Lifelong learners and skill seekers are two different types of people and both should be accommodated, writes Brandon Busteed, president of Kaplan University Partners. Some people want to enhance their knowledge for pleasure, while those seeking upskilling or re-skilling are interested in remaining employed, changing jobs and improving their bottom line, Busteed writes.
The Bowman County Development Corp. has worked with the University of Mary in North Dakota to create Mainspace, billed as "a hub of educational and professional development." Designed for people who aren't in college, Mainspace offers 13 business classes and provides scholarships through partnerships.
State and federal governments likely will have to invest more in higher-education institutions to allow a switch from emergency-mode online learning to thoroughly developed remote classes that will benefit more students over time, write University of California at Riverside Vice Provost Jennifer Brown and Bourns College of Engineering Dean Christopher Lynch. It can take about 10 weeks for a course designer and faculty member to develop a quality class, and the needs also will include additional staff and infrastructure enhancement, they note.
President Joe Biden's 16% increase in domestic spending includes allocations for education, climate change and border security, with specific outlays pinpointed for higher education. Additional money for tribal colleges and historically Black colleges and universities is included, but Biden's proposal doesn't address student-loan forgiveness.
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Free or low-cost continuing education courses created by Cornell University's Division of Nutritional Sciences faculty have helped thousands of professionals upgrade their skills online to better work with the public, according to two recent studies. An international course developed in conjunction with UNICEF has seen about 14,500 enrollees from 181 countries, with a completion rate for the 14-unit module at over 30% rather than the usual 7% to 8% for online continuing education classes.
The coronavirus pandemic has altered education in the US -- and highlighted inequities -- according to several data points shared in this article. Points include more students learning remotely, some parents saying they prefer remote instruction and evidence of a digital divide that affects students in every state.