: How we learn.

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Starting college? Think about internships now

Aug 29, 2018

The problem with most college commencement speeches is that they come too late. By the time graduates cross the stage, the experience is over. What students — even those in their first year — really need is a commencement-style dollop of wisdom while there’s still time to make big choices.

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The big fix: Rethinking education and workforce

July 19, 2018

By all accounts, our country needs a trillion dollars or more to rebuild crumbling highways, bridges, and other infrastructure. We also need a plan to shore up education and training after high school—but this is one area we can improve with the resources already there.

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Defining and delivering on quality in higher education

June 25, 2018

Quality in postsecondary education, a growing concern for students and families, is getting a fresh look on several fronts, including in discussions around a proposed overhaul of the Higher Education Act and in several state-level discussions.

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