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Friday News Roundup – 01/29/10

January 29, 2010 By: Paul Category: News 1 Comment →

NCAA basketball, both Men’s and Women’s, is enjoying another great season.  How about the UConn ladies?  Undefeated so far. 

+ West Virgina University introduces an online executive MBA.  Some on campus time is required. 

+ Coastal Carolina University (SC): new bachelor of sciences in health sciences “over the Internet“.

+ Marshall University (WVA) now has a virtual campus on Second Life. 

+ According to US News, online college-level education is still expanding rapidly.

+ From Diamondback Online (University of Maryland): “Online classes: The education superhighway”.

+ The old University of Illinois “Global Campus” is now “U of I Online“.

+ A “cyber explosion” at University of New Mexico.

+ More on University of the People at BusinessWeek.

+ The online college scene at Indiana University-East is just fine and dandy.  Meanwhile, even though Taylor University (IN) eliminated one brick and mortar campus, the university expanded its virtual campus.

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Friday News Roundup – 01/22/10

January 22, 2010 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 01/22/10

College basketball is going strong!.

+ University of South Dakota will introduce an online masters in addiction studies this summer.  USD offers some outstanding tuition rates for out-of-state students.

+ University of West Georgia describes the “who, what, where” of surviving in online classes

+ “Has Google developed the next wave of online education?”

+ The new online BS in Sustainable Management through University of Wisconsin Extension receives some positive press in this interview.

+ Penn Foster partners with the  National Labor College to offer classes at a distance.  Inside Higher Ed is on top of what some call a controversial deal.

+ Here’s a quick glance into the online university scene around the St. Louis (MO) area. 

+ Redlands Daily Facts (CA) looks at virtual college classes around the San Bernadino area. 

+ Earning an online MBA from California Lutheran University while stationed in Germany.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday News Wrap – 01/15/10

January 15, 2010 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Wrap – 01/15/10

Short but sweet this week.

+ Endicott College (MA) will launch a new online MBA.

+ Was your class recently cancelled due to the weather?

+ A look at online opportunities at Northeastern University and UMass-Lowell.

+ Excelsior College ends the year with a nice surplus.  Good for them!

+ University of Maryland University College and Morgan State University are still at odds over an online doctoral program.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday News Roundup – 01/08/10

January 08, 2010 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 01/08/10

How ’bout that Crimson Tide!

+ Drexel University: New online MS in Engineering Technology.

+ Northern Arizona University: Master 0f Education in Human Relations going “completely online by summer 2010”.

+ Goucher College (MD) has a very interesting Master of Arts requiring only two one-week residencies.  The rest is online.

+ Economy goes down, online enrollments goes up.  See a relationship here?

+ “Learning from a distance” at Allan Hancock College (CA). 

+ Here’s a really indepth report on how Dr. George Gollin helped bring down a rather extensive diploma mill network. 

+ “Times are booming for community colleges”

+ The Wall Street Journal has a short piece this week on e-learning advantages. 

+ NY TIMES: Wanted: ‘Cyber Ninjas’.

Have a great weekend!

Friday News Roundup – 12/18/09

December 18, 2009 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 12/18/09

First college bowl game of the holiday season kicks off tomorrow!

+ A new online accelerated bachelor’s program is coming to three schools in the University of Texas System.

+ Olivet Nazarine University (IL) introduces a new, semi-distance MBA program requiring five residential weekend sessions.

+ Little known fact: The largest library science program in the US or Canada is located at San Jose State University.  And it’s totally online.

+ Making CUNY “one click away“.

+ This story centers on a University of Maryland University College student who is completing his degree online.

+ “Anderson University (SC) grad never set foot on campus“.

+ Online learning at South Dakota state universities continues its upward trend. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday News Roundup – 12/11/09

December 11, 2009 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 12/11/09

Almost Bowl time again!

+ University of Southern Mississippi: New online Master of Education.

+ University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: New online Master of Science in Medical Dosimetry. 

+ Bethel College (MN) has a new Master of Arts in Education at a distance.  A short 1-1\2 day residency is mandatory.   

+ Reinhardt College: Two new online associate degrees (criminal justice and fire management)  

+ West Virginia University will offer an online religious studies minor.   

+ U21 Global “bites the dust“. 

+ UMass-Lowell wins an online education award.

+ An Army Reservist completes his masters through Columbus State University (GA) while deployed in Iraq.

+ Eastern Kentucky University has a new video blog for its online bachelor’s degree.

+ In California: Lying about where a degree was earned results in a redo.  The degree in question came from an unaccredited college.

Have a great weekend!

Friday News Roundup – 12/04/09

December 04, 2009 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 12/04/09

College football = heck yes!

