August 18, 2019

Grand Canyon University partners with Onlinedegree.com to make college education more affordable!

grand canyon onlinedegree.com

Grand Canyon University (GCU) and OnlineDegree.com are working together to help make higher education more affordable and accessible for people across the country. Prospective GCU students will be able to satisfy general education requirements at OnlineDegree.com through self-paced online courses, tuition-free to the site’s participants. Thus, significantly lowering the total cost of education and removing impediments that often prevent individuals from taking initial steps toward their degree.

At OnlineDegree.com, students can receive college credit toward their degree taking online courses without the normal applications, entrance exams, or tuition associated with traditional institutions. The fast-growing platform was created by startup veterans and leading academics in higher education to help people go back to school. OnlineDegree.com not only prepares adults for collegiate learning, but works with participating accredited universities to award transfer credit for student’s completion of the courses. With thousands of students now enrolling every month, this provides a flexible pathway for busy adults to complete general education requirements and lower the cost of a college education.

“One of the most critical issues facing our society is access to affordable higher education,” says Grant Aldrich, Founder of OnlineDegree.com. “To enact real change, we must address the issues preventing people from getting the education they need. Grand Canyon University is bringing about that change.”

Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university helping students find their purpose with next-generation education, including over 200 academic programs with many in high-demand fields. GCU offers traditional students and working professionals generous scholarship opportunities, student support resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and more. A nonprofit institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, GCU has been providing a consistent and effective online learning platform for more than a decade, with an advanced online learning management system and a variety of online library resources available anytime, anywhere.

“Grand Canyon University has a long history of making college more attainable for busy adults and non-traditional students,” says Cameron Whitcomb, Director of Strategic Alliances. “Working together with OnlineDegree.com furthers our mission of helping everyone reach a faith-based institution offering both academic quality and integrity.”

Through the alliance with OnlineDegree.com, prospective students will have up to 44 units of available credit that could be applied toward a degree at GCU. OnlineDegree.com students will also receive an additional 10% scholarship off tuition from the standard tuition rates when they enroll.

For more information, students can visit https://bit.ly/2SRpFhX .

About Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university helping students find their purpose with next-generation education, including over 230 academic programs with many in high-demand fields. GCU offers traditional students and working professionals generous scholarship opportunities, student support resources, on-campus state-of-the-art facilities, dynamic online classrooms, innovative learning experiences and more. https://www.gcu.edu

About OnlineDegree.com
On a mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone, OnlineDegree.com is a team of startup veterans and leading academics who believe everyone should have the ability to go to college. Through its free platform, students can explore different courses and subjects on their own schedule, be better prepared for collegiate learning, and could receive college credits toward their degree at participating universities throughout the United States. Working adults now have a bridge to start their path back to school regardless of their finances or busy schedules. https://www.onlinedegree.com/about-us/.

Media Contact
OnlineDegree.com Press Team
Email: press (at) onlinedegree (dot) com

Grand Canyon University
Bob Romantic – 602-639-7611 bob.romantic (at) gcu (dot) edu

Leadscon Discount code, special member rate

leadscon discount code

 

 

 

 

Pricing Alert: Rates increase tomorrow. Secure your spot today at the world’s largest event on performance marketing.

Lock in your seat today with over 2,700 leading performance marketers from around the world. Get the latest insights and strategies on how to maximize your acquisition, conversion and retention strategies.

And, we’ve upgraded our app! As a LeadsCon App user, you will be able to:

  • Schedule 1:1 meetings with other attendees
  • Reserve a private meeting table through the Meeting Hub feature
  • Create your personalized daily schedule
  • View the full program, the exhibit hall, and all networking activities
  • Receive event updates from the LeadsCon team
  • Download attendee information

Sign up today to save up to $350 off onsite prices. Use Discount Code: EDUVIP to save $100 off the current rates.   

