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Frederic D. Washington, Special to The Times Published 8:00 a.m. CT Oct. 20, 2020

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Recently, BIZ, a business journal for northwest Louisiana featured Louisiana State University in Shreveport, or LSUS as the fastest-growing university in the state.

The feature referred largely to the growth of enrollment in online graduate degrees in the fields of business and education.The news is in stark contrast to headlines between 2010 and 2014, where topics covered a potential merger with Louisiana Tech University, a new chancellor, and the overhaul of LSUS branding to align with the LSU Systems commitment to one brand.

The source of those headlines came from what was perceived as a comprehensive university that was struggling to attract and most importantly retain students. This would become in part a motivation towards the schools Quality Enhancement Plan of 2015, which is something schools present at their accreditation renewal as an ongoing commitment to improving learning outcomes.

More: LSUS reports enrollment increase, top-ranking as fastest-growing higher ed institution

By 2015, LSUS like many schools stripped the GRE and GMAT testing requirements, which were previously used as a quality control factor to determine admissions to graduate-degree programs. During that same time, the marketing and recruitment format for the online degree programs had changed. The admissions office and the academic departments handled marketing and recruitment for online programs, until the university partnered with a Dallas-based education consulting company, Academic Partnerships, or AP.

According to publicly published faculty senate meeting minutes, on March 16, 2017, university administrators acknowledged that Academic Partnerships would collect half of revenues generated from students they recruited to the Master of Business Administration and Master of Education Programs. This means, LSUS pays Academic Partnerships $1 for every $2 earned.

By comparison in Spring 2014, Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, boasted its designation from US News and World Report as the fastest-growing university in the state. Concordia was founded in 1905 as a normal school for priests and male teachers and evolved to a four-year co-educational private university.

As years went by the school sought to provide academic programs that were of interest to the community. The school had implemented online learning as early as the mid-2000s but experienced a modicum of success in growing its population.

That changed in 2010, when the school reached out to a for-profit education consulting firm, HotChalk. The partnership with HotChalk would grow the enrollment in the Master of Education programs by the thousands from year to year. HotChalk was tasked with marketing and recruitment of the online education programs afforded by Concordia University. According to The Oregonian, Concordia reportedly awarded more Master of Education degrees than any college or university in the country in 2016.

While enrollment numbers would continue to climb and remain at levels that rivaled online graduate programs across the nation, financial sustainability was a major issue for an institution that was reportedly fast-growing.The university would experience difficulty in making good on loan payments, and reached out to its parent, the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod for financial support.That financial support washed away as the conservative leaning body frowned upon LGBTQ programming on the Portland campus.

On Feb, 7, 2020, administrators at Concordia University announced it would close, as a result of a changing educational landscape and mounting financial challenges. While there were plans in place for students to complete their degrees at other schools, there were still more questions than answers. How could the fastest-growing school in the state cite financial reasons for its closure if there had been so much growth? College is not free, therefore with record enrollment should come higher revenues for Concordia, right? Wrong.

The aforementioned partnership with HotChalk provided name recognition, and perhaps a larger alumni base for the school, but at great cost. According to Inside Higher Education and The Oregonian by the year 2024, Concordia would only receive $1 of every $3 made in revenues. HotChalk would pocket the rest.

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Are partnerships between private corporations and public or nonprofit schools, less beneficial to one party in the long run? The Concordia story represents how growth does not necessarily constitute sustainability if there are unfair elements at play. For the most part, schools are mission driven organizations, whereas profit driven organizations like HotChalk and Academic Partnerships are only concerned with their bottom line.

The growth achieved through partnerships with companies comes with great scrutiny in academia. While online education is rapidly growing, it cannot fully replace learning experiences that appeal to diverse learning styles and needs. During a Feb.17, 2017 faculty senate meeting, LSUS faculty expressed concern that the growth of online programming would dilute from the scope and mission of the university, and further expressed their concern regarding the lack of communication, and academic freedom with regard to Academic Partnerships.

Faculty senate members have also questioned on multiple occasions if it is ethical for Academic Partnerships to collect 50% of the tuition dollars collected by LSUS. While growth has been achieved in online programming, the institution still has a responsibility to aggressively address face to face enrollment in programs.

In the case of Concordia, the rapid expansion of online programs seemed to distract from pressing issues regarding the overall sustainability of the school. With four provosts within the last four years, turnover with three the deans in the College of Arts and Sciences, and marginal increases in the freshman population, could online growth at LSUS be distracting from truly assessing sustainability?

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According to the minutes of the Sept.8, 2020 faculty senate meeting, the 2020-21 budget for LSUS is $61.5 million. Of that number, the state appropriates $8.5 million, representative of a near decade of divestment in higher education from the State of Louisiana.

