Randy Best on Voyager Expanded Learning
Between 2001 and 2004, Voyager Expanded Learning became the most effective reading program for K-4 students in U.S. public schools. The program was so consistently successful in leading to fluency among all children that the company guaranteed 100% literacy for its users, offering money back to any student who failed to read at grade level after 2 years in Voyager. Continue reading
Press Release - Academic Partnerships Adds Four Top Specializations Partners
DALLAS (March. 26, 2015) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), a global provider of online services for higher education, today announced the addition of more than 40 new Specializations developed at the Judge Business School and Queens' Collegeat the University of Cambridge, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Rice University and Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This exclusive group of providers will offer their Specializations through a unique university-to-university model.
Press Release - Academic Partnerships Appoints Dr. Ruth Tarantine as Director of Academic Services for Nursing Programs
DALLAS (March. 24, 2015) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world’s largest online service providers for higher education, announced today it has appointed Dr. Ruth Tarantine to direct its academic support for nursing programs. A national expert in the design and delivery of scalable programs with clinical components, Tarantine further expands Academic Partnerships’ expertise in technology-aided learning and innovation in nursing education.
Press Release - Lord John Eatwell Joins Academic Partnerships' Senior Advisory Board
DALLAS (March. 18, 2015) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships, one of the world's largest online service providers for higher education, announced today that Lord John Eatwell has joined the company as a senior advisor. Eatwell, president of Queens' College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, is an internationally recognized economist and one of Britain's most sought-after financial experts.
Have MOOCs Helped or Hurt?
Inside Higher Ed | by Randy Best (Jan. 9, 2015) Continue reading
As the hype around MOOCs has subsided, a frequently asked question in university circles today is: Who have massive open online courses helped or hurt?
Building a Global University Brand
The Economist (Jan. 30, 2014) Continue reading
These are unnerving times for higher education worldwide.
After a four-decade rise in global demand, universities are grappling
with powerful forces colliding at once: reduced government support,
rising public skepticism about the value of a degree, increased
institutional competition and the emergence of disruptive technology.
Op-ed: A Call for Balanced Change in American Higher Education
Cornell’s president looks at costs, tenure and learning outcomes, among other issues.
U.S. News and World Report | By David Skorton (Sept. 22, 2014) Continue reading
I am concerned. For the first time in my 36 years in academia, the value of America’s colleges and universities is being questioned – and seriously. Is what we offer worth the money and time invested? Will a college degree really translate into a better job down the road or improve our quality of life? Couldn’t we rely more on technology and less on highly paid faculty members and expensive campuses and student amenities to deliver our “product” at lower cost?
Higher-Ed Leaders Worry Most About Declining Enrollment, Survey Finds
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Sept 17, 2014)
The accounting firm released its annual survey of 120 senior executives, mostly chief financial officers, chief academic officers, and controllers, at public and private colleges across the country. Continue reading
The Funding Squeeze
(Aug. 4, 2014) Continue reading
The higher-education funding crisis was peaking, and the mood was grim. Into the spotlight stepped Gordon Gee, then president of Ohio State University. “The choice, it seems to me, is this: reinvention or extinction,” he told the American Council on Education in 2009. “We must become more agile, more responsive, less insular and less bureaucratic. In so doing, we will save ourselves from slouching into irrelevance.”
US Online Provider Signs Up La Trobe
The Australian (Jul. 24, 2014) Continue reading
COMPETITION in online learning is hotting up in Australia, with Dallas-based Academic Partnerships International moving into the local market through a deal with La Trobe University.
The Future of Universities: The Digital Degree
The Economist (Jul. 23, 2014)
The staid higher-education business is about to experience a welcome earthquake
FROM Oxford’s quads to Harvard Yard and many a steel and glass palace of higher education in between, exams are giving way to holidays. As students consider life after graduation, universities are facing questions about their own future. The higher-education model of lecturing, cramming and examination has barely changed for centuries. Now, three disruptive waves are threatening to upend established ways of teaching and learning. Continue reading
Nancy Zimpher on A New Model for Education
SUNY, New York City (Feb. 27, 2014) Continue reading
An interview by The Economist Intelligence Unit
The system change that’s most noticeable is that our business model is now upside down. It is no longer what it used to be. Public institutions expect state appropriations. They’ve been radically reduced. The cost of college for private institutions and public, as well, is going up, so we have huge issues of student debt and the cost of college.