Registration link: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=319804&

 

Online Education expected to continue it’s growth in 2019

edufficient advertising for online education

 

The number of students who were enrolled exclusively online grew to 15.4 percent  which is up from 14.7 percent in 2016, or about one in six students. The percentage of all students who combined online and in-person courses grew faster, to 17.6 percent in 2017 from 16.4 percent in 2016.  The percentage of students who took at least one course online grew to 33.1 percent, from 31.1 percent in 2016.  Online education continues to prove it’s not only here to stay but growing.

With traditional non profit institutions, OPM’s & for-profits continuing to cater to this growing market it’s clear that there is a lot of opportunity ahead.  Most of the traditional non profits who succeed are generally partnering with OPM’s like 2U or OPM alternative facilitators like Edufficient.  Those who try it alone continue to have a high failure rate.

 

View the Report from the National Center for Educational Statistics : https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2019/2019021.pdf

Virginia College and Brightwood College suddenly close all locations

for profit education closures 2018

Education Corporation of America, owner of a national chain of for-profit schools including Virginia College and Brightwood College in Maryland, is ending operations this week in the face of dwindling enrollment and regulatory pressures.

“This is not the outcome that we envisioned and is one that we recognize will have a dramatic effect on our students, employees and many partners,” Diane Worthington, a spokeswoman for Education Corp., said in a statement Wednesday.

The abrupt closure will leave some 20,000 students at more than 75 campuses scrambling to complete their education once the current term ends Friday. Worthington said the company, known by its acronym, ECA, will ensure students can access their transcripts to transfer to another school.

On its website, ECA promises students it will provide information within two weeks about transcript requests and recommendations on where to transfer. The haphazard planning has drawn the ire of the Education Department, which has been in talks with the company to create a transition plan for students, according to department spokeswoman Liz Hill.

Link to article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/12/06/virginia-college-brightwood-college-closing-for-profit-operator-cites-dwindling-enrollment/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bd3b51e1aebf

Discounted Rate for MarketDrivenEDU members to Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies Conference —

edu conference

MarketDrivenEdu is pleased to announce it’s 10th annual Media sponsorship of The Capital Roundtable’s full-day conference on Private Equity Investing in Education-Focused Companies.

 

Coming up on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in New York City, the theme of this conference is The Role for Private Capital in Bridging the Gap Between Education & Employment.

 

As a friend of MarketDrivenEdu, you qualify for a special VIP rate — $995 ($500 off the standard rate). To register, please call Kristi Paris, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at kparis@capitalroundtable.com.

 

In this politicized age, it seems like people don’t agree on much to do with education. For instance —

  • 57% of Republicans support charter schools, versus just 36% of Democrats.
  • Only 33% of Republicans think spending on public schools in their district should be increased, versus 58% of Democrats.
  • Just 28% of Republicans believe college is worth the cost, versus 43% of Democrats.

If you’re a private investor, those stats may make you feel nervous. For instance, you may not want to invest in a for-profit college during Donald Trump’s administration, if the next president may be Elizabeth Warren and the rules may change again.

 

One path forward lies in something everyone can agree on — that the U.S. education system needs to do better at preparing people for joining the workforce.

 

Join more than 20 experts as they assess the outlook for PE investing in the education sector at this all-day conference, chaired by Daniel Pianko, co-founder & managing director at University Ventures.

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 Kristi Paris, at 212-832-7300 ext. 0, or email her at kparis@capitalroundtable.com.   

 

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

Onlinedegree.com free first year of college!

onlinedegree.com free

free first year of college

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!

leadscon discount code

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

Discover Content For The EDU Lead Buyer at LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert
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
• Discover how to leverage the same channels and networks you’re familiar with, while significantly improving your risk profile
• Understand how to finally win the battle and regain control of your efforts to find the right students
• Learn how to decide where to spend your next acquisition dollar by focusing on cost efficiency and contribution

What is LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert?

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.

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 

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. 

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 

 

Local