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  Online Can Save Small Colleges
Posted by: Albert Hidel - 11-28-2017, 12:03 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

Quote:How Online Can Save Small, Private Colleges from Going Under
By Robert Ubell     Nov 21, 2017

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In the wake of a recent series of small-college closings, the takeaway for small private colleges is that their days may be numbered. Since these schools are largely dependent on student tuition in a time when demographic changes mean fewer available high school graduates, they might as well be on an endangered-species list. Some fifty have closed in the last decade alone, and three have closed in the past few weeks.

To staunch the bleeding, many small colleges have cut things to the bone or, alternatively, invested in country-club style improvements to appeal to students and their families—strategies that may have saved some. But this may only delay the impact of relentless market forces. Some observers aren’t as pessimistic, it should be said. “We continue to believe—and we think we’ve documented it pretty well—that most small colleges have the capability to be resilient in the face of these challenges,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges, in Inside Higher Ed. “There are a small number of colleges that are in very serious trouble,” he said. “But there are also a significant number of small colleges, 20 percent of them, that are just soaring. They’re doing very well.” But Moody's predicts that the number of small failing colleges and universities will triple in the coming years and mergers will double.

One strategy for these colleges to avoid extinction is to diversify—to avoid a precarious reliance on residential students. And one way to do that is by adding online programs to the mix.

The challenge for many small colleges is that they see online courses as at odds with their very identity. After all, these institutions embrace intimacy as central to their mission, with close, mentoring relationships between faculty and students, and deep, comradely connections among students—essential ingredients of highly engaged learning. For many, online fails to meet these crucial education ambitions. Instead, they reject virtual instruction as alienated learning, with isolated faculty and students coldly facing inert computer screens—not one another.

Yet in post-industrial America, the digital world is as “real” as it gets, with most of us doing our shopping, binge-watching our favorite shows, texting and chatting with friends and following them on Facebook, and clacking away at keyboards all day at work. Today, serious research is impossible without searching databases, hunting references on Google Scholar and emailing colleagues worldwide. Rejecting online is a retreat into nostalgia.

One problem is that some faculty long for a return to the simpler times of the past, as I argue my new book, Going Online. Small schools—mostly in the Northeast and Midwest—are charming stage sets of Jeffersonian pastoral democracy, a fantasy even in its own time.

That’s one reason why so few small colleges have jumped into providing online programs. “About fifty percent of U.S. colleges and universities have no more than a smattering of online enrollments, with little, if any, offered by most small private schools,” said Jeffrey Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, which tracks online enrollment.

There is growing recognition of the quality of online models. With the scholarly literature almost universally confirming that online may be as good or better than conventional instruction, arguments against it seem a bit curmudgeonly, following those who turn their backs on solid evidence. With Harvard finally going online, you wonder why so many schools have let digital instruction pass them by.

It turns out that online programs open education to those who couldn’t attend otherwise. Nontraditional students now comprise nearly three-quarters of America’s college population. With many young adults working, caring for families, or traveling on the job, commuting to campus is not so easy and may even present real hardship, an impossible burden when you’re occupied with sometimes crushing demands at home or at work. As small colleges reach out to these new students, they might also turn threadbare balance sheets from red to black.   

Daunting Shift

Since it’s likely that faculty and staff members at small private colleges have little or no experience delivering digital programs, here are a few tips:

There are more options than ever for colleges to enter the online-degree space. While it can seem daunting, it’s possible to go it alone—as I did 20 years ago at Stevens Institute of Technology, a small technical school in New Jersey.

You’ll need to come up with a modest investment in expert staff, skilled at instructional design and digital recruitment. You’ll also need to find an online-learning champion, an effective leader who is a strong advocate for the pedagogical benefits of virtual instruction. If you’re lucky, you may have just the right anchor right on campus, either on staff or among your faculty. Chances are, at first, you may not need to invest in wiz-bang learning technology, since, like most schools, you already have a learning management system in place for your residential students. There’s no need to replace it with an upgrade. Your present LMS is likely to do just fine.