Like most schools in the state, LSUS operates largely off student tuition and fees. For the students in the academic programs that represent the largest portion of growth, that means massive student loan receipts, as graduate students do not qualify for federal grants. The school promotes a 14%increase in incoming freshman to the media, because it sounds better than reporting the raw number of about 50 additional students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the economy and that impact is expected to be experienced at the state level and could lead to additional divestment in state schools like LSUS. Dependency on fickle state support and tuition receipts driven largely on student loans, is not representative of responsible, sustainable growth.

The LSU System, which is the parent for LSUS prides itself on being involved in all 64 of the parishes across the state. If this pride point has any significant validity, LSUS should position itself towards programming and a framework that supports and represents the community it serves, in addition to those around the world. The current climate of growth represents a marketing and recruitment firms ability to recruit students to enlarge their bottom line. Such partnerships would lead one to believe that higher education has resorted to renting accreditation to exist.

With full disclosure: Dr. Frederic Washington of Shreveport is an educator and served as the Academic Counselor for the College of Arts and Sciences at LSUS between 2017 and 2019. He also earned degrees with distinction from LSUS and Concordia University.

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Its the final countdown. With the U.S. Presidential election only two weeks away, election year stress is making the rounds on Wall Street, but one pro argues that regardless of the outcome, opportunity could emerge.Oppenheimers Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus notes that in the last leg of the race to the White House, the markets appear to be signaling that no matter how loud the rhetoric gets from either side and no matter which side wins, investment opportunity in some form is likely to prevail over risk beyond inauguration day in January 2021. He added, In our experience opportunity often arises from uncertainty while a perception of certainty often breeds complacency.As for Q3 earnings season, its already surprising to the upside. Although its still too early to tell how the season will play out, Stoltzfus says so far so good. Data from the past weekend shows 84% of companies that already reported have beat earnings expectations and 82% have exceeded revenue expectations for the quarter. Taking Stoltzfus outlook into consideration, Oppenheimers analysts are pounding the table on two under-the-radar stocks, noting that each could double or more in the next year. Using TipRanks database, we found out that the rest of the Street is also on board, as each boasts a Strong Buy consensus rating.NeuBase Therapeutics (NBSE)Developing the next generation of gene-silencing therapies with its flexible, highly specific synthetic antisense oligonucleotides, NeuBase Therapeutics wants to improve the lives of patients everywhere. Based on the strength of its platform, Oppenheimer thinks big things could be in store.Firm analyst Hartaj Singh highlights the company'sPeptide-nucleic acid (PNA) AnTisense OLigonucleotide (PATrOL) platform, which enables rapid drug design to treat various medical abnormalities, systemic delivery (IV), blood-brain barrier penetration, increased cell permeability, access to genomic loci and secondary RNA structures and the development of highly selective therapies, as overcoming the technical limitations to first-generation antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs).We believe that in the profound potential of ASOs to treat diseases, the current field of first-gen therapies has created a hurdle for a company like NBSE, whereby its technical advantages to ASOs through its PATrOL platform could lead to therapies with a better risk/benefit profile, Singh explained.Additionally, the long-tail redistribution of NBSE's PNAs could have significant implications in terms of the dosing regimens for these agents (potentially weeks to months). Singh mentioned, In combination with the enhanced druggability of targets via PNAs, we continue to view the PATrOL platform's potential highly, with the customary attention reserved for safety on such novel medicines.After the first half of 2020 helped shine additional validation on this platform, the company remains on track with its lead Huntington's disease (HD) candidate, NT0100. Additional preclinical results and candidate selection are set to come by YE20.Looking at the available preclinical NHP data, it supports broad biodistribution and rapid tissue uptake following systemic (IV) administration, an important feature of the platform, according to Singh. As the delivery of therapeutics and their penetration of deep brain structures remain of paramount importance for diseases such as HD, we are encouraged leading up to additional PD data from preclinical models (Q4 2020) Despite the early nature of these preclinical NHP PK data and in-vitro PD data, we believe that they strongly validate the approach NeuBase has taken to truly develop a better mousetrap, and differentiate its technology from conventional ASOs, he commented.These features are inheritable across the class of PNAs NeuBase hopes to bring forward, and thus, Singh has high hopes for NT0200, its product for HD and myotonic dystrophy (DM1). DM1 is trailing the HD program by approximately six months. Following candidate selection in 1H21, IND-enabling studies could kick off. Everything that NBSE has going for it prompted Singh to leave his Outperform (i.e. Buy) rating as is. Along with the call, he keeps the price target at $17, suggesting 104% upside potential. (To watch Singhs track record, click here)Are other analysts in agreement? They are. Only Buy ratings, 4 to be exact, have been issued in the last three months. Therefore, the message is clear: NBSE is a Strong Buy. Given the $16.50 average price target, shares could soar 97% in the next year. (See NBSE stock analysis on TipRanks)Prevail Therapeutics (PRVL)Next up we have Prevail Therapeutics, which is developing disease-modifying gene therapies for patients with Parkinsons disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. After an impressive update on the progress of its pipeline, Oppenheimer likes what its seeing.Representing the firm, analyst Jay Olson highlights the encouraging data from the Phase 1/2a PROPEL trial evaluating its lead candidate, PR001, in Parkinsons disease (PD) patients with the GBA1 mutation (PD-GBA). This mutation affects roughly 9% of all PD patients in the U.S.Looking more closely at the trial, it enrolled two patients, with preliminary data demonstrating normalization of CSF GCase activity at month-three from undetectable levels at baseline. According to Olson, this strongly suggests clinical improvement. It should be noted that there were serious adverse events (SAEs) at month-three, likely related to immune response to AAV9 capsid, that resolved. However, the analyst argues the immune response in AAV9 gene therapies is normal and transient.Additionally, PRVL submitted a protocol amendment for the PROPEL trial, and enrollment is expected to continue in 2H20. The company wants to change the design to an open-label study targeting 12 patients, including the two current patients, and plans to optimize the immunosuppresive regimen to spare steroid administration. To this end, two-month safety and biomarker data in a subset of patients is set to come by mid-2021. Should the therapy ultimately be approved for this indication, Olson sees possible 2035 risk-unadjusted sales of $8 billion.On top of this, a normalization of CSF GCase activity at month-four from undetectable levels at baseline was also seen in a Gaucher disease (GD2) patient on PR001 within compassionate use program. This rare inherited lysosomal disorder is also caused by autosomal recessive inheritance in the GBA1 gene.In Olsons opinion, this result provided positive read across to the Phase 1/2 PROVIDE study in GD2, initiating in 2H20. Because GD2 is an ultrarare disease that affects infants and results in a very short life expectancy, we believe the GD2 indication has a shorter regulatory pathway compared to other GBA1-related indications. We estimate PR001 approval, if clinically successful, may happen in 2024 given a lack of treatments for GD2 patients, he mentioned. Whats more, the Phase 1/2 PROCLAIM study of PR006, its therapy for GRN frontotemporal dementia (GRN-FTD), is expected to kick off in 2H20, with the two-month biomarker readout from a subset of patients slated for late 2020 or early 2021.Given all of the above, Olson stated, We view share price at an attractive entry point while PRVL remains well-capitalized with $131 million in cash providing runway into 1H22.It should come as no surprise, then, that Olson stays with the bulls. In addition to an Outperform (i.e. Buy) rating, he left a $25 price target on the stock. Investors could be pocketing a gain of 156%, should this target be met in the twelve months ahead. (To watch Olsons track record, click here)All in all, other analysts echo Olsons sentiment. 5 Buys and no Holds or Sells add up to a Strong Buy consensus rating. With an average price target of $23.25, the upside potential comes in at 139%. (See PRVL stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

