Kevin Carey has been one of the more useful non-academic writers on US higher education of the last decade. It’s not surprising then that his recently released book, The End of College, is generating significant attention. Also not surprising is the significant backlash that has been generated in the blogosphere from those that question the role of technology in higher education; each offering criticisms with gaps that you could drive a truck through – but judge for yourself.
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Many countries have publicly funded organizations that track and support the work of colleges and universities. One of the better ones in Canada is HEQCO. Two recent projects by HEQCO are of particular importance:
HEQCO is leading the charge in Canada to raise the profile of measurable learning outcomes. Earlier this week they released The Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Practitioner’s Handbook, which is available here:
They’ve also just released a comprehensive analysis of Canadian universities, with a rather provocative atop their press release: “When it comes to Canadian universities, the level of funding doesn’t predict performance . . . ”
Access the report here: Canadian Postsecondary Performance: IMPACT 2015
Excerpt: “When it comes to Canadian universities, the level of funding doesn’t predict performance, according to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). In its newest and most comprehensive analysis of Canadian postsecondary systems, HEQCO finds that Ontario and Nova Scotia are top performers overall despite lower per-student operating costs, while other provinces that spend the same or in some cases considerably more money achieve average or below average performance.
“It’s no longer just a question of how much money is spent on postsecondary education,” says HEQCO president and CEO Harvey P. Weingarten. “It’s a question of how the money is spent and what outcomes are achieved.”
eCampus News points us to two studies looking at the ROI of MOOCs. The real challenge in this case, of course, is defining what constitutes ROI. Read more here.