Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire

Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire Coursera Boosts Its International Presence With Several New Degree And Certificate Programs - Forbes Purdue adds externship program to certification prep courses for health care central service technicians - Purdue News Service Here's why Eastern Institute of Technology is your pathway to success - Study International News Best Health Degrees Releases National Rankings of Human Services Master's Programs - PRNewswire Posted: 19 Apr 2021 05:41 AM PDT DURHAM, N.C. , April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Health Degrees ( ), an independent, free online source for information on healthcare degrees and careers, has released three rankings of the best Human Services

Google Scholarships For Online Certifications: 100,000 And Counting - Dazeinfo

Google Scholarships For Online Certifications: 100,000 And Counting - Dazeinfo

Google Scholarships For Online Certifications: 100,000 And Counting - Dazeinfo

Posted: 31 Aug 2020 05:11 AM PDT

A few weeks ago, Google announced the introduction of 3 new online certificate programs as part of their Grow with Google initiative. These certifications, called the Google Career Certificates, will be delivered through the popular online learning platform Coursera, which was founded in 2012 by 2 Stanford professors.

While the Google certification program is already turning heads, Google has announced Google Scholarship that will make these courses even more adorable and valuable especially or those who still find these comparatively affordable courses heavy on their pockets.

Under the Google certification program, candidates will be taught by Google employees working in departments where each course's content is most relevantly applicable. The purpose of these training, as with Grow with Google's overarching vision, is to provide affordable but high-quality skill-based training to individuals who cannot afford a traditional college degree, are unemployed, or for whom college is not the most practical choice.


These certifications can be completed within three to six months, after which all those who succeed in clearing the course requirements will become eligible for jobs within the field they received training in. Google claims that these programs are expected to provide skill-building equivalent to that of traditional 4-year long college degree programs. Within Google, applicants with these certificates will be treated and given just as much preference as college graduates.

Furthermore, Google has partnered with 50 other companies with whom certificate holders will be connected post-completion for job interviews and the like. Given Google's influential status, their partnering companies are also big industry names such as Intel, Infosys, Bank of America, Hulu, Best Buy, and Walmart, among others.

Google will also give all their students access to additional career resourced to aid their post-certification job-hunting.

High-Demand Skills Offered for a Nominal Fee

Although the course structures and syllabi still haven't been disclosed, the courses will provide training for the following high-demand and high-paying job fields:

Data Analysis – Data analysts are proficient in collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing all company data in a way that the data points can be used to make informed business decisions. This is a job-posting required by almost every business or IT firm nowadays. The course will seek to help "learners develop confidence navigating the data lifecycle using tools and platforms to process, analyze, visualize, and gain insights from data."


Project Management – Project managers supervise projects undertaken by companies and ensure that the desired goals are achieved as efficiently and profitably as possible. Google's project management certificate program will train learners in traditional and agile project management.

User Experience Designing – Also known as UX designing for short, these professionals improve the interface of existing technologies to make them convenient, well-connected, and appealing to users. The UX Designer course will enable individuals to assess user needs and create testable prototypes to cater to these needs.

As previously mentioned, these certifications won't be difficult to afford, as they will be offered as part of the standard Coursera subscription plan which costs $49 per month. Thus, if it takes a user 6 months to complete one certification program, it'll cost them less than $300. However, if even this is out of the user's budget, Google has other means to cover these costs which will be discussed shortly.

At the moment, Google is already offering one Google Certificate Program on Coursera for the role of IT Support Specialist. For those interested in getting a general feel of Google's course delivery format, courses can be enrolled in for free on Coursera, with the option to purchase certification on completion.

100,000 "Google" Scholarships, Grants, and More

The contribution of Google is not just be limited to offering online certificates. The tech giant will be offering financial aid to 100,000 learners interested in taking these courses. The process of availing such aid will probably be similar to most other financial aid verification processes, with the aim to assist those in dire need of such help.

Furthermore, Google will be awarding $10 million in grants to three non-profit partners, namely, the YWCA, NPower, and JFF, who work with Google in a joint endeavor to professionally empower women, underrepresented populations (black people, Hispanic people, disabled people, and other marginalized groups/communities), and veterans.

These courses will be open to everyone, regardless of whether they are degree-holders or not, further enhancing their inclusivity.

In a blog-post introducing the programs, Kent Walker, Google SVP of Global Affairs spoke about the inaccessibility of college degrees for a lot of Americans. He further commented that one "shouldn't need a college diploma to have economic security." In the same post, he mentioned efforts to expand the existing 50 member employer consortium for students of their certificate programs.

There is a slight catch, however, to this knight in shining armor. From Google's announcements, it seems that these courses specifically cater to American students and their employment needs, for the time being. Google hasn't made it clear whether these courses will be available in locations outside the USA, but given the ubiquity of the job roles they will be providing training for, there is scope for the programs to be universally recognized and accepted.

E-Learning: Yet Another "New Normal"

Google's courses come at a very crucial time for the American employment market, and hopefully for the rest of the world.

