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The business model of research is winner-take-all. Is it killing higher ed?

The international perception of US higher education can be pared down to three words: Harvard, Stanford, and MIT. But that’s not the reality of US higher education. These institutions serve a tiny fraction—0.258%, to be exact—of the nearly 20 million students enrolled in higher education across the country. These three schools have world-class research production, exceptional graduation rates, and strong student outcomes in terms...

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How rethinking regulation could help innovation thrive in higher education

In an era of escalating costs, low completion rates, and ballooning student debt, it seems fair to assert that American higher education is in crisis. But despite a landscape that appears bleak, there are bright spots of innovation on the horizon, illuminating new models that can help students learn, earn college degrees, and find their way in the workforce—all at a fraction of the cost of traditional college. The key to helping...

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Federal financial aid could kill alternative credentials—Here’s why

The alternative credential market is picking up steam. Amidst rapidly expanding options for post-secondary training, some have even gone so far as to advocate that students be able to use Title IV funds—federal financial aid—to enroll in these programs. There is tremendous potential for this growing ecosystem of new, innovative providers to benefit students, taxpayers, and the workforce. Some of these models even have disruptive...

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Four lessons universities can learn from the booming business of learning

It’s a tough time for colleges. Enrollment has declined in each of the past five years, largely concentrated in for-profits, but public schools are seeing drops as well. Demographers predict further drops in demand, one of many factors putting pressure on the traditional business model of college. At the same time, it’s an incredible moment for the business of learning. Waves of technology are driving growing demand for life-long...