Or you can turn to companies that help colleges build online programs, who will come to your aid for a fee to do pieces of the online puzzle for you, relieving you and your staff of tasks you may not be skilled at, especially digital recruitment and instructional design. Some, known as OPM’s (or online program managers) also act like banks, financing your virtual programs in exchange for a sizeable slice of your revenue (often requiring 50 percent of revenue from online programs for a set number of years). The good news about OPMs is that if your new digital program flops, you’ll get off scot-free (except for faculty compensation) since your OPM invested all the money. But just like going on your own, you’ll need to put an online champion in place to coordinate everything for you.

While faculty resistance to teaching online is still a serious obstacle, imagine how it was 20 years ago when I was asked to launch a new digital learning unit at Stevens Institute of Technology. In my appeals to the faculty to consider migrating their on-campus degrees online, Freud might have diagnosed their response as “passive aggressive”—many with blank stares; others only half paying attention, their gaze out the window or on the tips of their shoes.

A few early adopters signed on, but it was slow going at first, with most ignoring my overtures. The turnabout came when a highly-respected scholar, a dig-his-heels-in opponent, not only dropped his disapproval of digital learning, but became a fervent advocate, teaching online himself and encouraging others to follow. Practically overnight, most of the rest of the faculty jumped in. The denouement is that today, Stevens offers nearly 60 online programs and has won national awards, too.

Small colleges have a good chance at turning things around and thriving if they give online a chance and recruit older, mid-career students. Chances are your online students will be honored to “walk,” diploma in hand, finally visiting your beautiful campus at commencement.

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  Pronouns - The Future is Now
Posted by: Ben Johnson - 11-27-2017, 01:03 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

A teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University was being disciplined for having a discussion about manufactured inclusive pronouns.  She recorded the conversation - oops.  The university apologized for being mindless assholes.  Wilfrid Laurier University used to be called Waterloo Lutheran University before the Godless Marxists took over in the 1960s.

Audio is 2nd audio/video link on page


It's always nice to get Hitler's opinion.  Being a Nazi, he is onside with the university.


An interview:


Nudder interview:


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  Kids These Days
Posted by: Ben Johnson - 10-31-2017, 12:55 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (3)

School wasn't like that back in the day.


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  Paglia and Peterson
Posted by: Ben Johnson - 10-16-2017, 03:10 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - No Replies

What is wrong with higher education and society in general.  If you have a couple hours, this is wonderful.  Give it 10 minutes and you will be drawn in.  Old style academics.  The old lesbian gives me a chubby.


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  Mandalay Bay: Look For Union Label
Posted by: Winston Smith - 10-05-2017, 10:29 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (17)

How did the guy get all those guns AND a gazillion rounds of ammo into the room, without anybody noticing?

Look for the union label!  Mandalay Bay security "the first ever Casino Security Professionals to unionize in Las Vegas."

Quote:Welcome Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

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On December 9, 2016, the Mandalay Bay Casino Security Professionals voted 2 to 1 to join the SPFPA Family. This historic victory makes them the first ever Casino Security Professionals to unionize in Las Vegas. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has since certified the election. The SPFPA continues to work with numerous other Casino Security Professionals across Las Vegas. SPFPA Unity Strong! (Picture taken by B. Smith.)

"Let me give you a hand with all those bags, Mr. Paddock."

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  So-called Degree Mill owner and his books
Posted by: Bingo - 09-19-2017, 03:47 PM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

Good morning from Germany. Me, Muhammad Schmidt, is posting here again.
I have some news for the uneducated trolls at degreediscussion.com:

Your "degree mill owner" has now this list of publications to his credit, and there is reasonable doubt whether pretend scholars like Bill Grober coul,d ever claim to have a similar list of publicatioins to his credit:


IFTS, the school you had chosen for your slandering, is no longer in operation in its traditional shape but has achieved national accreditation in those countries where it still operates. These former school branches of IFTS are now in dependent schools operated by good people after all responsibility was handed over by Dr Schmidt into the native hands of his successors who had been trained for this job over the years.

Dr. Schmidt is enjoying retirement now and continues to publish his books.

Good luck in continuing your rants and your idiotic "judgment" of people you have never met in person. You are the salt of the earth when it comes to incompetency and pretend education like Bill Grover who got an online doctorate from Zululand University without any disputation (defence) following the official submission of a thesis. ....LOOOL

What a bloody joke you are!

