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2016’s top IT tech, online education programs

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

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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.

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.

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.”

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.

Laura Ascione