Massive open online course research conducted by the Graduate School of Education is cited.
Penn Daily News Service | Dec 6, 2013
Penn in the News
Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about the influence of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Stephen Morse of the Law School and the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the sensation of driving without paying attention to the road.
Karina Sotnik of Penn’s Center for Technology Transfer is quoted, along with finalists, about Penn’s AppItUp Challenge.
Paul Schoemaker of the Wharton School contributes his thoughts about the impact of Nelson Mandela’s leadership.
Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education shares her thoughts on historically black colleges and universities struggling with funding.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
More than 51,000 students earned Ph.D.'s in 2012, a 4.3-percent increase over the 48,908 in the previous year, according to data released on Friday by the National Science Foundation. And as graduates continue to face a challenging academic job market, those new Ph.D.'s who graduate with debt are shouldering heavier burdens than ever before, the data show. The proportion of doctoral recipients who use primarily their own resources to pay for their graduate education has declined for two consecutive years, falling from 17.9 percent in 2010 to 16 percent in 2012. The data are part of the annual report on doctoral-degree attainment known as the Survey of Earned Doctorates.
The cash-strapped National Institutes of Health is considering potentially major changes in its grant-awards system, including a greater reliance on a system that evaluates researchers rather than their proposals. Addressing his advisory committee on Thursday, the agency's director, Francis S. Collins, said that a decade of experience with the NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program has proved that approach's success, and that it's time to consider expanding it throughout the agency.
The White House is asking participants in next week's higher-education summit to commit to taking concrete steps to help more low-income students enroll in and complete college. In an email sent to invitees late last month, James R. Kvaal, deputy director of the Domestic Policy Council, asked college leaders to come armed with "at least one new commitment that would make quantifiable progress towards helping more low-income students succeed." "The goal of this December event is not simply to have a conference," he wrote, "but instead to mobilize new action that makes significant, meaningful progress."
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