Conde Nast to team up with venture fund to create college courses, credentials

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Publisher’s magazines will team up with universities to co-brand certificates and eventually degrees, with help from venture fund.

U.S. releases data on distance education enrollments

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The Department of Education slices its online enrollment data to show which students enroll in online courses, and where.

How Harvard B-School Debated Online Education

Harvard University's business school is known for the advice it gives organizations on how to respond to technology and competition, but The New York Times notes that when it came to online education, many at the business school were divided. The article explores the debates and how the school ended up on a path to embrace online education, but in ways that would not compete with its in-person M.B.A. program.

A look at hacking scandal in higher ed tech company

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How did the leader of the higher ed technology company Symplicity lead a conspiracy that could now land him behind bars?


Former Ripon IT Director Charged With Fraud, Theft

Ronald Haefner, former IT director at Ripon College, was charged Friday with using more than $400,000 in college funds to buy things for himself, The Fond du Lac Reporter reported. Authorities said that Ripon fired Haefner in November 2013 after discovering that he had been making unauthorized furniture purchases for his home.


Head of Higher Ed Software Company Pleads Guilty

Ariel Manuel Friedler, CEO of Symplicity, a company that provides software to colleges for managing student disciplinary records, has pleaded guilty to charges related to hacking into the private networks of two competitors, the U.S. Justice Department announced. The hacking also involved two other employees and took place from 2007 to 2011. The Justice Department identified one of the competitors, Maxient. Friedler could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. In a letter to customers, he said that "I let competitiveness get the best of me and I crossed a line." He also resigned.



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Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive

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A national faculty coalition continues its anti-MOOC offensive, but some critics say the concerns are overblown.

Rutgers Graduate Faculty Rejects Online Degree Compromise

Graduate faculty members at Rutgers University at New Brunswick have once again rejected administrators' plans to create more online degree programs through a partnership with Pearson. Last October, faculty members in the Graduate School blocked any new programs from being approved, objecting to Pearson's share of tuition revenue -- 50 percent -- and an "obscenity clause" in the contract that Pearson later clarified.

On Wednesday, administrators introduced a new resolution that, instead of blocking programs, tasked the executive vice president with producing a report on the partnership with Pearson. The report "should address the effectiveness of Pearson in facilitating and delivering online master’s programs, the financial success of the agreement for the university, and any issues that have arisen regarding censorship of content. The report should also describe how faculty consultation will be implemented as we go forward," according to the resolution.

Instead of voting on the proposal, faculty members passed their own resolution, 26-2 with two abstentions, to not even consider the administration's suggestion.

"The reason why people didn’t want to vote on the dean’s resolution was that we didn’t want to conform to a procedure where the deans can bring up for reconsideration a question that the faculty have decided repeatedly," said David M. Hughes, professor of anthropology. "What people were saying at the meeting was after having pushed Pearson to the margins, we have to go get back to the discussion of why we want to have online education on campus in the first place."

Academics in Ireland hope to create an online education brand

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Would a joint effort allow the universities to find a niche in digital education?

Northwestern and Washington State U., with similar needs, pick different learning management systems

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Northwestern and Washington State U. agree on what they want from their new learning management systems -- so why are they picking different providers?


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