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Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016’s top IT tech, online education programs by Laura Devaney, Director of News, K-12 and Higher Education.

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"In this week's news, discover the online programs and technologies that are set to take center stage in 2016; take a look at competency-based education programs today; and learn about three things some policymakers say are essential to HEA reauthorization." writes  

Catch up on the most compelling higher-ed news stories you may have missed this week.

Each Friday, will be bringing you a recap of some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week. 

I can’t fit all of our news stories here, though, so feel free to visit and read up on other news you may have missed.

Photo: eCampus News

In this week’s news:  

U.S. News releases 2016’s best online education programs 
U.S. News & World Report released their 2016 Best Online Programs today, which ranks what they say is the academic quality of more than 1,200 U.S.-based distance degree programs.

3 critical parts of HEA reauthorization
Fairness, innovation, and accountability are the three guiding principles Congress should use as it reviews the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) in light the use of technology and online platforms for learning.
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Snapshot: Higher ed competency-based education looks like this
According to a new national survey of over 170 diverse institutions across the U.S., nothing is more important to a competency-based education (CBE) program than designing “measurable and meaningful assessments.” And nothing presents more of a challenge to these programs than needing data systems that are automated and compatible with one another.
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EDUCAUSE releases the top IT technologies for 2016
Higher ed IT is in the midst of divesting, reinvesting and differentiating its technologies and strategies for 2016, according to the annual EDUCAUSE report on the “Top 10 IT Issues and Top 10 Technologies for 2016.” 

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State of the Union: College affordability a top concern
Higher education spent a few brief moments in the spotlight during President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Jan. 12. Access to affordable higher education was at the forefront of his comments.
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Source: eCampus News      

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