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Quick Hits

December 30, 1899


​We are pleased to introduce this series of what we are calling “Quick Hit” papers: briefs on current and emerging topics in the realm of education attainment and innovation.

Through this project, funded by Lumina Foundation, we hope to provide up-to-date information and thinking on emerging trends to higher education leaders, policymakers, and others. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ACE.


Papers in the Series 

Revisiting Apprenticeships
While the word “apprenticeship” may evoke images of craft guilds in the Middle Ages, the concept is gaining new currency today in the United States. Here’s what you need to know. 
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Open Textbooks: The Current State of Play
We hear a lot in higher education about open educational resources (OER), but how extensively are they being used? Use of open textbooks, one form of OER, is gaining traction across different types of colleges and universities, and the catalog of OER textbooks continues to expand.
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Innovating to Expand Student International Experiences
More than 90% of college students never study abroad. Some innovative colleges and universities are developing programs to help those students gain international experiences. Read about them in this edition of Quick Hits.
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Moving the Needle on Predictive Analytics
In using data to improve student success, higher education is at a transition point, pivoting from harvesting data to learning how to use it strategically in developing interventions—and getting those findings to faculty and students so they can have an impact. Read more in this edition of Quick Hits.
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Rethinking Credentialing
Postsecondary credentials are increasingly a prerequisite for access to good jobs and career advancement. It is estimated that by 2020, two-thirds of jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.
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A More Uniform Way of Recognizing Online Degree Programs Across State Lines, with SARA as a Focus
The process for regulating postsecondary online courses and programs needs to become more uniform nationally in order to safeguard students and ensure that institutions can provide quality education at a reasonable cost. Read more in this edition of Quick Hits.
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Exploring the Topic of Indirect Costs to Today’s Higher Education Students

Indirect costs make up the majority of the total cost of attendance for more than half of American college students, yet little attention has been paid to what is included in those costs and how colleges and universities set students’ indirect cost budgets. This brief summarizes the components of indirect costs and the magnitude of these costs, and discusses whether the estimates accurately reflect students’ living expenses.
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Quick Hits: Credit Mobility and Postsecondary Attainment

Changes in student demographics, attendance and mobility patterns, and career pathways—together with rapid labor market and technological change—call for innovation in policy and practice to help students get the education and credentials they need while reducing the amount of time and overall cost involved in the process. Read about credit mobility in this edition of Quick Hits.
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Other ACE News

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    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

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  • Technology

    December 15, 2017

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    FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to approve a proposal to repeal its net neutrality rules, which uphold the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally. Today’s announcement followed a contentious...

  • Institutional Effectiveness

    December 13, 2017

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    ACE Paper Explores Use of Data Analytics to Spur Student, Institutional Success

    ​Colleges and universities have begun to embrace the need for data-informed decision making to help drive institutional innovation and improvement, but more progress is needed before the analytics revolution takes firm root in higher education.

  • Higher Education Act

    December 13, 2017

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    House Committee Approves Higher Education Act Reauthorization Bill

    The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act now goes to the full House for consideration.

  • Leading Internationalization

    December 13, 2017


    ACE’s 2018 Internationalization Collaborative: Leading in a World of Growing Complexity

    Senior international officers and other campus leaders can register now for the 2018 ACE/AIEA Internationalization Collaborative, the annual forum for sharing ideas for advancing internationalization. It will take place in Washington, DC, on Feb....


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