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  • Robert E Jensen

    Papa John's has offered to pay the tuition of around 20,000 employees enrolled in Purdue University Global's online undergraduate and graduate-degree programs ---
    https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Papa-Johns-offers-free-college-tuition-for-employees-505991211.html?elqTrackId=3a885d0d515c461796111feb02f56c76&elq=c27b13832aab47b98b52843cdca2b5dc&elqaid=22298&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10978
    Jensen Comment
    This follows a succession of fast-food company announcements of free college benefits to employees, including those of Starbucks, McDonalds, and Taco Bell. Most are online degree programs, but I think McDonalds will also pay local onsite tuition. Walmart is among the earliest major companies to cover tuition for college degrees. Large accounting firms for years have had much smaller and more-focused degree programs for employees that entail more extensive leaves from jobs to enroll in on-line campus courses. Also in this competitive market for top recruits it's increasingly common to offer new employees student-loan repayment assistance.

    Bob Jensen's threads on distance education alternatives ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm

    Mega-Universities (unexpectedly) on the Rise ---
    https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/Trend19-MegaU-Main?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=818d19efc4804478bc59234df45cb112&elq=e45302a1d7524e09bb00395f674bd07c&elqaid=22287&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10969

    Liberty, Southern New Hampshire, Grand Canyon, Western Governors, and a few other universities have found a new way to play the game that many colleges are losing. Could they one day lay claim to a significant share of the nation’s new college students?

    . . .

    At a time when many colleges are struggling with shrinking enrollment and tighter budgets, Southern New Hampshire is thriving on a grand scale, and it’s not alone. Liberty, Grand Canyon, and Western Governors Universities, along with a few other nonprofit institutions, have built huge online enrollments and national brands in recent years by subverting many of traditional higher education’s hallmarks. Western Governors has 88,585 undergraduates, according to U.S. Education Department data, more than the top 14 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings combined.

    Jensen Comment
    Especially note the graph of enrollment trends at Arizona State, Grand Canyon, Liberty, Southern New Hampshire, and Western Governors.
    The most important key to success, in my viewpoint, is the attraction of top students coupled with tougher admission standards that are key to academic reputations. If admission standards are not tough reputation depends upon academic standards for flunking out low performers. If you graduate low performers you can soon develop a reputation for being a diploma mill ---  which is the fate of most of the for-profit universities that have closed or will soon close.

    Of course the attraction of reputable faculty is important, especially in research (R1) universities, but often the top research faculty are not even teaching undergraduates. What the Mega-Universities have to concentrate is on hiring and nurturing of great teachers who are experts in their disciplines. This will increasingly change accreditation standards and enforcement.

    Arizona State University is somewhat unique in that it seems to want to be both a reputable R1 research university (with distinguished researchers) along with a diversity of missions such as providing Starbucks' funded degrees to any Starbucks employee (including part-time employees) who want to do the academic work for free.

    Note that religion is no key to success in and of itself. Many religious colleges are on the verge of bankruptcy while Liberty University enrollments soar.

    For me the greatest surprise is how competency testing seems to not be the kiss of death that I predicted in this era where students are constantly brown nosing teachers for grades and seeking leniency based upon race and age. Both WGU and Southern New Hampshire are noted for grading based upon competency testing ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/assess.htm#ConceptKnowledge

  • Robert E Jensen

    Papa John's has offered to pay the tuition of around 20,000 employees enrolled in Purdue University Global's online undergraduate and graduate-degree programs ---
    https://www.wilx.com/content/news/Papa-Johns-offers-free-college-tuition-for-employees-505991211.html?elqTrackId=3a885d0d515c461796111feb02f56c76&elq=c27b13832aab47b98b52843cdca2b5dc&elqaid=22298&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10978
    Jensen Comment
    This follows a succession of fast-food company announcements of free college benefits to employees, including those of Starbucks, McDonalds, and Taco Bell. Most are online degree programs, but I think McDonalds will also pay local onsite tuition. Walmart is among the earliest major companies to cover tuition for college degrees. Large accounting firms for years have had much smaller and more-focused degree programs for employees that entail more extensive leaves from jobs to enroll in on-line campus courses. Also in this competitive market for top recruits it's increasingly common to offer new employees student-loan repayment assistance.

