Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph

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Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph Posted: 03 Dec 2020 07:00 AM PST HOUSTON , Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), the largest provider of allied health education in Texas , today announced the opening of its Houston Med Center campus near the Texas Medical Center hub. The new campus, CHCP's fourth in the greater Houston area, will offer short-term programs that will prepare working learners for fast-growing healthcare jobs in the region, including many on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Even before the pandemic, the presence of a world-class healthcare system was accelerating the demand for talented workers throughout the Hous

Noodle, online degree enabler, buys parts of HotChalk, a former competitor - Inside Higher Ed

Noodle, online degree enabler, buys parts of HotChalk, a former competitor - Inside Higher Ed


Noodle, online degree enabler, buys parts of HotChalk, a former competitor - Inside Higher Ed

Posted: 20 Nov 2020 12:10 AM PST

Noodle, an (ever-)evolving player in the competitive space of companies helping colleges take their academic programs online, on Friday announced that it has purchased several key assets of HotChalk, a onetime competitor whose biggest client, Concordia University Portland, announced in February that it would close.

Neither Noodle nor HotChalk would share financial details about the transaction, in which Noodle will absorb Creative Communication Associates, a digital marketing firm that had been part of HotChalk, and take over management of the online graduate programs of New York University's Steinhardt School of Education and responsibility for many of Concordia Portland's now-dispersed former students.

But the deal is likely to be part of another wave of consolidation in the marketplace of companies that manage or enable online programs. (Those companies have been called online program managers, or OPMs, although nobody seems satisfied with that phrase.)

For Noodle, the deal represents an effort to expand its network of college and university partners, and to bring in-house digital marketing expertise for its campus clients, for which it has historically used outside contractors.

The purchase is the most recent in a burst of activity by Noodle and its founder and chief executive officer, John Katzman, in which it has also struck a deal with Strategic Education to move into the employee education market. Noodle raised another $16 million in June, for a total of about $60 million since 2015, and on Wednesday it announced that it had combined its Noodle search engine and its Noodle Partners online program network into one organization just called Noodle.

For HotChalk, whose owners include the German firm Bertelsmann, which invested $230 million for a minority stake in the company in 2015, the sale almost certainly represents the end of another cautionary tale in the education-technology space.

In the middle of the last decade, at the time of the Bertelsmann investment, Reuters reported that the company was to be valued at between $600 million and $800 million. But a large chunk of the company's value was related to its partnership with Concordia, which experienced explosive growth in a master's of education program and, as part of its contract with HotChalk, paid the company a significant share of the program's revenue.

The centrality of Concordia to HotChalk's rise was such that the Oregon-based university's folding in February led HotChalk to lay off half its employees and to sue Concordia for $302 million in April. In its lawsuit, the company charged that Concordia had transferred some of its key assets to its parent church, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, days before it closed.

The relationship between HotChalk and Concordia was held up by some critics as the latest example of what they believe are problematic revenue-sharing relationships between colleges and online program management companies.

That perception, among other things, makes Noodle's buyout of HotChalk -- which the latter's CEO, Rob Wrubel, calls a "wind-down" of the company -- noteworthy.

In contrast with HotChalk's revenue-sharing model, Noodle has increasingly aligned itself with critics of those agreements. Katzman, its CEO, has framed his company as an alternative to and improvement on other major players in the online program space -- most notably 2U, which Katzman founded a dozen years ago. Among his early collaborators was 2U's current CEO, Chip Paucek, (That rivalry is strange for a variety of reasons, in part because both companies offer a range of ways for colleges to finance the creation of online programs, so the distinctions are not black-and-white.)

Noodle officials say that while HotChalk's business model may have differed from their own, incorporating some of HotChalk's key assets will help them achieve Noodle's stated goals of trying to drive down the cost of online education for students.

Katzman's company has been an enigmatic player in the online program market. Katzman founded Noodle in 2013 as a kind of "Google for education," as he called it -- a search engine to help would-be learners of all ages find whatever kind of education or training they needed.

Two years later, he launched Noodle Partners, which was designed to compete directly with 2U and other OPMs by stitching together a network of technology and other service providers that agreed to comply with a set of technology and business standards. It took several years for Katzman and Noodle to find their footing, but their number of college partners has grown sharply in the last 18 months.

The HotChalk purchase shows the company's model evolving from a general contractor working with outside servicers.

"We've done a whole lot of thinking about what things should be in-house vs. done outside," Katzman says.

Bringing the marketing team from Creative Communication Associates and HotChalk's senior executives in-house at Noodle will help the company better control how it manages the most expensive part of the online program management process, the recruitment of and marketing to prospective students.

"The easiest way we can drive down the cost of higher ed is by reducing those costs," said Keri Hoyt, Noodle's president and chief operating officer.

The company has begun discussions with officials at NYU's Steinhardt School about transitioning from the revenue-sharing model it used with HotChalk to more of a fee-for-service model that Noodle favors.

"The fundamental OPM model is kind of over," says Katzman, an assertion that 2U's Paucek and others dispute.

Hrubel, who was HotChalk's CEO and will take on a senior role at Noodle, says that many of CCA's traditional marketing clients will now be able to benefit from Noodle's online program services.

And he, Hoyt and Katzman all say they will make it a priority to ensure that the Concordia Portland students whom HotChalk had committed to seeing through to graduation at Concordia's remaining campuses in Chicago and Nebraska earn their degrees.

