Distance education

Hybrid Education 2.0

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Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed an online learning environment that could make lecture halls -- if not professors -- obsolete.

Sign of the Times

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After years of offering non-credit courses online, New York Times Company and selected colleges will jointly award certificates in credit, distance education certificate programs.

A Historic Union?

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The National Labor College joins forces with a huge for-profit company to build the biggest online university ever.

Labor College's Deal Questioned

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At many faculty gatherings these days, one hears quips and complaints about for-profit higher education. Professors who value what they consider essential and eroding traditions -- a significant tenure-track faculty and the centrality of the liberal arts, for example -- resent the adjunct-heavy, career-education dominant model of higher education that is widely used in for-profit higher ed. As a result, many faculty advocates are skeptical not only about for-profit higher education, but about the growing number of alliances between nonprofit colleges and for-profit colleges.

Brand for Hire

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West Virginia Wesleyan College lets commercial education providers trade on its name, making some faculty uneasy.

Online Enrollment Up 17%

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One in every four students now takes at least one course online. But study finds increases aren't necessarily matched by faculty respect.

Online Cure for the Nursing Crisis

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Distance education might answer America's demand for nursing programs -- and it's not just for-profit colleges that are looking to cash in.

A Great Experiment

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One year in, questions remain about University of the People and its ambitious goal of offering free higher education to students around the world.

Student Clubs, Virtually

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Distance ed students seek to replicate social and professional benefits of traditional college experience by forming Web-based extracurricular organizations.

To the Front of the Line

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Months after purchasing the Penn Foster Education Group, a for-profit career training provider, the Princeton Review is entering the distance education market by teaming up with community colleges to offer fast-track allied health-care programs to students who are willing to pay higher tuition to bypass long waiting lists.

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