October 22, 2018

Colorado State University-Global Campus has partnered with OnlineDegree.com to provide 33% of Bachelors Degree Tuition Free!

 

In its ongoing commitment to make college more affordable and accessible, Colorado State University-Global Campus has partnered with OnlineDegree.com to help bridge more working adults back to higher education. The partnership will enable students to take certain general education courses offered at OnlineDegree.com that could apply toward their degree at CSU-Global. Tuition-free.

OnlineDegree.com is a non-collegiate platform that prepares working adults for higher education and helps them receive college credit in the process…completely, free. Students can take a variety of general education courses to learn about psychology, computer programming, history, marketing, robotics, and much more — all online and at their own pace. OnlineDegree.com works with participating accredited universities where transfer credit can be awarded for successful completion of the courses. This provides students with a simple process to begin their education, and gives them a multitude of options to potentially receive free college credit nationwide.

“Our goal is to help working adults take that first critical step to go back to school,” says Grant Aldrich, CEO of OnlineDegree.com. “By removing known hurdles that often prevent someone from pursuing their education, we’re helping to improve higher education’s accessibility and keep students across the country on a collegiate-path.”

CSU-Global is already a known leader in accessibility, becoming the first independent, fully accredited, 100% online state university in the U.S. in 2007. With over 28 degrees and accelerated programs, the academic offerings have been designed specifically for working adults. In addition, they offer valuable services for non-traditional students, including career counseling, financial planning and tutoring. The partnership with OnlineDegree.com is another step to help aid students on their path to a degree and provide them a tuition-free option to reach their 13 credit threshold to transfer.

“Our partnership with OnlineDegree.com allows a student to complete over one-third of their Bachelor’s degree requirements tuition free,” says Travis Coufal, Senior Director of Engagement at CSU-Global. “CSU-Global has always been committed to a low cost, high quality education that provides a strong return on investment. This partnership is a natural extension of that commitment.”

Link to release: https://www.prweb.com/releases/colorado_state_university_global_campus_partners_with_onlinedegree_com_to_offer_adults_tuition_free_courses_towards_their_degree/prweb15762514.htm

Read more at: OnlineDegree.com 

Education Corporation of America to close at least 26 campus locations

 

Education Corporation of America, a for-profit higher education provider with locations across the country, plans to close 26 campuses — a third of its current total — by early 2020. The closures would affect almost every chain of colleges operated by ECA, including Brightwood Career Institute, Brightwood College, Ecote

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ch Institute, Golf Academy of America and Virginia College. The company said it is ending enrollment of new students at those campuses immediately because of insufficient demand.

The closures come just a few years after ECA acquired 38 campuses owned by Kaplan College, another for-profit operator. They’re the latest evidence of restructuring in a sector rocked by regulatory crackdowns, negative publicity and falling enrollment as the economy continues to improve.

The closures are concentrated mostly in Southern states, with a handful in Arizona, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas. The colleges will begin a teach-out process — the formal planning for students to continue their programs elsewhere — and cease operations entirely between June 2019 and April 2020. Students who can’t complete their program of study before a campus closes can either transfer their credits or request a tuition refund.

Link to article: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/12/profit-chain-will-close-dozens-campuses

Onlinedegree.com free first year of college!

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We wanted to introduce you to a revolutionary offering that we think will help bring adult learners back to higher education and increase quality enrollments at your institutions.

 

You may have read about OnlineDegree.com on Forbes recently: https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardvedder/2018/05/29/free-college-for-learning-and-profit/#7750caf7499b   They’ve created a “bridge” to help working adults go back to school by offering college-level courses…completely free.  They’re then partnered with participating accredited universities across the country so students can receive college credit for the courses they’ve taken.  Adults can test drive different courses and subjects on their own schedule, be better prepared for college-level coursework at a university, and potentially receive college credits toward their degree. https://www.onlinedegree.com/about-us/

Rather than bypassing higher education like bootcamps or nanocertificates, their solution addresses the common concerns that often prevent adults from starting their degree at an institution (cost, time constraints, general anxiety, etc.) and instead brings them back to a collegiate path.

 

They have an excellent academic team of PhD professors, Academic Advisory Board Members, and 15 college-level courses with credit recommendations from the NCCRS (over 44 semester units).  They’ve already worked with many institutions like Southern New Hampshire University, Excelsior, Trident, Ashworth, FNU and others to provide course mappings to aid student’s enrollment to the respective schools.

