Adult Education Bulletin  
 December 16, 2011
Vol. 1, Issue 41
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Universities find new ways to meet demand for online courses
According to the  2011 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, 6.1 million post-secondary students in the U.S. took at least one online course last year, a 10% increase from the previous year. In order to meet this growing demand, universities are reworking their existing course offerings into online formats. At the University of South Carolina administrators are working to go one step further and create a new web-based college where "students would complete their first 60 credit hours at a technical school or one of USC's campuses. Then, after affiliating with one of USC's regional campuses, individuals would attend Palmetto College USC to earn a bachelor's degree."

Business schools compete to enroll top students 
Despite the fact that the average volume of business school applications has been down for the past two years, top programs are competing to attract the best applicants with additional financial assistance. In order to maintain their competitiveness in business school rankings institutions are seeking out students with the highest GMAT scores.

For-profit leaders criticize Congress' investigation of executive pay
Brian Moran, interim chief executive officer and president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), critiqued congressman Elijah Cumming's (D) investigation into for-profit education companies' executive compensation, stating, “This appears to be just more politics and unfortunately fails to acknowledge the important role private sector colleges and universities have in educating non-traditional students to compete for jobs in a very difficult economic environment."

Valencia College wins Aspen Prize for its focus on completion
Valencia College recently won the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, in part because of its administrators' focus on improving student completion rates. According to the Aspen College Excellence Program, “Valencia reworked many traditional processes that other colleges view as immutable...By giving students earlier advising and orientation, as well as offering a 'Student Success' course, the college has tried new things where they’ll matter most, for the neediest students."



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