In the fast-changing world of science and technology, if you’re not innovating, you’re falling behind. That’s one of the key findings of The Reuters 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. Now in its second year, the list ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy.
Tuition and fee increases over the past five years at Oklahoma's public higher education system are among the country's highest, according to The College Board. The State Regents for Higher Education blame “underfunding,” but that excuse doesn't hold water. From 2008-09 through 2015-16, state funding dropped 17 percent, but tuition and fees jumped 38 percent, according to the regents' own data. Oklahoma isn't an isolated example.
Like a lot of parents, Bannister didn’t understand the new methods taught under Common Core, adopted by Pennsylvania in 2013. He began researching and became a regional coordinator and legislative liaison for Pennsylvanians Against Common Core, a Facebook group with more than 12,000 members. “It seemed like they were sacrificing simplification for complication, and it seemed like they were teaching, not necessarily the correct answer, but they were trying to teach my child how they should feel about the answer,” he said.
Big data is more important than ever in just about every scientific discipline -- and the data is bigger than ever, too. To help manage that data and get it into the hands of scientists and students, the National Science Foundation is putting $35 million towards a pair of software institutes that will build the tools necessary for 21st-century research.
Rohit Chaube and his team set out this weekend to find ways to make education fun. The team set up shop in the Google Fiber event space and went to work at Kansas City’s first virtual reality hackathon. Hosted by KCVR, a group for people interested in virtual reality, the event was a way to make the technology accessible for developers. The goal of a hackathon is for teams of developers to start and finish a computer program over the course of a weekend.
The new bill (S.3084) was crafted by Senators Cory Gardner (R–CO) and Gary Peters (D–MI) and has the backing of the committee’s chairman, Senator John Thune (R–SD), and ranking member Senator Bill Nelson (D–FL). It is much closer to the community’s view of the federal role in research and education than a sheaf of legislation adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in the past year.
As a conservative Republican from the West and a liberal Democrat from the Midwest, senators Cory Gardner (R–CO) and Gary Peters (D–MI) are separated by geography and ideology. But they see eye-to-eye on the need for the federal government to strengthen its support of basic research. In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate is expected to begin rewriting a bill governing federal policies toward research, innovation, and science education.
Federal agencies obligated $30.8 billion to 996 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, the most recent year for which such information is available, a 6 percent increase over the previous year and the first increase in such funding since FY2009.
When students are using a learning management system or a digital curriculum, their individual performance data is collected and shared with their teacher and other instructional personnel to help assess their progress.
In what could be considered a remodel of the education conference to reflect the disruptive change occurring throughout K-12 and higher education, ASU GSV’s Innovation Summit hosted a diverse mix of educators, corporate executives, public officials, education entrepreneurs, and foundation officials -- and Green, in partnership with eCampus News, was there to capture the invaluable advice and thought leadership from some of the most notable attendees.