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Education technology see surge in investment funds

Education technology investment has taken 2014 by storm, already accumulating over $550 million dollars in the fiscal first quarter. According to CB Insights, a large venture capital database that tracks promising private companies, this accounts for nearly 45 percent of the sector’s total funding in all of 2013. Investors spent $559 million dollars in 103…

Online education continues to grow, survey shows

Distance education enrollment continues to grow with each passing year. Tuition costs are also continuing to rise. A recent report by Hanover Research, based on analysis of Peterson’s Distance Learning Database, revealed that the average cost of an online bachelor’s degree is $43,477. The report looked at 699 non-profit institutions that offer online degree programs…

New efforts emerge to harden existing security protocols

Last month the Obama administration released a voluntary best practices framework to address the growing concerns surrounding increased cyber attacks on government, corporate and research institution networks. Last summer, Stanford University suffered a security breach, allegedly at the hands of a hacker by the moniker  “Ag3nt47.” The mission of Executive Order 13636 is to “enhance…

SAT to undergo overhaul and partners with Kahn Academy

Starting in the spring of 2016, students will face a much different SAT exam. Coming just months after an overhaul to the General Educational Development (GED) exam, the redesign hopes to assess candidates better than previous iterations. While the SAT will maintain a 1,600-point scoring scale, students will no longer be deducted points for incorrect…

GED exam faces first update in 12 years

The GED has always been a safe haven for those that never finished high school for one reason another. Created over 70 years ago, the General Educational Development test is now facing some design and policy overhauls. The new tests will be aligned to match the Common Core State Standards that are being introduced to…

Government looks to crack down on FAFSA scammers

The start of each new semester at colleges and universities around the United States means the federal government continually faces a barrage of financial aid scams. The rise in rip-offs may continue as the Obama administration outlined a plan to raise the amount of financial aid available to students in a August 2013 plan. The…

Cheating in high school and college: The numbers

Cheating remains a tough battle for academia and it has been a back and forth struggle as new technologies emerge. Many factors play into the reasonings for why students cheat. The spectrum is very wide and includes motives such as witnessing others engage in the act, to parental pressure to do well or GPA requirements…

Where is the future of accreditation headed for higher ed?

The large and sweeping Higher Education Act is set to be reauthorized this year and everyone from journalists to President Barack Obama weighing in on the matter. The act, originally passed in 1965 and last renewed in 2008, dictates how federal funding is awarded the nation’s institutions of higher learning and  financial aid programs. The…

Excelsior College president weighs in on the future of higher education

The president of Excelsior College, John Ebersole, recently penned an article in Forbes that outlines the issues facing higher education in 2014. The article provides a quick look into what educators, institutions and students of higher learning can look forward to in the coming months. Issues surrounding the spiraling costs of higher education continues to…

Can online education be as good as face-to-face courses?

While some feel that online education may not be as good as face-to-face learning, many studies are now available that prove otherwise. A Gallup poll conducted in early October found that online learning programs are viewed by American as lacking in four key areas compared to traditional classroom instruction. The poll of over 1,000 adults found that…