Fooled by Experience
Excerpt: “We rely on the weight of experience to make judgments and decisions. We interpret the past—what we’ve seen and what we’ve been told—to chart a course for the future, secure in the wisdom of our insights. After all, didn’t our ability to make sense of what we’ve been through get us where we are now? It’s reasonable that we go back to the same well to make new decisions. It could also be a mistake. Experience seems like a reliable guide, yet sometimes it fools us instead of making us wiser.”
Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board
Excerpt: “Valerie Inniss took out $11,500 in student loans this year to pay for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
None of it was for tuition.
The 21-year-old is on a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, won on the strength of her high school test scores. And she qualifies for the maximum federal Pell Grant — $5,730 — for low-income students.
But that and a campus job were still not enough to cover all her other costs and fees, from health care to books. The biggest expense? Nearly $11,000 for room and board, a charge that’s risen 15 percent since she started college four years ago.”
What works and why? Student Perceptions of ‘Useful’ Digital Technology in University Teaching & Learning
This research paper looks at eleven different “benefits” of instructional technology as defined by students, such as “reviewing, replaying and revising”, and “organizing and managing the logistics of studying”. Interesting. By Michael Henderson, Neil Selwyn and Rachel Aston.
Innovation in Online Higher Education: Navigating Obstacles
Excerpt: “We can approach obstacles to innovation on two levels: we can ask, first, what structural and system-wide obstacles are in place that make changes of any sort difficult, regardless of their intention, tactics, or context. We can also, though, “get into the weeds” and consider how specific innovations or attempts at innovations run up against specific obstacles. The answers are closely related, and are best tackled in tandem.”
Funding of Higher Education (Report, Moody’s)
Excerpt: “Over the past several decades, the growth in state funding for discretionary spending categories has declined at an alarming rate. Mandatory spending programs, specifically Medicaid, are requiring more and more state funds, which in the zero-sum world of state spending, has left fewer and fewer dollars for other programs. Medicaid spending, for example, was less than 10 percent of state sourced spending 30 years ago, but today accounts for nearly 16 percent. Taking all funding sources into account, Medicaid has grown to more than a quarter of total state spending. Higher education funding has borne the brunt of much of this crowding out, falling from around 14 percent of state sourced spending in the late 1980s to just over 12 percent today. Our baseline forecasts show that trend continuing throughout the next decade and beyond.”