Bill Gates Talks Performance Funding and MOOCs in Conference Keynote

21 Jul

By Don Troop

Bill Gates, a founder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist, touched on a myriad of issues facing higher-education institutions during his keynote address on Monday at the annual conference, in Seattle, of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Here are some of the highlights:

On access: “The United States really stands for the proposition of equal opportunity. We’re striving in our work [at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation] to have the U.S. maintain and strengthen that, where access to great education is the key element. When we ask about the strength of our country in the decades to come, renewing this strength, helping it stay on top is one of the most important things that we need to do.”

On performance-based funding: “Although in a certain sense measurements can be a very, very good thing, this is a challenge that we have to get out in front of, because inappropriate measures can be worse than no measures at all, because they can incent the wrong kinds of behavior.”

On MOOCs: “You’ll see emerge over the next five years some fantastic courses for remedial math, remedial writing, statistics, all the entry-level courses. … The net result of that is that the lecture piece will no longer be competitive.”

[ Full article available at The Chronicle of Higher Education: ]

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Industry News, MOOCs in the News


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