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Prescott, Brian T. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2019
This edition of "Playing the Numbers" reports on recent trends in a few key measures related to postsecondary education. Among the trends examined will be key issues of educational attainment, participation, and finance and affordability. Moreover, given the critical role of the states in the delivery of postsecondary education, it will…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Higher Education, Educational Attainment, Achievement Gap
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Altbach, Philip G.; Reisberg, Liz – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2018
The most significant trend in global higher education since the second World War has been massification, the dramatic increases in enrollments around the world. While massification has meant greater access and opportunity, expanded enrollments have strained education budgets and existing infrastructure, outpaced the preparation of academic…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Enrollment, Futures (of Society), Private Sector
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Meotti, Michael P. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2016
The "proud-parent" attitude of states towards higher education between 1945 and 1970--due to the baby boom, the technological contributions that research universities had made to the war effort, and the GI Bill--began to cool in the late 1960s, when inflation and increasing demands from other state services such as Medicaid, prisons,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Baby Boomers, Economic Climate, Leaders
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Martin, Jeremy P. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Rankings are a powerful force in higher education, swaying the enrollment decisions of prospective students and affecting the opinions of parents, board members, and policymakers. In the words of one provost, "The rankings matter to our university because they matter to people who matter to us." Rankings are also a business--one that is…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Achievement Rating, Institutional Characteristics, Reputation
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Jones, Stan – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Due to extensive research, we now know that in spite of extraordinary success in expanding access to American higher education over the last 60 years, far too little has been done to ensure that students complete college, even when they take 50 percent more time to complete the degree than full-time attendance should require. Obstacles to success…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Graduation, Educational Attainment, Higher Education
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Nodine, Thad; Johnstone, Sally M. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2015
Competency-based education (CBE) refers to online and hybrid courses and programs that offer credit or degrees based on evidence of student learning, or competencies, rather than on the amount of time spent in a course. Students work at their own pace, receive personalized academic support, and demonstrate mastery as they progress through their…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Instructional Leadership, Individualized Instruction, Community Colleges
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Marcus, Jon – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2014
This article reviews the path of funding higher education in Hungary, where funding cuts have resulted in understaffing, escalating tuition, growing student debt, and declining enrollment. Graduation rates are low, government policies favor vocational disciplines, and the system of preparation and access gives preference to students from wealthier…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Finance, Financial Support
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Mlyn, Eric – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2013
The civic mission of American colleges and universities has received renewed attention over the last decade. From the "engaged campus" designation now offered by the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching to the growth of Campus Compact (from 782 institutional members in 2000 to 1150 in 2012) to major institutional…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Citizen Participation, College Students, Colleges
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Finney, Joni E. – Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 2012
This article presents an interview with Robert Mendenhall, president of Western Governors University, who is the 2012 recipient of the Virginia B. Smith (VBS) Innovative Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes his leadership in redesigning higher education delivery for adult students. In the interview, Robert Mendenhall talks about his work…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Recognition (Achievement), Adult Students, Technology Uses in Education