• Technology reshapes education, 'making thinking visible'
    by Richard Asa on September 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Jeannette Jones, dean of education at Schaumburg-based for-profit American InterContinental University, told of a time she sat in on a middle school class and a student asked the teacher a question. She said the teacher didn't know the answer — but on the spot posed the question to her Twitter... […]

  • What college students need to know about fending off hackers
    by John Carpenter on September 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The rest of the world sees millions of bright young men and women arriving on college campuses across the country. Computer hackers see fresh meat. They see kids with fingerprints all over the web, handy trails all over social media, and access to large university networks. Mostly, though, experts... […]

  • Chicago private schools lead 'high-tech, high-touch' movement
    by John Carpenter on August 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    You probably wouldn’t associate power tools with Chicago’s expensive private schools. But JD Pirtle is proud of his band saw and drill press. They are low-tech anchors to the The Catherine Cook School's high-tech Idea Lab, which also includes 3D printers, sewing machines and a wall-size, interactive... […]

  • Caffeinated toothpaste, more innovations flow from area high schools
    by Susan Moskop on August 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Lizzete Manjarrez remembers the time she asked her tech-savvy older brother not to throw away a computer-science book that he bought for class and didn’t need any more. She wanted it for herself. “I look up to my brother and would always be around him when he was doing programming projects,” said... […]

  • How to navigate the credentialing maze
    by Jason A. Tyszko and Louis Soares on August 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Over the past decade, there has been a stunning increase in the number and variety of credentials available in this country — college degrees, educational certificates, industry credentials, licensures, and most recently micro-credentials, such as digital badges. On the surface, this diversity... […]

  • MBA focus: So who's teaching those courses on entrepreneurship?
    by Cheryl V. Jackson on August 25, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Chicago’s colleges and universities reflect the city’s thriving startup community. Centers and institutes for entrepreneurship abound, as do courses and MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship. Leaders of Chicago business schools say they’re responding to student demand and that they aim to provide... […]

  • Entrepreneur professor tries to create 'atmosphere for all voices'
    by Cheryl V. Jackson on August 21, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Chicago entrepreneur Dima Elissa ⇒, who teaches entrepreneurship as an adjunct faculty member at Associated Colleges of the Midwest in Chicago, says educators should go beyond encouraging diversity. “Don't just invite it,” she said, “but create the atmosphere for all voices to be heard and respected.”... […]

  • Entrepreneur Mark Tebbe draws on 'real-world experience' in classroom
    by Cheryl V. Jackson on August 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Mark Tebbe ⇒, chairman of ChicagoNext, the tech council of World Business Chicago, says he brings a “been there, done that, seen that” mentality to his role of adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Twice, Tebbe has founded or co-founded a... […]

  • Innovators' ideas for school reform should prod educators
    by John Carpenter on August 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I wanted to dismiss “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era” as yet another volley in the push-me-pull-me history of education reform. But Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith’s offering is bolder than that, perhaps because the Internet — or rather it’s ubiquity thanks to... […]

  • Multiple choice: MBA options, prices pose tough questions
    by Cheryl V. Jackson on August 18, 2015 at 1:56 am

    You’re wondering about school choices and costs, and you’re asking yourself when's the best time to pursue an MBA. Conor Gee knew. “I knew that without a masters degree I’d hit a glass ceiling, and I wanted to do it right away before I had kids and got too busy to where I wouldn’t go back,” said... […]

  • Chicago's major MBA schools by the numbers, including women enrollment
    on August 18, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Many Chicago-area schools that offer MBAs give students a choice of part-time (including evening and weekend options), flexible, full-time, accelerated, dual-degree, international and other programs. Many also offer executive MBA programs for experienced working professionals, executives and leaders.... […]

  • Educator taps personal experience to teach entrepreneurship
    by Cheryl V. Jackson on August 17, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Scott L. Steward says he spent two months as an Uber driver this summer — and that he's driven to share the experience with his students. Steward teaches entrepreneurship and small-business management at Chicago State University, plus an online course on entrepreneurship at Romeoville-based Lewis... […]

  • Indiana U. to offer 'intelligent systems' engineering degrees in 2016
    by Meg Graham on August 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Indiana University will begin offering engineering degrees in “intelligent systems” beginning in the 2016-17 school year, the university said Thursday. The new bachelor’s and doctoral programs will offer degrees in bioengineering, computer engineering and cyber-physical systems, and molecular and... […]

  • An MBA experience of a lifetime: Building a company from scratch
    by Melissa Harris on August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I applied to the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business — and Booth only — to participate in the school’s New Venture Challenge, the nation’s top university-based startup accelerator. Alumni include Braintree, which sold for $800 million to Ebay; GrubHub, which went public last year;... […]

  • College financing options for adults going back to school
    by Rita Cheng, NerdWallet on August 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    As the job market evolves, companies are increasingly looking for employees with advanced or specialized degrees. According to the Census Bureau, workers with advanced degrees earn up to 61 percent more over their working lives than those with just a bachelor’s, on average. The prospect of expanded... […]

  • Is getting an MBA worth it?
    on August 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Tribune business columnist Gail MarksJarvis covers the pros and cons of taking out loans to cover an MBA degree. […]

  • The online MBA: Advantages, disadvantages in growing trend
    by Cheryl V. Jackson on August 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Software trainer Izumi “Zoom” Yoshida thought a few years ago that she needed an MBA to advance her career, but she wasn’t keen on the travel required in going back to school. So she enrolled in an online MBA program at Elmhurst College. Yoshida, 46, of Lombard, is among a growing number of people... […]

  • MBA programs in U.S., Chicago strive to enroll more women
    by Richard Asa on August 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    The issue of gender diversity has been simmering for decades in U.S. business schools, including those in Chicago. It reached a boiling point of sorts early this year when a major program called itself out. The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, with its percentage of... […]

  • Blue Sky unveils database of professional-education classes
    by Danielle Braff on August 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Maybe this is you: You finished college and swore you’d never take another class. You were wrong — because that was so yesterday. “People would get a college degree, and they thought their shadow would never again darken the hallways of college,” said Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for... […]

  • Study: Illinois is 'powerhouse' for producing female founders
    by Amina Elahi on August 6, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Illinois boasts three of the universities that produce the most female entrepreneurs. Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago are among the top 25, according to a report by CrunchBase on female founders. Northwestern is tied for 12th,... […]

  • Back-to-school gadgets include energetic backpack, magical pen
    by Danielle Braff on August 5, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Recycle your notebooks and scratch the No. 2 pencils from your shopping list. This year, your back-to-school tab is more likely to include gadgets, gadgets and more gadgets. More schools and students are incorporating technology into their teaching and learning. “I think more than anything, what... […]

  • Beyond coding: General Assembly wants to fill education gaps
    by Kate MacArthur on August 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    For all the education and college debt that American millennials have accumulated, a recent study showed they are less prepared for the technology-driven work world than their global peers. Annie Lin, regional director of General Assembly Chicago, says this gap helped drive the New York-based coding... […]

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