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Cathy Sandeen
Cathy A. Sandeen is vice president for education attainment and innovation at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC

Entries by Cathy Sandeen

Shifting to a "Rapid Prototype" Model to Hurdle Education Attainment Barriers

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:20 AM

I recently focused in this space on the need for a serious conversation about how the higher education community could work to improve academic credit mobility, explore alternative business models and balance the tension between career-oriented education and a broad liberal arts curriculum as a way to help...

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A Year of Higher Education Aha Moments

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:24 PM

It has been a year since I arrived at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., a 22-year veteran of the University of California and most recently the dean of UCLA Extension, charged with tackling the task of helping define and craft a national agenda for helping more...

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"Designed by . . ." a Creative and Innovative Workforce

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:40 PM

We're well into the fall season at this point--definitely my favorite season. As a life-long academic, the fall represents a beginning to me, not an ending. Think of when you were in kindergarten or first grade, hungrily eyeing that brand new box of crayons on the first day of school,...

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Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 10:21 AM

The need for more Americans to gain a college degree in order to obtain better jobs has become an important national mantra. But I worry that ill-conceived responses to the problem may be leading us down a short-term path that weakens U.S. global competitiveness.

Since the beginning of this...

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Toward a Permeable, Interconnected Higher Education System

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 12:05 PM

In my former role as a dean at the University of California Los Angeles, I helped thousands of typical American college students gain the knowledge and skills needed to become informed, engaged citizens and progress in their chosen careers.

But as the dean of UCLA Extension, these "typical" students were...

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From Hype to Nuanced Promise: American Higher Education and the MOOC 3.0 Era

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, splashed on the higher education scene in sensational fashion in the summer of 2012.

When Coursera (a Silicon Valley start-up MOOC platform) enrolled its one millionth student, The New York Times took notice with a front page article, and the higher education trade press...

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