What are outcomes? We use the term in higher ed frequently, and we all agree that measuring student outcomes and making sure we provide good outcomes are important. But the term “outcomes” can be notoriously hard to define. In today’s UncompromisingEDU, Learning House CEO Todd Zipper drills down on the specifics of what we mean when we say “outcomes,” and discusses why each kind of student outcome is important to higher education and society at large.
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The crisis of rising student debt presents an enormous problem for our society. Is higher education providing value to justify the debt, especially given the chances of that debt being passed on to taxpayers? In today’s UncompromisingEDU, Todd Zipper discusses one possible solution: income share agreements. These contracts between students and corporations can provide an alternative or supplement to federal or private student loans that has the potential to impose less burden on students — and more accountability on colleges.
Reflection is an essential part of learning, and the end of a year provides an excellent opportunity to reflect upon that year. Last year, Learning House CEO Todd Zipper made some predictions about trends in higher education during 2016. This year, he examines those predictions, talks about which ones came true and which didn’t, and makes some more forecasts, this time into 2017. How accurate was he?
Credentials and diplomas are an important tool for both job-seekers and employers. Currently, though, few standards exist and most credentials are paper-based; this makes them difficult for job-seekers to distribute to potential employers, and it makes it difficult for employers to determine their value. In today’s UncompromisingEDU, Learning House CEO Todd Zipper talks with Matthew Pittinsky, CEO of Parchment, about alternatives to the current credentialing paradigm.
Current events may lead you to believe that international learning is in trouble, but Suren Naidoo of Education for Advancement thinks there’s never been a better for international students time to study in the United States. In today’s UncompromisingEDU, Learning House CEO Todd Zipper interviews Suren Naidoo about the state of international learning, how we can improve it and what its future holds.
In 2013, Learning House and the Council of Independent Colleges conducted a survey about online learning in higher ed. In 2016, we conducted a second survey. Learning House CEO Todd Zipper discusses the results of the 2016 survey, how they compare to 2013’s results and the future of online learning in higher education.
What should higher ed institutions keep in mind when designing their websites? In this interview, Learning House CEO Todd Zipper talks with Bob Johnson, president of Bob Johnson Consulting, LLC and partner at Customer Carewords, Ltd., about the pitfalls, best practices and future of web design for higher ed.
What is competency-based education? In this interview, Learning House CEO Todd Zipper talks with Allison Barber, chancellor of Western Governors University Indiana, to talk about CBE: what it is, how it’s being used and what its future is.
Talk about trigger warnings has turned into controversy on college campuses, but what can we learn from the discussion? Learning House CEO Todd Zipper discusses trigger warnings and how they can be used in classrooms, both as a way to foster a safe space to learn, and as a way to teach critical soft skills to students.
Employers increasingly want employees with strong soft skills, but such employees are getting harder to find. Learning House CEO Todd Zipper discusses the importance of soft skills, and how educators can do more to ensure that students leave school with strong soft skills.