Nov. 18-19, 2013, POLICY SUMMIT - Rise of the MOOCs: Foreshadowing the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

The rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and the growth of open educational resources (OER) have the potential to drive significant change in the higher education enterprise including faculty roles, funding and budgeting, student support services, learning outcome definition and assessment, academic credit and credentialing, and the heart of the teaching and learning process.

Through informative and provocative presentations, discussions, and an examination of innovative and promising practices, attendees at the 2013 MHEC policy summit will consider how to position colleges, universities, and higher education systems to be prepared for potential changes brought by MOOCs and OER on 1) faculty/teaching; 2) institutions/credentialing; 3) students/learning; and 4) systems/planning.

Closing the Postsecondary Attainment Gap: Midwestern Competitiveness in a Global Economy

The United States is losing ground to other countries in the proportion of its workforce that possesses a college degree. Given the relationship between educational level, employment and growth, the rising credentials gap threatens the future economic competitiveness of our nation. President Obama has expressed a commitment to ensuring that our nation will once again lead the world in having the highest proportion of students graduating from college by the year 2020. According to the State Higher Education Executive Officers, in order to maintain pace with top performing countries the United States will need to produce a projected 15 million additional postsecondary degrees and other credentials by 2025.