December 12, 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 

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.

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Capella & Strayer tie the Knot!

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Strayer Education Inc. and Capella Education Co. announced Monday they are merging, in a $2 billion deal that will make the combined company one of the largest for-profit college operators in the country.

Shareholders in Herndon, Va.-based Strayer will own 52 percent of the combined company’s stock, while Capella investors will hold the rest. Both boards have voted unanimously for the deal, which the companies anticipate will close in the third quarter of 2018. They will need state and federal approvals, including a thumbs up from the Department of Education.

Neither Strayer nor Capella has endured the legal headaches of some of their competitors, yet tepid growth in the number of people seeking degrees remains a hurdle — but one that investment analysts say the combined companies may be able to overcome.

Link to article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/10/30/for-profit-college-operators-capella-and-strayer-join-forces-in-a-2-billion-merger/?utm_term=.2e826d6c5d1a 

 

Analysis of the proposed merger by Trace Urdan:

In the all-stock transaction as described, CPLA investors will receive 0.875 STRA shares and own 48% of the combined company post-merger. On a combined basis the new company will offer 135 degrees and certificate programs to more than 80,000 students. Its revenue will approach $900 million annually, its EBITDA will approach $130 million and its distributable free cash flow will be approximately $80 million. Its implied equity value will be roughly $1.9 billion.

The new entity will combine back office operations and share best practices, but each academic institution will be separately and independently maintained and operated. Pending approval by the U.S. Department of Education, each of its accreditors (HLC and Middle States) and various state regulatory entities, it expects to close the transaction within the next eight months. The new parent company will change its name to Strategic Education and retain the STRA ticker.

Link to full analysis:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/chocolate-bars-vs-candy-corn-sorting-strayer-capellas-trace-urdan/?trackingId=dRoiTGJ4KKEI1VdwCq%2FWaQ%3D%3D

2017 Market Driven Education Industry Group’s 6th annual Education Advertising & Marketing survey

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It’s that time again, the 2017 Market Driven Education Industry Group’s 6th annual survey, in conjunction with Edufficient, one of the fasting growing EDU-specific Performance Marketing Agencies has arrived.

This survey has become a standard for the industry, bringing together Schools, Lead Providers & Agencies, helping to create an updated master list of industry service providers.

Hundreds of screened participants help make this a valuable tool for all those who participate.

  • All participants are reviewed for accuracy & relevance to the industry.
  • You must complete 75% of the survey questions to qualify and receive results!
  • All requests for survey results from non-participants will be denied!

Service providers contact information must be accurate to qualify. Remember, schools will receive your contact information so they can contact you, so please double check for accuracy.

All School contact information is private and will not be distributed.                        Only vendor info will be made available to participating schools.

Link to Survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2MYH9MD 

Applications for On-Campus Higher Education Programs Slipped 7%.

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Year-Over-Year Demand for Online Programs Fell 4% Relative to an Unusually Strong October of 2015.

Online Demand for Higher Education

Student Demand for Online Higher Education Programs Surges 16%!

Overall Student Demand for Online Education

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Student Inquiries for Online Programs Are Far Ahead of 2014 Levels This Quarter.

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