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Long-Term Planning Necessary for Financial Stability

stableStories about the financial challenges faced by higher education institutions are common and point to the need for boards and administration to adopt an approach to financial planning that ensures long-term stability. In the March 24 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark Keierleber writes about a number of smaller colleges that are adjusting to lower enrollments and the lagging economic recovery in “Financially Strapped Colleges Grow More Vulnerable.”

The article features a story about Ashland University, which borrowed money to build a recreation center, an education building, and an addition to its science center.… Read the rest

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“The Rising Cost of Not Going to College” – Food for Thought

153758162Pew Research Center has just published a compelling report, … Read the rest

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Social Discourse is Valuable to Online Grad-Student Experience

By Patricia Campbell, Vice President, Dean of Graduate Studies

American Public University System (APUS) and the Sloan Consortium recently co-sponsored a workshop on online graduate teaching and learning as part of the annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. Sloan-C is an association of institutions and organizations of higher education with the mission to advance online education and make it more accessible to … Read the rest

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Lifelong Learning is the New Norm

PartTimeLifeLongLearnerEducating 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

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APUS Is First Three-Time Sloan Award Recipient

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.

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Surveys Show Americans See Quality of Online Education

According to a new Gallup survey of Americans aged 18 and older, a majority of the 1,000 adults responding believe online instruction is … Read the rest

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The Future of Financing College

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

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The Denial Bubble in Higher Education

Last month, Academic Impressions released a report titled … Read the rest

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Grading the American Education System and Federal Education Policy

Last month, the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Renewing America initiative published a progress report and scorecard on federal education policy, providing striking comparisons between the US system and those found in other developed nations.  The report sheds light on the grimmest details of federal education policy and the shortcomings that led to the nation’s decline in worldwide educational rankings.  Through their research and exploration, the authors identified a persistent and consistent shortcoming of the American system, the manifestations of which can be seen across the educational spectrum in the United States. … Read the rest

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Online Disruption, MOOC Mania, and Change in Higher Education – How Crazy (or Bad) Will it Get?

(keynote delivered at the Distance Learning Administration Conference on June 5, 2013)

I began writing this speech nearly three months ago.  A week and a half ago, I wrapped it up and thought I had better run through it one last time in case any new educational technology had been released that I needed to discuss today.  While nothing notable has been released, I am sure that somewhere, someone with a background in technology is working on the next great thing to sell to students and/or institutions.… Read the rest

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