    Bob Jensen's threads on distance education alternatives ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm

    Mega-Universities (unexpectedly) on the Rise ---
    https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/Trend19-MegaU-Main?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=818d19efc4804478bc59234df45cb112&elq=e45302a1d7524e09bb00395f674bd07c&elqaid=22287&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=10969

    Liberty, Southern New Hampshire, Grand Canyon, Western Governors, and a few other universities have found a new way to play the game that many colleges are losing. Could they one day lay claim to a significant share of the nation’s new college students?

    . . .

    At a time when many colleges are struggling with shrinking enrollment and tighter budgets, Southern New Hampshire is thriving on a grand scale, and it’s not alone. Liberty, Grand Canyon, and Western Governors Universities, along with a few other nonprofit institutions, have built huge online enrollments and national brands in recent years by subverting many of traditional higher education’s hallmarks. Western Governors has 88,585 undergraduates, according to U.S. Education Department data, more than the top 14 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings combined.

    Jensen Comment
    Especially note the graph of enrollment trends at Arizona State, Grand Canyon, Liberty, Southern New Hampshire, and Western Governors.
    The most important key to success, in my viewpoint, is the attraction of top students coupled with tougher admission standards that are key to academic reputations. If admission standards are not tough reputation depends upon academic standards for flunking out low performers. If you graduate low performers you can soon develop a reputation for being a diploma mill ---  which is the fate of most of the for-profit universities that have closed or will soon close.

    Of course the attraction of reputable faculty is important, especially in research (R1) universities, but often the top research faculty are not even teaching undergraduates. What the Mega-Universities have to concentrate is on hiring and nurturing of great teachers who are experts in their disciplines. This will increasingly change accreditation standards and enforcement.

    Arizona State University is somewhat unique in that it seems to want to be both a reputable R1 research university (with distinguished researchers) along with a diversity of missions such as providing Starbucks' funded degrees to any Starbucks employee (including part-time employees) who want to do the academic work for free.

    Note that religion is no key to success in and of itself. Many religious colleges are on the verge of bankruptcy while Liberty University enrollments soar.

    For me the greatest surprise is how competency testing seems to not be the kiss of death that I predicted in this era where students are constantly brown nosing teachers for grades and seeking leniency based upon race and age. Both WGU and Southern New Hampshire are noted for grading based upon competency testing ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/assess.htm#ConceptKnowledge

  • Robert E Jensen

    From a Chronicle of Higher Education Newsletter on November 27, 2018

    I’m Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education covering innovation in and around academe. Here’s what I’m thinking about this week:

    Thoughts on the rise of the mega-university

    A few weeks ago, when I wrote about Southern New Hampshire University, I called it a forerunner of a new breed of institution, the nonprofit mega-university. Now I have a confession to make: I’m still not exactly sure what that means, or what it could lead to.

    But it’s obvious to me, and to others I spoke with in the course of reporting that article, that the emergence of mega-universities — institutions like Southern New Hampshire and Western Governors University, with big online footprints, a heavy reliance on adjuncts, and standardized curricular models — will change how higher education is provided.

    Other colleges, with smaller online programs, are already feeling the pricing pressure and competitive impact, and those that have yet to enter that arena could find it harder and harder to get any traction. In the words of Russell Poulin, director of policy and analysis for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, “The University of Whatever doing one more M.B.A., that’s going to be hard.”

    “Hard,” Poulin argues, shouldn’t mean that every University of Whatever has to throw in the online towel. But it probably means they’ll need to plan with intentionality. As Poulin puts it, a Walmart coming into a small community will often crush local retailers, but “local restaurants can thrive next to chains” by being more attuned to local demands and tastes. Colleges will have to find the educational equivalents.

    In the future, Poulin contends, colleges won’t be able to just opt out of online education. “It will be an expected option of a modern college or university,” he says, even if it takes on a different form than the model the behemoths offer.