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Global Online Education Market Climbs on Positive Outlook of Booming Sales By 2020-2026 – PRnews Leader

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Global Online Education Market Report describes the basic elements of the industry and market stats, the recent advances in technology, business plans, policies, possibilities for development and risks to the sector are being described. The two key segments of the report, namely market revenue in (USD Million) and market size (k MT) are presented in this report. The Scope of Online Education industry, market concentration and presence across various region are described in detail.

The prominent Online Education industry players are covered in the next section, their business profiles, product information, and market size. Also, the SWOT analysis of these players, business plans & strategies are covered. It covers the product definition, classification, type and price structures.

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Extramarks Aeon Learning Private Limited Individual Learning Private Limited Vedantu Sorting Hat Technologies Private Limited Coursera Inc. Toppr Think & Learn Private Limited Simplilearn Solutions Private Limited Duolingo Inc. NIIT Limited Udemy India L.L.P. upGrad Education Private Limited

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In this report Online Education manufacturing value and growth rate from 2015-2019 will be provided at regional level. The nitty gritty evaluation of segments and sub-segments of emerging industries are clerified. It covers Online Education industry plans & policies, financial status, cost structures and analyzes of the value chain. The Online Education competitive perspective of the countryside, the production base, the evaluation of the production method and the upstream raw materials are assessed.

The gross margin, consumption pattern, growth rate of Online Education is studied precisely. The top industry players are covered on a regional level and country level with the analysis of their revenue share from 2015-2019. Furthermore, forecast Online Education industry status is determined by analysis of expected market share, volume, value and development rate. The forecast Online Education industry view is presented from 2020-2026.

