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ERIC Number: ED507495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Harnessing Openness to Improve Research, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Committee for Economic Development
This report examines higher education through the lens of openness. The goal is to understand the potential impact of greater openness on colleges and universities. Like other service industries such as finance or entertainment, higher education is rooted in information--its creation, analysis, and transmission--and the development of the skills required to use it. This report identifies some of the potential gains from making higher education more open and recommends actions that policy makers and institutions of higher education can take to harness its benefits. Among the many recommendations presented herein that would help institutions of higher education move in the direction of greater openness are that (1) governments should establish standards for the nationwide collection and reporting of data tracking student progress from high school to post-secondary institutions and then on to the workplace, focusing on educational outcomes and factors that favor or impede student success; and (2) Colleges and universities should reevaluate faculty recognition policies regarding tenure, advancement, and the granting of awards to acknowledge (and not discriminate against) new practices regarding the dissemination of research results such as via immediate release, publication in open-access publications, and creation of open educational resources. (Contains 148 endnotes.) [This report was produced by the Digital Connections Council of the Committee for Economic Development.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Committee for Economic Development