Daily News Roundup, February 14, 2013

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CHRISTENSEN: HIGHER ED ON THE ‘EDGE OF THE CREVASSE’
Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen is the father of the idea of "disruption" as we currently understand it, that smaller, weaker, but more innovative companies break into the low end of a market, then end up completely overtaking previously dominant ones. In an interview with Jeff Howe at Wired, Christensen was asked which industries are being disrupted right now, or will soon be in a state of disruptive crisis. He replied that publishing, journalism — really anything ad supported is already there. Next up? Places like the one he happens to work: "I think higher education is just on the edge of the crevasse. Generally, universities are doing very well financially, so they don’t feel from the data that their world is going to collapse. But I think even five years from now these enterprises are going to be in real trouble." The article is in Business Insider.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE HEEDING THE CALL TO CLOSE THE SKILLS GAP
President Obama's call in the State of the Union address to close the skills gap in advanced manufacturing is already being heeded by community colleges around the country, as they forge closer ties with local industry to design certificate and degree programs, as well as apprenticeships. The article is in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

A NEW ACCREDITATION SYSTEM?
WASHINGTON -- In President Obama’s few sentences about higher education in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, there might have been a presidential precedent set: the first allusion to postsecondary accreditation in the landmark annual address to Congress. In a domestic policy blueprint that accompanied the speech, Obama called for major changes to the nation’s system of accreditation -- changes that could upend the current system and provide a pathway for federal financial aid for competency-based learning, massive open online courses and other innovations. The article is in Inside Higher Ed.

MORE COLLEGE GRADS EQUALS FASTER ECONOMIC GROWTH
As the U.S. population ages, and with the effects of the financial crisis promising to linger for some time, economic growth will be lower than we would like. This is why the federal government needs to do more to help Americans earn college degrees. The article is from Bloomberg News.

CALIFORNIA FISCAL ANALYST CALLS FOR MORE EFFICIENCY IN HIGHER ED
As California receives more tax revenue, the state's top fiscal analyst Tuesday questioned Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to send more money to public universities without demanding specific improvements. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office portrayed the state's higher education systems – and particularly its elite University of California campuses – as inefficient programs that must do more to cut costs.
 

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