1 INSIDE In the Realm of Higher Education, Much Can Change in a Decade HIGHER EDUCATION Career Advice from A to Z: O is for Online Degrees Three Key Factors to Consider When Seeking Online Graduate Degree Programs Continuing Education Resources in the New York City Metro Area
2 HIGHER EDUCATION In the Realm of Higher Education, Much Can Change in a Decade By Margaret Andrews Most people in higher education love to hate the rankings but there s no denying the insight they can provide into the growth of new and unexpected education markets. TOP 30 MBA PROGRAMS 23 CANADA CANADA 38 CHINA SINGAPORE CHINA SINGAPORE 10% 6% 7% 32% 2012 Source: Financial Times INDIA 45% I agree that it s nearly impossible to rank universities and programs, since curriculums vary and cultures differ. In short, whichever school occupies the third spot is likely far different than the schools in the second and fourth spots. And yes, institutions spend a surfeit of resources simply vying for a position on these coveted lists. Still, these lists do provide information to students. And with a lack of any other agreed-upon standard of measurement to evaluate pricey universities and programs, the rankings are here to stay. I like the Financial Times Global MBA rankings because they have been evaluating programs as a global cohort for years and if there were ever a degree that begs to be considered in a global context, it s the MBA. First, let s examine the 2012 FT rankings. The (Pennsylvania), London Business School and Co- Moving down the list, 10 of the top 10 in 2012 were in this group on a three-year rank (their average rank over a three-year period) and nine of the top 10 were in this grouping in So, not a great deal of change. see some newer names. And it got me wondering: how has the list changed not just over the past few years, but also over the past decade? I soon discovered it has changed quite a bit. Most striking: we went from a three-color pie and Singapore! Three schools Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, National Universi- even in the rankings prior to Back to the present: the Financial Times published its 15th annual ranking of the world s leading providers of executive education programs last week. I ve parsed the data with the help of my friend and colleague, Marie Eiter. Marie has spent several decades in executive education, leading the effort at both MIT Sloan and Dartmouth s Tuck School of Business, as well as leading executive develop- of time in and around management education, and are avid watchers of and participants in the changes occurring in the industry. So we ve had a lot to talk about lately. As is customary, there are two sets of rankings: one for customized programs that are tailored to other for open-enrollment programs tailored to the development needs of individual managers. presence in the custom program market, we were surprised to see a major uptick in the number of European schools that snagged spots on these changes occur gradually, but this year we enrollment rankings and the differences were dramatic. The bottom half of the list also offers valuable insight into new markets: of those schools dous variety, including institutions from 22 different countries. Represented are schools in Norway and South Africa, Peru and Egypt. The new data, when compared to rankings from the past 10 years, gives way to a slate of questions. Are U.S. schools quietly conceding the open-enrollment market? Or perhaps many U.S. companies are bypassing business schools and turning to faculty contractors for corporate uni- and purchasing off-the shelf online programs? Does the nature of open-enrollment programs focusing on the needs of individual managers lend itself more to local/national institutions? Or is this data an indication of other countries increasing clout in the business world? TOP 10 OPEN ENROLLMENT RANKINGS CANADA 9 TOP 20 OPEN ENROLLMENT RANKINGS 1 CANADA ABOUT THE AUTHOR 5 10 Margaret Andrews is Associate Dean of Management higher education community. the Division of Continuing Education. In addition to directing the program, she teaches courses in management and organizational behavior, including a new course, Strategy marketing consulting services to a wide variety of higher education clients. 5 Over the course of a decade, several European institutions have slid into the coveted top ten slots, making for an even U.S. Europe ratio. 9
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4 HIGHER EDUCATION Career Advice from A to Z: O is for Online Degrees By Jorg Stegemann As more and more universities begin to align their educational platforms with the Internet and remote learning, perception of online degrees in the professional sphere has begun to shift. Here, higher education blogger Maria Rainier and professional recruiter Jorg Stegemann discuss the future of online learning and why, for many, it s a sound choice. JORG Maria, you re a specialist in online degrees. When I did my MBA back in 2003, online learning had a reputation of being a second-class alternative to brick-and-mortar institutions. Is this still the case today? MARIA Reputation, at its heart, is a question of trust and right now, while the entire U.S. collegiate system is receiving scrutiny, we are seeing more people willing to consider alternatives to brick-and-mortar institutions. Brick-and-mortar institutions have been criticized for using branding and reputation as a method to arbitrarily increase tuition, a process that has impacted the student debt ratio illegitimate services such as diploma mills and substandard universities. And so online education falls prey to the old saying, a few bad apples spoil the lot. What has really changed since 2003 is the surge in social media and mobile devices. While this may not seem related to online learning, it is most