MOOC MBA and for-profit woes: The week's most-read education news
This week, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Coursera announced their partnership on the iMBA, a $20,000, MOOC-driven graduate degree program that the UIUC College of Business' Raj Echambadi told Education Dive will be truly disruptive because of its format. "If you are going to do the same thing that everybody is doing, then you don’t stand out," he said.
Meanwhile, Title IX's protections aren't just being cited by alleged sexual assault victims on college campuses, but by those accused — though there has been perhaps only one case so far where it was done successfully.
For-profit higher ed had another rough week, as Career Education and Education Management Corporation, which notably operates the Art Institutes, both announced significant campus closures. In Career Education's case, all but two locations are set for shutdown. One school in K-12, however, is having much greater success: AltSchool, founded by former Google executive and Aardvark founder Max Ventilla, raised $100 million from Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg.
Be sure to check out our look at the argument for student loans as worthwhile investments and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!
- EDMC, Career Education to close schools: Two more for-profit giants announced closures this week amid falling revenues.
- UIUC, Coursera partner to offer iMBA, a $20,000 graduate degree: The first all-MOOC graduate degree, a significant step in fulfilling the course model's promise of democratizing education, is expected to launch in 2016.
- AltSchool raises $100M from Mark Zuckerberg : Founded by a former Google executive, AltSchool is aiming to change the way elementary and middle schools are run.
- The case for student loans as worthwhile investments: Not all debt is bad debt, despite outlier horror stories.
- Students accused of sexual assault also turning to TItle IX: Young men accused of sexual assault on campus often argue gender bias in the way their cases were handled.
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