Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal

Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million. The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs. The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-acc

Lynn University collaborates with Kaplan to expand online degree programs and adult learner reach - PRNewswire

Lynn University collaborates with Kaplan to expand online degree programs and adult learner reach - PRNewswire

Lynn University collaborates with Kaplan to expand online degree programs and adult learner reach - PRNewswire

Posted: 02 Jun 2021 05:00 AM PDT

BOCA RATON, Fla. and FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Lynn University is collaborating with Kaplan, Inc., one of the world's largest and most diverse education providers, to support enrollment and student success in online undergraduate degree programs beginning Fall 2021. Kaplan provides online and technological enablement and analytics, while Lynn designs and implements the curriculum.

This initiative builds on Lynn's mission to provide an innovative, global and personalized education, leveraging technology and strategic opportunities. Empowering students with an industry-leading iPad-powered curriculum, the online bachelor's degree currently offers 14 majors such as air traffic control, aviation, business administration, criminal justice, education, international business management, professional pilot and psychology.

"Kaplan has the proven ability to provide the online services necessary to help us achieve the educational goals for our growing student population," said Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. "Together, we can evolve and expand the university's capabilities to serve students in a way that meets their needs and life circumstances. Our pioneering spirit compels us to explore new methods, new markets and new approaches that will position Lynn and our students for the future."

Lynn and Kaplan plan to expand online offerings in the future to meet evolving student and industry needs.

Gregory Marino, CEO of Kaplan North America, said, "We're proud to work with Lynn University and engage Kaplan's best-in-class capabilities to advance the university's mission and support the delivery of a world-class online educational experience."

Since the start of 2020, Kaplan has helped partner universities launch more than 100 online offerings including degrees, credentials and certificates. A leading Managed Services Provider in the higher education industry, Kaplan provides a wide range of innovative education services and online program enablement, including strategy, marketing, course design, technology and advanced analytics.

About Lynn University

Lynn University is an independent college based in Boca Raton, Florida, with approximately 3,000 students from nearly 100 countries. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Lynn for its innovation, international students and value. Lynn's NCAA Division II Fighting Knights have won 25 national titles, its Conservatory of Music features a world-renowned faculty of performers, and its nationally recognized Institute for Achievement and Learning empowers students with learning differences. The school's Dialogues curriculum and award-winning iPad program help Lynn graduates gain the intellectual flexibility and global experience to fulfill their potential in an ever-changing world. For more information visit lynn.edu.

About Kaplan

Kaplan provides individuals, universities, and businesses a broad array of educational services, including higher and professional education, test preparation, language training, corporate and leadership training, and student recruitment, online enablement and other university support services. With operations in nearly 30 countries, Kaplan serves nearly 1.1 million students each year and has partnerships with 2,000-plus universities, colleges, and schools/school districts, and more than 4,000 businesses globally. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). For more information, please visit kaplan.com.

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American College of Education Launches Fully Online MBA in Social Impact - PRNewswire

Posted: 02 Jun 2021 11:00 AM PDT

INDIANAPOLIS, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- American College of Education is now offering a fully online MBA in Social Impact, a unique program that combines the rigor of a traditional business program with the power of doing good.

The program will be available with the August 23 term start at a total cost – including tuition and fees – of $10,325, making it among the lowest-priced MBA programs in the nation. The program can be completed in about 18 months (or less if the student chooses to take more than one course at a time).

"ACE's MBA in Social Impact is a strong, challenging business program with the important added element of social impact and corporate social responsibility that speaks to the ACE mission," said ACE President Dr. Shawntel Landry. "We welcome the opportunity to prepare leaders to excel, with the added distinction of understanding the business benefits and demands of social responsibility."

The online MBA in Social Impact is grounded in a rigorous and substantive business education that will prepare leaders to excel in the framework of social responsibility.

The core curriculum is composed of 28 credit hours, including a capstone, focusing on areas such as leadership theory, financial management, organizational behavior and change, and human resources management. Students also will choose nine credit hours in one of three social impact areas— Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion or Data Analytics – or choose a general business focus.

Each focus of study takes a deep look at the issue from the business perspective so students understand how incorporating socially responsible principles can benefit both the community and the organization.

"The ACE MBA in Social Impact is for business professionals who want a challenging master's experience with the added bonus of understanding how benefitting society also benefits business," said Marc Aguilera, chair of the ACE Department of Business. "It's everything in a traditional MBA, plus more."

About American College of Education

ACE is an accredited, completely online college specializing in affordable programs in education, nursing, healthcare, leadership and business. Headquartered in Indianapolis, ACE offers more than 70 innovative and engaging programs for adult students to pursue a doctorate, master's or a bachelor's completion degree, along with micro-credentials and certificate programs. In addition to being a leader in online education, ACE is a Certified B Corporation. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. For more information, visit ace.edu.

