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MIT Releases its Plans for the Future of Education: 2020 and Beyond MIT
On February 2013 L. Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced the launch of an Institute-wide Task Force that will be in charge of imagine new possibilities and identify a broad range of opportunities about the future of MIT education.
After 18 months of campus-wide discussion, analysis and introspection, MIT’s Task Force released the final report detailing its recommendations to help MIT evolve for a new world. Organized around four main themes, 16 recommendations are aimed to lay the groundwork for MIT to reinvent education for future generations of learners both on its campus and beyond.
Don’t Let the Disruption Hype Fool You: America Is Actually Getting Less Entrepreneurial New York Magazine
Is the United States getting more or less entrepreneurial? There’s a good chance that you answered “more,” thinking of the second rise of Silicon Valley and the success and proliferation of firms like Uber and Airbnb.
But the glitz, glamour, and big money of San Francisco — as well as the cultural potency of and media attention paid to start-ups — shroud a hard truth. The country is getting less entrepreneurial.
In aggregate, firms are aging. People are starting fewer new businesses, and older businesses are doing better than their younger competitors.
For all the talk of “disruption” in today’s economy, it is better to be a big, old incumbent dinosaur than it is to be a lean, mean start-up.
A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM’s Watson MIT Technology Review
Researchers at IBM are testing a version of Watson designed to listen and contribute to business meetings.
An early prototype has been made in the Cognitive Environments Lab, which opened last year at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson research center in Yorktown Heights, New York.
It is intended to explore how software that can understand and participate in human interactions could “magnify human cognition,” says Dario Gil, director for symbiotic cognitive systems at IBM research.
Attending a More Selective College Doesn't Improve Graduation Prospects The Christian Science Monitor
A new study looked at a nationally representative sample of students at 420 four-year public and private nonprofit institutions. After accounting for differences in students’ backgrounds, it found that attending a more selective college, as measured by the college’s average SAT score, had negligible effects on whether a student would graduate within six years.
Many researchers have argued that students should consider attending the most selective school they can get into, partly because these schools do a better job of getting their students across the finish line. But “there’s not some kind of secret sauce,” says Paul Attewell, professor of sociology and urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York .
While colleges can do many things to help students succeed, such as offering better academic advising, “graduation is very closely predicted by student background,” Professor Attewell says.
Princeton Faculty Group Recommends Axing Policy That Limits A’s The Chronicle of Higher Education
A faculty committee at Princeton University has recommended that the institution scrap its policy limiting the A’s handed out by each department, over time, to 35 percent of grades.
The committee recommended that the numerical benchmarks be replaced by general grading standards set forth by each department. “We suggest that this sort of continuing conversation is a more effective and positive way of having an appropriate grading policy, and with fewer undesirable side effects, than setting numerical targets”.
Are Accelerated Degree Programs an Answer to Rising College Costs? Consumer Affairs
For a generation the cost of a college education has been rising much faster than the rate of inflation.As a result, student loan balances are getting bigger and bigger, to the point that the total amount owed on student loans in the U.S. is well over $1 trillion. The search is on for a solution to out of control spending on higher education.
One possible solution might be speed. Instead of spending 4 or 5 years earning a bachelor's degree, running up thousands of dollars in debt each year, what if you could get that degree in a shorter period of time – maybe 18 months?
An accelerated degree program is obviously aimed at adults who have completed some college but are now in the working world. In their present form these programs may be less suitable for incoming freshmen with no credits. Beyond that, these programs might not work for everyone. It will take someone with a lot of discipline and willingness to put in the intense work to reach their goals.
Google and Barnes & Noble Unite to Take On Amazon The New York Times
Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service that Amazon has long dominated: the fast, cheap delivery of books.
Google Shopping, which began operations about a year ago, allows online shoppers to order products from stores like Costco, Walgreens, Staples and Target, and have them delivered to their doors within hours.
The partnership could help Barnes & Noble make inroads into online sales when its brick-and-mortar business remains stagnant.
The competition to provide faster shipping has been increasing in recent years as retailers have scrambled to claim a piece of the growing e-commerce market.
Burger Robot Poised to Disrupt Fast Food Industry Singularity Hub
The Momentum burger-bot isn’t remotely humanoid. It’s more of a burger assembly line. Ingredients are stored in automated containers along the line. Instead of pre-prepared veggies, cheese, and ground beef—the bot chars, slices, dices, and assembles it all fresh.
Why would talented engineers schooled at Berkeley, Stanford, UCSB, and USC with experience at Tesla and NASA bother with burger-bots? Robots are increasingly capable of jobs once thought the sole domain of humans—and that’s a huge opportunity.
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