• Trending Now: Postsecondary

    In December, the Center for American Progress put out a report, A Path Forward: Game-Changing Reforms in Higher Education and the Implications for Business and Financing Models by David A. Bergeron. The report identifies the goal of recent reforms in higher education as improving quality by adding...

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  • NGLC’s Breakthrough Models Academy: a Recap and an Invitation

    ln summer 2013, NGLC launched a new program, the Breakthrough Models Academy,  to help extend what we and the field are learning from the bold, out-there developers of new, affordable degree programs - the Breakthrough Models for College Completion pioneers funded in NGLC’s Wave IIIb....

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  • And the Winners of the Breakthrough Models Academy Competition Were…All Twelve Teams

    CloudU … ClassMob … U.Belong … WIL Academy …  MapEd … Silicon Valley ed-tech startups, perhaps? In fact, these –and five other designs—are creations of the change agents who emerged from the first-ever Breakthrough Models Academy.  The...

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  • Creativity and Technology at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

    Returning from sunny and festive Anaheim, this year’s location for the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, we can step back and look at the week’s events with a broad perspective about all that happened, all that we saw, and all that we heard. The program was punctuated with keynote talks by...

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  • NGLC Releases Updated Profiles of Postsecondary Grantees

    One year ago, NGLC announced the grant recipients of its “Breakthrough Models for College Completion” funding wave (fondly referred to here as Wave IIIb). The ten pioneering institutions of higher education that were selected for funding set out to redefine the ways in which students...

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  • Trending Now: Postsecondary

    Maybe it’s just me being laser focused on competency-based education (CBE).  We’ve decided to focus the 2014 Next Generation Learning Challenges Breakthrough Models Incubator on bringing forth more CBE models (applications will be available on or about November 1, 2013).  But...

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  • What’s a Breakthrough Degree Program?

    Last week, my NGLC colleagues Silke Koester and Nancy Millichap and I chatted with Larry Jacobs of Higher Education Talk Radio about the innovative educational and business approaches of the ten grant recipients from NGLC’s Wave IIIb: Breakthrough Models for College Completion. (Listen to the...

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  • Trending Now: Postsecondary

    Summer – at least in theory – offers us opportunities to step back, think about the big picture, and consider some of those analyses that have been published in recent months. In that spirit of summertime reflection, here is my take on a few thought-provoking reports that have crossed...

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  • Breakthrough Models Academy: Focusing on Innovation that Transforms Higher Education

    By: Shelli Fowler What does it take to create breakthrough models that have the potential to bring about transformative change in higher education? First, invite a select group of proven leaders from a wide range of academic institutions to spend a week together in Cambridge, MA, and put...

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  • Breakthrough Models Incubator Kicks Off Aided by Design Thinking

    The inaugural cohort of the Breakthrough Models Incubator convened in Seattle last week to begin work on their collective goal. It’s an ambitious undertaking. They are seeking to do nothing less than to break open the “iron triangle” of higher education using new technology-...

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