    Mega-universities could do more than change the market for students or alter the nature of faculty roles. That’s where things could get even more interesting.

    As the author and higher-education consultant Michael B. Horn suggests, institutions like Southern New Hampshire and Western Governors “could help change the definition of quality” for online education, but only if they can show that their students are getting consistently great outcomes. “That,” Horn says, “would be a good game changer for the field.”

    I think Horn is onto something. One of the biggest missed opportunities from the era when big for-profit universities dominated the online-education scene was their failure to capitalize on all the learning data they were collecting from their students. By dint of their size and sophistication, they had rich sets of data and, even several years ago, at least some rudimentary tools to analyze it.

    Yet for the most part, those colleges used the information for their own proprietary purposes rather than to demonstrate, in any transparent or consistent manner, that their education models were effective. (I can imagine many readers thinking, “They never showed that because they couldn’t.” I’ll stop short of saying that. But if they had the data to prove otherwise, few shared it.)


    It remains to be seen how the big nonprofit online players will approach matters. But as you might have sensed from the Southern New Hampshire story, I see a heartening early sign in the reporting on student outcomes that Western Governors has adopted. In its
    annual report, the university, which now enrolls more than 100,000 students, published a chart showing trends in its six-year graduation rate and a comparison to a national-average graduation rate for nonselective, nonprofit institutions.

    That may not be a perfect measure. But as WGU’s president, Scott Pulsipher, told me, “even an imperfect measure, consistently tracked,” is valuable because it will show improvements or failings.

    Pulsipher told me that he believes it’s important to report data on student outcomes. “You can buy awareness,” he said, “but you earn reputation.”

    The things WGU measures — graduation rates, students’ debt loads upon graduation, salary boosts — are valuable but not enough. And online or not, “good” measures of academic quality are still all too elusive. (For his part, Paul LeBlanc, Southern New Hampshire’s president, says one goal he sets for his institution is that “people leave us in better financial condition than when they came in.”)

    I wish I had better answers. Maybe you do. With the higher-ed landscape becoming increasingly dominated by big online operators, what are the (realistic!) measures of quality that they could be assessing and highlighting? Any other great examples of institutions that have found a way to demonstrate quality? Please send me your thoughts, and I’ll share what I hear.

    As Horn puts it, we’re still “in the early innings” of the mega-university era. Certainly, institutions like SNHU and WGU could stumble, or, as with the British Open University (perhaps the first nonprofit mega-university, which was
    once a source of inspiration for American colleges exploring distance education), fall victim to internal and outside forces and suffer enrollment and reputational declines. But I doubt this trend will reverse itself, unless of course the institutions fail to step up to the challenge. In other words, and with apologies to Voltaire (and Spiderman), with great size comes great responsibility. The question is: How well will they take it on?

    Continued in article

    Bob Jensen's threads on competency testing for academic credit ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/assess.htm#ConceptKnowledge

  • Robert E Jensen

    Harvard:  The Death of Supply Chain Management ---
    https://hbr.org/2018/06/the-death-of-supply-chain-management?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_weekly&utm_campaign=weeklyhotlist_not_activesubs&referral=00202&deliveryName=DM7738

    Jensen Comment
    Darn --- just when Walmart commenced to pay for college majors in this discipline

    Walmart’s too-good-to-be-true “$1 a day” college tuition plan, explained ---
    https://www.vox.com/2018/6/1/17413326/walmart-college-tuition-worker-pay-unemployment

    If headlines this week like “Walmart’s perk for workers: Go to college for $1 a day” (CNN) or “Walmart to offer employees a college education for $1 a day” (Washington Post) sound too good to be true, that’s because they largely are. The benefit is real, but it is much more restrictive than those headlines suggest. It’s essentially a bulk purchasing discount for a narrow range of online college courses.

    It’s also a telling benefit on a number of levels. The labor market is getting stronger, and employers are needing to think harder about how to invest in recruiting and retaining employees. But the old-fashioned strategy of paying more continues to be something corporate America resists, in part out of habit and in part because offering higher wages is a little more complicated than it looks. Companies like Walmart are, in essence, trying to get creative with their compensation packages in hopes of narrowly targeting the money they expend on the core goal of recruiting and retaining desirable workers.

