Non-Profit Administrators Are Heading to the For-Profit Sector

Non-Profit Administrators Are Heading to the For-Profit Sector

Amidst recent controversy over recruiting practices and poor job placement, for-profit education institutions have begun to recruit non-profit administrators in an effort to influence what can be a predatory, misleading admissions culture. The intent is to demonstrate to Washington and critics in general that there are many positive similarities between for- and non-profit schools, and that for-profits offer accessibility and opportunity to students who may be unable to enter a traditional non-profit.

Diane Auer Jones, an assistant secretary for postsecondary education during the George W. Bush presidency and a lobbyist and Congressional staffer, is one of the first to make the move. Jones recently accepted a position as Career Education Corp.’s vice president of external and regulatory affairs.

Long before her career began in education, Jones was a massage therapist student at a for-profit college in Baltimore. Her son, similarly, attended a for-profit college. Jones has remarked that she would never work for a “bad actor” and that the for-profit sector, despite criticism, is “not all bad.” Her reputation and work will be a huge asset to the company, but Jones was quick to warn that for-profits have proven themselves and can stand on their own. “If by hiring me it does help some people open their eyes that the sector is serious about doing it the right way, then great. If people look at my credibility and that lets them look at the sector in a new way, then that’s a benefit for the company.”

Geri H. Malandra, a former official at the University of Texas System and the American Council on Education, has followed Jones’ lead and switched sectors. Malandra recently accepted the provost position at Kaplan University and brings to the table extensive experience in the education sector. Malandra has said that she has followed and been interested in for-profit education institutions since the 1990s. During the 90s, Malandra headed a continuing education project at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities which operated as a for-profit. Her experience, she says, “helped me come to see that for-profits are just as passionate about the quality of education, just as passionate about student outcomes, just as passionate about serving our nation” as the best nonprofit colleges.

Jones and Malandra are just two non-profit administrators that have chosen to move to for-profit education. And it’s not just the pay. Larry A. Isaak, the former president of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, recently made the move to Capella University, assuming the university’s presidency. Isaak recently noted that his decision wasn’t based on for or non-profit. He was driven, he says by “the university’s focus on adult learners, innovations in delivery and offering a student-centric approach.”

Although for-profit education institutions have established an admirable traditional and reputation (despite some recent criticism) all their own, the decisions made by some of non-profit’s best to switch sectors speaks volumes.…

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Recent Polls Show Four Year Colleges Are Not for Everyone

Recent Polls Show Four Year Colleges Are Not for Everyone

A college degree is central to most people’s conception of the “American Dream,” but the dearth of good jobs resulting from the economic downturn has people re-evaluating exactly what a college degree looks like.

The Associated Press and Stanford University teamed up to poll over 1,000 adults nationwide; the poll measured their opinions of educational quality in four-year colleges and universities versus community colleges and technical schools.

The vast majority of those polled, nearly 70%, said that many community colleges offer an education as good as one from a four-year school. The majority of respondents also noted that it’s “sometimes better for students to pursue a diploma or certificate from a two-year school than aim to enter a four-year college.”

Larry Wyse, one of the adults interviewed for the survey, said that the traditional mindset that “every student should attend a four-year college,” is frustrating. Wyse, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, chose instead to pursue a technical trade and has run a heating repair and plumping business for almost 30 years.

Says Wyse, “not every student who graduates from high school has the capability or the financial means or the intestinal fortitude that it takes to complete a four-year degree. There are a lot of skilled trade and technical service type jobs that are begging for applicants.”

The results of the AP and Stanford poll appear to reiterate this sentiment as more Americans are choosing community colleges, trade schools, or online universities to earn a certificate or degree in a specialized field of study or trade.

When asked if college degrees prepare students for the workforce, 62% of respondents answered “yes” for community colleges while 68% responded affirmatively on behalf of four-year schools.

The close proximity of these figures is telling and supports the rise in popularity, prominence and educational equality of community colleges, trade schools, and online universities versus their four-year, traditional counterparts.…

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Features And Advantages Of Mobile Learning

Features And Advantages Of Mobile Learning

Learning is a progressive work that never ends at any stage. There are many new things that are being created daily with the advancements in the field of Information and Technology, Rocket Science and Research and Development. Thus there is no limit for the learning process.

Initially the learning process was experienced only at the schools and colleges. Later on with the advent of the internet there was the possibility for any person to refer any kind of data by sitting at home. And now with the advent of the latest technologically advanced mobile phones one can say that the phenomenon of m learning is really an exciting one. There is the possibility for the immediate access of data anytime and anywhere just with the presence of the mobile. Here we can have the discussion about the evolution of the process of mlearning.

The workshop which took place in Birmingham in the year 2002 would not have thought that the content of that workshop would have transformed that much. Yes, the first learning workshop as held there only. There have been several of these kinds that have been happening in the recent past. The latest one was the 6th workshop that was held at Melbourne in Australia. There has been the tremendous growth that has been experienced in the field of mlearning since 2002.

