Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter

Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 05 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT Even before the coronavirus pandemic propelled UNLV into remote learning in the spring, online courses at UNLV were prevalent.  "There's been a steady decrease in the number of students that have never taken an online course," said Elizabeth Barrie, the director of the Office of Online Education . She recently presented during The State of Online Education webinar event. It highlighted some of the initiatives and cross-campus partnerships that contribute to student achievement and shared how faculty prepared for online learning through the summer. She noted that 95% of students who graduated in spring 2020 with an undergraduate degree had taken at least one online course. And, compared to past years, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken more than 30 credits, or two semesters, online. 

Wiley Education Services Accelerates Growth with Five New University Partners - Business Wire

Wiley Education Services Accelerates Growth with Five New University Partners - Business Wire

Wiley Education Services Accelerates Growth with Five New University Partners - Business Wire

Posted: 27 Jan 2021 12:00 AM PST

HOBOKEN, N.J.--()--Wiley Education Services, part of John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE: JW-A) (NYSE: JW-B), recently signed five new university partnerships including University of Montana, New Mexico Highlands University, New York University, Spring Hill College, and - marking further momentum globally - Lebanese American University. Across these five new university partners, Wiley will support 27 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral online programs in a variety of high-demand disciplines like healthcare, social work, business, and computer science.

"This pandemic has shed light on the importance of providing flexible, outcomes-focused learning experiences to students, while also proving the dire need for more jobs central to this crisis - specifically those in healthcare and social work," said Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services. "We look forward to partnering with each of these institutions to build online programs that clear the path to success in today's most vital and in-demand career fields."

Lebanese American University

Lebanese American University (LAU), with campuses in Beirut and Byblos, Lebanon, has contracted with Wiley to launch eight graduate programs in business, computer science, engineering, nursing, and education disciplines. LAU will take advantage of a tailored approach with Wiley, utilizing a full suite of online program management services, as well as course development on a fee-for-service basis.

"With COVID-19 and an unprecedented monetary and financial crisis in Lebanon, we see our partnership with Wiley as one of our most strategic decisions toward perpetuating LAU's mission in Lebanon and in the Arab world," said Michel E. Mawad, M.D., President of Lebanese American University.

University of Montana

University of Montana (UM) located in Missoula, Montana, has signed with Wiley to launch a Master of Social Work (MSW) program in August 2021. As part of this partnership, UM will receive Wiley's full range of service offerings including market research, marketing, enrollment, instructional design, faculty support, and retention.

"Here at UM, we aim to provide students of all types with broad access to a quality education," Seth Bodnar, President of University of Montana shares. "Our partnership with Wiley allows us to further this goal. We look forward to working with Wiley to reach new students far and wide. Beginning with our online Master of Social Work program, we are excited to give students access to programs that help our students do good in the world."

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas, New Mexico, has tapped Wiley to launch 10 academic programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), business programs, MBA, MSW and others. NMHU will take advantage of Wiley's full suite of offerings including market research, marketing, enrollment, and retention, including clinical placement support.

"New Mexico Highlands has been a recognized longtime leader in social and economic mobility for our students, and we're excited to expand our reputation through our partnership with Wiley, offering a new and innovative portfolio of online programs," stated Sam Minner, President of New Mexico Highlands University. "We are confident our partnership will positively change the lives of many more people across the country."

New York University – Wagner School of Public Service

New York University (NYU) Wagner, located in New York City, will engage with Wiley in a fee-for-service partnership to provide enrollment and retention services and customized 24/7 technology support for their online Master of Health Administration program.

"NYU Wagner's inaugural online degree program, which launched only two years ago, is excited to enter its next phase," said David Gastwirth, Director of Online Education of NYU Wagner. "We aim to build on the momentum achieved to date, growing enrollment while also enhancing program quality and impact. By working with Wiley, we are confident that we can recruit the most highly qualified and diverse healthcare professionals into our graduate program and provide them with an exceptional student experience."

