The Top Colleges In 2020 For Producing Peace Corp Volunteers - Forbes

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President John Kennedy shaking the hand of a Peace Corp volunteer, during a White House ceremony ... [+]saluting Peace Corps trainees as they prepare to take up their posts in twelve foreign countries.(Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)Bettmann ArchiveThe Peace Corps has just announced its 2020 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. The complete 2020 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category can be viewed here. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2019 data as of September 30, 2019, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.Colleges are classified into three categories: large, medium or small. There also are additional rankings for graduate schools as well as an all-time category, which ranks the top Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools since 1961, the year the agency began. “These schools are institutions th…

Growing Purdue online engineering degree programs move up in national rankings - Purdue News Service

Growing Purdue online engineering degree programs move up in national rankings - Purdue News Service


Growing Purdue online engineering degree programs move up in national rankings - Purdue News Service

Posted: 14 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's College of Engineering online graduate engineering programs were ranked third, up two spots, in U.S. News & World Report's latest ranking of Best Online Programs.

The report lists the College of Engineering online master's degree programs as third nationally among the 93 colleges and universities ranked. Purdue was fifth in the U.S. News rankings in 2019. The latest rankings were released Tuesday (Jan. 14) and can be viewed here.

Purdue's overall online engineering master's programs ranked only behind Ivy League school Columbia and the University of California, Los Angeles, and ahead of the University of Michigan in fourth, Penn State sixth and the University of Illinois ninth, the only other Big Ten schools in the top 10.

In specialty online engineering master's program rankings, Purdue ranked first in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, second in Electrical Engineering, third in online engineering programs for veterans, and sixth in engineering management programs.

"Learning does not stop when you graduate from college," said Mung Chiang, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue. "We will continue to innovate how we teach online – from virtual labs and artificial intelligence-based individualized learning to industry-codesigned micro-master's and affordable master's – providing the highest quality learning opportunities to the widest possible reach in society."

"We are excited to see this type of recognition for our online programs," said Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis, the Michael and Katherine Birck Head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and special advisor to the dean of engineering for online learning. "Students in our 100% online programs learn from the same world-class faculty through the same rigorous courses and earn the same degree as our on-campus students."

"This ranking is a nice validation of Purdue's investment and effort in growing its online portfolio and the College of Engineering's commitment to that effort," said Gerry McCartney, executive vice president for Purdue Online. "But we are not done by any means. I expect to see Purdue continue to be recognized as a leader and innovator in online education."

Purdue is engaged in an initiative to coordinate and expand the university's online courses and programs to better serve a variety of students with high-quality offerings that are accessible, affordable and demonstrably beneficial. Offerings from throughout the Purdue system are accessible through the unified web portal at online.purdue.edu.

Purdue's College of Engineering, which had a strong online presence even before the initiative, has been active in the effort, among other things in 2019 partnering with Purdue Online, edX and Kaplan Higher Education to offer the first comprehensive engineering postgraduate curricula provided online at less than $25,000 for master's degrees.

Purdue and its partners also are offering a series of graduate-level Electrical and Computer Engineering courses designed to provide deep learning in advanced electronics through the edX MicroMasters® program, starting with a nanoscience and technology certification. Additional MicroMasters in Electrical and Computer Engineering disciplines are planned for 2020. The program is recognized for its job relevance and can count toward the degree if a student is accepted into a full master's program.

The organizers of the annual U.S. News rankings analyze such factors as the quality of students entering a program; online teaching practices so students stay enrolled and graduate; how the programs employ technologies to allow students flexibility; and the quality of student support services, career guidance and financial aid resources.

Also weighed are faculty credentials and training, including the degree to which online instructors' credentials mirror those of on-campus faculty and the training instructors receive to teach distance learners.

In addition, U.S. News conducts a peer assessment survey of high-ranking academic officials, in the case of the engineering rankings deans of engineering schools and top online learning officials, as an important element of reviewing Purdue and other institutions for ranking.

More information about Purdue's online engineering master's programs is available here.

Writer: Greg Kline, 765-494-8167, gkline@purdue.edu 

Source: Dimitrios Peroulis, 765-494-3539, dperouli@purdue.edu 

Best online cyber security courses of 2020: free and paid certification programs, degrees and masters - TechRadar

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 08:49 AM PST

In the New Year, how about taking one of the best free cybersecurity courses online and get yourself a new qualification?

These brilliant courses prove that it doesn't need to be expensive to become qualified in cybersecurity. While you will ideally need to take a degree or other accredited course in computer science, in which you can choose networking and security topics to suit your career path, there are other options available that you can try in order to test the waters and see whether the industry really is for you. 

UNT, Cowboys launch online degree | News - Star Local Media

Posted: 08 Feb 2020 07:00 AM PST

The business acumen that turned a $140 million investment 30 years ago into a $5.5 billion company today soon will be in a virtual classroom.

The University of North Texas, a Carnegie Tier One research institution, and the Dallas Cowboys, named the most valuable sports franchise in the world by Forbes, have created a Master of Business Administration degree that the two organizations will begin offering in Fall 2020.

The 36-credit-hour professional online M.B.A. in sport entertainment management will offer six specialization courses: sports in the global marketplace, corporate partnerships, analytics, event operations, talent management and consultancy. The specialized offerings will supplement the program's more traditional classes, such as finance, accounting, marketing and strategic management, giving students the advantage of a traditional M.B.A. combined with best practices from the business operations driving sports' most valuable franchise.

