"For-profit colleges receive about a quarter of all Pell Grant and federal aid, according to the Federal Student Aid Data Center. These institutions enrolled 3.2 million students, or 11.8 percent of the 27.4 million students in the postsecondary population, during the 2008-09 academic year…."
--Inside Higher Ed article 'Learning From For-Profits', 11/8/10 by Jack Stripling
Maybe I'm just missing out, and you have found effective ways to have authentic conversations and build collaborative relationships with leaders, faculty, and learning professionals who work for for-profits. Perhaps my networks are too limited and narrow, too residential private non-profit, too EDUCAUSE centric, to build networks with people from for-profits. I'll accept the blame - and declare that I want to do better.
We have 3.2 million reasons to get to know the people who make the for-profits run.
Some areas I'm hoping we can talk about:
What sort of research are you producing around best-practices in teaching and learning?
How can we learn from your advances in faculty training, course design methodology, course delivery technology?
How do you measure success in your courses?
How can we figure out ways of working together to promote active learning?
Do you have any plans to contribute to the open education commons - such as places like M.I.T., Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Yale, UC Berkeley, etc. etc.?
Will we see your materials on YouTube/EDU and iTunesU?
What do you see as the big problems in our higher education system?
What have you learned and how can we adopt your innovations?
What are the areas where your approaches have not worked, and where are you committed to doing better?
Where do you publish your research?
What conferences do you present at?
What blogs do you write?
What would be your questions? If you work for a for-profit, what would you like to talk about?
Where is this conversation taking place? Are you part of the discussion?