Nov. 13 news: Your .edu site is changing, and the struggle for online courses

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
November 13th, 2015

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

NewsRoundupEach Friday, I’ll 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.

In this week’s news:

Your .edu site for 2016 looks like this
The same old website won’t cut it for today’s college and university recruitment efforts. Learn why some experts say higher-ed institutions have to revamp and reimagine their web presence.

Can a university system reasonably offer more online courses?
The University of Maine System’s Unified Online plan, which seeks to build up the system’s online course offerings, is a major initiative designed to help stabilize the system’s financial future–but some faculty members are divided on it, saying they have serious concerns about whether the system will be able to pull off the initiative in difficult financial times and about the effects it might have on campus academic offerings and students.

Why competency-based learning isn’t happening anytime soon
Michael Horn offers his perspective on why competency-based learning program are probably going to experience some delays. One of the biggest factors? Regulatory noise.

Bill encourages entrepreneurship among college students
A new bill would offer a competitive grant program designed to support entrepreneurship among college and university students.

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