 

They’re looking to partner with more universities to provide transfer options for their students to enroll.  It’s a win-win.  Students take the first step towards higher ed, and institutions are able to draw more motivated candidates.

 

Please reach out to their CEO, Grant Aldrich, to discuss articulation and next steps if this is of interest.  grant@onlinedegree.com, or call him: 949-667-2625″

 

Leadscon Connect to Convert Boston Conference Discount code for MarketDrivenEDU members!

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Leadscon Connect to Converts Boston Conference Discount code for MarketDrivenEDU members!

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Education lead models are evolving and new verification tools, platforms, and business models are enabling a strong shift from quantity to quality. With this evolution, it’s critical that EDU lead buyers have the latest resources to improve ROI and conversions. All of these resources will be available for you at Connect to Convert, October 3-5, 2018 at The Westin Boston Waterfront.

Register today using special VIP discount code EDUVIP to save $100 and to secure your spot and improve your sales results. http://bit.ly/BCVIP18

EDU Lead Gen: Your Marketing Stack is Upside Down
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LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert is the lead industry’s only roll-up-your-sleeves educational conference and exposition dedicated entirely to the most effective and emerging sectors of the lead generation industry: Calls, Clicks, Search and Shares. With dedicated b-to-c and b-to-b content designed around each section of the sales cycle, LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert will arm you with the critical intelligence you need to succeed in 2018 and beyond.

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Betsy DeVos plans to eliminate gainful employment regulations!!

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plans to eliminate regulations that forced for-profit colleges to prove that they provide gainful employment to the students they enroll, in what would be the most drastic in a series of moves that she has made to free the for-profit sector from safeguards put in effect during the Obama era.

The so-called gainful employment regulations put into force by the Obama administration cut off federally guaranteed student loans to colleges if their graduates did not earn enough money to pay them off. That sent many for-profit colleges and universities into an economic tailspin because so many of their alumni were failing to find decent jobs.

The Obama regulations — years in the making and the subject of a bitter fight that pulled in heavy hitters from both parties who backed the for-profit schools — also required such schools to advertise whether or not they met federal standards for job placement in promotional materials and to prospective students.

Its clear she understands the logic that a law should not apply to some colleges but not all of them…

Link to article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/26/us/politics/betsy-devos-for-profit-colleges.html 

Last chance to save $500 on the Private equity Investing in Education Conference! Discount code below.

edu conferenceWe are very pleased to be a partner of The Capital Roundtable for its full-day annual summer conference on “Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies.

Coming up on Thursday, July 19, in New York City, the theme of this conference is:

How PE Firms Are Engineering A New Generation of Education Companies

I am able to offer you a special VIP rate — $500 off the standard rate.  Your price to register is only $995! To register at this special rate, please click here and use coupon code EDU or call Julie Berger at 212-832-7300, ext.0, or jberger@capitalroundtable.com.

You’ll hear from more than 20 private equity investors and bankers, and education company managers discussing how they’re partnering with schools, corporations, and other kinds of investors to build “next-gen” companies that can drive the remodeling of the U.S. education system and thereby deliver better outcomes for students and better returns for investors.  Click here to learn more about the program.

Here Are Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join

  1. Connect with and discuss key trends in the education, learning, and talent sectors
  2. Get current on key regulatory considerations, from higher education reauthorization to student data protection measures
  3. Hear examples of business model creativity and innovation that are allowing the next generation of companies to thrive in our highly connected ecosystem

Chairing the conference is Shoshana Vernick, a co-founder of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund.

At this conference, you’ll enjoy exceptional networking opportunities. The agenda includes ample time, with session breaks and a buffet lunch, to exchange ideas, swap business cards, and form new relationships. See the agenda here.

 

To register, please click here and use coupon code EDU or call Julie Berger, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at jberger@capitalroundtable.com.    Please be sure to mention MarketDrivenEDU to receive this low VIP rate.  And note this rate is not available online. 

 

Education Companies for PE Investors–Special Invitation for July 19

edu conferenceI’m very pleased to be a partner of The Capital Roundtable for its full-day annual winter conference on “Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies.

 

Coming up on Thursday, July 19, in New York City, the theme of this conference is
How PE Firms Are Engineering A New Generation of Education Companies.

 

I’m reaching out to you, as a friend of my firm, to offer you a special VIP rate — $500 off the standard rate.  Your price to register is only $995! To register at this special rate, please contact Julie Berger at 212-832-7300, ext.0, or jberger@capitalroundtable.com.

