I have been a professor of Computer Information Systems at Union County College (Cranford, Elizabeth and Plainfield NJ) since 1983. My courses change as the computer field and knowledge about how people learn grows.
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  • As rich universities get richer, are poor students being left behind? | InsideHigherEd about 4 hours ago
    • The Century Foundation found in 2013 that for every 14 wealthy students at the most elite and selective colleges, there was one low-income student.
    • Stanford University, in 2013, received $68,600 in federal grants and contracts per student, accounting for a higher revenue source than tuition or donations. The only higher revenue source was its endowment return, which totaled $163,300 per student.
    • while wealthy colleges enroll a smaller percentage of low-income students, they graduate a higher percentage of them than their less wealthy peers.
  • Altered acceptance rates: Ramapo among 3 N.J. colleges boosting prestige with inflated applicant pool - News - NorthJersey.com about 5 hours ago
    • Kean said it reports numbers that include incomplete applications to those surveys and the federal data bank. Even with the incompletes, Kean has an acceptance rate of 80 percent, according to the most recent federal statistics. So the actual rate, calculated by using only completed applications, is higher and could come close to open admissions, some experts believe.
  • This Is The Future Of College | Fast Company | Business + Innovation about 5 hours ago
    • "Charging people lots of money to provide them with skills they could learn from an Internet video is probably not gonna be a viable long-term financial model," says Richard Miller, president of Olin College of Engineering.
    • Experts say that within the next 10 to 15 years, the college experience will become rapidly unbundled. Lecture halls will disappear, the role of the professor will transform, and technology will help make a college education much more attainable than it is today, and much more valuable.

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  • Can We Please Get God Out of Religion? - The Daily Beast on May 24, 15
    • spirituality encourages children to believe in something greater and more powerful than themselves, and as a result they develop more resilience and less anxiety throughout life.
  • Babies younger than 2 are using smartphones and tablets - MarketWatch on May 24, 15
    • Childhood is a critical time for developing communication skills as well as fostering creativity, says Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and author of “iDisorder: Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us.” “I see no reason why some limited screen time with developmentally appropriate content would harm children,” he says. “Having said that, I am concerned that screen time is being used in place of face-to-face time with parents and others as well as just time for free play. I watch parents in public areas hand their young children screens to keep them occupied.”
  • Why fewer students are going to college - MarketWatch on May 24, 15
    • The decline in older students entering college is part of the reason why enrollment at for-profit schools declined 4.9% from last year because older students account for the bulk of enrollment at for-profit schools,
  • New Graduates Test the Promise of Competency-Based Education - Curriculum - The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 24, 15
    • Students pay $750 each for a seven-week term, during which they complete as many "competencies" as they can.
    • mastering skills like problem solving and applied research, as demonstrated on written assignments or video presentations.
    • Mr. Dobbs and his colleagues used learning outcomes defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to develop a set of broad competencies in areas like change management, organizational behavior, and information literacy.

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  • Why Technology Will Never Fix Education - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 24, 15
    • when technology tested well in experiments, the attempt to scale up its impact was limited by the availability of strong leadership, good teachers, and involved parents
    • technology’s Law of Amplification: While technology helps education where it’s already doing well, technology does little for mediocre educational systems; and in dysfunctional schools, it can cause outright harm.
    • rigorous research fails to show much educational impact of technology in and of itself, even when offered free.

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  • What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education on May 23, 15
    • five colleges trying high-tech classroom experiments and wrestling with how new teaching methods change the role of students and teachers.
    • All of the videos — with a total running time of three and a half hours 
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