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  Cook County Jail High School called a "Credit Mill." Principle Fired
Posted by: The Bison - 09-19-2017, 08:51 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)


From the article:

September 14, 2017 4:40 AM
A Chicago Public Schools principal has been barred from an alternative high school operating in the Cook County Jail following allegations that she falsified student data.
Sheriff Tom Dart issued the ban Wednesday, saying he agrees with a report by the CPS inspector general that recommended Sharnette Sims be fired. He said starting Thursday, Sims won't be allowed to enter the jail.
In the report, Nicholas Schuler called York Alternative High School "a credit mill."

Schuler says York routinely granted attendance and course credit to students who had left the jail or been moved to solitary confinement where they couldn't attend classes. One student who was released from jail and killed a week later was still listed as attending classes.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/natio...rylink=cpy

The ones who suffer, of course are the inmates. Some of them got credit while serving in solitary. Can they really acquire skills needed to function in society when they were not even given an education? and this so-called principle was getting six figures from the county? WTF?

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  Gollin Brat Buys Condo
Posted by: Winston Smith - 09-17-2017, 10:51 AM - Forum: George Gollin - Replies (4)

Public records reveal that Cordelia Rose Loots Hyphen, the purported daughter of convicted ethics violator George Gollin, has purchased a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.  

According to BlockShopper:

Quote:4712 North Magnolia Avenue Unit 3
Chicago, IL 60640

Neighborhood: Uptown
Subdivision: Sheridan Park

Current Owner: Viraj Kamat and Cordelia Rose Loots-Gollin

Last Purchase Price: $348,000 (2017)

Property Taxes: $4,904 (2015)

Lot Size: 8,500 square feet / 0.2 acres

Tax Dollars per Acre: $24,521 per acre

According to Chicago City Wire:

Quote:4712 N. Magnolia Ave.
Property Tax (2015): $4,904.21
Effective Property Tax Rate: 1.41%
Buyer: Viraj Kamat and Cordelia Rose Loots-Gollin
Seller: Kathryn A. Stieber

From Redfin:

Quote:4712 N Magnolia Ave #3

Redfin Estimate

Sold Jun 30, 2017

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,400 Sq. Ft.
$253 / Sq. Ft.

Built: 1890
Status: Closed Sale

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Gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bath vintage in a stately graystone building. Living/dining room has 14 foot ceilings, wood burning fireplace, plenty of windows and lots of light. Two large bedrooms with ensuite master. Walk into the rear of the unit and be amazed at the expansive kitchen and great room. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, large island. Large and comfy great room overlooks the unusually spacious deck. Beautiful hardwood floors with inlay. Parking spot included in price. Storage in basement. Washer/dryer in unit. Best part of Sheridan Park, close to the Red Line, buses, restaurants, shops, and entertainment district.

HOA Dues $312/month

Property Type Attached Single Family, Condo

Exposure North, East, West

Floor 3

Community Uptown

County Cook


Listing provided courtesy of
Anne Laughlin, @properties

Buyer's Agent
Matthew Diehl, Coldwell Banker Residential

Property Details for 4712 North Magnolia Ave Apt 3
Virtual Tour, Parking / Garage, Exterior Features, Homeowners Association
  • Parking Information
  • # of Cars:1
  • # of Exterior Parking Spaces:1
  • Parking Space(s)
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  • # of Units:7
  • Sq. Ft. Source:Estimated
  • Built Before 1978
  • Age:100+ Years
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  • Assessments/Association Dues:$312
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  • Bedroom Information
  • # of Bedrooms:2
  • # of Bedrooms (Above Grade):2
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  • Size:14X10
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  • # of Baths (Full):2
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  • Size:23X12
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  • Size:14X13
  • On Main Level
  • Hardwood Flooring
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  • Combined with Living Room
  • Size:COMBO
  • On Main Level
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Kitchen Information
  • Size:17X11
  • On Main Level
  • Hardwood Flooring
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  • Additional Room #1 Information
  • Foyer
  • Size:12X6
  • On Main Level
  • Hardwood Flooring
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  • # of Fireplaces:1
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  • Wood Burning
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  • Central Air Conditioning
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  • Pets Allowed
  • Cats OK, Dogs OK
  • Max Pet Weight:999
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  • Bike Room/Bike Trails, Storage

