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So this Campus Tech article is interesting to me, in that I think it reflects the marketing position of Kuali and Unizin. Two quotes, emphasis added:

Last year, when the Kuali Foundation announced that it was going to add a "professional open source company" to the Kuali ecosystem, it was acknowledging a truism about the use of community-built software in higher education: Sometimes throwing money at a problem really is the best way to get things done.

As a document that outlines the arrangement explains, Kuali needed faster delivery of outcomes; completion of products; an improved user experience; and a way to distribute development costs across more institutions. Instead of waiting around for the community to address the gaps, this most distinguished of institutional open source initiatives spun out a C corp. KualiCo, as it was named, would generate revenue by hosting open source software for schools and through development projects. Its initial funding would come from the foundation. Although the Kuali functionality would continue to be open source, the infrastructure to allow cloud hosting would be privately owned.

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The approach resembles that pragmatic makeover of open source undertaken by Kuali. Rather than committing hours of staff time to develop software, Unizin's founding member schools (including Indiana University and Colorado State) are committing dollars — $1.05 million each over the course of three years. If it sounds hefty, remember: That's still a pittance compared to the cost of equivalent digital content services on the commercial market.

Good lord, who writes this stuff?
At one time higher ed wanted community-built software because of the $0 price tag; now many universities are paying somebody else to keep open source projects moving forward.
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I now have more experience with more LMS's (time for a new demo) and all I can say is I think MOST colleges and universities would do better with their moola to hire people who have some experience, a few top coder/designers, and do it themselves. They could build it all up on Google Apps. Or G-courseware. But the newest LMS I have had to bang my head against at LEAST is not building every semester grain by grain (as D2L); but, that said, there is no drag and drop anywhere. Interestingly (and I don't know why) the ONLY video they can use is YouTube. [Best design feature? As in Adobe, you create your photos in their "resources" (in Adobe it's Photoshop); then, if you change a pic, it changes throughout the course. They must have asked a user on that one.  ;')  BTW, they are "open source."  It means NOTHING.
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Well this is a head scratcher - UF Online selects EPA official w no online experience as new executive director
http://ow.ly/KT8NO

A director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been named assistant provost and director of UF Online, the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s degrees and programs.

Evangeline Cummings will assume her new position effective July 1.

Cummings has served as the director of the Strategic Management Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., since 2008. She has worked with EPA since 1999 in several different roles including special assistant to the agency’s chief information officer.

Throughout her federal service, she has worked at a national level with top political appointees and career leadership across each of EPA’s programs and 10 regional offices to deliver cross-program initiatives.
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A director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been named assistant provost and director of UF Online, the University of Florida's online bachelor's degrees and programs. Evangeline Cummings will assume her new position effective July 1. Cummings has served as the director of the ...
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And hey, don't forget our director of digital courses... who never taught a course before, digital or otherwise.
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New blog post of mine at 20 MM

That’s right – approximately one in four successful graduates did so as transfer students, yet official accountability data from DOE does not measure this group.
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Apollo Education Group, parent company of The University of Phoenix announced bad earnings Wednesday. Enrollment is half of what it was 5 years ago. The stock fell over 20%.
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lol, that slimy little bastard will eat all your salads.
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Interesting essay at IHE, but make sure to read comments to see the divide in visceral terms.

Article: Half a century ago, C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures pointed to a growing gap between the sciences and the humanities. Despite similar levels of education and similar socioeconomic origins, he wrote, scientists and literary intellectuals “had almost ceased to communicate at all.” In Snow’s view, the different perspectives could have sparked an enormously creative conversation, but the communities were too isolated for such a conversation to take place, and members of both cultures were the poorer for it.

Many would argue that the gap between the disciplines that concerned Snow is still with us. But in higher education that gap has been supplemented by a new divide, one that is perhaps even more threatening to the future stability and prosperity of academic culture as a whole. This is the gap between the worldview of college and university faculty on the one hand and that of the information technology sector on the other.

Example comment: I've rarely seen such a load of you-know-what. The analogy is utterly bogus. The "educational technology industry" is not an intellectual "culture." It is a commercial industry. Like any industry, it will say nearly anything to sell its products. It doesn't care about student "outcomes," and even less about students, except inasmuch as these might be useful in the endless pursuit of profit. Remember cigarette companies having doctors recommend their products in advertisements? That is the more appropriate analogy. Professors are not, in the main, resistant to technology. They are resistant to expensive, cumbersome, unnecessary technology being foisted upon them for commercial rather than pedagogical reasons. Technology has always had a place in education. (Chalk is a technology. Books are a technology. Films/videos are a technology. Calculators are a technology. Word processors are a technology.) The industry that aims to exploit technology for profit knows least where that place is, but would have us believe that its place is everywhere.
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New post at 20 Million Minds. Spoiler alert:

There are plenty of efforts nationwide trying to help with the costs of textbooks. This USC example is somewhat unique in that it is student-originated, based on collective student action, and looks to create a cap with pricing visibility.
Some of the missing market dynamics in textbook pricing introduced by USC - those paying the costs collectively pressuring those making the decisions.
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Follow-up post on e-Literate re. Student Expenditures on Textbooks. Should answer many questions on data sources and how to interpret them.
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Heh - from http://xkcd.com/1504/
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Really good article in Chronicle from New America arguing for inclusion of borrowers to graduates metric in ratings.

The current measure of student-loan performance ignores what research shows is the most important indicator in determining whether students are able to avoid defaulting on their loans: whether they finished college. Borrowers who drop out with debt are also more likely to be unemployed and earn less than their peers who graduated. In fact, of student borrowers who entered college in the 2003-4 academic year and defaulted by 2009, 63 percent had dropped out.
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When I rant against big data, it is not because I am against data (my husband is a meteorologist/statistician for crying out loud, and my dad a sociologist/demographer) ... but I am against the hype of big data that is not open, just as you say. I am so grateful for all the number-crunching you do. It is really important.
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With all of the talk about the unreasonably high price of college textbooks, the unfulfilled potential of open educational resources (OER), and student difficulty in paying for course materials, it is surprising how little is understood about student textbook expenses. [snip]

While I am entirely sympathetic to the need and desire to lower textbook and course material prices for students, no one is served well by misleading information, and this information is misleading. Let’s look at the actual sources of data and what that data tells us, focusing on the aggregate measures of changes in average textbook pricing in the US and average student expenditures on textbooks. What the data tells us is that the answer is that students spend on average $600 per year on textbooks, not $1,200.
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Thanks Rob - means a lot and thanks for help.
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Wow - does this one take the cake?

The president of Chicago State University tried to pressure a high-level administrator to file false claims of sexual harassment against an outspoken professor to help the college try to silence him, according to court documents filed Thursday as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

In a sworn statement, LaShondra Peebles, the college's former interim vice president of enrollment and student affairs, said before she was fired that President Wayne Watson pushed her to accuse Phillip Beverly of sexual harassment, though Peebles said she was never harassed.

Beverly contributes to the blog CSU Faculty Voice, which has been critical of Watson and his policies.
The president of Chicago State University tried to pressure a high-level administrator to file false claims of sexual harassment against an outspoken professor to help the college try to silence him, according to court documents filed Thursday as part of an ongoing lawsuit.
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