UGC bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

UGC bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. “The Union Agriculture Ministry had referred the matter to the Commission, requesting it to consider prohibiting universities from offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) degree programmes in agriculture,” a senior commission official said. As per UGC Open and Distance Learning Regulations, 2017, professional programmes…

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Motihari University Vice Chancellor Resigns Over Anomalous Degree; HRD Looks For Fresh Appointment

Motihari University Vice Chancellor Resigns Over Anomalous Degree; HRD Looks For Fresh Appointment

The VC of the Bihar-based central university had tendered his resignation in October. New Delhi: The HRD Ministry has set in motion the process of appointment of a new Vice Chancellor (VC) for Motihari University in Bihar following the resignation of Arvind Kumar Agarwal from the top post over allegations of fudging his academic credentials. “The Ministry has invited applications for the post of Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari. Last date for receipt of applications is January 1, 2019,” a senior HRD Ministry official said. The VC of the…

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Degree of Debt: How to pay off student loans faster

Degree of Debt: How to pay off student loans faster

Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. The average student owes nearly $37,000 when they graduate from college. Shane King owed $36,000 when he graduated from Auburn. “Got down there and didn’t realize the cost of living,” King said. The GI Bill covered his tuition, but he still had living expenses to cover. He tried to work three jobs to provide for his family while going to school. He couldn’t keep up with work and his studies, so he took out a student loan. It was a low interest…

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UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for degrees in non-technical disciplines. (Representative image) In a landmark reform, universities and higher educational institutions from this academic session will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online in non-technical disciplines. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for such degrees. “The regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19,” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The higher education institutions, which have been…

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Ecampus ranked top ten online degree program

Ecampus ranked top ten online degree program

Each year the U.S. News and World Report publishes a ranking of the nation’s top universities, programs and degrees, and for the past four years, Oregon State University’s Extended Campus, or Ecampus, has been awarded a top ten spot in the online Bachelor’s degree division.  Ecampus offers courses and full degree programs on an online platform to both current OSU students and individuals looking to enroll without travelling to one of OSU’s campuses. Currently, Ecampus offers more than 1100 online courses in over 100 subject areas, 22 undergraduate degrees and…

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3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

One major difference between traditional and online education is the amount of face-to-face interaction among students and faculty. In a classroom, students engage with their instructor in person on a regular basis, while an online program primarily connects instructors and learners virtually. Some online degree programs address that lack of face-to-face interaction by implementing live, or synchronous, class sessions. Instructors teach in real time, and multiple students communicate and participate through videoconferencing. Student attendance in live online courses may or may not be required. Live online courses enable students and instructors to communicate seamlessly…

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When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

For some students, an online degree alone may not be enough to fully meet their career goals. This was the case for LaShelle Morrison, a fifth-year student pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology partially online at the University of Iowa. “I am most interested in teaching and helping others to teach better, whether that be K-12 instructors or even faculty at colleges – so understanding how teaching works the best for various types of people in different populations,” says the 39-year-old. Beyond her degree program, she has earned two graduate certificates, both of which included…

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Now, private institutes can issue degree in employable skills

Now, private institutes can issue degree in employable skills

The Maharashtra government has decided to allow private institutes to issue degree instead of certificates in employable skills. Till now, thousands of vocational training providers (VTP) have been offering certificates under various programmes initiated by the skill development department. Now, applications will also be invited to convert certificate courses into degree affiliated to various institutes of the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Senior officials said they hope the number of private partners willing to impart training to the youth will reach 9,000 once they are allowed to…

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3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

3 Benefits of Online Degree Programs With Live Classes

One major difference between traditional and online education is the amount of face-to-face interaction among students and faculty. In a classroom, students engage with their instructor in person on a regular basis, while an online program primarily connects instructors and learners virtually. Some online degree programs address that lack of face-to-face interaction by implementing live, or synchronous, class sessions. Instructors teach in real time, and multiple students communicate and participate through videoconferencing. Student attendance in live online courses may or may not be required. Live online courses enable students and instructors to communicate seamlessly…

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Professors argue that EMU deal to boost online classes dilutes value of degree

Professors argue that EMU deal to boost online classes dilutes value of degree

Colleges and universities are seeking ways to reach more students, and bring in more money. One way to do that is to hire an outside company to market and support online programs. That company recruits students for online degrees branded with the name of that university. Among universities in our state, Michigan Tech and Michigan State University have arrangements like this for some classes. Professors at Eastern Michigan University, however, are pushing back against such an arrangement between EMU and a for-profit company called Academic Partnerships. Judith Kullberg, a professor of…

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