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Why Some Schools Are Considering A Move To Competency-Based Education

Add “competency-based education” to the list of strategies colleges can use to encourage on-time graduation. Southern New Hampshire University is the latest to announce it will confer degrees based on something other than credit hour completion. The school plans to offer a $5,000 online degree awarded through a system of “direct assessment.” Here’s how it works: […]

Why More Teachers Are Getting Advanced Degrees From Online Schools

Western Governors University has its headquarters in Salt Lake City, but most online students never visit the Utah campus. About a third of WGU students in Indiana are enrolled in the school's teachers college.

A decade ago, the University of Phoenix awarded 72 online education degrees. In ten years, that number skyrocketed to 5,976. Western Governors University didn’t award any education degrees in 2001. Last year, the online university — based in Utah but with a state school here in Indiana — awarded nearly 2,000. The pace at which […]

Why Indiana May Need To Tighten Rules That Govern Online Schools

Students at Indiana’s online schools did not fare as well as their peers on a statewide standardized test, writes Kate Jacobson of the Indianapolis Star: This past week, the state released scores on its ISTEP standardized test given to all students in Grades 3-8. All three Hoosier Academies schools had pass rates lower than the […]

How Degrees From Indiana's Online University Translate To Jobs For Grads

Carney didn't stop after getting her bachelor's degree from Western Governors University. She completed her master's degree in May.

It’s been two years since Western Governors University formed a partnership with the state of Indiana, promising Hoosiers degrees that would help them land better jobs. Nearly three-quarters of a million Hoosiers have completed some college but don’t have a degree, and it’s been a pet project of Gov. Mitch Daniels to get them to […]

Why Community Colleges Can't Add Enough Online Courses To Meet Demand

Community colleges across the country aren’t adding online courses fast enough to satisfy a growing demand for modern, job-oriented training, according to a recent Instructional Technology Council report. The ITC, however, recognized Ivy Tech’s online Manufacturing Production and Operations program as the kind of online degree that can translate into a decent job: At a […]

Three Senate Bills To Keep An Eye On

Last year was a hard hitting year in Indiana education policy and while right to work has dominated headlines, this year’s lineup of bills promises at least a few fireworks.  StateImpact scoured through legislation waiting to be discussed on the floor of the General Assembly.  We bring you three education related Senate bills guaranteed to […]

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