Dr. Marni Baker Stein on the New Online Learning Landscape
(Apr. 14, 2014 University of Texas, Austin An interview by The Economist Intelligence Unit) Continue reading
Online tool are rapidly evolving. Over the last five years we’ve seen the emergence of new technologies that allow for massive pedagogies that allow for more data-driven, evidence-driven approaches to education, that allow for more personalization, and that are highly social by design. I think five to ten years from now the landscape is going to look very different.
Higher Education in the 21st Century: Meeting Real-World Demands
Mar. 25, 2014 Continue reading
The world of higher education is changing quickly and dramatically. An Economist Intelligence Unit research program explores the changes shaping the higher-education market and identify the steps that institutions are taking to flourish and remain relevant in the 21st century.
Building a Global University Brand
(Jan. 30, 2014) Continue reading
These are unnerving times for higher education worldwide. After a four-decade rise in global demand, universities are grappling with powerful forces colliding at once: reduced government support, rising public skepticism about the value of a degree, increased institutional competition and the emergence of disruptive technology. Adding to these pressures is a seismic shift in global demographics. Demand for higher education is leveling off in North America and Europe compared to “huge unmet demand” in emerging markets, according to a September, 2013 forecast by the London-based Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. In the United States, the number of high school students is not expected to peak again until 2021, according to the National Centre for Education Statistics, creating excess capacity. By contrast, India will account for one-quarter of 18-22 year olds by 2020, predicts the United Nations, with insufficient university seats to serve them.
Can Half The Business Schools Really Go Out Of Business?
by John A. Byrne
A few months ago, Richard Lyons stunned many when he boldly predicted that half of the business schools in the U.S. could be out of business in as little as five years or as many as ten. Continue reading
Press Release - Academic Partnerships Launches New Online Global Specializations Credential
DALLAS (Jan. 21, 2014) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world’s largest representatives of online learning, today announced that it has launched a new Specializations initiative designed to help partner universities capitalize on the globalization of higher education. AP has been working with prestigious, private universities that are leaders in the digital education space, such as Rice University, as well as top public universities on the development of this credential.
Press Release - Academic Partnerships Chosen to Bring Top Mexican University Online
DALLAS (October 29, 2013) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that it has been chosen by Mexico’s Universidad Intercontinental (UIC) to bring five of its degree programs online in the coming months.
Press Release - Academic Partnerships and Rosetta Stone Form Strategic Relationship to Bring English Language Instruction to Online Learners Around the World
DALLAS (October 17, 2013) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that it has formed a strategic relationship with Rosetta Stone Inc. (Rosetta Stone) (NYSE:RST), a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions. The relationship will allow AP to offer English language instruction to students enrolled in the degree programs of its partner universities free of charge.
Press Release - Academic Partnerships Brings Leading Colombian University Online
DALLAS (October 15, 2013) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced its collaboration with Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud (FUCS), one of Colombia’s premier private universities. Applications for the program are currently being accepted.
Press Release - Academic Partnerships Chosen to Bring Premier Peruvian University Online
DALLAS (October 3, 2013) Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that it has been chosen by Peru’s Universidad de San Martín de Porres (USMP) to bring more than a dozen of its degree programs online.
Press Release - University of North Carolina Wilmington to Now Offer High-Demand Nursing and Education Programs Online with Carousel Enrollment
WILMINGTON, NC and DALLAS – Continue reading
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) today announced that it will begin offering two of its high-demand nursing and education programs—Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) and Master of Education with a specialization in Elementary Education (M.Ed., Elementary Education )—online with carousel enrollment in the coming months. Applications for the programs are now being accepted.
Press Release: Whitney University System Signs Agreement with Organization of American States
University System has been selected by the Organization of
American States’ Virtual
Educa to serve as the leading provider and strategic partner
in the design, development, deployment and management of the OAS’ Virtual
C@mpus of the Americas.
Press Release: Academic Partnerships Chairman and CEO to Speak at InstructureCon 2013
June 20, 2013 Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that Chairman and CEO Randy Best will speak at InstructureCon 2013, the annual conference of educational technology leaders hosted by Instructure, the technology company behind the Canvas learning platform. Best will appear alongside Instructure CEO Josh Coates during the presentation, which will take place on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. MDT in Park City, Utah.
Press Release: Academic Partnerships’ Faculty eCommons Expands Professional Development Programming
June 12, 2013 Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of online learning in the United States and around the world, today announced that it has expanded the professional development programming available through Faculty eCommons, the social learning ecosystem developed for faculty around the world to work together and improve online education.
