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  Online Ed = Disruptive Innovation
Posted by: Dr Winston O'Boogie - 03-27-2017, 07:48 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - No Replies

The bubble is about to burst.  The loathsome higher ed cartel will soon be obsolete.  And it's their own fault.  That is why they fear online education and its advocates.

Is online college about to skyrocket?
Laura Hollis sees perfect storm set to spark 'disruptive innovation' in higher education

Published: 03/16/2017 at 7:23 PM

Laura Hollis

A group of law students I teach were recently discussing the merits of the traditional three-year law degree program. “Why not have only two years?” one suggested, “The third year could be a practicum, or a working internship.” That same week, an undergraduate student asked me what I thought about five-year business degree programs that offer a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in one package.

This is something of a trend: whittling down graduate school requirements or fusing them with undergraduate programs to reduce the amount of time spent in school.

But graduate school courses are narrowly targeted for specific career preparation. As such, they are harder to eliminate and easier to justify. What is becoming increasingly difficult to justify is what passes for undergraduate education and the skyrocketing costs associated with it. There, higher education is ripe for disruption.

Harvard Business School professor and best-selling author Clayton Christensen made the term “disruptive innovation” a household word. But many still misunderstand the concept. An innovation is poised to disrupt when it hits at the confluence of technological advancement and widespread public dissatisfaction with the pre-existing business model. For example, digital audiotape made it possible to copy songs without degrading the sound quality. MP3 file formats and the Internet made it possible to widely share those copies. Peer-to-peer file-sharing pioneer Napster was disruptive not just because of those technologies, but also because of the artistic community’s and the consuming public’s shared loathing of the music industry’s business practices.

Higher ed is in the middle of just such a perfect storm.

What threatens to disrupt the traditional business model of a four-year college education? Online education.

True, if you asked any student admitted to a top-tier college or university over the past few years whether they considered an online undergraduate program, their answer would almost inevitably have been “no.” But that is typical of disruptive innovations, the initial quality of which is perceived to be poor and thus not widely accepted by mainstream customers. And yet, later iterations improve; perceptions change; and, as they do, products move upmarket.

I’ve watched for more than two decades as online education has morphed from being an option of last resort to entire programs offered online at respected research institutions. Stanford was among the first to offer a massively open online course and now offers several hundred online courses. Ohio State, Penn State and Arizona State universities offer nationally ranked, completely online bachelor’s degrees. The University of Illinois, among others, has an online MBA program.

What about the second prong? Is there widespread public dissatisfaction with college education today?

Just look at the headlines.

In recent weeks, riots broke out at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Middlebury College. Students, faculty and administrators routinely curb freedom of speech, association and other constitutional liberties of those holding views with which they disagree. There has been a proliferation of courses – and policies – founded on questionable concepts like “privilege” and “cultural appropriation.” Across the country there are calls for “trigger warnings” or the elimination of course content that “offends,” for the creation of “safe spaces,” or even complete racial segregation. Complaints of faculty bias – in teaching and in hiring – are rampant. The general public has been horrified to hear about courses offering demonstrations of sex toys, a professor sidelining as a phone-sex dominatrix and multiple sexual-misconduct scandals, among others.

Outside of class, students today must navigate the “hookup culture,” the “campus rape culture” hysteria and the 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter from then-President Obama’s Department of Education, resulting in widespread denial of due process for (usually male) students accused of sexual assault (resulting in dozens of successful lawsuits against colleges and universities).

Parents, educators and government officials alike are concerned about alcohol and substance abuse on campus. (According to one online addiction resource, those attending college full-time are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as those not enrolled in college.) Throw in some hazing in the campus Greek systems, and it’s a truly toxic mix.

The clincher? Skyrocketing tuition, which has increased more than 1,100 percent since 1978, double that of medical expenses. (The average cost of one year at a private college or university is now nearly $50,000. Columbia University is now over $70,000 a year.) Most students finance their educations with debt. Many don’t repay; 1.1 million Americans defaulted on their student loans in 2016.

Is it any wonder that people are exploring alternatives like two-year colleges (either as stand-alone degrees or less expensive gateways to finishing at four year-institutions), certificate programs, vocational schools and – yes – online programs?

Higher education is in a bubble, and bubbles burst. Will it be as bad as the housing meltdown and financial collapse 2008-09? That’s hard to say. Mega-banks aren’t bundling and selling worthless college degrees; those losses are left to fall on individual families and graduates – many of whom are saddled with debt that will impede their ability to build wealth for decades – and perhaps for their entire lives.

