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Strauss: Largest for-profit university in U.S. loses hundreds of thousands of students

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:27am
The University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit university in the United States, has lost a few hundred thousand students in the last five years, according to its parent company.Apollo Education Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, announced Wednesday that revenues and enrollment had fallen in the last quarter about 14 percent compared to the same period in 2014. What’s more, the school’s enrollment five years ago was 460,000 students and now it is 213,000, CNN Money reported. The news on Wednesday sparked a 30 percent drop in Apollo’s stock. (Apollo stock was at $19.57 a share in Thursday morning trading, down 2.4 percent.)Read full article >>

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The Learning Network: Is Our Culture of Online Shaming Out of Control?

Education News from NY Times - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:26am
Whether you know who Monica Lewinsky is or not, you’ll probably know what she meant when she spoke about the dangers of online public shaming in a recent TED talk. Do you agree with her that our “culture of humiliation” has gotten out of hand? Why or why not?

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Strauss: No, Finland isn’t ditching traditional school subjects. Here’s what’s really happening.

Education News from Washington Post - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:53am
Plans to overhaul schools in Finland — whose students have been at or near the top of international exams for years — have sparked stories in the media saying that traditional subjects, such as math and history and art, will be abandoned. A recent story in the British newspaper the Independent, for example, had this headline: “Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with ‘topics’ as country reforms its education system.”  Alas, the stories are overblown, according to Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg. In this post, Sahlberg explains what is actually happening in Finland.Read full article >>
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