16 April 2015

Pushing Online Higher Education to the Next Stage: are “specializations” the answer?

If some vendor press releases are to be believed, online learning can do the seemingly impossible- provide top quality courses to huge numbers of students worldwide at low cost. Experience tells us things are not so simple. Most online higher education is confined to domestic markets, few universities have achieved true scale, and costs remain stubbornly high and opaque. But progress takes time. A recent announcement from Academic Partnerships, a US vendor best known for assisting US public universities with online programs, and with a long history of international ambition, suggests a refinement of the online elixir. The company’s “specializations”, collections of courses from partner universities, are positioned as a more realistic way to blow up the “iron triangle” of cost, access and quality.

What exactly are these “specializations”, and what are the delivery mode details? Which universities are involved, and why? And in the final analysis, is this effort really more innovation than hype?

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9 April 2015

Northern Spring: the season of higher education regulatory reform?

An external quality assurance system is widely regarded as an essential feature in the regulatory landscape for higher education worldwide. However, the existence of a longstanding system or even one meeting international standards would increasingly appear not to be enough to meet heightened national stakeholder expectations of quality in higher education in a time of increasing diversity of provision and providers. There appears to be concern in well-established systems that current standards and processes are perhaps not future oriented enough to encompass innovation and diversity and improve quality in an increasingly unpredictable and competitive world.

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30 March 2015

Graduate Unemployment in China:
One Million Strong and Growing Every Year

While some say that a college degree is the best insurance against unemployment, China, despite huge efforts, has struggled with joblessness among its growing population of college-educated youth. Conservative estimates predict that at least one million graduates from the past year are unemployed.

Has the world’s most populous nation—with its state capitalism economy and limited democracy—been successful at producing graduates with the skills necessary to fuel growth? Or is a new approach to higher education needed before the nation becomes oversaturated with highly educated but un/under-employed youth?

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