These Christian Colleges Are Taking On Today’s Hot-Button Social Issues - Forbes

An organization of Christian colleges has shown a willingness to tackle social issues, often taking ... [+] stances that differ from those of some notorious evangelical leaders. getty A group of Christian colleges is pursuing an agenda of pressing social issues, including immigration, criminal justice, and racial/ethnic diversity. It’s an ambitious set of policies, and it’s noteworthy because the stance of these colleges is in marked contrast to the ultra-conservative narrative associated with the evangelical church’s recent embrace of the right-wing, nationalist politics of Donald Trump. The colleges are members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), an organization comprised of about 180 institutions worldwide, with approximately 140 in the U.S. Representing 37 different Protestant denominations, CCCU schools enroll over 500,000 students. You can view the full member list here. All CCCU schools have missions defined as Christ-centered, rooted in the hi

Will online degrees become more 'legitimate'? - BBC News

Will online degrees become more 'legitimate'? - BBC News

Will online degrees become more 'legitimate'? - BBC News

Posted: 25 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST

Still, questions remain about of the impact of online degrees. Will they make the same impression as in-person degrees? Will the ubiquity of online learning devalue traditional degrees? Hollands at Teacher's College also wonders if in-person degrees will become exclusively for wealthy students, meaning campus-based programs may end up signalling a student's status instead of a 'better' degree.

But Hollands says that rather than being a threat to traditional universities, online studying could be an opportunity. "If these universities establish online offerings and attract a new set of students who would never have attended in-person anyway, then they can increase their income stream," she says. "I don't think traditional colleges are going away, but I do think that there'll be more growth in the online area than there will be in the on-campus area."

It's perhaps still too early to say just how much the pandemic will transform online learning. The answers may lie in how accommodating a country's educational culture is to the online-learning shift; as Hewitt of the Higher Education Policy Institute points out, some models of higher education, such as those in the UK, are more resistant to online degrees. But as evidenced this year, change can come quickly.

Coursera CEO Maggioncalda says once the pandemic ends, he expects even traditional universities to continue their new use of blended learning ­– a mixture of online learning and hand-on training. McMaster's Puri adds that there is still scope for further innovation, which could 'change the space very rapidly'.

As for Gomes Leitao's fears about her degree being taken seriously, experts say she may well have nothing to worry about. Hollands says, "I think what the pandemic will do is really going to blur the lines between online and brick-and-mortar degrees. People will be much less focused on 'was it online' or 'was it brick-and-mortar', and more focused on the brand."

Tim Harlow, chief commercial officer at Salt Recruitment in London, agrees it's the qualification that matters to employers, not the study location. "I feel an individual who has enhanced their knowledge in their own time, possibly over and above another employment, demonstrates great self-drive for improvement, which is positively viewed at all times."


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