We’ll be treated to numerous conference football championships this coming weekend.  Many top universities, such as Florida, Alabama, Nebraska, and East Carolina offer a wide variety of quality  academic programs at a distance.  In fact, tuition rates for distance learners at the University of Alabama are the same for in-state and out-of-state residents alike.  It’s something to consider when thinking about earning a degree over the web.     

+ Villanova University (PA): online MS in Human Resource Development

+ Texas Woman’s University (TX): 3 new online programs, including a master’s in drama available to local residents.  A BA completion program in criminal justice and an MS in nutrition are also going up on the web.

+ The online MBA in Green Business Strategy at Cleary University (MI) earns some pixels.    

+ A couple years ago, we marvelled at how University of West Alabama seemed so plugged-in, so connected.  There’s more:

…An uptick in online enrollment for the second term of the fall semester meant a record number of students in the program, said Provost David Taylor. In all, there are 2,570 students enrolled solely in online courses, a sharp increase from 13 students in fall 2002, the first semester the program was offered. The boom has been driven mainly by teachers seeking master’s degrees….

+ Dartmouth College (NH) mulls offering distance learning opportunities.

+ Some Penn State University advisors now meeting with students in a virtual world

+ The  Long Beach Post (CA): “Is It Time For CSULB To Offer More Online Courses?”

+ Web Worker Daily examines distance learning via webinars.

+ A favorable piece on Western Governors University by 9NEWS (CO). 

+ Campus Technology: “Online Solutions to the Enrollment Boom”

Have a good one!

Friday News Roundup – 11/27/09

November 27, 2009 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 11/27/09

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

+ Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA): new online Master of Science in Power Systems Management, which “will be delivered 100% online starting spring 2010”. 

+ University at Buffalo (NY) announces two new online graduate programs: gifted education and library science.  

+ Will Sam Houston State University (TX) offer an online Master of Public Administration?  It sure looks that way.

…The Department of Political Science was also authorized to offer the Master of Public Administration degree by distance learning in response to the increasing number of prospective students inquiring about such a course at SHSU…

+ Microsoft teams with the state of North Carolina to offer free online training vouchers.  Are these available in your state?

+ Fake degrees are a problem in Canada too. 

+ What hybrid or online green MBA programs are the best? 

+ University of Edinburgh (UK-Scotland) makes distance learning headlines here and here.  

+ EXTREME distance learning.

+ All she needs is a computer and online access.

+ A grandmother of three is close to realizing her academic dream, at a distance, through Charter Oak State College.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday News Roundup – 11/20/09

November 20, 2009 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 11/20/09

Ahhhhhh, college football and basketball.  What more could we ask for?

+ Briarcliffe College (NY) now offers a bachelor of business administration “through a completely online format“.

+ The distance ed scene at Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) seems relatively active.

+ “Enrollment soars at PSU’s World Campus”

+ The Tarheel State develops a new elearning site:


+ Interesting fact concerning Washburn University (KS):

…Of the 6,652 students announced by Washburn University as the total enrollment in the fall 2009 semester, 3,610 of those are enrolled in at least one online course…

+ Some San Diego State University students aren’t too happy about the growing number of online classes.

…The student-run group, born out of a Sociology 102 course, advocates for smaller class sizes and priority to local applicants; and advocates against an increase in online courses, an increase in student fees and furloughed time for faculty…

+ A bogus doctorate “degree” earned through Breyer State University makes news.

Have a great weekend!

Friday News Roundup – 11/13/09

November 13, 2009 By: Paul Category: News Comments Off on Friday News Roundup – 11/13/09

College hoops in the house!

+ University of Scranton (PA): new online Master of Science in Human Resources. 

+ Gulf Coast Community College (FL) now offers “six fully online associate degree programs“. 

+ Are more online classes coming to the University of South Alabama? 

+ Syracuse University and University of Arkansas Global Campus celebrate National Distance Learning Week. 

+ According to info contained in this report, the Bethel University (TN) online MBA seriously took off.

…Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., got a taste of the demand for a flexible degree in 2007, when the school launched an online MBA aimed at adults with work force and management experience.

“We budgeted for 100 students, but we ended up having 250 in the first class,” said Kelly Sanders-Kelley, executive director of Bethel University College of Professional Studies.

Bethel’s virtual MBA includes an executive track for experienced executives and managers. There are 444 in the current class, Sanders-Kelley said….

+ Four veterans have a couple complaints about the new GI Bill.

+ Dr. Pamela Rutledge: “Want to keep your job?  Get more education.” 

+ The Indiana State University student newspaper: “Desensitization by the Internet

Online classes can have the benefit of being easier to fit into one’s schedule. However, not having a teacher results in the loss of a job opportunity.

+ Distance/online learning was a hot topic at a recent University of Texas Board of Regents meeting.

Have a wonderful weekend!