Monday, August 29, 2011

Why Kaplan boosterism at our colleges?

Community College in Maryland Rebuffs Kaplan U. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
     The president of Hagerstown Community College, in Maryland, has sent a stern No Thanks to an entreaty from Kaplan University to jointly encourage the college’s associate-degree recipients to complete a bachelor’s degree at the for-profit institution, reports the Herald-Mail, a local newspaper. The Hagerstown college’s president, Guy Altieri, told Kaplan not to even imply any partnership or endorsement. Then he added: “We tell our students, quite frankly, that there are much better transfer options for them to consider. In summary, we do not believe Kaplan’s partnership offer is in the best interest of our current or former students.”
From a Saddleback College Press Release:
     Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President of Saddleback College, “We are proud to collaborate with Kaplan University, which offers many benefits to help students complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree while staying in Orange County. With the help of our wonderful transfer center counselors, this partnership with Kaplan University is a great opportunity for our students, alumni, and employees.”
See also:
• False Claims Act lawsuits [against Kaplan]
• Kaplan Pays $1.6M to End Whistleblower Suit and Other Disputes (Inside Higher Ed)

• Republicans Against Science (Paul Krugman, NYT)
     Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and ambassador to China, isn’t a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination. And that’s too bad, because Mr. Hunstman has been willing to say the unsayable about the G.O.P. — namely, that it is becoming the “anti-science party.” This is an enormously important development. And it should terrify us….

• College Presidents Are Bullish on Online Education but Face a Skeptical Public (Chronicle of Higher Education)
     Delivering courses in cyberclassrooms has gained broad acceptance among top college leaders, but the general public is far less convinced of online education's quality, according to new survey data released this week by the Pew Research Center, in association with The Chronicle....

• The New York Times held one of its “debates.” This one is: Are Research Papers a Waste of Time?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The video is pretty slick

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