March 17, 2013 |
A sea change is under way at the nation's old guard of academic institutions as more degree programs work their way online, fundamentally altering not just the way colleges teach students, but how they make money while doing so. The movement gained steam last year when private companies such as Coursera and Udacity began to offer online courses to the masses, taught by instructors at elite colleges such as Stanford, Harvard and the University of...
March 8, 2013 |
It's hard to think of a higher education leader who faces more challenges than Timothy P. White. The new chancellor of the California State University system, who started in December, oversees 23 campuses in the nation's most populous state, with 44,000 faculty and staff and 427,000 students. The range of student backgrounds and needs is staggering, and the cutbacks in recent years in state funding have been immense. Yet White was upbeat this week in a visit to Washington that coincided with a gathering of...
March 4, 2013 |
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The small Baptist college that television preacher Jerry Falwell founded here in 1971 has capitalized on the online education boom to become an evangelical mega-university with global reach. In the almost six years since Falwell's death, Liberty University has doubled its student head count — twice. Total enrollment now exceeds 74,000, with nearly 62,000 working toward degrees online in fields such as psychology, business, education, criminal justice and, of course,...
January 16, 2013 |
If you haven't paid much attention to lynda.com before, you're going to want to keep your eye on it now. The online learning company, which has helped more than two million people learn software, business and creative skills through video courses, on Tuesday announced that it has raised $103 million in its first (yes, first) outside financing round. That's a lot of money for any company to raise — but especially for one that has been around for the past 17 years and profitable for the...
January 8, 2013 |
Providers of free online college courses are experimenting with academic security measures that will enable students who successfully complete the courses to obtain credentials, for a small fee, that convey some of the cachet of a premier university. The credentials, or certificates, won't translate into course credit toward a degree — at least not at big-name schools — because questions persist about how much those schools are willing to grant students who don't pay tuition, as well as...
November 29, 2012 |
A senior U.S. Senate Democrat this week ended an inquiry into operations of the University of Maryland University College, a fast-growing provider of public online education that came under scrutiny after the abrupt resignation of its president this year. A top aide to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, sent UMUC a letter indicating that questions about the university's enrollment and workplace practices had been answered.