Big Business Thinking Will Move Universities Forward, Study Says
By Kelly Petty
Thinking like big businesses may be the key driving force in transforming the nation’s colleges and universities, according to researchers at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan organization. Continue reading
Press Release: Columbus State University to Add Additional Online Degree Programs
May 20, 2013 Continue reading
Columbus State University (CSU) today announced that its College of Education and Health Professions will offer additional online degree programs beginning this summer. Applications for the programs—Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN), Education Specialist in Education Leadership (Ed.S. Educational Leadership), and Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed. in Special Education)—are currently being accepted.
Press Release: University of Arizona Eller College to Bring MBA Program Online
May 15, 2013 Continue reading
The University of Arizona (UA) Eller College of Management today announced that its internationally-recognized MBA program will be available online beginning this fall. Applications for the program are currently being accepted.
Press Release: Academic Partnerships Adds Authorities in Online Learning to Its Academic Services Team
April 15, 2013 Continue reading
Heather Farmakis and Michelle Pacansky-Brock Named Directors of Academic Services
Point of view: Virtual classes give lesson in reality
By James Dean Continue reading
Can an online MBA programme be of the same high quality as a campus-based programme? From a teaching and learning perspective, there can no longer be any doubt that online education can match and, in some ways, exceed the performance of conventional education.
Student-Loan Delinquencies Among the Young Soar
By Ruth Simon Continue reading
The number of young borrowers who have fallen behind on their student loan payments has soared over the past four years, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said in a report released Thursday.
Big Increase In High School Enrollment In College Courses
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report documenting the rapid and sustained growth of dual and concurrent enrollment nationwide, demonstrating the important role that partnerships with colleges and universities have in increasing the rigor of the high school experience. Continue reading
A College Degree Sorts Job Applicants, but Employers Wish It Meant More
By Karin Fischer
Yet half of those surveyed recently by The Chronicle and American Public Media's Marketplace said they had trouble finding recent graduates qualified to fill positions at their company or organization. Nearly a third gave colleges just fair to poor marks for producing successful employees. Continue reading
Public-University Costs Soar
By Ruth Simon Continue reading
Tuition at public colleges jumped last year by a record amount as state governments slashed school funding, the latest sign of strain in the U.S. higher-education sector.
Financing for Colleges Declines as Costs Rise
By Tamar Lewin Continue reading
State and local financing for higher education declined 7 percent in fiscal 2012, to $81.2 billion, according to the annual report of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, and per-student support dropped 9 percent from the previous year, to $5,896, in constant dollars, the lowest level in at least 25 years.
UK Universities 'Face Online Threat'
By Sean Coughlan Continue reading
Sir Michael Barber, chief education adviser for Pearson, says online courses will be a "threat and opportunity" for the UK's universities.
Press Release: LSU Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Four Top Master’s Degree Programs Online
Mar. 5, 2013 Continue reading
LSU today announced that it will be collaborating with Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, to bring four of its most popular master’s degree programs online.
Minister urges universities to put courses online
UK universities should invest in online courses if they are to take advantage of a "historic opportunity", according to Universities Minister David Willetts, who said that countries such as India and Indonesia have a soaring demand for university courses – creating a market for the UK's universities – writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC. Continue reading
Financial Pressures Drive Down College Completion - CLASP RADD Chart Series Continues
Confronted with high costs and unmet financial need, low- and modest-income students and their families face a difficult choice: work more while in college, borrow more, or do both. When students cannot afford college, it not only limits access to higher education and drives up debt, it also increases (sometimes significantly) the time it takes to earn a degree and/or ultimately complete a credential. Continue reading
By Ruth Simon Continue reading
Most people assume a degree in the arts is no guarantee of riches. Now there is evidence that such graduates also rack up the most student-loan debt.
By Julia Lawrence Continue reading
How responsible are institutions of higher education for making sure that their graduates are job-ready? That is the question being asked by Joshua Wyner, the Executive Director of Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, in an article for the Huffington Post.
Johnny Manziel taking only online courses, only on campus once a month
By Frank Schwab Continue reading
Johnny Manziel is the big man on campus at Texas A&M, except for the fact that he's never really on campus.
Manziel met with reporters before a Davey O'Brien Award dinner, and Brent Zwerneman, the Aggies beat writer for the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle, tweeted out a couple of interesting tidbits from Texas A&M's quarterback about his classwork this semester.
Press Release: Academic Partnerships and Internships.com Form Strategic Partnership to Provide Next-Generation Virtual Career Solution to Online Learners
Feb. 21, 2013
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Internships.com, the world's largest internships marketplace serving students, employers, and higher education institutions. Continue reading
How Colleges Should Prepare Students For The Current Economy
By Susan Brennan Continue reading
One of the most pressing concerns for higher education institutions today is whether they’re offering real value for the considerable tuitions they’re charging.
