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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 […]

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 […]

For-Profit Colleges: Game-Changers Or 'Diploma Mills'?

For-profit colleges have a lot of accusatory fingers pointing in their direction, mostly from politicians and commentators looking for someone to blame for soaring levels of student debt. But are for-profits indeed fatally flawed ‘diploma mills’? Or convenient scapegoats? In Indiana, this debate has special significance. The state’s student default rate is one of the nation’s highest — and Congress […]

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