The business model of higher education needs to change, for the sake of our future graduates as well as our own survival. As history has shown, either you anticipate the disruption or you are made obsolete by it.

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  The War On Cold Fusion
Posted by: The Bison - 03-21-2017, 02:38 PM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (1)


How the Peer-Review system stiffed scientific research...

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  Say RA Harvard Stole $100K Funds from Disabled, Spent it on Sex Toys
Posted by: Harrison J Bounel - 03-02-2017, 07:36 AM - Forum: General Education Discussions - Replies (1)

Quote:Harvard Officials Accused of Stealing $100K of Funds Meant for the Disabled, Spent it on Sex Toys

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by Warner Todd Huston 1 Mar 2017  Boston, MA

Two administrators at Harvard University have been accused of embezzling $110,000 of funding earmarked for disabled students, allegedly spending the money on cell phones, computers, and even sex toys.

School administrators Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors both quit their jobs after being confronted by police over the missing funds, The Daily Mail reported.

Saylors, who worked in the Dean of Students’ office, allegedly bought tablets, i-Pods, computers, phones, and electronic sex toys, reports say.

For her part, DeMarco, who was the Harvard Law School’s Director of Student Affairs until 2013, was confronted about the theft at her new job at Babson College.

DeMarco, 33, admitted to “making mistakes” in the job.

“I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation,” she told CBS affiliate WBZ TV.

Officials accuse DeMarco of using a school mobile card reader to transfer money into her personal account and then altering records to cover her tracks. She also bought a large amount of electronic items, investigators said. Police subpoenaed Apple Corp. and discovered items had been shipped to DeMarco’s home.

Harvard announced a change in procedure after the reports.

“As a result of this matter, the Law School implemented additional layers of controls governing the use of its credit accounts and purchasing protocols,” the school said in a statement.

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  ACE are Assholes
Posted by: Ben Johnson - 02-17-2017, 09:36 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - Replies (2)

The American Council on Education are a bunch of assholes.   Kaplan  University had a free course LRC 100 (Prior Learning Assessment) reviewed by ACE and it was deemed worthy of 3 credits.  Hundreds , if not thousands, of students took the course in good faith, met the standard asked, and had the course placed on their ACE transcript.  After the fact, the half-whit cocksuckers at ACE removed the completed credit from every students transcript.  You don't see such a bad faith action very often.

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  So-called degree mill operator published some books
Posted by: Jambo - 02-10-2017, 11:56 AM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - Replies (3)

I still remember all those "nice" folks who decided to discredit my person and motives and posted lies on degreediscussion.com. Among other  things, they claimed I was operating a degree mill called "International Faith Theological Seminary" in Africa and held fake degree documents.

That "degree mill owner" has now retired from work, the school network still exists and is now run by native suiccessors that the "degree mill owner" had trained over the years for this position. BTW, he is no longer (and never has been) the "owner"; instead, he is one of the co-founders and held the office of President of the school network that in the end had branches in 8 different nations across continents and must have been quite successful to some extent.

The "degree mill owner" has a couple of publicatiioins to his credit; the most recent ones which are here:


These are editions of Biblical texts in the original Biblical languages intended for students and pastors in developing nations who have difficulties to access such resources.

I will continue to work on resources that I can make available to students in need.

I bet being such a "degree mill owner" means doing a good and useful job. Regardless of what all those liars and lösers on degreediscussion.com might say.

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  RA Perv Dean Busted for Kid Porn
Posted by: Don Dresden - 01-31-2017, 07:53 PM - Forum: Chip White - Replies (1)

I wonder what Chip's gay boy porn peddler alias is??

Quote:Washington University dean of students indicted on child pornography charge
By Robert Patrick and Ashley Jost St. Louis Post-Dispatch
11 hrs ago

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Justin Carroll, dean of students and interim athletic director at Washington University, was indicted on a federal child pornography charge. He announced his retirement, effective Feb. 1, from the university earlier this month after 36 years. (Photo courtesy of Washington University)

ST. LOUIS • A Washington University official whose retirement for “personal reasons” was announced this month has been indicted on a federal child pornography charge.

Justin X. Carroll, the university’s dean of students and interim athletic director after a 36-year tenure at the university, was indicted on a charge of access with intent to view child pornography.

Federal investigators tracking a group of people sharing child pornography online identified Carroll as one of the participants by tracing internet protocol addresses to computers at Washington University and Carroll’s home in University City, according to prosecutors. The indictment covers activity between November 2015 and December 2016.