It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk
By Cathrine Rampell Continue reading
The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.
Why Your College Could go Bankrupt
By Blaire Briody Continue reading
As the higher education system in the U.S. faces rising costs and reduced state funding, many are asking, What will colleges of the future look like?
Press Release: Boise State University Expands Online Programs with Academic Partnerships
Boise State University (Boise State) has announced that it will be collaborating with Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, to add an MBA program to its online offering. Continue reading
Hernán Jaramillo: Tareas Plus está Revolucionando la Educación
Sentados con Hernan Jaramillo, fundador y director de Tareas Plus en las oficinas de The Hachery en San Francisco, nos cuenta cómo llegó a Silicon Valley con una idea y unos pocos ahorros; y consiguió llevar su idea acabo. Este es uno de los ejemplos que ofrece este servicio. Continue reading
More proof that the economics of higher education must change
Annual survey reports a growing number of students are choosing schools based on cost
From staff and wire reports
Two-thirds of incoming freshmen said their choice of which college to attend was significantly affected by current economic conditions.
Continuing a recent trend, more incoming freshmen at four-year colleges said money was a key factor in their choice of school—and the percentage of students who said their main reason for attending college was career-focused reached an all-time high.
Citing a recent wave of unilateral moves to eliminate academic programs by university administrators claiming financial crisis, the American Association of University Professors today released new guidelines designed to tighten the definition of financial exigency and increase faculty participation in deciding whether to close programs. Continue reading
UC spends big to market its online courses — but reaches only one person
In an effort to show off its array of online courses, the University of California has poured millions of dollars into promoting its UC Online system. But as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, only one person from outside the UC system has taken a class. Continue reading
College Rankings: a Guide to Nowhere
By Debra Houry
This month high-school seniors have been frantically submitting their college applications for the January deadlines. Continue reading
MOOCs – Mistaking brand for quality?
In 2012 MOOCs were the sensation of the year in US higher education, and they continue to fascinate the media and bloggers. Continue reading
University of Texas at Arlington Sets Enrollment Record
BY Patrick M. Walker
Enrollment at the University of Texas at Arlington has hit an all-time high this spring, according to unofficial numbers, but thousands of those students may never set foot on campus. Continue reading
Arkansas Universities Expand Online Degree Programs
By Kevin Hudson
The University of Arkansas System (UA System) has partnered with a global online learning company to expand the degree offerings of its institutions. Continue reading
Press Release: Former UNESCO Higher Education Chief Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic Joins Academic Partnerships as Senior Advisor
Feb. 7, 2013
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, today announced that Ms. Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic will join the company as a senior advisor. Continue reading
Press Release: Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for Round One of 2013 Research Grant Program
Feb. 6, 2013 Continue reading
Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities offering online learning in the United States, today announced that it is currently accepting proposals for Round One of its 2013 Research Grant Program, which supports faculty research on the impact and effectiveness of online learning. Proposals are being accepted through Feb. 28, 2013.
Press Release: Academic Partnerships Selected by University of Arkansas System to Expand Degree Programs Online
Jan. 5, 2013 Continue reading
The University of Arkansas System (UA System) today announced that it will be collaborating with Academic Partnerships (AP) to deliver undergraduate and graduate degree programs online. Academic Partnerships, one of the largest representatives of public universities online learning in the United States, will use its expertise in online delivery of instruction and its global marketing and recruiting capabilities to extend the UA System's brand and increase access to higher education for qualified students in Arkansas and beyond.
