Rachelle Peterson

Director of Research Projects, National Association of Scholars. Rachelle Peterson can be reached at peterson@nas.org.

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Signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

Dec 05, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Nearly 700 college presidents vow to eliminate their campuses' greenhouse gas emissions. NAS found that these schools are concentrated along the two coasts, more likely to be elite liberal arts colleges than universities, predominantly…

Test Your Knowledge: Music Education

Dec 03, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Do you know your scales and arpeggios?

The MOOC Demographic

Nov 28, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

MOOC students are often college degreed professionals, not the underprivileged assemblage that MOOCs intended to reach.  

Test Your Knowledge: Presidential Education

Nov 25, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

How much do you know about America's presidents relative to higher education?

MOOC Course Correction

Nov 20, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Udacity, thinks MOOCs have failed to reach their target audience and need to switch their focus to teaching technical skills. 

Why Do Students Drop Out of MOOCs?

Nov 12, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Ninety percent or more of MOOC registrants will fail to complete their courses, often because of the impersonal, sterile atmosphere. 

Happy Campus Sustainability Day!

Oct 23, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Colleges across the country celebrate the 11th annual campus sustainability day. 

Fixing Gender @ Bates

Oct 08, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Bates College celebrates sexual experimentation...and conformity to tradition. 

What Do MOOCs Cost?

Sep 20, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

MOOCs are often hailed as the cost-savers of higher ed, but it turns out they're rather expensive to make. 

What Do Professors Think of MOOCs?

Aug 30, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

According to Inside Higher Ed's recent survey, many professors believe Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are inferior to other forms of online teaching and the real-life classroom. 

MOOC Waves: The Unexpected Resistance to MOOCs

Aug 09, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

The MOOC tsunami may prove to be more of a tributary.

What Does “Sustainability” Cost?

Jul 10, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Middlebury College goes green...and its budget goes red.

Too Cool for School

Jun 21, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Unschooling is popular, but should it be?

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