Yesterday morning, American Public University System (APUS) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Charles Town and Ranson, WV Community Revitalization Project. The event featured a public reception at our administrative/finance center and remarks by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, Ranson Mayor David Hamill, and Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith. Representatives of the US Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the WV Department of Transportation also participated in this event.… Read the rest
Educating part-time higher ed students is undeniably complex, and critical for the economy, employers, society, and the non-traditional, working adult student. This is especially true as nations accelerate their embrace of an increasingly diverse, multi-skilled workforce and are committed to lifelong learning to help spur economic growth. Tricia King, pro-vice-master for student experience and director of external relations at Birkbeck, University of London, skillfully addresses these trends with telling research from across the pond.
As evidence, King cites a new report, “The power of part-time,” published by Universities UK (UUK), which emphasizes how part-time study is a “powerhouse for skills” and calls for immediate action to improve and better understand provisions for part-time students.… Read the rest
American Public University System has received a Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) Effective Practice Award for its “Online Learning Contact Hour Calculator,” an adaptive model for calculating contact hours. This makes us the first three-time winner of the award. The university was recognized today at the annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning.
By Elena Mastors, Dean of Applied Research
When faced with a complex question for which we don’t have answers, we often turn to research. In order to discover the best answers, it’s critical that we look at how we approach research—especially as scholars.
In academia, class research primarily involves consulting scholarly sources, such as books and peer-reviewed articles, to find answers on a variety of topics. It’s part and parcel to getting a degree. But, we first must ask ourselves—what type of research is best, basic or applied?… Read the rest
According to a new Gallup survey of Americans aged 18 and older, a majority of the 1,000 adults responding believe online instruction is “at least as good” as classroom-based courses in terms of value, offering a format in which most students can succeed, and tailored instruction.
When asked to rate online vs. face-to-face courses based on the courses’ reach and quality, more Americans rated online courses as better than traditional courses in five categories. While many questioned the rigor of testing and grading, and whether employers viewed online degrees as positively as those received from traditional, brick-and-mortar institutions, most of the respondents rated online courses as the same or better on all criteria measured but the latter.… Read the rest
On Veterans Day, we celebrate and honor members of our nation’s armed forces for their tremendous commitment and sacrifices.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Allies and Germany announced a temporary cessation of all hostilities, signaling the end of the Great War, World War I. November 11 was known as Armistice Day until 1954, when it was renamed Veterans Day.
Our military veterans currently number more than 21 million, from Richard Overton—who at 107 is our oldest living World War II veteran—to young men and women barely in their 20s.… Read the rest
In July, 2013, Sallie Mae released its annual report, “How America Pays for College.” Ipsos Public Affairs conducted the survey, which focuses on undergraduate students, ages 18 to 24 years old. Half of the survey population were enrolled students; the other half included parents of enrolled undergraduate students. The most recent edition of the report examines how Americans paid for college for the 2012-13 academic year, most likely relevant only for “traditional” students (18-24 year olds attending college full-time after high school graduation).A report that focuses on non-traditional college students’ funding of college would be of interest as well.… Read the rest
When I was a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Bob Zemsky constantly reminded my classmates and me of two important things to remember when writing research papers or dissertations. The first was to show the reader the evidence; making statements or conclusions based on flimsy evidence was not a pathway toward graduation or a means of building a successful academic career post graduation. The second piece of advice was to weave your evidence, reason for research, etc., into a story. … Read the rest
The importance of data and assessment in higher education is well-known by astute college and university leaders. Technology has advanced in a way that allows institutions to more effectively gather and analyze data in order to improve the student’s learning experience and learning outcomes. Institutional research teams are some of the busiest people on campus as they work to analyze data evaluating countless variables and providing invaluable recommendations based on their findings. Though this high level assessment takes place in a variety of ways on most college campuses, there is a noticeable gap in the type of data and assessment available to those attempting to correlate college completion and workforce trends.… Read the rest
Last month, Academic Impressions released a report titled “The Other Higher-Ed Bubble (The Bubble We Aren’t Talking About).” Amit Mrig, President of Academic Impressions, authored the report and describes what he calls the “denial bubble.” Mrig recounts the most typical problems he hears at higher education conferences and from his colleagues in the industry; he notes that there seems to be a tendency to identify and focus on problems that are beyond the control of higher education administrators. In reality, according to Mrig, higher education as a whole would be better served to stop talking about the woes associated with the “Great Recession” of 2008 and cuts to funding sources and focus more on the issues that are within the control of today’s higher education leaders. … Read the rest
- Charles Town and Ranson, WV Community Revitalization Groundbreaking December 3, 2013
- Lifelong Learning is the New Norm November 25, 2013
- APUS Is First Three-Time Sloan Award Recipient November 21, 2013
- Scholarly Research: The Paths to Answering Complex Questions November 18, 2013
- Surveys Show Americans See Quality of Online Education November 13, 2013
- The “Myths” About Online Education May 4, 2010
- Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns August 6, 2008
- Higher Ed’s Economic Challenges May 25, 2010
- Charlene Li’s Groundswell May 27, 2008
- My Vote is For Apple September 29, 2008
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Blogs I Read
- Access with Success (Larry Penley)
- All Things Digital (Walt Mossberg)
- Center for College Affordability & Productivity
- Changing Higher Education
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- Durham in Wonderland
- Josh Bernoff
- New Realities in Higher Education
- Solutions for Our Future
- Southwest Airlines
- The College Puzzle