Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

Arbitrator Sides With University on Academic Outsourcing

As more colleges have embraced online learning to (among other things) expand their enrollments at a time when their traditional pools of potential students are shrinking, conflicts with faculty members over who controls the curriculum have grown, too. Inside Higher Ed 

Hidden Aspects of Administration: How Scale Changes the Role of a Distance Education Administrator

Distance education research literature tends to focus on building economies of scale as a way to improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, the smaller scale distance education operation has a place and there are institutions, such as the one where the current study was set, that, while being keen to improve efficiency and effectiveness practices, do […]

How Five Newly Created Reports Using Analytics Informed and Surprised One Distance Learning Administrator

The purpose of this paper is to identify and explain the best practice of using “big data” reports to help distance learning administrators better understand their own programs and represent them to stakeholders. The authors examine five reports: (1) the number and percentage of graduates from the main campus who also take classes at the […]

Operation Phakisa Education: Why a secret? Mass surveillance, inequality, and race in South Africa’s emerging national e-education system

This paper investigates several human rights concerns with respect to the South African government’s secretive plan to transform basic education, Operation Phakisa Education. The first concern is the influence of digital surveillance on education and society by government and corporate institutions. This is evaluated in light of electronic foreign and domestic government and corporate surveillance, […]

The Two Towers: The Quest for Appraisal and Leadership Development of ‘Middle’ Leaders online

This paper sets out to examine the role of middle leaders and their quest for effective appraisal and leadership development online—the two towers. Research that focuses on the role of middle leaders, in terms of their appraisal and leadership development, suggests there is a crisis in the ‘middle’. Currently, middle leaders do not have access […]

How Online Can Save Small, Private Colleges from Going Under

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 […]

What colleges and universities need to know about cyber insurance

Does your university need a cyber insurance policy? The answer is likely yes. Insurers view colleges and universities, with their culture of openness and information sharing, as high susceptible to cyberattacks, according to a new resource created by EDUCAUSE and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA). edscoop

6 best practices for launching or growing your online programs

Online learning is entering its next phase of maturity and growth. And although we’re clearly not at the point where online learning can be considered a “mature” industry, enough edtech companies have entered the market and enough online programs are being offered that higher education leaders are looking for strategies to effectively launch or grow […]

Distance Learning Programs Make Case for Quality Assessment

The Dallas County Community College District had grown its online learning programs organically for two decades when Terry Di Paolo, executive dean of online instructional services, decided it was time to take a “holistic view” of the programs to assess quality and create an improvement plan that aligned with its accreditation work. Campus Technology 

State of North Carolina Partners with Western Governors University to Establish WGU North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest announced today a new partnership that establishes WGU North Carolina,, an online, competency-based university aimed at expanding access to higher education for North Carolinians. Created through an agreement between the state and nonprofit, nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU North Carolina offers accredited bachelor’s and […]