certainly a component of how we process information on a daily basis. Learning doesn t take place in a lecture hall, dorm room or online forum learning takes place within the brain. And as technology becomes more integrated into our lives, it will begin to many ways, online education is the breeding ground for experimentation with, and discovery of, new methods that could shape the future of education as a whole. What do decision makers in hiring companies think of online degrees? More employers are beginning to accept online degrees as credible and according to a survey done by Institution Excelsior College and Zogby International, a market re- employers who view degrees from traditional institutions as a representation of a deeper commitment. But I think we will see this perception offset by the extracurricular activities of ambitious online students, such as more work experience and applied knowledge. How will online learning evolve over the coming years? We are predicting students will become more empowered as consumers, choosing educational paths that work sional and educational requirements. The biggest trend in online learning right now is the introduction of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). In a nutshell, MOOCs are courses offered by top universities and industry leaders such as Columbia University (here, the courses are currently free, but that s soon to change), and are designed to accommodate hundreds of thou- versities have taken to enter the online education market, to the table and possibly cornering the market. In many ways, these MOOCs are forcing administrators of universities to consider online learning as a necessary step in the future of education. Students who were formerly skeptical of online courses can take a class for free, which means people will become more familiar with the platform. And while these courses don t offer a degree path, they serve as a credible source of training, which has incited a new focus on bridging the gap between vocation and education. For example, the MOOC site Udacity has already paired graduates of courses with companies In the realm of higher seeking relevant skills. education, online If we break away from learning is becoming MOOCs for a second and standard practice return to traditional online learning programs, I think we will see more students building course schedules with a pairing of online learning and brick-and-mortar classes in order to maximize their productivity. This will allow students to gain work experience through jobs and internships while studying. ABOUT THE AUTHORS JORG STEGEMANN Jorg Stegemann, headhunter working in professional recruit- thousands of professionals from entry to C-level and found new jobs for hundreds of candidates. In the past, Jorg held various managerial and corporate functions with three major players also has recruitment experience with an international scope. Jorg blogs on Thoughts.com Career advice from a headhunter fr.linkedin.com/in/jorgstegemann MARIA RAINIER Maria Rainier is a freelance blogger. She believes that online degrees and online universities are the future of higher learning. Maria is interested in all things education, and is particularly passionate about life after college.
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6 HIGHER EDUCATION Three Key Factors to Consider When Seeking Online Graduate Degree Programs By Joshua Kim So you re thinking of taking the graduate degree you ve been considering. But you have a few requirements You can t quit your day job, so the program needs to be built around your schedule this is where an online degree program is crucial. But your credentials must also be valuable to vard Business School may not be realistic, the degree you earn must communicate selectivity, rigor and achievement. So, what should you be looking for when evaluating potential online graduate programs? your career and educational goals with deciding where to apply? In my experience, prospective applicants make a common set of mistakes when pursuing their graduate degree. Applicants place too much emphasis on the ranking of the program in Best Of lists that appear in print and online. Rankings may provide some information, but outside of the top ten business or professional graduate programs, they If you re looking to balance work with an online education, specialization, faculty and support are cardinal have little relevance for future employment. A second mistake is to rely on the reputation of the larger institution in which the graduate program is housed. An excellent undergraduate institution, or one with other well-known graduate curriculums, is not guaranteed to have a strong online graduate program. Your focus should be on the program itself, not the school. Finally, prospective applicants are often dazzled by descriptions of advanced learning technologies and state of the art online platforms touted on websites or brochures. Take note: almost every online graduate program has access to a similar set of technologies, and the presence of advanced learning technologies does not ensure they will be used effectively. Guide your research process with the following three factors SPECIALIZATION 1 As a working professional looking to advance your career options with new training and credentials, you know best what you need in a graduate program. Having a clear idea of your three-, sevenand 10-year career trajectory will better equip you to select the right graduate program. Seek out a program where the curriculum is most closely aligned with your ABOUT THE AUTHOR JOSHUA KIM, PhD, Director of Learning and Technology, MHCDS Program and Technology for Dartmouth s Mas- graduate online/blended degree designed for full-time working pro- Fortunately, the last few years have witnessed a proliferation of specialized