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Grad schools that offer online nursing programs | Multimedia | albanyherald.com - The Albany Herald

Posted: 02 Jun 2021 11:00 PM PDT

A graduate-level degree increases earning potential for nurses exponentially. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for a registered nurse is $75,330 per year. Meanwhile, the agency reports that nurses who hold a master's degree, like nurse anesthesiologists, earn a median wage of $189,190 per year. At almost double, it seems clear that the time and monetary investments required to obtain a higher level of education would be well worth it.

Yet many nurses don't have enough flexibility in their schedules to spend two years in a classroom while also maintaining their careers, which is why online programs are such a great option. Obtaining a graduate degree fully online or through a hybrid program provides access to the same high-quality education in-person students are receiving, but without having to uproot your entire life or take time off to attend lectures.

NursingEducation used 2021 data from Niche to compile 25 graduate schools that offer online programs across the United States. The schools are listed in alphabetical order by the states in which they are located. Read on for a closer look at each program, and to get a better idea of cost, specialties offered, and time required.

Discover Expands Fully Funded Undergraduate Degree Program to Include University of Arizona and Paul Quinn College, One of the Nation's Oldest HBCUs - Business Wire

Posted: 03 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT

RIVERWOODS, Ill.--()--Discover will expand its fully paid education benefit program to include two more high-quality university partners: the University of Arizona and Paul Quinn College, one of the oldest historically Black colleges and universities in the country and the first urban work college.

Discover employees also will have the option to enroll in the non-degree College Start program, a newly offered way to begin taking college level courses, setting employees up for success if they decide to eventually enroll in a four-year program.

"We are continuing to invest in our dedicated workforce through our education program, the Discover College Commitment," said Andy Eichfeld, chief human resources & administrative officer at Discover. "Our program has always been designed to help our employees pursue their careers while getting a degree, and now we've made it easier than ever for them to continue their education."

The Discover College Commitment benefit covers tuition and required fees, books and supplies needed to complete select online degrees at one of four schools – Wilmington University, Brandman University and now Paul Quinn College and University of Arizona. The benefit starts from the first day of employment so all eligible U.S.-based employees can start participating as soon as they want regardless of how long they have been with the company. Discover enhanced its education assistance program in 2017 and nearly 2,000 employees already have enrolled in classes in that time.

The expanded program offerings align with the future of work and are designed to support career growth at Discover. As part of this benefit, Discover partners with Guild Education, a leading education and upskilling partner to Fortune 1000 companies. Guild's platform provides academic counseling to help employees find the program that best fits their educational, upskilling and professional development goals, in addition to student success coaching to help ensure employees have the support they need from application to graduation.

"I love working at Discover because it's so diverse, I love the people I work with and there's always opportunities to advance," said Perla Villalobos, a Discover employee enrolled in the program. "I'm going to school for organizational management. My ultimate goal is to become a project manager and that's one of the reasons I decided to go back to school. I want to take on big projects and help the company."

Earlier this year, Discover announced plans to generate nearly 1,000 new jobs in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood, an under-invested part of Chicago, over the next four years by opening a new customer care center in 2021. The facility will offer full-time quality job opportunities and benefits for Chatham residents and other South Side communities. Employees at this location will also have access to the Discover College Commitment. Discover is counting on its commitment to Chatham to serve as a springboard for economic development in the area and further expand its diversity initiatives.

"The addition of Paul Quinn College, one of the nation's oldest historically black colleges, and the recently announced new customer care center in Chatham are important in strengthening our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives," Eichfeld said. "We believe that representation matters – and we know that our thriving culture and diversity contribute to our success."

Additional educational and training benefits that Discover provides its employees include:

  • Partially funded education options, including Tuition Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement.
  • An internal professional development program which offers hundreds of courses on everything from communication and decision-making to agile software development.
  • A world-class, in-house technology curriculum known as the Discover Technology Academy, which cultivates continuous skill development, collaborative learning and innovation in the company's engineering culture.

"Education and upskilling have lasting impacts on people's professional growth and support business goals for the companies for whom they work," said Natalie McCullough, president and chief commercial officer at Guild Education. "We're proud to partner with Discover on this expansion of their program. Since the launch of our partnership, Discover has seen a $1.72 return on investment from their program. We look forward to supporting Discover's commitment to equitable and innovative education and upskilling opportunities."

For more information about the Discover College Commitment program, including eligibility requirements, please visit jobs.discover.com/education.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a digital banking and payment services company with one of the most trusted brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

About Guild Education

Guild Education is on a mission to unlock opportunity for America's workforce through education and upskilling. Guild is a certified B-Corp, founded to bridge the gap between education and employment for the 88M working adults in the US in need of upskilling for the future of work. Guild's industry-leading technology platform allows the nation's largest employers — including Walmart, The Walt Disney Company and Chipotle — to offer strategic education and upskilling to their employees, connecting them to a learning ecosystem of the nation's best universities and learning providers, with tuition paid by the company. Guild serves working learners from all 50 states, including 54% who are students of color and 56% who are female. Guild's payments and technology platform, curated learning marketplace, and advanced education and career coaching come together to help working adult learners advance in their education and career, debt-free. For more information, visit www.guildeducation.com.