Many people have had to drop out of higher education due to the coronavirus pandemic. An even higher number of individuals have lost their jobs as businesses have downsized due to lack of revenue and investment. At the same time, work from home, online classes, and up-skilling have become common in today's employment and education scenarios.

It is estimated that 400 million jobs were lost worldwide due to the pandemic in Q2 2020. Many countries are fighting unprecedented unemployment rates for the first time in decades. Due to the lack of inclusivity of online education, poor or inadequate infrastructure, and exorbitant university fees, many students, particularly in the US, have dropped out or taken a gap year. However, the story follows a similar plot regardless of region.

People of non-white ethnicities, immigrants, those with lesser education, and other marginalized groups are bearing the brunt of this economic breakdown, as many might have already expected.

Thus, at a time like this, with adult learners in need of concrete skills in which they can now invest their time, as well as college students considering more short-term and cost-effective alternatives, online courses or MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) have become an attractive, low-risk alternative, in all senses of the word. Studies have shown that consumer interest in these modes of education has increased significantly post COVID-19. According to Moody's Investor Services, enrolment in non-degree online courses has seen a very rapid spike in recent months.

Source: Moody's, U.S. Department of Education

Being a pioneer in the online short-course domain, Coursera has a specific Workforce Recovery segment as part of their overall course portfolio. Other websites like Udemy, Harvard and MIT's edX, Skillshare, Udacity, etc. have also made many courses free of cost due to increased enrolment. Renowned universities like Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins are also offering free certification courses to further people's skill development.

Online Learning: More than Meets the Eye

While opinions about online education are still divided due to various fears ranging from the lack of student-teacher interaction to the technological facilities needed to access it, people have started to appreciate the benefits, as well.

Keeping the most obvious ones such as flexibility, comfort, and cost-effectiveness aside, there are wonderful sociological advantages to this somewhat unconventional mode of learning. An emerging body of research has started showing that many minority groups such as women and black people prefer online education. This preference has led to higher underrepresented group enrolment in various professional courses, such as Coursera's iMBA program.

In the future, the credibility of online certification is expected to grow as reflected by a survey conducted by Edukatico in which employers were found to view online certification as advantageous and reflective of a conscientious, committed worker. However, contrary data also exists. Nonetheless, a clear market shift has already taken place and it can be expected that education and employment will become more equitable in times to come.

The trick with online courses, then, is to look for accredited, university-affiliated courses that are relevant to the field you plan to or already specialize in.

In the meantime, one can always hope that Google's initiative to dispel the stigma around certificates gains momentum and increases the opportunities available for unconventional and underrepresented learners. The IT behemoth has also recently partnered with different organizations in various countries to enhance workers' existing skill-set in order to make them better adapted to the tough requirements of the current job-market.

Universities across the country offer online courses to non-students - GW Hatchet

Posted: 30 Aug 2020 09:36 PM PDT

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Think GW's course offerings aren't enough? Explore classes offered online by other universities this semester.

Students intending to expand their learning opportunities this fall might want to look outside GW for a discounted course.  

Whether you've decided to take a semester off or are looking for options past the allowed 18 credits, you can enroll in hundreds of courses offered for free or at reduced rates this fall. Hundreds of colleges are making their courses publicly available online through Coursera and edX, giving outside students the chance to pick up a class like "Medical Neuroscience" and "Leading in the Digital Age."

Depending on the course, edX charges $40 to $160 to receive a certification of completion you can include on your resume or your LinkedIn profile. You can pay anywhere from $29 to $99 per class on Coursera, which gives you assignments, tests and a final grade. 

Here's a rundown of some classes you can take at other top universities this fall:

Duke University 

Duke offers 70 classes through Coursera, from "Behavioral Finance," to "Advertising and Society" to "Medical Neuroscience." You can also enroll in the Blockchain Applications MasterTrack Certificate, which allows you to work through a partial master's program online and earn a certificate of completion and a 10 percent tuition scholarship toward a full master's program. Tuition to enroll in classes is $3,000 with the next session beginning in January 2021. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

MIT offers nearly 200 courses through edX. For those interested in physics, check out the mechanics series of classes with offerings like "Mechanics: Momentum and Energy" or "Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics." And on the business side, you can take "Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?" which covers market and customer analysis. MIT courses on edX are free or charge a fee if students choose to receive a verified certificate.

The University of Michigan

In addition to more than 100 classes like "Python for Everybody Specialization" and "Data Science Ethics", which charges anywhere from $29 to $99 per course, the clear focus of the University of Michigan's offerings is its degrees and certificates. Shorter MasterTrack Certificate courses are available for $2,000 to $2,100, as well as fully online master programs in "Public Health, Applied Data Science" and "Population and Health Science." 

Boston University

Business and Marketing is the clear focus of BU's edX offerings. Its offerings include "Leading in the Digital Age," "Strategic Social Media Marketing" and "Digital Leadership." A select few faith-based classes covering how religion affects the material society like "Religion and Conflict Transformation" "Faith and Finance" are also being offered through edX. BU courses on edX are free or have a small fee if students choose to receive a verified certificate.

Harvard University

With more than 150 courses offered for free on edX, this prestigious institution is one of the best places to look for free online education. You can find everything from "Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature," to "Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather" to the concisely titled class, "Justice." 