You’ll hear from more than 20 private equity investors and bankers, and education company managers discussing how they’re partnering with schools, corporations, and other kinds of investors to build “next-gen” companies that can drive the remodeling of the U.S. education system and thereby deliver better outcomes for students and better returns for investors.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Chairing the conference is Shoshana Vernick, a co-founder of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund. She joined Sterling in 2003, and has devoted her tenure on the investment team, working on all aspects of the deal process including identification and due diligence, and management and oversight of the active portfolio.

At this conference, you’ll enjoy exceptional networking opportunities. The agenda includes ample time, with session breaks and a buffet lunch, to exchange ideas, swap business cards, and form new relationships.

 

To register, please call Julie Berger, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at jberger@capitalroundtable.com

 

Please be sure to mention MarketDrivenEDU to receive this low VIP rate.  And note this rate is not available online. 

Distance Education growing but not for for profits

Distance Education across the US has been growing steadily, with the exception of for profits.  Tracking Distance Education in the United States – a recent report released by Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG). show the dramatic shift.

 

To see the results of the study: https://www.pearsoned.com/grade-increase-tracking-distance-education-u-s-infographic/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=TiDL_eNews_April2018&utm_campaign=7010N0000003Pqu&cmpid=7010N0000003Pqu

Pearson experiments on thousands of students without their knowledge!

Pearson, the largest education company in the world, conducted a “social-psychological” experiment on thousands of college students in the United States — without asking for permission — by adding language into some of its software programs and then tracking how much the messages affected problem-solving.

The experiment and results were discussed by Pearson researchers, who unveiled a paper on the matter at this month’s 2018 convention of the American Educational Research Association in New York.

Student privacy advocates have long been concerned with education publishing companies using students as “guinea pigs.” Companies, including Pearson, have inserted draft questions into annual tests for possible future use. Students and their families do not know when and which questions are part of the company’s own research on question effectiveness.

Education Week reported on the paper, titled “Embedding Research-Inspired Innovations in EdTech: An RCT of Social-Psychological Interventions, at Scale.” Nearly 9,300 students at 165 college and universities were part of the experiment during spring 2017 when they used MyLab Programming, a Pearson software product employed in conjunction with a computer programming textbook. The publication said:

Without seeking prior consent from participating institutions or individuals, the company embedded “growth-mindset” and other psychological messaging into some versions of one of its commercial learning software programs. The company then randomly assigned different colleges to use different versions of that software, tracking whether students who received the messages attempted and completed more problems than their counterparts at other institutions.

The results included some modest signs that some such messaging can increase students’ persistence when they start a problem, then run into difficulty. That’s likely to bolster growth-mindset proponents, who say it’s important to encourage students to view intelligence as something that can change with practice and hard work.

Link to Post article

Breaking News! Secretary DeVos Resets the Clock on ACICS!

The U.S. Department of Education said Tuesday evening that a controversial accreditor, which had lost its federal recognition in 2016, would again be eligible to serve as a gatekeeper of financial aid.

The department restored the recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, which oversees primarily for-profit career colleges. That means that more than 100 colleges still accredited by the council will remain eligible to receive federal student aid, for now. It also means that the council, commonly known as Acics, will not have to face a federal advisory panel in May as part of the process to regain recognition.

The department’s announcement is a response to a federal-court ruling, issued in late March, that concluded the department had used a flawed process in removing the accreditor’s recognition. The accreditor sued the department after its recognition was removed, starting an 18-month countdown in which all of the colleges that it had accredited would have to find a new accreditor by June or lose access to federal student aid.

The judge’s decision did not overturn the department’s earlier action. But it did require the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, to reconsider whether Acics should remain recognized, after she reviews some 36,000 pages of material that the accreditor submitted to the department nearly two years ago. Although the material had been requested by the department, the court found that it had not been reviewed by department officials in revoking the council’s status. “As the court ordered, we will fairly consider all of the facts presented and make an appropriate determination” on the accreditor’s recognition, DeVos said in a news release.

The department’s announcement does not necessarily mean she will reverse the decision made under the Obama administration. But she will consider more options than just the binary choice of either renewing or denying the council’s recognition. And the council will have new opportunities to prove itself to the department, according to DeVos’s official order.

Link: https://www.chronicle.com/article/DeVos-Gives-Controversial/243028 

 

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