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On the Edge: Corinthian Colleges Inc. to Close

On the Edge: Corinthian Colleges Inc. to Close | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
On a ‘Knife Edge’

Pressure to hold education companies accountable seems likely to continue. Mr. Mitchell, who is the department’s top higher-education official, signaled as much in his post on Sunday. What Corinthian students experienced "is unacceptable," he wrote, and department officials "look forward to working with Congress in an effort to improve accountability and transparency in the career-college industry."

Kevin Kinser, an associate professor at the State University of New York at Albany who studies for-profit colleges, said Corinthian’s precipitous fall from where the company was a few years ago "shows the knife edge that for-profit higher education is on."

For-profit colleges "need a supportive regulatory environment to thrive," Mr. Kinser wrote in an email to The Chronicle. "When that is gone, they don’t seem to have a lot of residual support to sustain their activities."
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Before you borrow money to finance your education do the research. Don't get cut by corporate for-profit schools that help you max out your loans while over promising on job placements. 


Do the research. 

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, April 30, 2:16 AM

One of Corinthian College's campuses in Honolulu, Heald College, recently closed, putting approximately 16,000 business students out of class.  Kevin Kinser's warning is clear:  "Corinthian's precipitous fall from where the company was a few years ago shows the knife edge that for-profit higher education is on."  Students should be advised to avoid such institutions and opt for state-supported colleges in their communities.  Accountability and transparency are sorely lacking in for-profit ventures such as Corinthian College.  Aloha, Russ.

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Accreditation | Online Professional Development | University of Wisconsin-Stout

Accreditation | Online Professional Development | University of Wisconsin-Stout | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Continuous Improvement.

Great Teaching

Dedicated and Experienced Online Instructors

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Always investigate the accreditation of any online school you are considering.  

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Badges for Lifelong Learning: An Open Conversation

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"Badges for Lifelong Learning: An Open Conversation," HASTAC consortium (hastac.org)

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This 5 minute video introduces and explains the main concepts of Badging and how it could be used as a non-traditional verification of skills.  Good thininking! 

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Dig Deep: Evaluating Online Learning Quality

Dig Deep: Evaluating Online Learning Quality | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

by Melissa Venable


Accreditation is a critical factor to consider when planning for higher education. The process is designed to provide some assurance to prospective students, that the academic programs they are considering have been evaluated and found to have a basic level of quality. There are multiple types of accreditation and accrediting agencies, which play significant roles in academic and career activities such as transferring credits, receiving financial aid, pursuing professional credentials, and meeting employers' expectations.

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Accreditation, reputation, program quality and online instructor experience are all part of the mix when looking for an online learning experience.EVERY online student should research the qualifications of any school they attend.


I'm proud to be the advisor and online instructor UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.  Top accreditation is just the tip of the quality iceberg at Stout.What a team. I encourage everyone to dig deep and then act on what they find. 

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Deborah Eastwood's curator insight, August 20, 2014 10:49 PM

Accreditation is critical to having your degree taken seriously by employers.

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USDLA Certified: UW-Stout Online

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University of Wisconsin - Stout is proud to be the first University in Wisconsin to be certified for excellence in distance education practices.

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The death of degrees? 9 alternative credentialing approaches

Badges, certificates and new methods for translating skills to credits are challenging traditional views of college degrees.
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David Bramley's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:53 PM

I don't think we are going to see the death of the degree, but credentialing could work for professional bodies looking for alternative routes to membership or recognising continuing professional development.  

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