Discover Your 'Authentic Voice': 2021 SVA Commencement Highlights and Marilyn Minter's Keynote Speech - SVA - SVA Features

Discover Your 'Authentic Voice': 2021 SVA Commencement Highlights and Marilyn Minter's Keynote Speech - SVA - SVA Features Discover Your 'Authentic Voice': 2021 SVA Commencement Highlights and Marilyn Minter's Keynote Speech - SVA - SVA Features Posted: 23 May 2021 12:00 AM PDT One of the last projects the great  Milton Glaser —the legendary graphic designer, longtime School of Visual Arts faculty member and acting chairman of the SVA Board—was working on before his death last year was "Together," an effort to encourage fellow feeling despite the isolation brought on by COVID-19. As always, Glaser was reminding us of our shared humanity, which transcends borders, circumstances and physical space. And while we weren't together in person to celebrate the School of Visual Arts' 46th annual commencement exercises, in spirit, we were. The 2021 Commencement—which took place onl

HLGU adds online education degree -

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Posted: 01 May 2020 08:15 AM PDT

Posted: May. 1, 2020 10:15 am

HANNIBAL | Amidst a severe shortage of educators, Hannibal-LaGrange University is launching an online elementary education degree completion program this fall.

A 2019 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education report documenting teacher shortages in the state of Missouri found that elementary education is suffering the most severe shortage.

"It is our hope that beginning this online pathway for completing a degree in elementary education will help fill a need in our state," said Larinee Dennis, interim vice president for academic administration and education department chair. "HLGU has a strong reputation of producing highly qualified teachers, especially in the area of elementary education."

This program includes fully online coursework that will culminate in a semester-long student teaching experience. It is designed for students who already have an associate of arts degree or have general education degree requirements fulfilled, however, students are able to fulfill gen-ed requirements online before starting the EED degree completion program if necessary.

Those currently employed in schools as paraprofessionals or substitutes may be ideal candidates for this program.

More information is available from Gail Barrowclough, enrollment counselor, at 573-629-3280, or by email


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Purdue Global partners with online education nonprofit Saylor Academy to offer more flexibility to degree completers - Purdue News Service

Posted: 15 Apr 2020 12:00 AM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS — Purdue University Global is partnering with Saylor Academy to expand flexible and affordable degree completion opportunities for both current and prospective Purdue Global students. As part of Purdue Global's mission to support student success throughout their university careers, students will be able to earn credit recognition for Saylor Academy's online, university-level courses.

Purdue Global and Saylor Academy both recognize that students lead increasingly complex lives and require flexible education options to balance skill development with work and family demands, said Carolyn Nordstrom, vice president, faculty and academic resources, and interim chief academic officer for Purdue Global. This is especially important as more than 36 million adults in the U.S. have some college credit and need flexible options to be able to return to school, complete their degrees and keep up with workforce demands.

"Speed to degree and the cost of education are important to Purdue Global and to our busy adult learners," Nordstrom said. "As a transfer-friendly institution, students bring an average of 25 credits with them into Purdue Global. We also work closely with employer partners and the military to articulate credit. The Saylor Academy partnership is yet another way for Purdue Global to help students fuel their path to success. We want students to feel all learning is valuable and that it 'counts' toward their education goal."

Saylor Academy's self-paced course model and partnerships with leading colleges and universities specifically support students, especially working adult learners as they progress toward completing their degrees. The tuition-free aspect of Saylor's program allows students to start, or return to, their degree completion journey with zero financial risk.

"We are pleased to work with Purdue University Global, an innovator in serving adult, working learners – particularly those returning students with some credit, but no degree," said Jeff Davidson, executive director of Saylor Academy. "We are seeing more universities leveraging our tuition-free courses to dramatically improve their degree completion initiatives. Our tuition-free, always on model is a perfect supplement to any program to help students complete their degrees more quickly with no new debt."

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online university, providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen careers. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves more than 31,000 students (as of January 2020), most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates several regional locations nationwide. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University's flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, please visit

About Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative committed to making education accessible and affordable to all who need it. We are doing so by creating free online courses, created by experienced professors with relevant teaching experience, that people can use to learn skills and earn university-level credit. Our courses are available for anyone to take at their own pace, and earn certificates or university credits to help them graduate or gain employment faster, and improve their futures. Saylor partners with a group of universities and colleges, as well as other nonprofits and organizations wishing to open access to education. We do not charge institutions to partner with us, and are always looking for like-minded organizations to expand our mission further. Saylor Academy's "credit-recommended" courses are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) for meeting university-level academic rigor. You can view our recommendations and learn more about ACE National Guide to College Credit here.

Media Contact, Purdue: Tom Schott, 765-494-9318,

Media Contact, Saylor Academy: Jacqueline Arnold,

Sources: Carolyn Nordstrom,

Jeff Davidson

Some students are considering dropping out of college because of coronavirus - CNBC

Posted: 30 Apr 2020 10:44 AM PDT

Colleges around the world have closed their doors and moved their classes online to stem the spread of coronavirus. 

An overwhelming majority of students agree with public health officials that canceling in-person classes is an important part of social distancing and containing the virus, but that doesn't mean they are prepared to invest the same amount of time and money on a different educational experience. 

Because the nature of their education has so drastically changed, some students are suing their universities and asking for their money back, claiming that students have paid for services they're no longer receiving, such as face-to-face interaction with professors, access to campus facilities and hands-on learning, as well as mandatory fees for activities, athletics and wellness programs that they will not be able to participate in. 

Other students are deciding if it is financially prudent to temporarily, or permanently, drop out. 

