4 Key Ideas in Obama’s Plan to Control College Costs Bear Familiar Fingerprints (Chronicle)

4 Key Ideas in Obama’s Plan to Control College Costs Bear Familiar Fingerprints (Chronicle)

August 23, 2013

Many of the ideas embraced by President Obama in his call to control college costs have longstanding champions in major foundations and among prominent policy analysts.

“President Obama’s call for colleges to use technology to redesign their courses gathers under a single category a host of disparate ideas, each with different advocates, histories, and supporting evidence.

The idea that professors should use technology to improve teaching and reduce costs is championed perhaps most notably by the National Center for Academic Transformation and Carol A. Twigg, its president and chief executive. The center, which redesigns courses and collects evidence on their effectiveness, began in 1999 as a project of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with the support of the Pew Charitable Trusts.”

Please also note reactions from a number of professors here (from Inside Higher Ed)

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