It is a simple concept that can be developed into all the latest technologically advanced mobiles. There is the linking with the internet that makes the mobile as a learning tool. One can also say that in mobile learning, the mobile is only used as a tool to project the information. Since mobile is a common device that is available among all it has become a huge hit. The internet serves as a perfect base for this learning.

There are several advantages when it comes to mobile learning. The instant availability of data is the main advantage and hence preferred by many. Also the latest possible data is plucked on from the web and provided which makes it more reliable. There were several themes that were followed in each of the mobile learning workshops. Some among them are “Significant potential availability”, “New Possibilities”, “Learning in your hands”. With these themes in mind the development of mobile learning has happened in the past. Hence we can expect more and more advancements in the coming years.…

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Online Medical Schools - Are They Your Best Option?

Online Medical Schools – Are They Your Best Option?

Online medical schools and every other type of online schools seem to get a bad rap sometimes. The truth is that there are some cons about taking only classes online but, there are also a whole bunch of pros as well. Many people will tell you that if you get an online degree and go for a job while someone with a regular degree is applying as well, you will not get the job. Now, that is simply not true. The hiring manager will look at you both with an even eye because you have taken the same exact classes but one was online and the other was not.

There are several disadvantages to going to an online medical school such as Kaplan College. The first and maybe largest disadvantage is, you don’t get that face time that you would get with your teacher if you weren’t online.

Another disadvantage to taking an online medical school’s classes would be that there is always a delay in trying to get help. What this means is that, in a regular class you raise your hand and ask your question, then you get an answer right away. With an online class, you have to email the instructor and wait until they have read and replied. The last disadvantage would have to be that you don’t meet anyone that maybe you could study with. There may not be a way to communicate with others in the class.

Now, when people say that there is no face to face time, it’s just not true. Maybe physically you can’t see your teacher, but you can email anytime you want and there is always a room that your instructor stays during school hours. Also, when people say that you can not find a study partner or make any friends because there is no communication, that’s also false. Most online medical schools provide classes that have chat rooms connected. This way you have communication with other students almost all day. Besides the chat room, many teachers give assignments that make you work with others either through email or chat.

The pro’s for taking going to an online school are very large. With a regular school, books are a large cost that many people struggle to pay. With an online college many things that you need are already online and free. So these will be cheaper then a regular school. Also, the time of the classes are way more flexible. If you are a single mother or are working two or three jobs, this is the best fit for you. Lastly, most schools take almost half the time it takes to get a regular degree. It saves you a lot of money and time.

These types of schools may have a couple down falls but so do all other schools. If you are interested in getting involved with the medical field then you should consider checking out some online medical schools. They are a lower cost alternative and they will …

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How a Third-Party Coordinator Can Help You Study Abroad

How a Third-Party Coordinator Can Help You Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a great way to experience a new culture in a holistic way. By emerging yourself into the customs and traditions of a new place, you are pushed out of your comfort zone and are forced to embrace and learn about your new temporary home. If you are considering studying abroad, companies like EduBookings can be a very valuable asset in finding the best programs for you. What can these companies do for you?

Finding the Best Deals

Flights, lodging, food, and amenities can all add up, fast! When you use a third-party booking agent, they work to find you the very best deals for the absolute cheapest prices. Because they have experience with monetary conversions and doing business in different countries, they are seasoned veterans in building the best experience possible while studying abroad.

Do not let the confusion of finding flights and housing and food and anything else you may need stop you from planning your trip. Trust the experts to build you the best experience possible. You can rest easy knowing you’re getting the best deals and saving the most amount of money possible when you work with a third-party coordinator.

Working with Your University

One of the biggest parts of studying abroad is…studying of course! Third party study abroad booking companies will work directly with your school to make sure that your classes and credits will transfer. Nobody has the time to take a full semester off just to travel, so it is absolutely essential that you be credited for the time that you are there. Do not get ripped off by credits that “won’t transfer” and “don’t fit into your program”. A third-party study abroad system will communicate with your college as well as the college that you are visiting to make absolutely sure that everything will transfer seamlessly and that you can come back to school once your trip is over and graduate on time, as planned.

Customize Your Experience

Third party study abroad bookings take all of your wants into consideration. They don’t fit you into some cookie cutter trip, but instead build a trip around your wants, needs and interests. Your experience will be customized to your liking and the experience will be built around what you are interested in learning and experiencing. Going to different countries and traveling internationally are things that you will likely only do once or twice in your lifetime. Do not settle for going to a country that you are not interested in or passionate about. A third-party coordinator will make sure you are getting the best experience that you have always wanted, not just the most convenient one that fits into your schooling.

Study abroad can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you are interested in traveling and trying out a whole new country for a semester, now is the time. Do not let the complications of logistics and planning stand in your way of the adventure of a life time.

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