University of Illinois and Coursera Partner to offer a MOOC-style MBA

University of Illinois and Coursera Partner to offer a MOOC-style MBA


Recent news that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering an MBA in partnership with Coursera is not a surprise. Coursera has worked hard to find a business model that will generate revenues for it and its partner schools, and this opportunity has the potential to create substantially more revenues than the standard MOOC proctoring and certificate fees.The coverage of the partnership by Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education provides insights to the major terms of the partnership but leaves unanswered questions about student demand for the product, employer acceptance, and accreditation and regulatory compliance among others.

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Personalization and Respect Central to Creating Value for Non-Traditional Students

Guest Post: Personalization and Respect Central to Creating Value for Non-Traditional Students

APUS is dedicated to implementing best practices and programs for our students that support their academic and personal success.  In this guest post, Caroline Simpson, APUS assistant provost of student services, shares her thoughts on personalization of service, transparency of options, and various support practice benefits. 

*Snippet from Evolllution

Non-traditional students expect a level of service from institutions that is, frankly, foreign to many higher education leaders.

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The NCAA Final Four – A Weekend to Remember

The NCAA Final Four – A Weekend to Remember

Two weeks ago, I attended the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Indianapolis. It was not my first Final Four as I attended previously in 2001 (Minneapolis) and 2010 (Indianapolis). I was able to attend because my undergraduate alma mater, Duke University, qualified and then won its assigned bracket in the South region. As a Duke alum, it was thrilling to watch my team win and to see some old friends I hadn’t seen in a few years.

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Podcast: Pioneering Learning Relationship Management

This week, I’m featuring a podcast from former APUS Chief Operations Officer Dr. Sharon van Wyk and Fidelis Founder and CEO Gunnar Counselman discussing how the organizations are working to enhance student engagement and successful outcomes through their innovative Learning Relationship Management partnership.

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Wally Boston

‘THE END OF COLLEGE: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere’ by Kevin Carey

The best non-fiction tells a story rather than provides an analytical narrative. Kevin Carey’s new book, The End of College, weaves a compelling story about innovations in information technology that will disrupt the meritocracy of elite colleges and universities and enable low-cost education for hundreds of millions of people worldwide: “The University of Everywhere.”

Instead of attending traditional institutions, students will access books, lecture videos, and digital learning environments through the Internet.

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Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education

Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education

Since the 2008 recession, higher education “experts” have surfaced by the thousands. Some hold political office, some are entrepreneurs, some are writers, and some self-qualify simply because they graduated from college and believe their personal perspective is all that matters. Sadly, most of these so-called experts form their opinions based on a narrow view of higher education without examining the broader, more diverse landscape of institutions educating a wide spectrum of students.

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Sweet Briar

Change is Hard but – if Needed – Change before it’s Too Late

Last week’s announcement that Sweet Briar College would close in August came as a shock to many. Some alumnae have organized a fundraising campaign to keep Sweet Briar alive and others are wondering why a college with an $84 million endowment and 700 students had to close while it still had cash in the bank. The board cited an unsustainable enrollment decline as one of the reasons.

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Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities

Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities

In the Fall of 2013, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators (Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.) established a task force of college and university presidents to examine federal regulation of higher education and to identify and recommend potential improvements. The task force subsequently examined the process by which higher education rules are developed and implemented and also proposed changes for improvement in that area.

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Educational Attainment: Tracking the Academic Success of Servicemembers and Veterans

Educational Attainment: Tracking the Academic Success of Servicemembers and Veterans

While much has been written about college persistence and retention related to traditional college students (18-22 year-olds matriculating immediately after high school graduation), substantially less has been written about adult students, particularly those whose jobs and family obligations make it difficult to attend college in a traditional face-to-face classroom structure. Many of the published research papers about non-traditional or online student persistence have been single-institution studies, offering little ability to make comparisons between studies because of the lack of common definitions and benchmarks.

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What Stays in Vegas

What Stays in Vegas

Adam Tanner’s new book, What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data – Lifeblood of Big Business – and the End of Privacy as We Know It, is both enlightening and frightening. Tanner, a fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, has also been a reporter and bureau chief for several news agencies and newspapers.

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