    The question is whether policymakers will keep unemployment low long enough to break through the wall of resistance to across-the-board pay hikes and force big companies to finally just raise pay.

    Walmart’s actual tuition plan, explained

    The Walmart program is limited to online degree programs offered by three schools — the University of Florida, Brandman University, and Bellevue University — and specifically focused on bachelor’s or associate degrees in either business or supply chain management.

    You won’t, in other words, be able to do part-time shifts at Walmart to “pay your way through college” in the traditional sense.

    But qualifying Walmart employees (including both full-time and part-time workers who’ve been with the company for 90 days) will get discounted tuition, books, and access to a coach who will help them decide on an appropriate program and shepherd them through the application process

    It’s a nice opportunity for Walmart employees to gain a chance at upward mobility off the retail floor, and that’s likely the point. Unlike higher cash wages (which of course can be used for online college tuition as well as rent, gasoline, movie tickets, medical expenses, etc.), the tuition benefit is likely to be disproportionately appealing to people who are on the more ambitious end of the distribution. It’s an effort, in other words, to make Walmart more attractive specifically to the most appealing set of potential workers, a strategy other companies have pursued in recent years.

    Many large employers are trying tuition benefits

    Modest tuition programs have long been a staple of large employer benefits packages largely because of favorable tax treatment. The IRS allows employers to give employees several thousand dollars’ worth of tuition benefits tax-free, which makes establishing a program something of a no-brainer for most companies big enough to be employing a large back-office staff anyway.

    But four years ago, Starbucks blazed the trail of offering a much more ambitious reimbursement program that essentially offered taxable tuition subsidies rather than taxable wage increases.

    The reason: Academic research shows that workers who are interested in tuition subsidies are different from workers who are not. While everyone likes money, Peter Cappelli’s 2002 research indicates that the workers who like tuition subsidies are more productive than those who don’t, and Colleen Manchester’s 2012 research shows that subsidy-using employees have longer time horizons and are less likely to switch jobs.

    In March of this year, a consortium of big US hotels launched a generous tuition discount program, and later that month, McDonald’s substantially enhanced its tuition benefits. Kroger — another top five US employer — rolled out a new tuition program in April, and Chick-fil-A expanded its program in May.

    These initiatives differ in detail, but the broad story is the same. The unemployment rate is now low, so recruiting new staff is getting harder. Companies are looking to enhance their compensation but would like to do so in targeted ways.

    Continued in article

  • Robert E Jensen

    2018:  More than six million USA people take online courses each year, including one of every four undergraduates ---
    http://onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/gradeincrease.pdf?elqTrackId=8a97109446ab42f4a6d1dd82378a5d42&elq=f017428740324fe9851503671bdc6dcc&elqaid=19259&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=8759

    Fee-based and free distance education training and education alternatives ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm
    Many employers will pay all or part of the fees, including Starbucks, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, etc. For example, Starbucks will pay Arizona State University tuition even for part-time employees. McDonalds will pay tuition for onsite as well as online courses.

    Free MOOCs and other high-quality online learning alternatives (there may be fees for certificates and transcript credits but the MOOC learning is free for thousands of courses from prestigious universities around the world) ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

    Video on One Possible Future of Higher Education ---
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gU3FjxY2uQ

  • Robert E Jensen
  • Robert E Jensen

    Question
    What are the most important criteria for sustainable online programs?

    Bob Jensen's Answer
    In my mind the most important criteria are academic standard reputations and sustainability if the Federal government stopped paying tuition for military veterans. Sustainable online programs have reputation things and niches that make them survivors. Most flagship universities (think Wisconsin and Illinois) have online programs these days that are cash cows for the onsite programs and would survive even without Federal money for military veterans. Such flagship online programs are filling a variety of needs and are often taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Probably the most exciting new things these days are the McDonalds new program for funding employee higher education (onsite or online) and the Purdue takeover of Kaplan University's faltering online programs.

