Education

MAVERICK MILESTONE: UTA ACHIEVES PRESTIGIOUS TEXAS TIER ONE DESIGNATION

The University of Texas at Arlington has become just the fourth institution in the state to achieve designation as a Texas Tier One university, a significant milestone of excellence in academics and research that brings with it access to the state’s National Research University Fund (NRUF). The first university to achieve Texas Tier One designation in more than …

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The Age of Convergence: Considering a Continuum and an Unbundling of Education

“Convergence” at its simplest occurs when two or more distinct entities, concepts or phenomena are brought together. It can also be thought of as a process that breaks down barriers between disciplines, enabling novel solutions and new ways of tackling complex scientific and societal challenges. More commonly it describes multiple technologies brought together in a …

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Online and Digital Education: Enhancing Access to Higher Education in the 21st Century

“We shall have done something to enable the farmer to raise two blades of grass instead of one; something for every owner of the land; something for all who desire to own land; something for cheap scientific education; something for every man who loves intelligence and not ignorance;” ― J. S. Morrill (US Representative 1855-1867, …

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Access and the “Traditional Student” of the 21st Century: An Imperative for Universities

“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” W. Somerset Maugham Not since the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, also known as the G.I. Bill, has the student population at universities differed so much from what was previously thought of as the norm. Not only have the demographics related to age, gender and ethnic background shifted …

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Envisioning the Higher Ed We’ve Always Needed and How the COVID-19 Pandemic Catalyzed It

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher ed was already facing multiple criticisms regarding  affordability and debt levels, lack of true accessibility for the very constituents it is supposed to support, and the less than desirable change of pace in preparing students for the 21st century workforce, especially in light of the continued rapid convergence of technology …

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Enhancing Economic Mobility Through Credential Pathways Integrated into Degrees

Higher education in the United States is increasingly described as being at an inflection point. Even prior to the pandemic, the value of a degree was being questioned, and there was a growing incongruity between reports that simultaneously stated that recent graduates were unable to find jobs and that employers could not find graduates with …

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Could “Emergency Remote Teaching” Accelerate a Re-Envisioning of Active Learning Through an Online Environment at Scale?

Active Learning is often linked to Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development wherein the learner builds an understanding, and Dewey’s theory of progressive learning through experiential assimilation.  As described by Dewey – “The teacher and the book are no longer the only instructors; the hands, the eyes, the ears, in fact the whole body, become …

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University/Industry Partnerships for Locally Based Global Engagement and Understanding

The increasing convergence of information and technology and the decreasing gap between the digital and physical worlds provide both major opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, the world has never been smaller, ensuring that people separated by oceans and thousands of miles can interact and work with each other as though in the same …

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Faculty’s Changing Roles and Responsibilities as a Result of COVID-19: How Universities Can Better Support Them

Looking back at the months of March and April, it is amazing how rapidly universities transitioned from the traditional face-to-face mode of instruction to various modes of remote emergency teaching. While the focus at that point was on enabling effective term completion, the situation today–just a few months past that initial transition–is different. It is critical …

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