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Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed

Tiffin U. drops Ivy Bridge College partnership with Altius over accreditor's concerns | Inside Higher Ed | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Paul Fain

 

"The shuttering of Ivy Bridge College could dump cold water on the online aspirations of some colleges, particularly ones that prefer to play it safe with their regional accreditor.  

 

"A growing number of colleges are teaming up with outside firms to ramp up their online offerings. Those unaccredited partners include companies like Academic Partnerships, 2U, Udacity, Coursera and Altius Education, which jointly managed Ivy Bridge.

 

"It’s up to accrediting agencies to decide where to draw the line on the outsourcing of parts of academic programs. Ivy Bridge apparently went too far, at least according to standards set by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools."



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/05/tiffin-u-drops-ivy-bridge-college-partnership-altius-over-accreditors-concerns#ixzz2cMxORW3v ;
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As Inside Higher Ed indicates, this could be a precedent-setting move by an accrediting agency, and greatly impact the privatization of online higher education.

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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.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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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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An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs

An explanation of how ACE accredits MOOCs | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Tony Bates

 

"The initial courses subject to ACE review were selected by Coursera in consultation with their partner universities (which included the University of California at Irvine, and Duke).  Coursera and the partner universities chose courses that were already offered on campus or were using content similar to an on-campus course.

 

"All five courses reviewed received credit recommendations based on ACE’s review criteria.  The five courses received math and science recommendations, one at the developmental math level, that is, three-credits of pre-college, three at the lower division baccalaureate level, all three credits, and one two-credit recommendation at the  upper division baccalaureate level.  Faculty reviewed all course exhibits including learning outcomes, competencies, and assessment methods.  Faculty made suggestions regarding perquisites and offered other notes.  While ACE has recommended academic credit, it is up to each university or college to review these credit recommendations and determine how they may align with their general education requirements or degree programs.  There is no guarantee that any university of college will accept the ACE credit recommendations."

 

- See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2013/07/26/an-explanation-of-how-ace-accredits-moocs/#sthash.0oQIQIHT.dpuf

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