    Of course some online programs have non-traditional funding like Western Governors University and programs funded by employers like Walmart, Starbucks, etc.

    The University of Phoenix’s online enrollment plummets while Western Governors and Southern New Hampshire near 100,000 students as they vie to rule the roost.---
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/04/23/nonprofits-poised-unseat-u-phoenix-largest-online-university?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=e057cf8bf5-DNU20180111&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-e057cf8bf5-197565045&mc_cid=e057cf8bf5&mc_eid=1e78f7c952

    Liberty University --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_University
    Roughly Half the Students are Graduate Students
    15.000 Students On Campus
    Nearly 100,000 Students Online

    3.1 Center for Law and Government
    3.2 Rawlings School of Divinity
    3.3 Technical Studies and Trades
    3.4 Zaki Gordon Cinematic Arts Center
    3.5 College of Osteopathic Medicine
    3.6 School of Business
    3.7 School of Aeronautics
    3.8 School of Engineering
    3.9 School of Music

    NYT;  How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/magazine/how-liberty-university-built-a-billion-dollar-empire-online.html?elqTrackId=c3412b137c0b46c9999c5833ed3dca57&elq=c99a9c459f244693a05fd66569b048c0&elqaid=18667&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=8407

    Not to be forgotten in all of this is Arizona State University's 150 online programs, including employer-funded programs (think Starbucks) ---
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_State_University

    Arizona State University (commonly referred to as ASU or Arizona State) is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona, as well as 150 online programs. The 2018 university ratings by U.S. News & World Report rank ASU No. 1 among the Most Innovative Schools in America for the third year in a row and has ranked ASU No. 115 in National Universities with overall score of 47/100 with 83% of student applications accepted.

    ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S. It had approximately 72,000 students enrolled in fall 2017, including 59,198 undergraduate and 12,630 graduate students.] ASU's charter, approved by the board of regents in 2014, is based on the "New American University" model created by ASU President Michael M. Crow. It defines ASU as "a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but rather by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves."

    Liberty University, Purdue University, and ASU may well be the models of the future for comprehensive universities.

    Prestigious universities (think Stanford and MIT) have online specialty programs (e.g., in engineering) as well as participation in online MOOC degree and certificate programs via EdX, Coursera, etc. ---
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course#Notable_providers

    Bob Jensen's threads on distance education alternatives around the world ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/crossborder.htm

  • Robert E Jensen

    Wow! American Bar Association Approves Online Law JDs at Syracuse and Southwestern ---
    http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2018/02/aba-approves-hybrid-online-jds-at-syracuse-southwestern.html
    The programs do have live lectures in some weekend campus visits.

    Jensen Comment
    The ABA restricts online courses in many other law schools to 30% of required coursework to take the BAR exam.

    The TSCPA Society in Texas requires 30 semester credits of approved upper level accounting courses to sit for the CPA exam, and at least half of half of those credits must be from traditional face-to-face courses on campus. This means that if a student takes a fully online accounting degree from an accredited university that student may have to enroll for 15 credits of face-to-face classes even if the student has previously taken those courses online. Plus a three credit ethics course is required that must be from a face-to-face course. There are also other required non-accounting courses but these can be online courses from accredited colleges ---
    https://www.accountingedu.org/texas-cpa.html

  • Robert E Jensen

    Online Western Governors University connects mentors to students with surprising success ---
    https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-One-University-Connects/242495?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en&elqTrackId=b229cbdccb764b3daf2cbf0f8e918854&elq=a40d69b868f44b6689f9d3a030779d3d&elqaid=17814&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=7876

    Close relationships with professors or other mentors can make a big difference for students. Having a mentor in college is linked to academic success, and even predicts well-being later in life. At the most basic level, mentorship requires interaction. So small, residential colleges might imagine that their low student-to-faculty ratios and well-trafficked common areas give them an edge in fostering those important relationships.

    But research from the Gallup-Purdue Index, which has conducted national polling and examined alumni outcomes for more than 100 colleges, suggests otherwise. Institution type didn’t correlate with the share of recent alumni who strongly agreed they’d had a mentor.

