Former Education Secretary Seeks to Simplify States’ Distance-Education Rules – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Interesting development in MOOCs and Prior Learning Assessment discussions. It makes me wonder if I would be able to earn a degree that I already possess by passing some tests – or whether I could add a degree based on experience that I’ve gotten over the past 22 years of working in higher education.

Are degrees being reduced to a series of examinations? Or is there something more about the educational experience that can’t be measured by the correct responses to well-designed prompts? What I remember most about my educational experiences have little to do with exams or papers. They’re moments of insight, ed surprise, heart frustration, and inspiration.

In any case, here is the article:

Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees

A bill being considered this month by the California Assembly would create a fourth division of the state’s higher-education system that would provide no instruction and would issue college credit and degrees to any student who could pass a series of examinations.

via Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Interesting development in MOOCs and Prior Learning Assessment discussions. It makes me wonder if I would be able to earn a degree that I already possess by passing some tests – or whether I could add a degree based on experience that I’ve gotten over the past 22 years of working in higher education.

Are degrees being reduced to a series of examinations? Or is there something more about the educational experience that can’t be measured by the correct responses to well-designed prompts? What I remember most about my educational experiences have little to do with exams or papers. They’re moments of insight, ed surprise, heart frustration, and inspiration.

In any case, here is the article:

Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees

A bill being considered this month by the California Assembly would create a fourth division of the state’s higher-education system that would provide no instruction and would issue college credit and degrees to any student who could pass a series of examinations.

via Under California Bill, Faculty-Free Colleges Would Award Exam-Based Degrees – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

These are two of my favorite videos that talk about creativity. The first one is from Chris Staley who has taught art for decades. It’s a short piece highlighting his own process that involves a playful approach to design. The second is from Monty Python’s John Cleese who talks about getting into an open state that is less purposeful and more relaxed, resuscitator expansive, website like this and playful so creativity can surface. [Oddly enough, cure both talk about the discovery of penicillin.]

I think their ideas are helpful for those of us who are asked to do things like imagine the future and generate new solutions to real problems.


I’d be happy if this happens. Right now, women’s health visit this institutions need to pay tens of thousands of dollars in application fees to operate distance education programs in other states. This proposed framework would make it easier by requiring adherence to a common set of standards.

A group of higher-education leaders, malady accreditors, information pills and regulators led by a former U.S. education secretary is seeking to streamline distance-education and state-authorization regulations to make it easier and more affordable for colleges to enroll students across the country.

To participate in the reciprocity system, the home state of a college would oversee and regulate the institution’s work in other states to ensure that it met a set of national baseline standards. Other states in which the college operates could not regulate that institution unless it had a “physical presence” in the state, which the report defines as a continuing occupation of a physical location for instruction or the maintenance of an administrative office to facilitate instruction.

via Former Education Secretary Seeks to Simplify States' Distance-Education Rules – Government – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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