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A Benchmark for Making College Affordable – The Rule of 10

A Benchmark for Making College Affordable – The Rule of 10

As part of its ongoing contributions to improving higher education, the Lumina Foundation issued a white paper in August 2015, A Benchmark for Making College Affordable – The Rule of 10. The paper initially references the 45 percent increase in the cost of college over the past decade while the average family income rose only 7 percent over the same period.

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Rich Media in the Online Classroom: An Interview with Drs. Phil Ice and Melissa Layne

Rich Media in the Online Classroom: An Interview with Drs. Phil Ice and Melissa Layne

At American Public University System, we recently completed a successful project to update the peer-reviewed Internet Learning Journal, which focuses on research and advancements in online learning. Our successful incorporation of rich media and interactive elements in the Journal led to a new initiative to utilize the same technology to build out state-of-the-art course applications for a 40-course pilot project to complement our traditional Learning Management System.  

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Renovation of Old Buildings Wally Boston AMU

Renovating Older Buildings, Revitalizing Communities

In a recent article about preserving historic building, Julianne Couch explains how renovating existing structures in towns and cities can revitalize the community. The article reminded me of our experience at American Public University System (APUS).

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The Internet of Things and Big Data Are Only Just Beginning

The Internet of Things and Big Data Are Only Just Beginning

I have discussed the Internet of Things and Big Data in the past. Last week, I saw  the potential for the growth and integration of each, firsthand.

While APUS has operated as an online institution since 1993, technological advances have changed how online classes are taught, and the types offered, during that time. It’s only been in recent years that we have been able to offer more science programs thanks to wider availability of broadband, video compression, and simulations, among other enhancements.

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Graduation Gap Wider than Enrollment Gap for the Poor

Graduation Gap Wider than Enrollment Gap for the Poor

Susan Dynarski’s June 2 article in The New York Times elicited more than a few tweets. Dr. Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, wrote about a project called the Education Longitudinal Study that began tracking 15,000 high school sophomores in 2002. Last month, the researchers updated their educational attainment data for those sophomores and issued a report.

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Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends Report

This week, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) partner Mary Meeker released her 20th annual slide deck assessment of Internet trends. Formerly a research analyst at Morgan Stanley, Ms. Meeker has been following technology companies and technology trends for many years.

In less than 24 hours, many national media outlets have commented on her analysis:

Adweek – with their commentary about how much more room to grow there is for mobile advertising, how Internet use is up 8 percent but mobile Internet use is up 23 percent from 2014, how mobile data usage rose 69 percent last year and 55 percent of that was from video, how Americans spend close to three hours per day with the mobile Web which is more time than they spend with laptops, Facebook and Twitter growth is slowing, 29 percent of people’s screen time is spent looking at smartphones, teens continue to be trendsetters, China is huge and can be big for content, and India will be the next frontier.

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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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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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The Current and Future State of Military Voluntary Education: Reflections on the CCME 2015 National Symposium

The Current and Future State of Military Voluntary Education: Reflections on the CCME 2015 National Symposium

Jim Sweizer, Vice President of Military, Veterans, and Community College Outreach, American Public University System

The Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), which serves the training and networking needs of military voluntary education professionals, annually hosts a conference for attendees from the Department of Defense (DoD), universities, and members of the Education Service Officer (ESO) community.

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Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States

Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States

The 12th annual report from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium) that tracks the growth of online education has been released.

This year’s report is notable for several changes. After 10 years of discussing the need for the Department of Education to track online enrollments, the National Center for Educational Statistics has begun to track online enrollments through its IPEDS data collection process.

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