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In May 2014, the Minerva Academy will award the first Minerva Prize, a distinguished honor and $500,000 award designed to recognized extraordinary advancements in teaching innovation, excellence and impact. The deadline to nominate faculty was November 30, 2013. Nominations are now closed. More More info American sculptor Mark di Suvero works with abstract forms on a massive scale.

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College and Career Readiness All Oak Hills High School Students will achieve success by graduating with a shared sense of global awareness and the critical skills to be career and college ready. Vision Oak Hills High School will be nationally recognized for innovative program of study, distinguished faculty, and exceptional student achievement. Core Beliefs Pearson Moves Deeper Into Online Education With $650-Million Purchase - Wired Campus Pearson, a publishing and education company whose products include books, newspapers, and online services, announced a major acquisition on Tuesday that will deepen its commitment to becoming a major player in online education. The company, which owns the Financial Times and the Penguin Group book publisher, shelled out $650-million in cash to buy EmbanetCompass, a business that provides support services to colleges and universities that are moving their programs online. The announcement came on the heels of Pearson’s move last year to start a free, cloud-based learning-management system called OpenClass. And it came less than a year after Pearson teamed up with a software company called Knewton to replace some of its software packages with programs that adapt to each learner with interactive tutors, quizzes, and explanatory videos. “Pearson is deepening its bet on the digital future and has to be seen as a leader in that space,” said Trace A.

What is ACCUPLACER? - Student Assessment - College Board ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level. How Does ACCUPLACER Work? A few notes on Pearson and the privatisation of academic labour The formation of Pearson College enables the education corporation Pearson Education Inc. to leverage: its learning management system and on-line content produced by academic labour; the partnerships that it has with established academic institutions in the UK, like the University of Sunderland and Royal Holloway College; and its connected educational think-tank; in order to gain fees/rents/profits from an emergent HE market. The possibility that for-profit providers like Pearson College might gain UK degree-awarding powers was signalled in the UK Coalition Government’s response to its white paper consultation, which noted a desire to enable greater diversity and competition by widening access to University Title. This quickens the process of destabilising academic labour inside universities, and furthers the questioning of the idea and purpose of a higher education that is publically-funded, regulated and governed. tests are the linchpin of the attack on public education.

Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness Educators from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, have provided these resources and tools for integrated project-based learning, real-world experiences, and other strategies to prepare students for college and beyond. Principal Jeffrey McClellan (above) leads MC2 STEM High School, where campuses are embedded in STEM-related businesses such as the Great Lakes Science Center (right) to help emphasize the connection between school and the working world. Credit: Zachary Fink Tips for downloading: With Goldman's Foray Into Higher Education, A Predatory Pursuit Of Students And Revenues Education Management Corp. was already a swiftly growing player in the lucrative world of for-profit higher education, with annual revenues topping $1 billion, but it had its sights set on industry domination. So, five years ago, the Pittsburgh company's executives agreed to sell its portfolio of more than 70 colleges to a trio of investment partnerships for $3.4 billion, securing the needed capital for an aggressive national expansion. One of the new partners brought an outsized reputation for market savvy, deep pockets and a relentless pursuit of profits -- the Wall Street goliath, Goldman Sachs. After the deal closed and Goldman became a partner, employees soon noticed a drastic shift in culture.

STEM Connection: From Classroom to Workplace How Successful Careers Begin in SchoolAt this STEM high school in Cleveland, Ohio, integrated project-based learning and real-world internship experiences build the crucial link between academic achievement and future economic success. Integrated Projects = Deeper LearningHere's how one school designs rigorous projects that blend STEM with other core subjects. See how this strategy might work for you. Internships Provide On-the-Job LearningRespect, responsibility, and accountability: how opportunities for learning in the workplace bring out the best in students. Mastery-Based Assessment Builds AccountabilityHow you can help students take responsibility and meet high expectations by providing the right tools and support along the way.

New universities: will the public good yield to private profit? The College of Law's Moorgate centre in London. Photograph: Chris Batson / Alamy The announcement this week of 10 new universities has been spun by David Willetts, the universities minister, as the "single biggest creation of universities since 1992". Yet these small and specialist institutions, including the venerable Royal Agricultural College and Norwich University College of the Arts, already held the power to award degrees, received public funding and were "university colleges". Willetts's claim that "more people will now realise their ambition of going to a university" is therefore overblown. Life continues much as before for students and staff.

Global Citizen Year » Resources The Brits do it. The Aussies love it. Even the French are fans. In Britain, an Assault on Academic Values - WorldWise The following is a guest post by Thomas Docherty, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and a member of the steering committee for the Council for the Defence of British Universities. —————————————————————————- Leading scholars in Britain attended the first meeting of the Council for the Defence of British Universities, held November 13 at the British Academy. For a number of years, British academics have watched the growing disquiet among American scholars about the general trajectory of higher education in their country.

Item and Task Prototypes PARCC Task Prototypes and Sample Items Samples can be found by clicking on each grade level on the left menu. There are two types of samples found on these pages: • Task Prototypes, which were released in August 2012; and, • Sample Items, which were released beginning on August 15, 2013 Credential crisis Universities’ monopoly on certifying expertise is at risk, warns Tamson Pietsch I recently attended a fascinating workshop on trust and authenticity in interwar Britain. In a period that witnessed the crumbling of old certainties and the appearance of new forms of mass culture, communication and politics, the question of what was real and who could be trusted became a pressing concern.

Next-Gen Advisory: 10 Keys to College & Career Readiness - Vander Ark on Innovation College and career readiness means a lot more than passing a community college entrance exam (although that is the minimum bar for all kids). It requires a set of deeper learning experiences that result in the knowledge, skills and dispositions young people will need to succeed (for more see David Conley's new book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know ). In many high schools, the shuffle of a discipline-based, big-catalog master schedule can lead to a lack of sustained relationships and opportunities for students to fall through the cracks.

Public-backed funding to private college students shoots up to £100m Taxpayer-backed funding for students at private colleges rose by 138 per cent to £100 million last year, with a private equity-owned institution that did not meet all quality standards accounting for more than a fifth of that total. The number of students at private colleges accessing publicly funded support rose to 12,240 in 2011-12 from 5,860 the previous year as the coalition government increased the number of courses at private providers designated for Student Loans Company funding. While universities have their student numbers strictly capped to control taxpayer spending through the SLC, there is no similar constraint on growth in the number of publicly funded students at private colleges. The figures were published in a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation, which began on 28 November, on applying student number caps to private providers with designated courses from 2013-14. The consultation is considering two possible methods for controlling numbers.

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