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ERIC Number: EJ925560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Low-Hanging Fruit: How Boards Can Improve Education Now through Pedagogy, Portability, and Price
Smith, Peter
Trusteeship, v19 n2 p20-24 Mar-Apr 2011
Boards do not have to wait for coming reforms to improve pricing and academic structure for students. They can have a significant impact immediately by making recognized learning portable, simplifying pricing, and reducing costs to students. Developmental education, blended and online learning, and adaptive learning are being touted as high-potential areas for improvement in college-going and persistence rates for previously marginalized learners, such as older, single-parent and employed-adult learners. And higher-education policy makers and board members continue to discuss reducing overall tuition costs, allowing for three-year baccalaureate degrees and other ideas. Such conversations are important and valuable, and they have the potential to yield new, documented, and proven approaches that will ultimately make a significant difference in college success rates. The author asserts that boards can make great strides right now, however--even before such new approaches readily become available. They can do that by establishing policies that, first, make recognized learning portable and, second, simplify pricing and reduce costs to students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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