Alternative Credentials, Scaled Degrees, and the New Higher Ed Matthew Effect | Learning Innovation - Inside Higher Ed

Posted: 10 Aug 2020 12:00 AM PDT

HBS Online saw a 650 percent increase in enrollment between April and June compared to the same period in 2019…

Online degrees offered by the Gies College of Business, including an iMBA priced under $22,000 offered in partnership with online learning platform Coursera, have seen record applications this year, Elliott said. Applications have particularly increased among women. More than 2,500 applications have so far been submitted to the iMBA program starting this fall -- a 35 percent increase from August 2019.

Since mid-March, more than 18 million registered users have joined Coursera, a more than 400 percent increase from the same time period last year. Enrollments in India increased by 1,044 percent, followed by Italy at 519 percent and Brazil at 345 percent.

I pulled those quotes from the 8/10/20 IHE article At Home, Workers Seek Alternative Credentials. Given the crazy times, I'm not sure if that article is getting the attention across higher ed that it deserves. Everyone is entirely focused on the near-term challenges of academic continuity during the pandemic. And that is the right place to be focusing. You can't plan for the long-term when the short-term is so unstable.

But today, I'm going to ask you to do just that. If you can, step back from thinking about COVID-19 and what is happening to your school in the fall, and give some thought to the medium-to-long-term impact of the rise of alternative credentials and scaled degrees to your institution.

First, let me ask you a question. How does your school balance its books? Where does the money come from?

For most colleges and universities, and particularly non-profit private institutions and publics outside of the community college space, the answer is going to be tuition dollars.

The problem for almost every tuition-dependent school is that undergraduate programs no longer bring in enough revenues to meet costs. The shortfall is a function of a combination of tuition discounting (now higher than 50 percent), driven by drops in demand due to structural-demographic factors, and rising costs.

To make up for the dollars lost to tuition discounting, undergraduate attrition, and a generally slackening of demand (especially in the Northeast and the Midwest), schools have moved aggressively to offer new master's programs. In the 2017-2018 school year, US colleges and universities awarded 820,102 master's degrees. This figure represents an almost 250 percent increase (up from 235,564) from the number of master's degrees awarded in the 1970-71 academic year. To put master's degrees in context, in 2017-2018, colleges and universities awarded 1,980,644 undergraduate degrees. This represents a 135 percent increase (from 839,730) since 1970-1971.

Tuition costs for master's (including professional) degree programs have increased dramatically over the past two decades. Using constant 2017-2018 dollars, the average tuition at private non-profits for master's programs has increased from $15,401 in 1989-1990 to $25,442 in 2017-2018. Unlike undergraduates, 8-in-10 receive tuition discounts in the form of some sort of institutional aid, less than 4-in-10 master's students receive university-based financial support.

Unlike undergraduates, graduate students are not limited in how much they can borrow to pay for tuition. (Which they borrow for at higher rates than undergraduates). While graduate students only account for 15 percent of all students enrolled in higher education, they make up 40 percent of all federal student loans issued each year. That equates to $37 billion in loans for graduate students. Sixty percent of graduate students will have federal graduate debt, and on average, they will owe $41,000.

What do all these numbers add up to? Two things. Colleges and universities have become dependent on the tuition revenues from master's programs to ensure their financial sustainability, and the cost for master's programs for students is high.

Enter into this picture the growth of alternative online credentials and scaled online degrees. Keep in mind that the schools that are pioneering these programs are mostly colleges and universities with national and sometimes global brands.

Increasingly, working adults will have a choice of either enrolling in a traditional (often online) master's program from a college or university that is known mostly in the area in which they live (regional brand), or a non-degree online certificate or an affordable scaled online master's degree from a nationally or globally known university (elite brand).

It is also a mistake to think about online certificates and affordable scaled online degrees as totally separate offerings. What we will increasingly see is that non-credit certificates will funnel learners into full online degree programs. Students will be able to shorten the time it takes to graduate from an online degree program by applying course credit from the online certificate program. For schools, this new admissions funnel will lower the costs of bringing students into master's programs and increase their applicants' quality.

The danger for regionally branded tuition-dependent colleges and universities is that certificates and scaled-degrees from nationally/globally branded institutions will cannibalize demand for master's programs. If this happens, it could throw the delicate economics of the postsecondary system completely out-of-whack.

In 1968, the sociologist Robert K. Merton published an article in Science called The Matthew Effect in Science. Merton took the name for this phenomenon from the New Testament (Matthew 25:29).

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

There is a real possibility that alternative online certificates and scaled online affordable degrees underpin a new higher ed Matthew Effect. It is also possible that COVID-19 will accelerate this trend, as the pandemic is providing momentum for the big scaled online platform providers.

From a higher ed ecosystem standpoint, we should be very concerned about the impact of alternative certificates and low-cost degrees on the broad middle of tuition-dependent institutions. These new types of lower-cost online education may provide many benefits to adult working professionals. But the cost may be to accelerate the financial challenges of already stressed regionally-known and tuition-dependent colleges and universities.


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