"We've been fortunate to be involved in a number of different businesses, both directly and indirectly involved in the sport entertainment industry. Through key partnerships, such as our relationship with the University of North Texas, we have found ways to grow the reach of the Dallas Cowboys across a variety of these industries," said Jerry Jones Jr., chief sales and marketing officer of the Dallas Cowboys. "We're excited to share those learnings and experiences with students partaking in this new online program at UNT."

The online degree will feature invaluable insight from and access to industry experts, including an opportunity to participate in three on-site bootcamps at The Star in Frisco, Dallas Cowboys' World Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility. The UNT sport entertainment management programs are housed across the street from The Star and within a five-mile radius of Major League Soccer's FC Dallas, NBA G League's Texas Legends, National Hockey League's Dallas Stars headquarters, and Texas League's Frisco Roughriders, as well as the soon-to-be PGA of America headquarters, which will include a golf resort with two championship courses.

 

While the university already offers an M.B.A. Sport, Entertainment and Event Management program, as well as a B.B.A. Sport Management Track in Business Integrated Studies at its Frisco location, this online program is built specifically for professionals looking to take their next step and move up the ladder in their respective industries. The program's architects also hope to help former and retiring professional athletes' transition to a new career or help coaches transition from the sidelines to the front office.

 

"The Dallas Cowboys are standing at the top of the sports business world," said Bob Heere, UNT director of sports management. "It's one thing for business students, especially those interested in sports and entertainment, to have access to a professional team, but our students are learning best practices from the individuals responsible for moving the needle forward in the Cowboys organization. There's a reason they are the most valuable franchise in the world. Their people are driving brand growth year over year, and now they will be helping teach our students how to do the same."

The relationship between UNT and the Dallas Cowboys runs deeper than advertising and neighborly interactions borne from proximity. At least 10 full-time staff within the organization are UNT alumni. Cowboys' staff also work alongside UNT faculty for special class projects, serve as guest speakers and are adjunct faculty at the university. In the last three years, more than 20 UNT students have been interns with the organization in a wide range of areas, including marketing, corporate partnerships, football operations, Dallas Cowboys Merchandising, Legends Hospitality and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. 

Professionals with three years' work experience as industry executives, coaches and former athletes can enter the program without taking the GMAT. The ideal candidates are looking to grow their business acumen beyond just the sports industry, expanding also to the ancillary businesses that revolve around it. Graduates will leave with an M.B.A. degree that also provides best practices in the sports industry landscape that continues to grow and transcend over time.

"UNT's G. Brint Ryan College of Business has a track record of providing high-quality, high-impact degree programs that work for students," said Business Dean Marilyn Wiley. "Creating this online program capitalizes on the university's 25-year history in the online space as well as the expertise of the Dallas Cowboys and our faculty. It is a fitting next step for a college dedicated to helping its graduates reach their goals."

The program begins in August 2020, and the deadline to apply for admission is June 30. Potential students can learn more about the professional online M.B.A. in sport entertainment management by contacting Julie Jernigan at Julie.Jernigan@unt.edu or Lauren Burnaugh at Lauren.Burnaugh@unt.edu. Candidates interested in seeking admission to the program can review the application checklist and continue the application process at bit.ly/HowToApplyUNTMBA.

New online master's degree in instructional design approved at UW-Whitewater - Daily Union

Posted: 07 Feb 2020 12:58 PM PST

WHITEWATER — Students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater have the option of a new master of science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology, beginning in fall 2020.

Based in the university's College of Education and Professional Studies, the new fully online master's degree will allow professionals to remain in their work roles, and learn what is needed to design and develop learning experiences they will be able to deliver in various modes such as face-to-face, blended and online, in training and education across industries.

Graduates will be equipped for positions that often require a master's degree as a baseline for entry or advancement, including training developer, instructional design specialist, learning experience designer, learning technology consultant, learning and development manager and director of learning technology.

To earn the master's degree, students will complete their choice of three of four available certificates — Foundations of Learning Design, Producing Effective Learning Experiences, Emerging Technology for Digital Learning, and Leadership in Instructional Design and Learning Technology — and a three-credit capstone experience that will feature career planning, personalized mentorship from a leader in the field, and completion of a portfolio showcasing real-world projects developed in their coursework.

Certificates can be earned as stand-alone credentials if a student does not wish to earn the degree.

Elizabeth King, associate professor and department chair of educational foundations, is a member of the team who has been working to develop the new program.

"We designed this online program for people seeking to enter this dynamic field and for people already in learning technology — whether in higher education, healthcare, business or PreK-12 — to be able to 'upskill,' to gain different skills in interactive learning activities," said King. "As we developed the program, research told us there was a strong preference for learning from practicing professionals and that the program needed to be both rigorous and practical."

Nicole Weber, director of learning technology for Instructional, Communication and Information Technology at UW-Whitewater and a partner in the program, agreed.

"We developed the program by analyzing position descriptions from the region and across the U.S., and integrated the top skills we were seeing into the courses. This ensures that students who leave the program will be well-situated to not only contribute to the field, but lead it," she said. "A staple of our program will be providing our students with hands-on experiences and real-world projects through partnerships with our innovative Learning Technology Center and industry partners."

"We are also focused on key employability skills like communication, collaboration and problem-solving, as well as critical and creative thinking," added Weber.

"The program is designed to purposefully connect students with employment opportunities," King added, "and to ensure they are prepared not just for where the field is today but five to 10 years ahead."

Those interested in the master's degree program can contact Elizabeth King, associate professor and chair of the Department of Educational Foundations, at kinge@uww.edu.

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