Managing the Learner Relationship to Improve Outcomes

Managing the Learner Relationship to Improve Outcomes

By Niki Wolf, Associate Vice President, Career Services, American Public University System

Innovative technology is rapidly disrupting higher education. When the grades my daughter is earning in elementary school are entered into the county’s grading portal, it can predict how successful she is likely to be in school when she enters ninth grade.  Additionally, when she reaches high school and is ready to take more ownership of her classes, she will be provided a recommended course list complementing her academic strengths and interests. 

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Saluting, and Serving, our Veterans

Saluting, and Serving, our Veterans

Our university’s core mission is to educate those who serve. In this week’s guest post, Director of Veterans Outreach George Vukovich explains how supporting our nation’s veterans is not an afterthought for APUS staff and faculty; it’s a daily commitment.

Veterans Day celebrates and honors those who selflessly served our great country as members of the U.S.

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Arts and Humanities in Online Education: Ushering in the New Era

Arts and Humanities in Online Education: Ushering in the New Era

By: Dr. William Overton, Faculty Director , School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University 

Dr. Grace Glass joined  APUS  as  dean of the School of Arts and Humanities in August  2015, succeeding retiring Dr. Linda Moynihan.  Faculty Director William Overton of the Department of English recently spoke with Dr. Glass on  the “New Era in Arts and Humanities” at APUS, and she shares her perspective on what this means for online education in the following remarks.

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Moving Beyond College: Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World

Moving Beyond College: Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World

Michael Horn’s and Andrew Kelly’s August 2015 whitepaper Moving Beyond College: Rethinking Higher Education Regulation for an Unbundled World discusses current and proposed alternatives to the postsecondary education system and how more of them might be eligible for federal and state financial aid programs. The authors explain that the development of technology-enabled modular or unbundled offerings for higher education is common and occurs in many industries as technology matures.

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American Public University System and the Defense Acquisition University Partner to Advance Today’s Acquisition Professionals

In early July, I joined Dr. Roy Wood, acting vice president of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), for a signing ceremony to initiate one of our newest APUS partnerships at their Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, offices. The DAU mission to develop qualified acquisition professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities fully aligns with our own to educate those who serve, and we’re proud to work with them in this exciting new joint endeavor.

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Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?

Are Lawyers Getting Dumber?

In the Aug. 24, 2015 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, Natalie Kitroeff discusses the results of the July 2014 bar exam. The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) creates and scores the multiple choice part of the test used in all states except Louisiana. Last year, those results dropped the most ever in the exam’s 40-plus year history.

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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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Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

In the July/August issue of Educause Review, Malcom Brown discusses six trajectories for digital technologies in higher education. As he explains, the pace of technology change can be interrupted by many factors, including the acceleration of newer technologies, so trajectories are more descriptive than predictions.

Before discussing these trajectories, Brown sets the context by defining three characteristics of today’s technology utilization in higher education.

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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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