The indictment lists an alias of “MOperv” for Carroll, and says that he was caught with videos that featured prepubescent boys.

Authorities said the investigation did not find any wrongdoing involving Carroll’s university responsibilities or students. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Washington University cooperated with the investigation.

Carroll, 67, of the 500 block of North and South Road, appeared before a federal judge Monday morning wearing a North Face jacket, khakis and loafers, and shackled at the ankles and wrists. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Bodenhausen set bail at $100,000. Carroll, who had turned himself in to authorities, was expected to be released after posting 10 percent of that figure.

He told Bodenhausen that his last day at work was in December, but he is currently still on the payroll, apparently using accumulated vacation time. Officials said the university was notified Dec. 20 about the investigation, and he was put on leave and banned from campus immediately.

University spokeswoman Jill Friedman called the circumstances “devastating and shocking.”
“While our investigation is ongoing, at this point, we have no reason to believe that Mr. Carroll had inappropriate interactions with any member of the university community or any participant in university programs,” the school said in a statement Monday.

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  Cincy Bust for Axact DipMiller Umair Hamid
Posted by: Yancy Derringer - 01-03-2017, 10:04 PM - Forum: Unaccredited vs. State-Approved vs. Accredited - Replies (3)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Executive Of Axact In $140 Million Diploma Mill Scam

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, [et al], announced today the filing of a criminal Complaint charging UMAIR HAMID, a/k/a “Shah Khan,” a/k/a the “Shah,” with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a worldwide “diploma mill” scheme that collected at least approximately $140 million from tens of thousands of consumers.  As alleged, HAMID and his co-conspirators made false and fraudulent representations to consumers on websites and over the phone to trick them into enrolling in purported colleges and high schools, and issued fake diplomas upon receipt of upfront fees from consumers.  HAMID was arrested on December 19, 2016, and was presented yesterday in federal court in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. . . .

.pdf   HamidComplaint.pdf (Size: 1.38 MB / Downloads: 8)

Actually not quite Cincinnati, but just south thereof in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.  As discussed in further detail in the complaint (attached) the “suspect” flew all the way from Pakistan, to Dubai, to New York, to DC, and then to that hotbed of glamour, excitement and intrigue, the Queen City itself, Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Was Hamid just trying to find out if it’s true what they say, that it’s round on the end and high in the middle?  (O-hi-O)  

After reading the complaint the motive is clear:  the mysterious “cooperating witness” (referred to as “CW”) had sold Almeda University to Hamid for …… (Dr. Evil voice) one million dollars!  Hamid was opening a bank account for “Globemia Inc.” to facilitate fund transfers from his newly acquired business.  

Looking at the map, we can see that Fort Mitchell is about half way between Covington, KY (just across the river from Cincinnati) and Erlanger, KY.  Do we know anyone from Erlanger?  Not saying any of this concerns any such person, but seems like an odd co-inky-dink that of all the magnificent metropolises in the US of A within which to open a bank account, Hamid would pick the one right down the road from our favorite non-traditional non-substantive education promoter.

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  Castro Dead! Take A Bow, Gus!
Posted by: Martin Eisenstadt - 11-26-2016, 06:14 PM - Forum: Gus Sainz - Replies (11)

Quote:There were also significant contributions to the investigation and prosecution by Gus Sainz and his team at Degreediscussion.com.

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The scum sucking bastard is dead!  (Castro that is, not Gus).  Take a bow, Alfalfa.  Fire up the burners in Hell!

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  funny video to celebrate degreeinfo
Posted by: ham - 11-13-2016, 05:10 AM - Forum: Chip White - Replies (3)

Hell... I logged in on BOYFUNK (I have a five year platinum membership that costed me nothing thanks to Chip) and here comes this stuff in a pop-up...
I am in deep shock...
Not only Trump won...now this...

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  President Trump Needs to Break the Back of the Education Cartel
Posted by: Dr Winston O'Boogie - 11-08-2016, 02:17 PM - Forum: Distance Learning Discussion - Replies (17)

Quote:A President Trump Needs to Break the Back of the Education Cartel
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Bruce Bialosky
Posted: Nov 07, 2016 12:01 AM

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The teachers and professors of America have gone from an underpaid lot to one of the most powerful lobbying forces in America.  They have a stranglehold on our educational system from kindergarten through post-graduate degrees creating the Education Cartel.  Of the many important challenges a President Trump would face -- ISIS, rebuilding our economy and our healthcare system -- none is more important than taking back control of our education system from these elitists and reorganizing it to serve the customers (students) and their parents.