Hoyt and the others also believe that while a Joe Biden administration -- assuming it comes to pass -- is likely to ramp up its regulatory scrutiny of revenue-sharing agreements and the use of corporate providers in delivering education more broadly, higher education's forced embrace of virtual learning because of COVID-19 will increase the interest of universities entering into the sorts of networks that Noodle and some of the other online program providers are building.

"There was a time and place when going online was seen as tangential and something universities wanted an arm's-length distance from," so they preferred to use companies that were clearly separate, Hoyt says. "The last nine months, universities have embraced this idea that they need to go online, and together we can help them drive down the cost of providing that learning."

New online graduate certificate programs at URI can boost skills for natural resource, environment professionals - URI Today

Posted: 20 Nov 2020 12:16 AM PST

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 20, 2020 – The University of Rhode Island's College of the Environment and Life Sciences is launching three new online graduate certificate programs in 2021 to help professionals working in natural resource and environmental fields improve their skills and expertise.

Classes for the certificate programs in Fisheries Science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Technology will begin Jan. 12, and the certificate program in Natural Resources and the Environment will start next fall. All of the courses are seven weeks long, and the requirements for the certificates can be completed in as little as two semesters. The application deadline is Dec. 15 for the programs beginning in January.

An artisanal fisherman in the Seychelles pulls in his catch
An artisanal fisherman in the Seychelles pulls in his catch from the Indian Ocean. Credit: Austin Humphries, Ph.D.)

"These programs are all geared to professionals who are already working in the field and who are looking for particular skills and knowledge to boost their careers," said Michelle Peach, the coordinator of the certificate program in Natural Resources and the Environment.

The four three-credit courses required to earn the graduate certificate in Natural Resources and the Environment include such topics as sustainable natural resource management, natural resource planning, GIS and data management.

The ability to apply data-driven approaches to manage complex environmental problems is a crucial skill for future environmental leaders and practitioners, said Peach. Students in the program develop expertise in managing, analyzing and effectively communicating spatial and non-spatial data to address real-world problems.

For more information, visit web.uri.edu/online/programs/certificate/natural-resources.

gnss surveyor being used for field research
gnss surveyor being used for field research

The graduate certificate in Fisheries Science will not only provide students with scientific and technical knowledge about fisheries science, it will also offer a foundation in statistical procedures and effective decision-making to address complex issues related to fisheries and fish habitats, according to Laura Skrobe, who coordinates the program. Students will work on problems related to fisheries and learn how to create effective, practical solutions to those problems.

The certificate requires three, three-credit courses and two one-credit seminars on such topics as fisheries ecology, stock assessments and ecosystem-based management, plus a summer internship or leadership class. The leadership class requires two weeks of in-person, hands-on learning, which includes time spent aboard URI's fisheries training vessel, the Cap'n Bert. All other elements of the program must be completed online.

For additional information, visit web.uri.edu/online/programs/certificate/fisheries-science. This program is distinct from URI's existing graduate certificate program in Aquaculture and Fisheries, which is taught entirely in person.

The graduate certificate in GIS and Geospatial Technology provides students with proficiency and expertise in highly sought-after geospatial technology skills, including GIS, interactive map and data production, and field data collection. It builds on URI's long-standing reputation as a national leader in the field of geospatial technology, particularly GIS.

According to Aimee Mandeville, who coordinates the program, course format and learning activities will emphasize critical spatial analysis techniques, data management and creative workflows for data analysis, capture and presentation, and critical skills for modern day geospatial analysts and managers at all levels.

"We've offered a three-day training in GIS for several years, and many people leave that program and want to take it to the next level," said Mandeville. "This graduate certificate program is what they're looking for. We've got entire courses in creating data, analyzing data and sharing and collecting data."

For more information, visit web.uri.edu/online/programs/certificate/gis-and-geospatial-technologies.

The credits earned from all three graduate certificate programs can be applied to URI's master's degree program in environmental science and management. To complete the degree would require an additional year of in-person study on campus.

The idea for the certificate programs came from students already enrolled in URI graduate programs who were looking for more flexible options to obtain the skills they needed. Completing one year of the degree program online and the second year on campus provides the flexibility they sought.

The certificate programs are also expected to be of great interest to international students enrolled at URI partner institutions in Indonesia and elsewhere around the world.

Spalding University partners with FlightBridgeED to launch online certificate program - The Lane Report

Posted: 20 Nov 2020 07:43 AM PST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Spalding University, a Louisville institution with a rich history of training health care workers, is set to launch one of the nation's only online certificate programs in critical care transport, which will provide licensed registered nurses and paramedics with the skills and knowledge to care for and transport critically ill or injured patients.

Designed through a partnership with leading medical education company FlightBridgeED, Spalding's Post-Licensure Certificate in Critical Care Transport is accepting applications now at Spalding.edu/CriticalCareTransport with online courses set to begin on Jan. 30. The program, which is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), consists of four, three-credit-hour courses and can be completed in one semester.

The program will help address the nation's demand for health care workers capable of initiating critical medical interventions that can save patients' lives in emergency transport settings, including ground or air ambulance. The certificate will also provide registered nurses and paramedics with the skills and knowledge to advance their careers.

Students in the certificate program will explore a range of principles related to critical care transport, including resuscitation, trauma, and burns, pharmacology, leadership, and research. One of the four courses is devoted exclusively to principles of transport ventilation and ventilator management.

Spalding's CCT certificate program will prepare nurses and paramedics to sit for advanced professional certification exams.

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