Harvard falls from top spot in global college rankings

For the first time in the eight-year history of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Harvard has been displaced as the world’s top university, the Washington Post reports. The No. 1 spot in the 2011-12 rankings, released Thursday in Britain, belongs to CalTech. Adding insult to injury, Harvard must share second place with Stanford…

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College presidents sending mixed messages about technology

The report finds that presidents' beliefs about the mission of higher education are linked to their views on online learning.

Most college presidents say they use technology every day, yet only half say online courses are comparable to traditional courses—and nearly all say plagiarism has increased as a result of technology, according to a recent survey. However, college presidents also believe online courses and technology are the keys to higher education’s future.

These are the results from a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, in association with the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which 1,055 presidents from two-year and four-year private, public, and for-profit colleges and universities were surveyed online about technology use in higher education.

The results seem a bit contradictory: Though only half (51 percent) of the college presidents surveyed say online courses provide the same value as traditional courses, more than 77 percent say their institutions now offer online courses. Fifty percent also say that 10 years from now, most students will take online classes.…Read More