"I know there've been some students that have already withdrawn from next year because they're worried about not getting the same type of on-campus experience that they wanted," Jeremy Alder, founder and managing editor of College Consensus, tells CNBC Make It. "And I imagine there'll [be] a lot more students deferring college to take a gap year, which is not a bad idea in any year, but I think this could definitely tip the scale for students who are trying to decide."

Early signs that college enrollment will dip significantly next semester have raised concerns among the thousands of small and medium-sized colleges that rely on student tuition to remain open, rather than drawing from multimillion-dollar endowments. 

"I think colleges have to expect they're going to see a drop in attendance both because students are going to get worried about not getting the experience they wanted and also because their financial situations are going to be a lot different than they anticipated and so that's going to limit some students' abilities to pay for college," says Alder.

CNBC Make It spoke with students who are making these difficult decisions:

An educational timeline disrupted

Gabrielle Alias, 22, is a senior at Babson College, an entrepreneurship-focused school where all graduates receive a bachelor of science in business. Alias had completed all of her graduation requirements before the spring semester started and is set to graduate in May, so rather than take a final semester online she chose to withdraw from her last few classes. 

"It just didn't make sense to continue. I could get tuition back, it was easy to withdraw and they were being very respectful, so I just withdrew from my classes," she tells CNBC Make It. "I've been focusing on myself and on my finances."

Now Alias is living with her mom in San Francisco and delivering food for Caviar part-time. She has an internship with a music publishing group in London that was delayed from June to October. 

While Alias is far from being a college dropout, her situation reflects the kind of limbo that many students are considering — either to delay graduating, delay starting college or simply take some time off from their studies. 

Gabrielle Alias delivers food part-time for Caviar.

Courtesy of Gabrielle Alias

Worsened financial realities

Taylor Hill, 22, is a sophomore communications major at Indiana University South Bend. She lives alone and was working 35 hours a week as a cashier at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore to support herself through her degree. But since being laid off in mid-March when the store closed due to the pandemic, Hill has been forced to evaluate if she is financially able to continue her education. 

"I've got at least $6,000 in debt, which isn't too bad, but I'm still a sophomore so I've got a couple more years to go. It's hard to say if going back would be financially responsible because I don't have anything in savings. I was working and living paycheck to paycheck," Hill tells CNBC Make It. "I honestly am not entirely sure how I'm going to dig myself out of this financial hole I found myself in."

She says this concern is shared by her peers. "Just about all of my friends are laid off right now, so a lot of us are in the same situation," Hill says. 

In-state undergraduate tuition at IUSB is $3,447.49 per semester, but even at this relatively low cost, she is not sure she wants to continue paying that price for what is now an online education. 

"It's hard to focus without somewhere outside the house to go on a regular basis, and I didn't sign up for online classes for a reason," explains Hill. "I need a lot of structure, so I'm having a hard time with just being at home and doing everything online."

The consequences for colleges and universities

Education experts predict that college enrollment will be lower next semester and many colleges and universities are unsure if they will hold classes in-person in the fall.

"We've talked to college and university presidents and many of our 1,447 member institutions, and they are not sure what to expect," says Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. "There's some certainty with respect to a decrease in the number of international students that's already been in rapid decline with a 14% decrease over the past few years. And they're worried that this current global pandemic that has spurred an economic recession is going to further catalyze a depression, making it difficult for parents to send their children to college."

Pasquerella says the financial pressures of the economic recession will disproportionately force low-income students, students of color, international students, working students and undocumented students to drop out of their schools. She adds that "open-access schools" — public colleges and universities that admit at least 80% of applicants such as community colleges  that often educate underserved communities such as these, as well as small colleges with limited endowments, will be hit the hardest. 

Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that researches disruptive innovation, agrees that college enrollment numbers will likely drop next semester. 

"I wouldn't be surprised to see enrollment in residential college programs drop by roughly 10% or so in the fall, and revenue to fall around 20% if students won't be able to attend in-person in the fall," Horn tells CNBC Make It. "On the flip side, I think we will see enrollments in online programs rise quite a bit, driven by adult learners — many of whom have been recently laid off — looking to wait out the recession and use their time productively by skilling up."

Opportunities for for-profit colleges — and risks for students

Indeed, Elise Awwad, vice president of strategic enrollment for the for-profit DeVry University, which typically costs between $20,000 and $33,000 per year for students who qualify for financial aid,  expects enrollment not to change significantly at her organization. 

"For DeVry University, because we've been in the online space for years, we are expecting somewhat similar levels of enrollment," she tells CNBC Make It. "But we are also anticipating additional concerns, which is why we're really focused on providing proactive care and making sure that we're addressing those concerns and that students are making an informed decision before attending." 

Awwad says because DeVry has long had online education offerings, it is prepared to offer the kinds of technological support that remote learning requires. She emphasizes that DeVry is offering one-on-one support to help face the "additional concerns" students might be dealing with emotionally. 

But Pasquerella says she is concerned about the possibility that students who face the biggest challenges right now, such as students of color and low-income students, will turn to expensive for-profit providers that have historically had low completion rates. 

"I worry that the for-profits will take advantage of this moment in time when people are not working, they need to do something, they're looking for professional development and personal development," she says. "We've seen the perils of online programs in the for-profits where students have a very low completion rate and are left with large amounts of student debt."

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, just 21% of students at for-profit colleges graduate within six years. That rate is roughly four times higher at non-profit colleges and universities on average, and at a school like Babson College, over 90% of students graduate in six years. 

"The risk is that students [at for-profits] will end up not completing their curriculum, and they're left with debt burdens that they can't pay back because they're still unemployable as a result of not having a college degree," says Pasquerella.

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