This week, insurance provider Anthem Inc. partnered with Southern New Hampshire University in the latest example of the increasingly popular move by employers to offer free higher ed training as a job benefit. Previous examples have included programs between Starbucks and Arizona State University, as well as Fiat Chrysler and Strayer University.
In other news, employee poaching by car-sharing app Uber, in its bid to develop a driverless car, left Carnegie Mellon down 40 robotics researchers after poaching the National Robotics Engineering Center's director, key program leaders, and others in a move that also sees over $10 million in research funding leaving the center.
Meanwhile, additional U.S. Department of Education scrutiny of for-profit ITT will see the company submit cash flow projections every two weeks in addition to other penalties. And in MOOC and alternative credentialing news, Udacity's Sebastian Thrun told The Next Web that he sees credentials like his company's nanodegrees bringing higher ed into the 21st century.
Has the recent Rolling Stone article forecasting a higher ed doomsday in the U.S. got you down? According to Dartmouth's Joshua Kim, the coming dismantling of higher education may be greatly exaggerated.
Be sure to check out our look at the need for a college placement makeover and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- Online education partnerships increasingly popular among employers: Free schooling is gaining steam as an employment benefit and higher ed should take note.
- Uber poaching leaves Carnegie Mellon down 40 key robotics researchers: The company behind the popular car-sharing app hopes to develop tech for self-driving cars.
- ITT faces new scrutiny from Ed Dept: The for-profit education group will have to send financial information every two weeks, as well as monthly student data reports.
- Thrun sees nanodegrees as key to ed democratization: The Udacity founder sees short, online degree programs pushing higher education into the 21st century.
- Maybe higher ed isn't being dismantled after all: Some aren't sold on a recent Rolling Stone article's argument that we are nearing a higher ed doomsday.
- Research finds college placement tests in need of makeover: Consensus is growing around the need for better placement processes and practices.
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