Spring Hill College

Spring Hill College, located in Mobile, Alabama, has partnered with Wiley to launch 16 undergraduate and graduate programs in business, healthcare, education, and computer science and liberal arts - the first seven of which are launching in Fall 2021. As part of this partnership, Willey will provide a full array of student lifecycle and academic solutions including market research, marketing, enrollment, retention - including clinical placement support - instructional design, faculty support, and faculty development. Additionally, Spring Hill has contracted with Wiley on a fee-for-service basis to manage the redesign of their website.

"Spring Hill College continues its focus on implementing new programs, technology, and partnerships that will help ensure success for students after graduation," said Dr. Joe Lee, President of Spring Hill College. "Our partnership with Wiley brings our online academic programs to a wider audience, including working adults who aren't able to attend our in-person classes. This partnership just made sense as Wiley is as committed as we are to improve course quality, increase student engagement, and keep us true to our mission, culture, and tradition to educate leaders."

Wiley Education Services' continuous growth - coupled with its recent acquisition of training and job placement company mthree and launch of tuition benefits solution Wiley Beyond - demonstrates the company's strategy to deliver innovative, tech-enabled products and services that unlock human potential by enabling the success of the world's learners and professionals.

For more information, please visit www.edservices.wiley.com/why-partner.

About Wiley Education Services

Wiley Education Services is a leading, global provider of technology-enabled education solutions to meet the evolving needs of universities, corporations, and ultimately, learners. We partner with more than 70 institutions across the U.S., Europe and Australia, and support over 800-degree programs. Our best-in-class services and market insights are driven by our deep commitment and expertise—proven to elevate enrollment, retention and completion rates. For more information, visit edservices.wiley.com.

About Wiley

Wiley drives the world forward with research and education. Through publishing, platforms and services, we help students, researchers, universities, and corporations to achieve their goals in an ever-changing world. For more than 200 years, we have delivered consistent performance to all of our stakeholders. The Company's website can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

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NYU Stern Students Protest MBA Tuition Hike During COVID - Poets&Quants

Posted: 02 Aug 2020 12:00 AM PDT

MBA students at NYU Stern are protesting a 3.5% hike in tuition during the pandemic and asking for discounts of 5% to 10% due to the shift toward remote instruction. Stern photo

MBA students at New York University's Stern School of Business are urging the school to reverse a decision to increase their annual tuition by 3.5% and instead grant a 5% to 10% discount as classes move online during the pandemic. The petition requesting a freeze of Stern's $76,780 annual tuition, up from $74,184 a year earlier, has been signed by more than 300 students.

"Raising tuition during this time period feels wrong," according to the statement signed "The NYU Stern MBA Class of 2021." The letter was written by Matthew Korinek, a former EY manager in the company's financial services advisory who is in the Class of 2021. It was posted to Twitter by Stern second-year MBA Avik Banerjee who is doing his summer internship with Bain & Co. and reports that more than 300 students have signed the petition. "It feels like a gut punch during a long, never-ending dream. We are asking that the university reverse that decision and do their best to provide additional financial support to the students."

The petition with the demands is not the first and likely will not be the last as an increasing number of MBA students at elite business schools are growing frustrated over a confluence of issues related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Many international students, who have been unable to gain student visas to come to the U.S., are angry that their schools are not granting deferrals and forcing them to attend online classes or drop out. Most students are unhappy that most of their classes, even at schools that have declared they are moving to hybrid formats of both in-person and online classes, will be virtual.


And then there are the demands for tuition discounts for remote instruction (see The Student Revolt Over MBA Tuition For Online Classes) at a large number of schools, including the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Stanford's Graduate School of Business. While some schools have refunded some fees to MBA students in the spring, no school has yet to discount their tuition, arguing that the pandemic has only increased their costs. NYU Stern's MBA program is among the most expensive in the world, given its location in New York City where the cost of living is high. NYU Stern's latest 3.5% increase in tuition follows a 3.5% increase in 2019. Only four other business schools–Wharton, Columbia, MIT, and Dartmouth–charged more for tuition last year.

