Online institutions

Two companies give faculty more control of online courses

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StraighterLine and Udemy offer the potential of self-employment to entrepreneurial professors. But will a free market for online teaching pay off for faculty?

Carnegie Foundation considers a redesign for the credit hour

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The Carnegie Foundation, which created the credit hour, considers a redesign so the standard could better fit with emerging approaches to higher education.

Gates foundation and ACE go big on MOOC-related grants

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The American Council on Education's plan to pursue credit recommendations for Coursera's massive courses is among wave of MOOC-related grants announced by Gates Foundation.

University of Phoenix is down but not out

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The University of Phoenix is down after a tough year. But betting against Phoenix is risky, as the flagship for-profit doubles down on career services and its ties with employers.

Questions about faculty list at new university

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Newly launched Cambridge Graduate University has an impressive list of faculty members. Too bad many of them have never heard of it.

Nonprofit colleges spark new competition online, study finds

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Nonprofit colleges are moving into for-profits' turf online, study finds, sparking new competition based on price and brand.

Education Department talks up innovation in high-profile summit

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Education Department leaders huddle with hotshots of higher education "disruption" and college leaders to talk about encouraging innovation.

Competency-based education may get a boost

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Competency-based education is poised to spread, with expected backing from the Education Department and new ground charted by Southern New Hampshire University.

Adult students' interest in online education is flat, study finds

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Growth in adult students' interest in online education is stagnating, report finds, and colleges will have to do more to stand out online.

Gates foundation solicits remedial MOOCs

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The Gates Foundation is ponying up to learn if MOOCs could work for remedial students, a departure from the current slate of MOOCs. Developmental education experts say the idea could work, but others remain skeptical.

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