Better Choiced in Higher Education

Article from the Washington Post, May 8, 2017

By Ed Feulner

Better choices in higher education

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Career Education Focus

Bipartisan Push on Career Education

Any of you who are aware of the whoops and hurdles that have been placed in front of career schools may become hopeful that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. It has been a time when we often rise every morning as leaders of career schools with a knot in our stomach and lump in our throat. On the brighter side we are starting to see some champions for career education. See the article below:

Bipartisan Support for Career Schools

Who Has the Power to Determines who is Educated?

The ongoing saga with the Purdue and Kaplan brings back out higher education wants to determine who will be educated and literate. It is another story of when we argue about academic freedom and the prestige of a university the students still sit outside the door. I have mentioned before in another blog post where the great attribute about the United States student learners has a choice for now. It is when we hear about prestige being damaged by the type of students going to certain schools. When reviewing why schools are started exist mainly for need. A need exists in higher education (undergraduate, graduate), community colleges, private schools with religion emphasis, non-profit schools, profit schools and private colleges. If we consider why students select these schools over others they will tell you a definitive answer. I applaud Purdue for recognizing the need in the state of Indiana and I am sure their enrolments will justify the need. 

Kaplan deal expands access to higher ed and opponents at Purdue should reconsider their position

Accreditation Ideas Anyone!

As accreditation stays in the spotlight there are more ideas on how it should work more efficiently.  Accreditation for higher education has become a focal point for our schools. Currently we have regional, national and programmatic accreditation. This accounts for approximately 67 different accreditation organizations. Here is one person’s view on how to handle accreditation in the future.

View Point on Accreditation

Student Assessments of Faculty

Student Assessments, do they really measure the value of a teacher?

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Over the years I have spoken about the metrics that are best used to look into a classrooms success. Teachers are the catalyst of instructional learning outcomes. The actual achievement in reaching these outcomes are the paramount to assessing the accomplishment of the educators mission. How would individual student assessments of their teacher substantiate the success of course?  We have been transformed into an age of outcome measurements both in the classroom and on the job. It is time to be supportive of measuring the outcomes by the achieved competencies and expectations for students attending a course. Students assessments lack the validation of measured success in the course.

When considering student assessments variables they become skewed with individual personalities, perceptive values of the course, when the assessment of the teacher is taken, dropped students often never have the opportunity report their assessment and personality conflicts.

Course success is dependent on the teacher. Every course has a course description and syllabi which outlines a strategy to complete milestones for competency outcomes. Ask yourself which would be more meaningful to students and employers to measure? Would it be students subjective judgements or objective achievement of compentency outcomes?

I have included an article referring to research where bias creeps into the equation of student faculty assessments. Schools who are looking to improve professional development and improve student success need to consider outcomes accomplished.

Faculty Evaluations by Students

Accreditation in Transition

Accreditation:

Our communities and students in the past have not thought much about accreditation and its intricate functions. At the very least parents and adults looked at accreditation as a comforting representation standard. It is probably true most students didn’t really care or did any research about their accreditation standards the college they were attending.

Times have changed and the consumer is aware of measures of outcomes and expectations from accreditors. The information stream today and availability of this information has influenced our population with social medias  widespread ability to contact many people around the world. In history we can see with more people consuming information widens the scope of people who want to be in the need to know category. College accreditation is in some what of an influx from governmental influence, student influence and tax payers. Each of these stakeholders will hold varying expectations of what accreditation for a college should mean. Accreditation’s future rest with the ability to communicate and sort out the expectations that are necessary to build a strong foundation for learning in our schools. Any and all components of accreditation for students require standards of compliance, quality and successful outcomes towards competencies of the schools mission and goals. I would like to share with you a recent article on accreditation:

Today’s Need for Accreditation

 

If You are a For Profit Business!

First I would like to express my support for for profit and non profit organizations and buinesses. There plenty of good operations all over the United States and serve a great purpose with a mission to serve. Lately we have had a berage of anti for profit propanganda. This is especially true for the school industry. My fortune is that I have worked in both organizations and have found some very dedicated and commited people in all facets of the organizations. My bias towards these schools is the students receiving  an opportunity to succeed. As you make your opinions be sure you view the situation with a clear and a non-stigmatizing outlook.

What I am about to show you represents missions of these organizations have honorable expectations as non-profits in America. When mislead in any communication or perception ask yourself who ultimately are the victims. The one sure asset for anyone that can never be taken away is a great education. Making unsubstantiated claims or observations serves to only promote a lynch mob attitude and the focus is not on damage control.

Below are examples of highly regarded institutions. There is a clear path on how to maintain the mission. The solution is not destruction. How would you create damage control? Information from SNOPES.

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Purdue and Kaplan Deal

This was a comprehensive well-written article. Goldie and I  haven’t talked for a long time but I still keep up with the career school business with her coverage. Goldie was always a participant in all the career school conferences looking for our perceptions on all issues. If you look at all the past years’ negatives against private for-profit schools we would see this partnership has created a partnership without the negatives. We will see the communities who fear career schools point out their old school beliefs. I commend President Mitch Daniels in being a forward thinker and addressing the needs of the state of Indiana. Fear and special interest groups continue to damage education for this niche of the students. Educators across the United States are qualified in higher education under the same criteria in every institution. The U.S. Department of Education stipulates the regulations to teach by degree level, program specialty, the experience which is governed by approved accreditation organizations. No one is talking how this will allow students to continue and education in the state of Indiana in their school of choice.

\Purdue looks to meet the need!