    In fact, the college that performed best on this measure was Western Governors University, which enrolls more than 67,000 undergraduates, all of them online. Sixty-nine percent of the university’s recent graduates indicated they’d had a mentor in college — more than double the share of young alumni nationally, according to Gallup polling.

    Proponents of mentorship take pains to distinguish it from advising. Mentorship, they say, is relational, while advising is transactional. Still, it’s worth remembering that many colleges wrestle with the best way to provide even transactional support. At some colleges, advising is the work of faculty members; at others, designated professionals. Which approach works best is the subject of continued debate.

    Either way, some students never meet with an adviser at all, and many others have only quick, superficial conversations about meeting their degree requirements. And while some colleges dig into student data to intervene proactively when students hit an obstacle, that has yet to become common practice.

    Western Governors’ success suggests that mentorship — which Gallup defines as having someone who "encouraged me to pursue my goals and dreams" — can be done at scale.

    Continued in article

    Bob Jensen's threads on distance education ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm

  • Robert E Jensen

    EDUCAUSE: 2017 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies ---
    https://library.educause.edu/resources/2017/6/2017-student-and-faculty-technology-research-studies

    Bob Jensen's threads on education technology ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/0000start.htm

  • Robert E Jensen

    Kaplan University --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaplan_University

    After being essentially "given away" by Jeff Bezo's Washington Post, the former Kaplan University is now named Purdue Global University ---
    https://www.chronicle.com/article/Offspring-of-Purdue-s/242213?cid=wcontentlist_hp_latest&elqTrackId=770cf49d644648389c4d60f584981a5b&elq=ec436abaed344d3f9ca010248f72e80e&elqaid=17423&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=7621

    The offspring of Purdue University’s purchase of Kaplan University has been christened Purdue University Global. In a news release, Purdue said the name would become official if the regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, approves the deal.

    That review is scheduled for February 22, according to the news release. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the U.S. Department of Education have already signed off on the deal.

    “Our campuses are typically named after the physical locations where they hold classes. Purdue University Global can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any time,” said Purdue's president, Mitch Daniels. “The name proved appealing and meaningful to our various stakeholders – most importantly prospective students.”

    The new name omits mention of Kaplan University, which currently serves 29,000 students online and in person in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

    Betty Vandenbosch, president of Kaplan University, would become chancellor of Purdue University Global.

    “The name is respectful of Purdue’s exceptional reputation, but also distinct from Purdue’s other campuses,” she said.

    Purdue’s decision to buy the for-profit university has stirred debate since news of it broke in April. Faculty members and students questioned the public university’s motives, with one equating the deal to selling the university’s brand to Wall Street. Others have raised concerns that Kaplan would retain control over the institutions it currently has while receiving a facelift from the Purdue brand.

    Jensen Comment
    Roughly speaking, Purdue University had 30,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students before taking on Kaplan's 29,000 students. This makes the acquisition of Kaplan University a pretty big deal for Purdue and greatly changes its outreach mission. Online universities typically have much lower admission standards than flagship state universities. It will be interesting to see how Purdue maintains traditionally high admission standards and graduation standards. in its new Purdue Global University. My guess is that the 29,000 figure will shrink for degree-seeking graduates, but nobody knows by how much at this juncture.

    Many of the PGU students may become non-traditional students seeking technical badges/certificates rather than transcript credits. That may become typical in many of our flagship universities as employers seek greater specialization skills of new employees, often technical skills not being taught in flagship universities at the moment. For example, until now employers would not recruit on flagship university campuses for accountants specialized in cross-currency swap accounting or accountants trained in derivative financial instrument valuations using Bloomberg terminal yield curves. That could change as badges and certificates become increasingly popular.

