• Postsecondary Trending Now: It Takes a Village (Make That a City)

    Institutions of postsecondary education aren’t islands, and they can’t pull off the completion agenda in ivory-tower isolation. In recognition of this, cities are joining forces with the colleges and universities that call them home in “Community Partnerships for Attainment,...

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  • Closing the Credential Gap: Higher Education’s Accessibility Makeover

    The launch of the 2015 Breakthrough Models Incubator When you gather a group of university leaders from across the country together in one room, you get widely varied perspectives on the challenges unique to each of them and those they share as well. It helps when those leaders represent the...

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  • The 2015 Breakthrough Models Academy: Fresh Thinking for Higher Ed

    The Breakthrough Models Academy is off and running! Is it possible to gather a roomful of higher ed professionals with the expectation that—in one week—they’ll produce a project idea capable of shaking up academia? If the past couple days at the Breakthrough Models Academy are...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: What is Higher Education’s Role in Citizenship?

    This past week has been one of the most important in American civic life, at least in my lifetime. SCOTUS and POTUS have both been busy imprinting the pages with historic rulings and commentary that will shape our democracy in permanent ways, from healthcare to painful introspection on the...

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  • Early investments by NGLC in learning analytics are going global

    Two NGLC higher education tech innovation projects are continuing to develop their learning analytics efforts, reaching more institutions across the nation and across the pond. In London in early June, Jisc, a charity organization that supports and provides IT services to higher ed in the United...

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  • Expectations for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

    Author: Malcolm Brown Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative   A Response to Bloggers' Comments In early May, EDUCAUSE published a white paper that summarized its research on the successor to the learning management system (LMS). We called this the next-generation digital learning...

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  • A Breakthrough Game Design for Student Success

    By: Victoria (Tori) Mondelli 2010 was a good year. Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) was founded as an education reform initiative, and I discovered the value of learning games from my colleagues in the CUNY Games Network.   Fast-forward to the summer of 2014, and I find myself...

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  • Postsecondary Trending Now: Unbundling

    Until the last decade or two, “going to college” was shorthand for sitting in classrooms several times a week, course by course and semester by semester, for two to four years, and endeavoring to understand the material covered well enough to pass the tests. Taking center stage in each...

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  • What Does Faculty Mean in a Breakthrough School?

    The sun shone, and the heavy snows were finally melting last week as NGLC headed to the campus of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, New Hampshire. SNHU is the creator and institutional home of the groundbreaking breakthrough model known as “College for America.”...

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  • Translating CBE Programs into Sustainable Business Models

    By Rick Staisloff The Higher Education Business Model and CBE As part of its ongoing mission to improve college readiness and completion through the application of technology, NGLC sponsored its second cohort of Breakthrough Models Incubator (BMI) projects in 2014. This cohort consisted of nine...

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