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Randy Best on Voyager Expanded Learning

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.

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Press Release – Academic Partnerships Adds Four Top Specializations Partners

Press Release - Academic Partnerships Adds Four Top Specializations Partners

DALLAS (March. 26, 2015)
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.

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Press Release – Academic Partnerships Appoints Dr. Ruth Tarantine as Director of Academic Services for Nursing Programs

Press Release - Academic Partnerships Appoints Dr. Ruth Tarantine as Director of Academic Services for Nursing Programs

DALLAS (March. 24, 2015)
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.

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Press Release – Lord John Eatwell Joins Academic Partnerships’ Senior Advisory Board

Press Release - Lord John Eatwell Joins Academic Partnerships' Senior Advisory Board

DALLAS (March. 18, 2015)
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.

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Building a Global University Brand

Building a Global University Brand

The Economist (Jan. 30, 2014)
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.

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Op-ed: A Call for Balanced Change in American Higher Education

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)
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?

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The Funding Squeeze

The Funding Squeeze

(Aug. 4, 2014)
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.”

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The Future of Universities The Digital Degree

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.

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Nancy Zimpher on A New Model for Education

Nancy Zimpher on A New Model for Education

SUNY, New York City (Feb. 27, 2014)
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.

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Dr. Marni Baker Stein on the New Online Learning Landscape

Dr. Marni Baker Stein on the New Online Learning Landscape

(Apr. 14, 2014 University of Texas, Austin An interview by The Economist Intelligence Unit)
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.

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Higher Education in the 21st Century: Meeting Real-World Demands

Higher Education in the 21st Century: Meeting Real-World Demands

Mar. 25, 2014
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.

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Building a Global University Brand

Building a Global University Brand

(Jan. 30, 2014)
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.

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Academic Partnerships Launches New Online Global Specializations Credential

Press Release - Academic Partnerships Launches New Online Global Specializations Credential

DALLAS (Jan. 21, 2014)
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.

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Academic Partnerships Chosen to Bring Top Mexican University Online

Press Release - Academic Partnerships Chosen to Bring Top Mexican University Online

DALLAS (October 29, 2013)
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.

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Academic Partnerships and Rosetta Stone Form Strategic Relationship to Bring English Language Instruction to Online Learners Around the World

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)
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.   

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Academic Partnerships Brings Leading Colombian University Online

Press Release - Academic Partnerships Brings Leading Colombian University Online

DALLAS (October 15, 2013)
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. 

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Academic Partnerships Chosen to Bring Premier Peruvian University Online

Press Release - Academic Partnerships Chosen to Bring Premier Peruvian University Online

DALLAS (October 3, 2013)
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.

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University of North Carolina Wilmington to Now Offer High-Demand Nursing and Education Programs Online with Carousel Enrollment

Press Release - University of North Carolina Wilmington to Now Offer High-Demand Nursing and Education Programs Online with Carousel Enrollment

WILMINGTON, NC and DALLAS –
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.

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Whitney University System Signs Agreement with Organization of American States

Press Release: Whitney University System Signs Agreement with Organization of American States

Miami-based Whitney 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.

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Academic Partnerships Chairman and CEO to Speak at InstructureCon 2013

Press Release: Academic Partnerships Chairman and CEO to Speak at InstructureCon 2013

June 20, 2013
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.

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Academic Partnerships’ Faculty eCommons Expands Professional Development Programming

Press Release: Academic Partnerships’ Faculty eCommons Expands Professional Development Programming

June 12, 2013
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.

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Columbus State University to Add Additional Online Degree Programs

Press Release: Columbus State University to Add Additional Online Degree Programs

May 20, 2013
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.

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Big Increase In High School Enrollment In College Courses

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.

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A College Degree Sorts Job Applicants, but Employers Wish It Meant More

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

Financing for Colleges Declines as Costs Rise

Financing for Colleges Declines as Costs Rise

By Tamar Lewin
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.

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LSU Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Four Top Master’s Degree Programs Online

Press Release: LSU Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Four Top Master’s Degree Programs Online

Mar. 5, 2013
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.

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Minister urges universities to put courses 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.

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Financial Pressures Drive Down College Completion – CLASP RADD Chart Series Continues

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.

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Johnny Manziel taking only online courses, only on campus once a month

Johnny Manziel taking only online courses, only on campus once a month

By Frank Schwab
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.

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Academic Partnerships and Internships.com Form Strategic Partnership to Provide Next-Generation Virtual Career Solution to Online Learners

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

Boise State University Expands Online Programs with Academic Partnerships

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

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

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.

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Shared Crisis

Shared Crisis

Colleen Flaherty

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.

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UC spends big to market its online courses — but reaches only one person

UC spends big to market its online courses — but reaches only one person

Christina Farr

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.

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Former UNESCO Higher Education Chief Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic Joins Academic Partnerships as Senior Advisor

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

Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for Round One of 2013 Research Grant Program

Press Release: Academic Partnerships Now Accepting Proposals for Round One of 2013 Research Grant Program

Feb. 6, 2013
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.

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Academic Partnerships Selected by University of Arkansas System to Expand Degree Programs Online

Press Release: Academic Partnerships Selected by University of Arkansas System to Expand Degree Programs Online

Jan. 5, 2013
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.

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MOOC2Degree Initiative Raises the For-Credit Profile of MOOCs

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

MOOCs – The Perfect Storm

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

Utah State University to Launch New Master of Science in Human Resources Program Online

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.

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University of South Carolina System Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Degree Programs Online

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

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

Wright State University and Academic Partnerships Join Forces to Launch Degree

Wright State University and Academic Partnerships Join Forces to Launch Degree

Nov. 28, 2012
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.

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Academic Partnerships and Instructure, Creator of Canvas, Form Strategic Partnership to Empower the Next Generation of Online Learning at Leading Universities

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

Academic Partnerships Awards $50,000 to Support Online Learning and Commits Additional $100,000 in Research Grants to Faculty in 2013

Press Release • Academic Partnerships Awards $50,000 to Support Online Learning and Commits Additional $100,000 in Research Grants to Faculty in 2013

November 14, 2012
Faculty eCommons, the newly launched community site supporting online faculty around the world, today announces their first set of research grant recipients. Continue reading