MOOC2Degree Initiative Raises the For-Credit Profile of MOOCs
Last week, Academic Partnerships introduced the MOOC2Degree program. Through this innovative effort, some of the public universities that Academic Partnerships works with are going to offer an initial course in a degree program as a free MOOC. Students who complete the course successfully will be eligible for full college credit for the course if they choose to enroll in the full degree program. Continue reading
Wielding 'Power Users'
Nils De Jonghe is a busy student these days. Since the spring he has registered for 32 courses, the equivalent of a typical bachelor’s degree, and he aims to have completed nearly all of them by the end of next summer. And he is not receiving formal credit for any of them. Continue reading
Universities to offer free online courses with credit, let us try before we learn
It's not really practical to give universities a meaningful test drive. Not without ample amounts of money and time to throw at a practice semester, at least. It's about to become comparatively trivial. Continue reading
MOOCs - The Perfect Storm
The New York Times announced this week that forty public US universities are teaming up with the company Academic Partnerships to offer free online courses which lead to the award of credit towards degree programmes. This move, proposed as a 'free sample' to entice more prospective students onto courses is aimed mostly at professionals such as educators or those working in health services. Continue reading
MOOCs for Credit from State Universities: MOOC2Degree from Academic Partnerships
An Academic Partnerships program called MOOC2Degree takes existing programs that offered online (but not as MOOCs) and are fully accredited through their host institutions, and makes the first course into a MOOC — open to all and free Continue reading
USU to offer online master's program in human resources
Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business this month will launch a new online Master of Science in Human Resources degree program. The program will offer 12, seven-week courses and is designed to help students living in rural areas advance their careers in human resources. Continue reading
Utah State University to Launch New Master of Science in Human Resources Program Online
Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business will next month launch a new online Master of Science in Human Resources (MSHR) degree program. The program, which will offer 12, seven-week courses, is designed to help students living in rural areas further their careers in human resources. Continue reading
Sir John Daniel: Openness Rather Than Scale is MOOC Contribution
"I'm delighted that openness has gotten to some very closed institutions," said Sir John Daniel. As the former CEO of Commonwealth of Learning and Vice-Chancellor of Open University, he knows a lot about higher education, open education resources (OER), and online learning. Continue reading
Tareasplus Now on the iPad
Dec. 12, 2012 Continue reading
Tareasplus, a San Francisco-based startup that has delivered more than 6 million video lessons to students throughout Latin America, today launches their education tutorials on the iPad, extending the reach of their educational platform to the 53M iPad users around the world.
Online courses can end higher education’s financial crisis
Numerous articles and commentaries from inside and outside of academia are raising the alarm that American public higher education faces an unprecedented financial crisis. Continue reading
University of South Carolina System Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Degree Programs Online
Dec. 5, 2012
University of South Carolina is partnering with Academic Partnerships to move undergraduate and graduate degree programs from the system's flagship research institution in Columbia, as well as the senior and regional universities, online. Continue reading
Online Learning Pioneer, Sir John Daniel, Joins Academic Partnerships as Senior Advisor
Dec. 4, 2012
Academic Partnerships announces today that international online learning pioneer Sir John Daniel has joined the company as a Senior Advisor. Sir John Daniel will support Academic Partnerships' mission of assisting top universities worldwide to increase access to higher education through technology. Continue reading
Academic Partnerships Names Bob Rae President and Chief Operating Officer
Dec. 3, 2012 Continue reading
Academic Partnerships announced today that Bob Rae has joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Online Classes Mean No Dorm, Gym or Debt
Numerous articles and commentaries
from inside and outside of academia are raising the alarm that
American public higher education faces an unprecedented financial crisis. Continue reading
Instructure’s Canvas LMS now free to all Academic Partnership’s partner schools
Academic Partnerships has announced a partnership with Instructure to allow for all of Academic Partnerships’ current and future university partners to utilize the Canvas platform free of charge, in all of Canvas’ available languages. Continue reading
Wright State University and Academic Partnerships Join Forces to Launch Degree
Nov. 28, 2012 Continue reading
Wright State University is teaming up with Academic Partnerships to make available online four of the university's leading graduate and post-graduate degrees in education, including the nationally recognized online Teacher Leader degree.
Taking off: USC expands aerospace reach
Nov. 28, 2012
The next big thing in aerospace just might originate from the University of South Carolina.
USC President Harris Pastides recently announced a $5 million gift from South Carolina businesswoman and philanthropist Anita Zucker to provide support for innovation in aerospace education and workforce development. Continue reading
Academic Partnerships and Instructure, Creator of Canvas, Form Strategic Partnership to Empower the Next Generation of Online Learning at Leading Universities
Nov. 28, 2012
Academic Partnerships, which offers comprehensive support to universities in the development and marketing of their superior online courses and degree programs, today announces a strategic partnership with Instructure, the company behind Canvas – a learning management system (LMS) used by 275 educational institutions. Continue reading
Americans Support Higher Ed and Online Degrees, Poll Finds
A large majority of Americans who have attended college believe higher education is a good investment (83 percent) and key to achieving the American dream, according to the results of a national opinion poll Northeastern University released on Tuesday. Continue reading
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Press Release • Academic PartnershipsNames Dr. Charles Green as Chief Academic Officer
November 13, 2012 • Academic Partnerships announced today that Dr. Charles Green has joined the company as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President of Academic Services. Continue reading