Quote:Cordelia Loots-gollin, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker in Skokie, IL. The provider is a social worker who holds a master's or doctoral degree in social work from an accredited school of social work in addition to at least two years of post-master's supervised experience in a clinical setting. The social worker must be licensed, certified, or registered at the clinical level in the jurisdiction of practice. A clinical social worker provides direct services, including interventions focused on interpersonal interactions, intrapsychic dynamics, and life management issues. Clinical social work services are based on bio-psychosocial perspectives. Services consist of assessment, diagnosis, treatment (including psychotherapy and counseling), client-centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation, and prevention of mental illness, emotional, or behavioral disturbances. Cordelia Loots-gollin, MSW, LCSW NPI is 1043733181. The provider is registered as an individual entity type.

The NPPES NPI record indicates the provider is a female.

The provider's business location address is:

ZIP 60077-545
Phone: (847) 933-0051

Quote:CORDELIA R LOOTS-GOLLIN Chicago, IL 60613-2077
150015725 LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER ACTIVE 07/01/2015 11/12/2015 11/30/2017 N
149019295 LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER ACTIVE 04/13/2017 04/13/2017 11/30/2017 N

So who or what is "Viraj Kamat"?  

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According to a LinkedIn profile, Viraj Kamat is a Management Consultant at A.T. Kearney in Chicago, and holds a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.   Apparently this is a connection forged at Penn, as the Acknowledgments section of his dissertation confirms:

Quote:Melissa Myint has been a great friend and lab mate in numerous ways, from always being available to grab lunch to bringing some of [the] most delicious baked goods to lab.  I shall greatly miss your chocolate cupcakes. . . . Thanks to Vishal for always being there when needed. . . . I would like to especially thank Ankit Khambhati, Dr. Nimil Sood, Sarah Stapleton and Cordelia Loots-Gollin for being an amazing "Philly family".

Who could refuse Melissa's "chocolate cupcakes"?    
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But what is up with "Vishal," which is a male name?  "Always being there when needed"???  Needed for what, exactly?   Who shacks up with a self-described "radical lesbian cheerleader" unless.....?  Who is bearding for whom here?  At least he didn't need 15 people to write his dissertation for him.

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  Music Major Ran Equifax InfoSec
Posted by: WilliamW - 09-16-2017, 08:21 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (3)

As Waylon Jennings sang, let's all help the cowboys sing the blues . . . hire a music major for information security.  

Quote:Equifax Put a Music Major In Charge of Security Before Breach on 143 Million Americans
September 15, 2017 by Jim Hoft

Equifax Credit Rating Services announced last week a data breach on 143 million customers.

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The ratings company said criminals exploited a US website application to access files mid-May and June of this year. The thieves obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers.

The company said 143 million files were shared on the dark web following the data breach.

Now this…

The Equifax Chief Information Security Officer Susan Mauldin. She has been with the company since 2013.
Susan is a music major.

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Susan graduated with a music degree in music from the University on Georgia and holds a Masters of Music Composition.

Maudlin’s original Linkedin page was made private after the Equifax breach last week.
More on Susan Maudlin here.

Equifax and Maudlin failed to apply a patch that Apache had made available 2-months before the breach along with proof that the flaw was already under mass attack by hackers.

And then there's this...

Quote:According to filings with the SEC, three Equifax executives completed stock sales of close to a total of $2 million on August 1 and 2.

Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth nearly $950,000 on August 1.

Joseph Loughran, Equifax’s president for U.S. information solutions, sold shares worth about $685,000 on August 1 as well.

Rodolfo Ploder, president of workforce solutions, sold stock for just more than $250,000 on August 2.

Somebody's going to jail!  And it won't be the Starkville City jail neither.

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  Joe Arpaio Pardoned
Posted by: Ben Johnson - 08-27-2017, 03:37 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (6)

American hero, Joe Arpaio, was pardoned by President Trump.  Federal prosecutors and judges have been given a lesson in spending too much time sucking Obama's dick and not enough going after real criminals, illegal aliens.


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