But tuition is hardly the full cost of any program. An analysis of total costs, including room and board and fees, at top 25 MBA programs by Poets&Quants showed that NYU Stern had the second-highest price tag of an MBA in the world at $233,022 behind only MIT's Sloan School of Management which was at $237,636 (see The Total Cost To Attend A Top 25 MBA Program Keeps Rising). Stern now estimates the annual costs of its MBA program at $119,251, making the total cost of the two-year program more than $238,000.

"As members of the MBA class, we are both trying to stay afloat during this time and are left wondering what jobs will be available when we graduate in the spring of 2021," according to the letter. "Several of us were forced to take unpaid internships this summer, thankfully buoyed by the generosity of Stern alumni who filled the large gap otherwise left behind. Networking opportunities will almost certainly remain remote this coming fall, as the university has already informed us there will be no events with more than 50 individuals present. Some of us are registered for classes that are only online and will again be attempting to learn over Zoom. Many of us are in home countries abroad and will be forced to comply with a schedule of events from the other side of the world. None of this is the university's fault. However, the university can and should take action to support the students in this unprecedented time."


Second-year Stern MBA Matthew Korinek wrote the letter requesting a reversal of the school's MBA tuition increase

The students note that they have been told tuition rates are set in the budget for the upcoming year before the outbreak of the pandemic. Nonetheless, they are asking the administration to reverse the decision and, at a minimum, freeze tuition for the  2020-2021 academic year. "Additionally, we would like to request the university to consider providing a minor tuition reduction (5-10%)," according to the letter. "This would be in line with certain other MBA programs that have not just kept tuition flat, but have found creative ways to give back to their students."

The petition claims that Stern is taking an unusually aggressive stance on tuition, perhaps referring to the decisions by Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business to freeze their tuition last year (see HBS & Chicago Booth Hold The Line On Tuition Increases).

"From reviewing tuition at peer institutions, NYU Stern stands out as taking a particularly aggressive stance on tuition," according to the letter. "Many of the other programs ranked in the U.S. News & World Report top ten are seemingly not raising tuition for 2020-2021. By taking a uniquely strong stance on raising tuition, against the interest of the students, we believe NYU Stern risks damaging its reputation and ranking, losing out on potential applicants and losing out on future alumni donations."


The letter goes on to explain what the students believe they will be missing when classes resume this fall. "The MBA experience is at its core a transaction. Students are paying for a degree, a career transition, travel, education, networking, and an immersive experience. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has taken away much of that. And it has dramatically changed what is left. We understand there is no way to change it, but the product we are receiving is not the same quality we initially signed up for…Online education is not the same as what you can get in-person. Learning in a remote environment is emphatically more difficult and students do not gain the same education. Many studies have been published about the ZOOM fatigue, and that is very real during three-hour classes or six-to nine-hour days.

"We will not get to see many of our classmates again this year. Some of us are not able to gain entry back to the United States. Some of us expect to be remote all year. Networking will be different, and we will not build the same relationships as MBA classes elsewhere in the past have built. Lastly, we have expectations that the job market will be more competitive for lower pay than we have seen in recent years. Research has shown that students who graduate during a recession will earn less than those who do not. It will take us at least 10 to 15 years to make up that gap, if we can make it up at all. This will most likely impact all business schools, can companies are lowing costs and hiring fewer graduates. It is a byproduct of the current, environment, but still a reality we may face."

Poets&Quants could not reach a spokesperson for NYU Stern for comment on the petition.

DON'T MISS: The Student Revolt Over MBA Tuition For Online Classes or P&Q Survey: A Third  Of MBA Admits May Defer, While 43% Want Tuition Lowered If Classes Are Online


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