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US online provider signs up La Trobe

US Online Provider Signs Up La Trobe

The Australian (Jul. 24, 2014)
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.

Under development for the past 18 months, Specializations are designed to expand reach and increase revenues for U.S. universities, while filling a void for accessible and affordable higher education globally. 

API’s business is to partner with universities to put traditional courses wholly online. Under the agreement API and La Trobe are planning to launch a number of online postgraduate courses.

The two have been working together for six months and will next week launch La Trobe’s wholly online masters of nursing science, to be followed in September by an online masters of business administration.

La Trobe is looking to target the market for professionals seeking to upgrade their skills but whose work and family commitments mean they don’t have time to enroll in traditional campus degrees.

“Many of our students have busy schedules and have been asking us to provide better ways to both learn and earn, so they can upgrade their qualifications at a time and place that suits them. This new partnership delivers exactly that,” vice-chancellor John Dewar said in a statement.

La Trobe said API would “help convert the programs into an online format, recruit students and support student retention efforts”.

“API will work closely with La Trobe to ensure that the new online programs maintain the highest educational standards. The company also will use its integrated marketing and branding strategies to extend the university’s reach, increasing the enrollment of highly qualified students,” La Trobe said.

API was founded in 2007 by US business tycoon and philanthropist Randy Best. According to his website his dyslexia has inspired him to focus the second half of his career on “pursuing solely business initiatives with a social mission that would have an enduring and positive impact on society. This commitment led to his focus on education and the welfare of children.”

API says it has partnerships with 40 US universities.

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