23 août 2019

Is Amazon Training Its Workers or Creating a College Alternative?

HomeBy Doug Lederman. The retailer is pouring $700 million into worker training -- mostly through its own programs. We asked some experts on postsecondary education and training to assess whether Amazon's initiative is threat or boon to higher education. More...

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Moody's Downgrades University of Alaska, Citing Cuts

HomeBy Doug Lederman. Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded the credit rating of the University of Alaska system and changed its outlook for outstanding bonds to negative, citing the pending plan to cut roughly 40 percent of the university's annual state appropriation. More...

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2U Goes Undergrad

HomeBy Doug Lederman. London School of Economics and its parent university will create a fully online data science degree. Program, priced at $20,000, is 2U's first foray into the bachelor's degree market. More...

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Bryan College Chooses D2L's Brightspace LMS

HomeBy Doug Lederman. Bryan College, in Tennessee, has chosen Brightspace by D2L as its learning platform, the company announced Tuesday. More...

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22 août 2019

Amazon to Spend $700 Million on Training, Mostly Outside College

HomeBy Paul Fain. Retail giant Amazon announced Thursday that it will spend $700 million over six years on postsecondary job training for 100,000 of its soon-to-be 300,000 workers. Most of the company's subsidized education and training programs will be offered outside traditional colleges and universities, in large part by spin-off providers created by Amazon. More...

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Moody's: Financial Exigency Can Be Credit Positive

HomeBy Paul Fain. The University of Alaska recently declared financial exigency to help deal with the state's huge budget cut to the system. The decision has drawn attention to the relatively rare use of financial exigency in higher education, which typically is used for colleges to eliminate jobs, including those held by tenured faculty members. More...

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Ohio Northern University Lays Off 16 Staff Members

HomeBy Nick Hazelrigg. Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio, terminated four faculty members and 12 staff members in a plan designed to cut costs at the institution. According to a report from the Associated Press, the university will also shut down 10 academic programs such as German, French and a master's degree in law. More...

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Textbook Spending Continues Slow Decline

HomeBy Nick Hazelrigg. Survey finds the amount students spend on course materials each year has decreased, possibly indicating students are increasingly utilizing open-source material and other educational resources. More...

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Priming for Amazon

HomeBy Lindsay McKenzie. Two Virginia universities announced ambitious expansions when Amazon selected its second headquarters. Nine months on, Virginia Tech has made more progress than George Mason in securing funding. More...

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Amazon Op-Ed Divides Opinions

HomeBy Lindsay McKenzie. A prominent economist wrote a favorable op-ed about the arrival of Amazon’s second headquarters in Northern Virginia but failed to disclose that the company had asked him to write it. Were his actions unethical. More...

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