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The news items below may be of interest to those involved with distance and online learning:

Stand Up and Be Counted

Posted: 4/17/2014 - 03:34 PM
from Inside Higher Ed
April 16, 2014
by Carl Straumsheim
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Udacity Will No Longer Offer Free Certificates

Posted: 4/17/2014 - 09:16 AM

from The Chronicle - Wired Campus Blog
April 17, 2014
by Steve Kolowich

The MOOC provider, Udacity, has announced that they will no longer provide free certificates for course completion.  “Discontinuing the ‘free’ certificates has been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve made,” wrote Sebastian Thrun, Udacity’s founder, in a blog post about the policy change. “We know that many of our hard...
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2U Ends Semester Online

Posted: 4/8/2014 - 05:36 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
April 3, 2014
by Carl Straumsheim

The online education provider 2U will this summer eliminate its online course pool initiative in favor of developing fully online undergraduate degree programs, ending a high-profile effort to offer scalable, credit-granting online courses at residential colleges.


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Online at Community Colleges

Posted: 4/7/2014 - 09:01 AM
from Inside Higher Ed
April 7, 2014
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National Data on the Number of Distance Education Students

Posted: 3/27/2014 - 09:10 PM

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
National Center for Education Statistics

For the first time, in fall 2012 IPEDS reported on the number of students who take distance education courses at postsecondary institutions in the United States. IPEDS data offers the most comprehensive data in higher education because every college and university in the United States must complete its annual survey in order to offer their students federally-funded finan...
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Negotiators Tussle Over Proposed Rule to Compel State Scrutiny of Online Ed

Posted: 3/27/2014 - 08:32 PM

Education Dept. Proposes New Rules on Online Programs and Debit Cards

Posted: 3/21/2014 - 09:19 AM

Apollo Education Group Starts Nontraditional Course Catalog

Posted: 3/4/2014 - 10:44 PM
from The Chronicle-Wired Campus Blog

by Steve Kolowich
The Apollo Education Group has introduced a new website that plans to assist people with finding courses that teach skills needed to get jobs in the technology industry.  The company is a the parent company of the University...
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Panel Revisits 'State Authorization' Rule for Distance-Education Programs

Posted: 2/28/2014 - 03:38 PM

from The Chronicle
by Kelly Field
Feb 20, 2014

The US Department of Education began their negotiated rule-making with a discussion on state authorization of colleges.  The panelists heard from a number of presenters including Marshall Hill, the Executive Director of the National Council on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) and consumer advocates concerned about protections for students.  So far there is no move by the Department to rec...
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Risk Management

Posted: 2/28/2014 - 11:33 AM
from Inside Higher Ed
by Carl Straumsheim
February 26, 2014      Read the full news item

Taking the Direct Path

Posted: 2/28/2014 - 11:14 AM
from Inside Higher Education
by Paul Fain
February 21, 2014      Read the full news item

California Community Colleges Joining Forces for Online Success

Posted: 2/27/2014 - 02:37 PM

from Campus Technology
by David Raths
Feb. 26, 2014

The California State Legislature approved a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to fund an Online Education Initiative that plans to increase the number of students who obtain associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges.  The $57 million multi-year funding will provide technology resources and centralized "Online Education Ecosystem" to the state's 112 community colleges with the hope to i...
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First State Approved for Distance Ed Reciprocity

Posted: 2/25/2014 - 10:22 AM
from Inside Higher Ed
February 25, 2014
As expected, Indiana has become the first state to join the national State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement through the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
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Moodle for the Masses

Posted: 2/14/2014 - 08:56 AM
from Inside Higher Ed
February 13, 2014
by Carl Staumsheim
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U. of the People Announces That It Has Received Accreditation

Posted: 2/14/2014 - 08:46 AM

The New York Times
February 1, 2014


The University of the People, an online institution that is tuition-fre...
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