Switching on to learning: Why online education is shaping our future - The Irish Times

Posted: 03 Jun 2021 01:20 AM PDT

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to predict that people already with degrees and those wanting to upskill and give their career a digital edge will continue to 'switch on' to online learning.

We are seeing a surge in demand at DCU Connected as more people discover the flexibility that learning online offers to learn as you earn. We should know, as DCU has a long history of providing online education. Indeed, DCU first began distance education back in 1982. That was when the National Distance Education Centre was established at DCU, giving us more experience of providing online learning than any other Irish university.

As a world leader in digital education for over 25 years, DCU is committed to providing greater access to higher education through flexible learning.

Getting connected

As a world leader in digital education for over 25 years, we are committed to providing greater access to higher education through flexible learning. DCU is proud to have enabled thousands living throughout Ireland and beyond to upskill and advance their careers by studying world-class university courses online through DCU Connected.

The term 'DCU Connected' conveys how students can be fully connected to DCU wherever they live in today's digital world. Through DCU Connected, people with limited time or opportunity to study on campus can plug into online study with flexibility that fits their life. DCU Connected programmes make it possible to continue learning from anywhere, with the potential to take you everywhere.

A top-ranked university

As one of the world's top-ranked young universities, a DCU degree is internationally recognised and respected. In 2021, DCU was ranked 23rd in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for its approach to widening participation in higher education. Importantly, our online programmes have the same status and meet the same high-quality standards as any other DCU qualification. For the third time, DCU has been named the Sunday Times University of the Year for 2021.

DCU is the only Irish university that applies internationally recognised Quality Matters (QM) standards to the design of our online programmes. These standards ensure that students can have confidence in the quality of DCU Connected programmes. Independent research supports this claim with over 85 per cent of students highly rating their DCU Connected learning experience.

Life-changing study options

We offer the only online degree in Psychology accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland, ensuring that the programme meets the highest standards. Our Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health enables you to attain Ireland's only accredited award for Peer Support Workers. Our Masters in Special Educational Needs, designed by leading experts in DCU's Institute of Education, helps teachers throughout Ireland to support children and young people with learning difficulties. This year, DCU has an exciting new MSc in Elite Sport Performance, providing an opportunity to complete a flexible programme of study in a rapidly growing area.

With DCU's considerable expertise, we know how to design highly interactive and impactful online learning experiences. Our award-winning online learning platform known as Loop helps to keep everyone connected using the latest learning technologies. We offer a range of support services, including a world-class library and Discover DCU that provides a comprehensive, fully online study skills programme.

Global reputation

DCU is known worldwide for its leadership in online education. We're Ireland's only member of the European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). The National Institute for Digital Learning at DCU leads several major research and development projects, including a large European funded initiative to support the development of online learning in South-East Asia. Further evidence of DCU's leadership is demonstrated by our active contribution to the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). In November 2019, only weeks before the outbreak of Covid-19, DCU hosted the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning.

DCU is proud that since 2018, over 120,000 people from more than 135 countries have participated in our fully online courses on Irish Language and Culture. Last year, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, DCU's expertise was sought for the rapid development of a course on How to Teach Online, attracting over 90,000 educators. Building on this experience, DCU launched in September 2020 a free online course on how to be an effective online learner. Since then, over 8,000 students worldwide have signed up to "A Digital Edge: Essentials for the Online Learner".

Upskilling for the future

People working in almost every profession will need to continually learn and upskill due to the rapidly changing nature of work. A 2020 World Economic Forum report claims that by 2025 more than 50 per cent of all workers will need upskilling, and new models of online learning will be essential if Ireland is to be renowned as a place where the talent of our people thrives.

We have already experienced a 50 per cent increase in the number of students applying for study through DCU Connected for the new academic year. This level of interest will grow even further when the Government announces this year's Springboard+ programmes, which enables job seekers and people wishing to upskill to obtain a university qualification at little or no cost. Visit our website for more: dcu.ie/connected/springboard-courses

DCU is also proud of our scholarships that support online study for Irish-based refugees and protection applicants. DCU was Ireland's first University of Sanctuary, and each year the DCU Connected scholarship programme enables up to 15 students to undertake studies. Promoting greater access to higher education for students from all parts of the community to upskill is part of our DNA and is central to DCU's mission of transforming lives and societies.

Invest in your future

When you choose to study through DCU Connected, we promise to bring the best of Ireland's university of transformation to you. Online education at DCU is not something we do in half-part. Rather we endeavour to fully infuse the potential of new digital technologies right to the heart of a transformative online learning experience. So, from your fingertips at the convenience of your own time and study space, DCU Connected enables you to pursue your dreams, life goals and career ambitions anywhere you live. Our fully online courses help learners from anywhere switch on, connect and go places in the new digital world.

Find out more about DCU Connected on our website: dcu.ie/connected


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