The National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are a major element of the Democratic Party and key supporters of Ms. Clinton.  The NEA endorsed her in October of 2015.  In the past two presidential elections they averaged $24 million in expenditures, and that does not include the in-kind contributions of turning their offices into Clinton campaign headquarters.  The AFT has an entire section on their website for Clinton.

The reason these organizations are so supportive of Clinton is she will maintain the status quo.  That is that the estimated four million members of these two organizations are more important than the customers they serve.  Their unions collect forced dues and spend that to elect city council members, school board members, state legislators and members of Congress to protect inflated compensation and benefits.  Yes, it is a myth that teachers are underpaid compared to other professions.  

The policies put in place have lowered the education results of American students to depressing levels.  You have all seen the international surveys. The school systems in major cities would be considered racist if not run by Democrats.  Their focus is serving the adults instead of the students, destroying the futures of millions of young Americans.  

Take for example that 75% of Germany’s population has taken part in their vocational training system.  Canada rewards students at the high school level for their results in vocational training.  America has a non-existent vocational system that leaves the 75% of Americans without bachelor degrees no path to a fruitful career.  There is zero emphasis on changing this because it is not a priority of the Education Cartel.

The Education Cartel has a stranglehold on the schools of America.  This forces parents to either relocate, send their children to religious schools of faiths they don’t observe to obtain an education, or pray they win a lottery for a charter school that the Education Cartel fights with the force of the Allied forces against the Nazis.  

The Education Cartel does not stop when students graduate from high school (if they do graduate).  The upper division of the Cartel kicks in once a student decides to further his or her education attempting to obtain a college degree which for many will provide an expensive certificate on the path to bankruptcy.  

A college education is fast becoming the opposite of the road to a better future.  The reason is the immense cost of college education that has caused recent students to rack up over $1 trillion of debt.  

That would make sense if the students graduated with worthy degrees instead of many times students getting degrees aimed at becoming a bartender.  This is why our tech companies fight each year to obtain H-1B visas to bring in foreigners to fill jobs.  This is why our politicians fight to attach permanent work visas to foreign students graduating with STEM degrees.  Where are the Americans?  

When my son was starting college, we looked at him getting a degree in Sports Administration.   He had a position working for the athletic director at the University of Kansas. That is when we found out there were 195 college programs offering degrees in this major.  The athletic director   suggested my son get a business degree if he wanted to work for him.  That is when I came to the conclusion that closest the vast majority of students graduating with degrees in this major will come to sports administration is working at a Foot Locker.  These students are being deceived and robbed of their futures.  

But the college division of the Education Cartel doesn’t feel it is enough that they drive the college students of America into debt while they try to earn largely useless degrees.  The Cartel has to crush the for-profit college competition.  

Recently the Obama Administration destroyed ITT which had 130 campuses in 38 states serving 40,000 students.  Schools like ITT don’t serve high school valedictorians, but they do serve many students seeking a future career.  Some students just don’t make it.  These schools are not Cal Tech.  

ITT was forced out of business despite performing better than the community colleges in the areas they served -- many with graduation rates 25% higher.  Community colleges serve a fine purpose and I personally am a proud graduate of one, but ITT was out performing them and better at preparing locals students for their future.

And why was this done?  Just like the Education Cartel does not want charter schools, they want to destroy the for-profit colleges.  They want no competition so they can continue their underperforming monopoly while they line their own pockets and increase the flow of money to themselves unabated and unquestioned.  

Trump has stated he will “provide school choice to every disadvantaged student in America.”  That is a beginning.  The amazing thing is that the people who defend the current system call him a racist while they defend the system they created.  He will have the power to influence the current K-12 system as the federal government provides $50 billion.  Maybe he can focus them on educating students instead of discussing lavatories.  

He has spoken about the soaring cost of colleges.  Previously this columnist wrote about a U.S. Senate hearing that addressed costs at for-profit colleges.  Maybe there will now be serious hearings about the 500% increase of “non-profit” college costs since 1985.  After all, President Obama has been writing off college loans, in effect, underwriting these “non-profit” institutions where the staff works light schedules and presidents make $2 million.  

Ms. Clinton has made clear she is beholden to the Education Cartel and will do little to change things as she basks in their adoration.  Trump is our hope for a change of path from that which wastes billions and more importantly destroys the future of millions of American children.

It is time the Education Cartel is brought to its knees.

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