Thursday Linkpile compiles, for your information and delight, links to noteworthy news articles pertaining to all things online and higher-educational.
- Looks like not everyone is bullish on instructional technology. "What the iPad (and other technology) can’t replace in education," reads the hed to an opinion piece appearing in the September 12, 2011 edition of The Washington Post. "We need to stop pretending that technology can fix problems that aren’t technological in nature. Kids are bored. They don’t know why they’re learning what they’re learning. The solution isn’t asking the question better. The solution is asking a better question."
- "Will Student Loans be Caught in the Crosshairs of National Budget Cuts?", asks a September 13, 2011 Bed-StuyPatch.com article. "Undergrads will be affected by a tough need-based criteria [sic] for subsidized loans, and repay incentives may be take a serious hit as well."
- And if federal financial aid is going to be spared the fiscal knife, it faces danger from other quarters. "Student Loan Defaults Reach Highest Level In More Than A Decade," announces the hed to a September 12, 2011 Huffington Post article. "The overall student loan default rate increased from 7 percent last year to 8.8 percent -- the highest rate since the government released similar data in 1999. An outsized share of that increase came from the for-profit college sector, which had both the highest percentage of defaults and the greatest increase in defaults, compared to public universities and private nonprofit schools."
- Distance learning is met with distrust in The Hoosier State. "Ball State faculty skeptical of online education," reads the headline to a September 12, 2011 StarPress.com article. "Belief in the value of online education is lacking among faculty, who perceive that online courses are of less quality than face-to-face teaching and don't understand why Ball State might be considering moving courses online, the task force reported after surveying faculty by email and other methods, including an open forum."
- A variation on a drearily protracted theme: "Colleges' fiscal faith tested by tough economy," reads the headline to a September 12, 2011 DemocratandChronicle.com article. "Preliminary estimates by these colleges show a fall enrollment total of about 85,500 -- about the same as a year ago. Nazareth, St. John Fisher and Roberts Wesleyan colleges are now estimating a slight drop. Monroe Community College is predicting the same."
- A September 13, 2011 NewsObserver.com article offers tips on how to "Manage the stress of applying for college. "If you are ever wondering why high school seniors are a little crankier than usual, here's some part of the laundry list that's keeping them up at night: 'register for the SAT Subject Tests, prep for the ACT, ask science teacher if she'll write a letter of recommendation, take one reach school off the list, try to find a safety school I'd really attend, introduce myself to the new guidance counselor, order transcripts, write personal statement, fill out the Common Application, find out scholarship deadlines,' etc. And this is just what's on their college to-do list. It's no wonder they're bleary-eyed and a little anxious."
- "We Need a Different National Conversation," observes a recent Education Week article (gated). "From almost any vantage point, it is hard to find sincere concern about the productive future of our young people in the political debates occurring in Washington and state capitals. The passing references to children and students feel largely like rhetorical flourishes in the partisan and ideological fights among adults."
- Just what are we fighting for? "Infinite Progress: Resituating the Online-Education Debate." "Technology speeds apace, sweeping everything and everyone it touches in its train. Such a rush inspires fear in some of those affected, hope in others. This holds particularly in the field of postsecondary education, in which various innovations are displacing and disrupting conventional forms of instructional delivery."
- The worm has turned for private sector colleges and universities. "Aggressive Rebounders: For-Profit Colleges Can Expect Growing Enrollments and Profits." "Happy news greets private sector colleges and universities (PSCUs) this week. A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article reports that '[f]or-profit universities may soon see an end to their yearlong slide in new enrollments.' This rebound comes after months of intense governmental scrutiny and constant bad press, which combined to send new-enrollment figures plumetting. Among the casualties of the downturn were such industry leaders as DeVry University and University of Phoenix."