Educating 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.
Dr. Frank McCluskey worked for me as Provost at the American Public University System (APUS) for six years before retiring and moving to a new role as Scholar in Residence. During his tenure as Provost, we spent a lot of time discussing the rapid changes in online higher education. Frank’s experience as a faculty member in traditional and online courses, interest in technology, and passion for lifelong learning sparked many of these discussions and helped guide our management decisions.
For the last ten years The Sloan Consortium has been publishing the results of their annual survey about online learning in the United States. This year’s edition, “Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States,” contains some noteworthy information. Published in partnership with Pearson and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this year’s survey focuses a significant amount of attention on MOOCs.
By Dr. Patricia Campbell, Vice President, Dean of Graduate Studies, American Public University
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 “individuals, institutions, professional societies and the corporate community.”
One of the key discussions during the workshop focused on the changing demographics of the modern graduate student compared to previous generations.
I was a panel participant at a conference last Thursday in Washington, DC. The conference was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and was called Stretching the Higher Education Dollar. The five panels that were convened included: The Case for Reform, Opportunities and Obstacles at Existing Institutions, Unbundling College Degrees in Theory and Practice, College in Pieces: Cost Effective Approaches to Student Services and Credentialing, and Implications for State and Federal Policy.