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Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Commencement_APU2013This past weekend, American Public University System (APUS) celebrated the accomplishments of nearly 9,000 American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) students who earned their degrees over the past 12 months.  As we did last year, we held this year’s commencement ceremony at the  Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland.  Approximately 1,000 graduates plus their families joined us at the Gaylord to commemorate their achievements.  Those who could not attend the ceremony were invited to send in video messages to their fellow graduates that we compiled into a video and viewed at the ceremony. … 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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Education Innovation: Fad or Burgeoning Industry?

I had the pleasure of attending last week’s Education Innovation Summit 2013 in Phoenix.  Co-sponsored by Arizona State University (ASU) and GSV Advisors, this year’s event was the fourth and the largest by far.  Because of my role in online education at American Public University System (APUS), I have been a member of the ASU/GSV advisory board and have attended all four conferences.  Each year attendance has grown at an impressive rate with estimated figures of 200, 400, 800, and 1400 for each consecutive annual conference. … Read the rest

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Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and it seems fitting to share an update about American Public University System’s (APUS) most recent sustainability initiatives and accomplishments. 

Big Green BoxRecycling is one of the most fundamental elements of sustainable practices.  At APUS, we have had a recycling program for many years.  A year ago, we expanded the program to include battery recycling using The Big Green Box program.  The cost to purchase The Big Green Box includes the fees for all recycling and a prepaid shipping label to return the box when it is full. … Read the rest

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Some Thoughts on Inside Higher Ed’s 2013 Survey of College and University Presidents

This article is part 1 of a 2 part series reviewing the results of Inside Higher Ed’s most recently-released surveys.  The first survey sought the perspective of college and university presidents regarding higher education.  The second survey asked similar questions to parents of students in grades 5 through 12.  While both offer insightful glimpses into the ways in which each group views the current trends in online education, there are notable differences in how respondents of the two surveys view the higher educational situation in America today.Read the rest

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APUS is a Finalist for a Climate Leadership Award

I have written about some of the sustainability initiatives at American Public University System (APUS)  in the past.  I signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in September 2007, making APUS a charter signatory to this initiative with a mission of making colleges and universities more sustainable.  Even though our status as a university with only online programs reduces our impact on the environment, we have worked diligently to minimize our carbon footprint. 

APUS has received notification that it is a finalist for this year’s Second Nature Climate Leadership Award for member institutions of the ACUPCC. … Read the rest

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Disruption in Higher Education

You can’t read a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education or Inside Higher Ed without seeing an article discussing the disruption that technology or MOOCs (Massively Open Online Course) are having or will have on the higher education sector.  Because of the publicity, I receive questions from colleagues at conferences and other events asking me for my opinion about the potential for higher education disruption, the roadmap that it will take, and who will survive.  I have written about MOOCs in the past (see “What is a Massive Open Online Course?Read the rest

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Commencement 2012

Last Thursday and Friday, American Public University System (APUS) hosted its annual commencement recognizing all students who graduated over the previous 12 months.  While degrees and diplomas are conferred and distributed quarterly, we have held an annual commencement ceremony in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade.  This year’s was held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, MD.

Our students and graduates reside in all 50 states and more than 100 countries and many of the attendees at graduation travel from long distances. … Read the rest

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Barriers to Adoption of Online Learning Systems in U.S. Higher Education

Ithaka S+R recently published a report funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and titled, “Barriers to Adoption of Online Learning Systems in U.S. Higher Education.”  I have written extensively on this blog about the economic constraints facing institutions of higher education, issues of student persistence and retention, and the litany of other issues daunting the American higher education system today.  In their report, the authors explore many of these same topics explaining why they believe online education could be a boon for higher education in general and students, faculty, and individual institutions specifically. … Read the rest

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APUS Opens Largest Solar Array in West Virginia

 

President Boston, Mayor Hamill, Vice Mayor Clendening, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, and CFO Harry Wilkins cut the ribbon officially opening the APUS Solar Array.

Today I had the honor of hosting the ribbon cutting event for American Public University System’s (APUS) latest addition to its Charles Town campus, a 1,660 panel solar array. The array is the largest solar project in the state of West Virginia and will produce approximately 480,000 kWh of energy. The energy produced will provide between 40 and 50 percent of the energy needed to power the 105,000-square-foot green Finance Center which is under construction adjacent to the array and being built to US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards.… Read the rest

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