Building online degree offerings can begin with a few programs and be brought to scale within a few years with minimal investment, writes Robert Ubell, vice dean emeritus of online learning at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. In this commentary, he outlines how one college's successful foray into online classes can serve as a model for other institutions.
The University of North Dakota is focusing on expanding its online course offerings as on-campus enrollment declines, says Jeff Holm, the university's vice provost for online education and strategic planning. Holm says the school is focusing on branding and marketing to show students its programs are unique and academically rigorous.
Providing low-cost online education at a sustainable scale will require adjustments from platform providers, faculty and program developers, writes Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning. "These programs can be engines of opportunity for thousands -- and even millions -- of adult working professionals," he notes in this blog post.
Data from UPCEA's Salary, Staff and Structure surveys shows overall salaries for professional, continuing and online education administrators at colleges and universities decreased between 2014 and 2018, when adjusted for inflation, writes Jim Fong, director of UPCEA's Center for Research and Strategy. Wages only increased for those working at private institutions, the data shows. Read more.
The Federal Trade Commission's proposed new data security rules for colleges and universities are getting pushback from the institutions, who say they are being treated as financial institutions. The rules require tougher security for financial information, including data encryption and multifactor authentication, but education groups say they need greater flexibility, autonomy and time to apply the rules.
A survey from Gallup and Northeastern University shows that 70% of working adults say they would seek on-the-job training to attain skills in artificial-intelligence technology, with only 28% saying they would pursue a program offered by a college or university. The majority say cost and time commitments would keep them from entering a college program.
Virtual reality is making its way into law schools at the University of Oklahoma and the University of North Texas. Among the creative applications of such technology is one student's use of VR to create a 360-degree video of himself at oral arguments, which he later critiqued.
Germany-based Siemens Healthineers has agreed to a 10-year research and development partnership with the University of Missouri System, valued at $133 million, to be housed at the NextGen Precision Health Institute in Columbia. Siemens will provide technology, including advanced medical imaging equipment, as part of the new Alliance for Precision Health, while also using the partnership as a workforce pipeline for biomedical engineers.
Look "under the hood" with the 2019 eDC ThinkTank Roadshow!
The 2019 eDesign Collaborative ThinkTanks are free and open to all members of UPCEA! ThinkTanks are a "Flipped Conference Model" where we bring people to universities and show them how things work in real time.
July 19, 2019 -- UC Irvine -- Creating a New Design Team: Necessities, Successes, and Pitfalls -- Register
Oct. 4, 2019 -- Brigham Young University -- Modified Agile Development & Workflow Processes
UPCEA and U.S. News hold joint focus group about online program rankings
UPCEA and U.S. News & World Report recently hosted a lively and important discussion on the U.S. News rankings of online programs. Leaders of online enterprises and institutional researchers from more than 50 colleges and universities gathered for the focus group convening on June 10. Read more.
UPCEA and Columbia University School of Professional Studies convene business and academic leaders for the Forum on the Future of Work
On June 21 and 22, UPCEA and the Columbia University School of Professional Studies (SPS) hosted the Inaugural Forum on the Future of Work. The Forum brought together academics and industry leaders to discuss the changing leadership landscape, new ways to nurture employee talent, and the role of education in the coming labor market. Read more.