graduate degree programs. These programs are designed to grant you expertise, skills, knowledge and credentials that are most applicable within example: if you know you want to work in health care, or information online master s program for you. FACULTY AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT 2Acquiring new content is not why you are applying to graduate school. In our digital age of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), itunesu and YouTube/ EDU, there is no shortage of free, high-quality lessons. Today, the value of a graduate degree is directly proportional to the opportunities available to form intensive and authentic relationships with faculty and your fellow learners. It PROGRAM SUPPORT 3The third attribute with which to evaluate online graduate programs is the level of program support. You want to seek a dedicated team, a set of education professionals who work closely with online graduate students. Ensure you always have a single point of contact with whom you can discuss questions, issues and complaints. Your program should feature someone who can advocate for you with the faculty and is these relationships that will catalyze both learning and later career advancements and, unlike other web-based activities, relationships do not scale. program, particularly an online program, you want a clear idea about how well you will be able to get to know both your faculty and your fellow learners. You should the institution, and understand your time constraints and family demands; in short, someone who can proactively work to make your graduate degree program more successful. Today s online programs are far more media-intensive than in the past: they rely heavily on video, audio, synchronous online meetings, mobile devices and other tools. graduate program, designed jointly with faculty from the Tuck School of Business and The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) of the Geisel School of Medicine. At Dartmouth, Josh serves on multiple committees, including the Center of Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and the college-wide working group on Technology Enabled Education Initiatives. Josh is an active and enthusiastic participant in the larger educational technology community, consulting, The advantages of a specialized program are three-fold. First, the curriculum will be aligned most closely with the industry you are working in. This is important not only for your future employment, but for leveraging your graduate degree in your current job. Readings and assignments will be relevant to your current work, and you may be able to bring in work projects as class assignments. be asking questions about how engaged the faculty members are with the class, and how classes are formatted. Find out if students spend time with faculty and fellow learners in web-based meetings built around conversation and debate, rather than online lectures. Also, uncover if collaboration and communication are prioritized, and if the program s philosophy is student-centric. Since you ll be learning online, you should also ask how technical program, would handle technical support. What you want is computer support experts that work in online learning, know the program well and are comfortable helping working professionals. And beware that is handled through the existing undergraduate help desk. writing and speaking frequently on topics around innovation and technol- served on the Program Committee for the 2011 EDUCAUSE national conference, and as an EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) fellow. Josh has authored chapters and articles for various publications, including the introductory chapter to the ECAR 2010 Student and Infor- regularly for U.S. News and World Report s Economic Intelligence
7 The second advantage is that your faculty will be enmeshed in your industry. Faculty are an amazing resource for your professional network, and will be future colleagues who will help you both build your professional tunities. Finally, a specialized program will mean that your fellow students the people that you will actually learn the most from are also part of your future professional network. A sense of collegiality is particularly important for learners who are also working professionals. You want basis with the students. Further, the faculty should take a personal interest in the career goals and aspirations of students, and be as interested in the participants of the program as they are in their discipline. The only way to get a true sense of faculty engagement and the opportunities for peer student interaction is to ask current students or recent graduates about their experiences. Deciding to invest in an online graduate degree program is an enormous commitment that entails both direct costs, like tuition, and opportunity costs, like time. full-time and maintain other commitments, an online degree programs means and sometimes sleep. Choose your online graduate degree program very carefully, and ask plenty of questions. Time spent upfront in the research process will have enormous payoffs in both your experience as a student and in the return you realize for your educational investment. section and the Forbes India Daily Sabbatical column. Josh is best known for his daily In- nology and Learning. blogs/technology-and-learning Josh has a PhD in sociology and demography from Brown Virginia University, helped start Britannica.com s education division in San Francisco and was one of the original founders of Quinnipiac University Online. Josh has taught both on-ground and online courses in sociology, marketing and higher education leadership. Josh and his wife, a pediatric oncologist at Dartmouth, have two daughters who will be starting their own college
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