    Bob Jensen's threads on learning seekers apart from degree seekers ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

  • Robert E Jensen

    Distance Education:  University of Maryland University College reports record 2017 U.S. enrollments, despite a challenging climate for online providers ---
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/01/08/has-umuc-turned-enrollment-woes-around?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=3bcc4f9c28-DNU20180108&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-3bcc4f9c28-197565045&mc_cid=3bcc4f9c28&mc_eid=1e78f7c952

    Bob Jensen's threads on fee-based distance education ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/crossborder.htm

    Bob Jensen's threads on free MOOC distance education (certificates and transcript credits cost extra) ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI

  • Robert E Jensen

    Online Colleges in the Georgia System ---
    http://www.schools.com/online-colleges/georgia

    The University System of Georgia (USG) is one of the largest in the country, with a total full-time enrollment of more than 320,000 students at 29 campus locations. What's more, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) counts 39 additional public and private non-profit schools where students can earn a campus-based or online bachelor's degree in Georgia.

    Figuring out which traditional and online colleges in Georgia might be right for you can be a daunting task. What are the differences between the main campus of a large university and its satellite locations? Are you looking for a school that makes it easy for students to transfer class credits earned in a community college program? Which schools have the state's top programs for your major? Information like this can be hard to find, especially if you don't have time to hunt up all the facts you need.

    We gathered data on from the NCES and other U.S. Department of Education sources on 50+ schools in Georgia and analyzed it with our 13-point methodology. Schools that stood out in multiple categories earned the right to be called the best campus-based and online colleges in Georgia.

    Continued in article

    Bob Jensen's threads on distance higher education ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm

  • Robert E Jensen

    Online Colleges in the Georgia System ---
    http://www.schools.com/online-colleges/georgia

    The University System of Georgia (USG) is one of the largest in the country, with a total full-time enrollment of more than 320,000 students at 29 campus locations. What's more, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) counts 39 additional public and private non-profit schools where students can earn a campus-based or online bachelor's degree in Georgia.

    Figuring out which traditional and online colleges in Georgia might be right for you can be a daunting task. What are the differences between the main campus of a large university and its satellite locations? Are you looking for a school that makes it easy for students to transfer class credits earned in a community college program? Which schools have the state's top programs for your major? Information like this can be hard to find, especially if you don't have time to hunt up all the facts you need.

    We gathered data on from the NCES and other U.S. Department of Education sources on 50+ schools in Georgia and analyzed it with our 13-point methodology. Schools that stood out in multiple categories earned the right to be called the best campus-based and online colleges in Georgia.

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    Bob Jensen's threads on distance higher education ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/Crossborder.htm

  • Robert E Jensen

    Harvard Goes Outside:   To Go Online With With edX  to Start a Technical Business Analytics Certificate Program (heavy in math and statistics)
    https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/08/08/harvard-teams-corporate-partner-offer-online-business-analytics-program?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=2e2909c6fa-DNU20170808&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-2e2909c6fa-197565045&mc_cid=2e2909c6fa&mc_eid=1e78f7c952

    Three schools at the oldest university in the United States team up with 2U to start an online program in an emergent field.

    If any American university might be positioned to begin a new online program all by itself, Harvard University -- with its world-famous brand, many-billion-dollar endowment and founding relationship with the online course provider edX -- might be it. But the university announced Monday that three of its schools would create a new business analytics certificate program with 2U, the online program management company.

    A collaboration between 2U and professors at the Harvard Business School, the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the department of statistics in Harvard's main college, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the program will teach students how to leverage data and analytics to drive business growth.

    Aimed at executives in full-time work, the course will be delivered through 2U’s online platform and will feature live, seminar-style classes with Harvard faculty members. The course will cost around $50,000 for three semesters, with an estimated time requirement of 10 hours per week.

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    Also see
    https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/08/09/inside-digital-learning-experts-weigh-harvard-2u-opm-deal?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=d46e7c64f9-DNU20170809&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-d46e7c64f9-197565045&mc_cid=d46e7c64f9&mc_eid=1e78f7c952

    Jensen Comment
    Unlike most MOOC courses from prestigious universities (including Harvard) this expensive certificate program is not free on a non-credit basis.

    Bob Jensen's threads on free MOOC courses (with added fees for students who want transcript credits or certificates) ---
    http://faculty.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/updateee.htm#OKI