By Lillian Williams
What are innovative ways to educate students in the 21st century?
President Obama jumped into the education reform debate today during a speech at State University of New York in Buffalo, N.Y.
Citing specific examples, the President’s remarks included the following:
- “Southern New Hampshire University gives course credit based on how well students master the material, not just on how many hours they spend in the classroom. So the idea would be if you’re learning the material faster, you can finish faster, which means you pay less and you save money. The University of Wisconsin is getting ready to do the same thing.”
- “You’ve got Central Missouri University — I went there, and they’ve partnered with local high schools and community colleges so that their students can show up at college and graduate in half the time because they’re already starting to get college credits while they’re in high school or while they’re in a two-year college, so by the time they get to a four-year college they’re saving money.”
- “Universities like Carnegie Mellon, Arizona State, they’re starting to show that online learning can help students master the same material in less time and often at lower cost. Georgia Tech, which is a national leader in computer science, just announced it will begin offering an online master’s degree in computer science at a fraction of the cost of a traditional class, but it’s just as rigorous and it’s producing engineers who are just as good. “
- “So a lot of other schools are experimenting with these ideas to keep tuition down. They’ve got other ways to help students graduate in less time, at less cost, while still maintaining high quality. The point is it’s possible. And it’s time for more colleges to step up with even better ways to do it. And we’re going to provide additional assistance to states and universities that are coming up with good ideas. “
Read his entire speech on education reform here.
It’s your turn. What are your thoughts on the President’s ideas?