National U to Create $20 Million Personalized Education Platform

August 2, 2017

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, National University will spend $20 million on a four-year personalized education project, with a goal of using the new platform in 20 general education courses by next year. If successful, the California-based nonprofit said the approach could apply to a broader swath of academic programs.

National is considered a pioneer in online education, and about 60 percent of its students attend online. The university was one of the first to allow students to enroll each month, rather than on a semester system.

But the monthly start format is no longer innovative, said National President David Andrews, as a growing number of colleges have borrowed from the playbook of the University of Phoenix and other early entrants into the adult-serving market.

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