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Higher Education Blends Longevity with Responsiveness—featuring Kevin Currie, Executive Director, Northeastern University Online (Evolllution – June 2013)

MOOC Skeptics at the Top (Inside Higher Ed – May 2013)

International Students Increasingly Ask: Is It Safe to Study in the U.S.? (Chronicle of Higher Education – April 2013)

Grad School May Not Be The Best Way to Spend $100,000 (Harvard Business Review – April 2013)

California Universities Aggressively Expand Online Courses, Finds Failure Rates Drop (Tech Crunch – April 2013)

MOOCs of Hazard: Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well…(New Republic – March 2013)

72% Of Professors Who Teach Online Courses Don’t Think Their Students Deserve Credit (Tech Crunch – March 2013)

How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education (Fast Company – Sept 2009)


Education + Technology + Entrepreneurship

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The Hudson Institute is “a nonpartisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom.” The Institute has just released a report that focuses on the ways in which modern advances in technology can, in themselves, support educational innovation—and the ways in which current technology is merely a platform that needs the skilled and informed implementation of ... Read More »

Listen Up: Kevin Currie on Competition in Education


In an audio interview posted recently on, Kevin Currie, executive director of Northeastern University Online, shares his perspectives on the nature of competition in the higher education market, along with his thoughts on the differences between the adult/continuing higher ed category and other similar services offered by competing institutions. It’s an eight-minute interview, downloadable as an MP3; perfect for the drive ... Read More »

A (Racial) Profile in Coaching: Lionel Hollins


Dan Lebowitz, NU Executive Director of Sport in Society, was on HuffPost Live yesterday, to discuss the contract non-renewal of Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, whose immense popularity is matched only by the success of his track record. The Grizzlies’ management cited “philosophical differences” as their reason for declining to keep Coach Hollins on. Lebowitz joins the panel to discuss ... Read More »

The Online Ed Bubble: The Next Big Bust?


John Tamny, Forbes economics and political writer, has written a column on the next economic “bubble” ready to pop. It’s not another housing implosion or a tech stock meltdown; nor is it another dot-com bust—not quite. Tamny says that there’s a growing dot-edu bubble, and, unlike the rising tuition figures associated with traditional, on-campus education, it’s on its way to ... Read More »

The Diversity Challenge


In his article in the New York Times, author Richard Pérez-Peña focuses on the difficulties inherent in cultivating a diverse student body, in regard to race and economic status. “It’s expensive,” said Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University. “You have to go out and identify them, recruit them and get them to apply, and ... Read More »

The New Yorker Meets MOOCs

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Looking for a good long read this weekend? This New Yorker article fits the bill. Written by Nathan Heller, the piece introduces readers to the concept of MOOCs, particularly as they relate to storied educational institutions such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT. Regular readers of Aspire will find a number of familiar references (Amherst, San Jose State, edX and more), but as ... Read More »

Master’s Degrees: Moving on Up


Nick Anderson, a higher ed writer at the Washington Post, has posted a pair of articles focusing on an uptick in the granting of Master’s degrees by schools across the country, and at Northeastern University in particular. His May 25 piece, “Master’s degree programs surge at nation’s colleges and universities,” attributes this rise to “a surge in demand for advanced ... Read More »

“Justice” for All? The State (Philosophy Dept.) vs. MOOCs


In a recent Aspire post (College at any Price?), we referenced Sophie Quinton’s article on San Jose State’s financially-motivated adoption of online education tools. But the story doesn’t end there; on the heels of that article came one in the New York Times, in which a contrasting viewpoint is expressed by members of the school’s faculty. The focal point of the debate ... Read More »

Blending On-Site and Online Education

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While debates over the merits and deficits over online education continue, an intriguing middle ground is taking shape. A recent Boston Globe article presents the stories of a handful of students whose paths toward their degrees incorporate contemporary and traditional components, combining online and in-person elements for a multi-faceted learning experience that seems likely to become more and more part of the ... Read More »

New markets, new fields, new jobs.

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This Sunday’s Boston Globe featured an article by Jay Fitzgerald about expanding areas of business in the local job market and the channels of education that are emerging. Fitzgerald’s piece touched on a range of dynamic growth industries, such as health care, cyber security, gaming development, regulatory issues and project management—many of which are represented at CPS; for example, he points ... Read More »

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