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Global Online Education Market Size, Status and Forecast 2026

1 Online Education Industry Overview

2 Online Education Competition Analysis by Players

3 Company (Top Players) Profiles

4 Global Online Education Market Size by Type and Application (2015-2019)

5 United States Online Education Development Status and Outlook

6 EU Online Education Development Status and Outlook

7 Japan Online Education Development Status and Outlook

8 Online Education Manufacturing Cost Analysis

9 India Online Education Development Status and Outlook

10 Southeast Asia Online Education Development Status and Outlook

11 Market Forecast by Regions, Type and Application (2020-2026)

12 Online Education Market Dynamics

12.1 Online Education Industry News

12.2 Online Education Industry Development Challenges

12.3 Online Education Industry Development Opportunities (2020-2026)

13 Market Effect Factors Analysis

14 Global Online Education Market Forecast (2020-2026)

15 Research Finding/Conclusion

16 Appendix

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OPINION: Zoom classes can teach us how classism and ableism are ingrained in our education system – The Alestle

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Students with disabilities and students with low incomes face more barriers to online education than able-bodied, upper class students and it needs to be addressed.

Due to the pandemic, there has been a call for teachers and professors to show more compassion and leniency, but they have spent years withholding that same compassion and leniency from students with disabilities. Able-bodied students have been getting extensions and accommodations that were scoffed at before COVID-19, like attending class remotely. Students with disabilities have been asking for these accommodations for years and theyre only now being implemented because it is able-bodied students who are affected. It shows these accommodations were always available, but were never given because professors could not empathize with their students or just didnt care.

People with disabilities have been advocating for themselves for a long time to try to get accommodations like recorded lectures and remote work. Back in March, people with disabilities across the country took to Twitter with the hashtag #DisabledAndSaltyAF to share their frustrations. Many shared stories about being denied accommodations in school or at work that are now widely available for able-bodied people.

Meanwhile, other accommodations have been forgotten about in the rush to create online curriculums. Professors sometimes neglect to provide captions or transcriptions of their video lectures. Some websites offer auto-generated captions, but those are often inaccurate. Students who are hard of hearing or have some form of auditory processing issues need accurate captions to understand their lectures. Many online readings are images of the text that are unable to be read by screen readers. Students are given longer reading assignments than pre-COVID that are especially difficult to get through for students with learning disabilities like ADHD.

Online classes and policies are also incredibly classist. Many instructors ask students to keep their cameras on, and in some cases, their microphones unmuted. This can be really uncomfortable for students who live in poverty and dont want to show their living conditions to their teachers and classmates. Students who are now at home may also be helping care for younger siblings or their own children due to online schooling. Some teachers dont want their students to attend class in their bed, but if they dont have a desk to work at, there arent many options.

There is also the issue of the digital divide, which disproportionately impacts students of color. An estimated 16.9 million students dont have access to high-speed internet according to a report compiled by education and civil rights organizations. Native American students are the most likely to be without internet at 34.2 percent, followed by Latino students at 31.2 percent and Black students at 30.6 percent.

The requirement of keeping a students camera on can also make learning difficult for some students due to potentially not having fast enough wi-fi to handle using video. It also doesnt help if the student has siblings who are also in Zoom classes at the same time. Some students may not have computers with working webcams or cant afford them. While the CARES Act funding SIUE offered attempted to rectify this, the money ran out before some students could apply.

There needs to be more of an effort made by school and university administrators as well as educators to make sure everyone has equal access to education even during the pandemic. Whenever were able to resume normal life, we need to continue allowing people to use these online formats. Its been proven that it can be done and the only thing preventing it was ableism.

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SME Education Foundation Initiative to Make Online High School Education Opportunities Available Receives Investment from Caterpillar Inc. and Amazon…

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Kevin Joustra, Caterpillar Innovation & Technology Development: "We're pleased to support this important initiative:"

"We're pleased to support this important initiative," said Kevin Joustra, engineer with Caterpillar's Innovation & Technology Development Division. "Manufacturing offers so much opportunity for young people: this effort is critical in preparing and helping them to explore that opportunity."

The SME Education Foundation is the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry. A 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation helps attract and develop a skilled manufacturing workforce. The SME Education Foundation is teaming with Tooling U-SME, the training and development arm of SME, through a unique COVID-19 Campaign to provide online learning opportunities to high school students in 12 manufacturing disciplines, including additive manufacturing, mechatronics and smart manufacturing.

Tooling U-SME works directly with the manufacturing community and hundreds of high schools, community and technical colleges and universities to prepare the next-generation workforce by providing industry-driven and learner-centered curriculum. Online learning is a significant component of this effort, and particularly relevant and useful during the closure of schools across the country.

"This campaign will help thousands of high school students have access to premium-quality online career and technical education opportunities," said Rob Luce, SME Education Foundation vice president. "Tooling U-SME is a valuable partner and industry leader in workforce development; we're grateful for the support and leadership from these industry leaders."

Learn more about the SME Education Foundation and its COVID-19 Campaign at smeef.org/get-involved/covid-19-campaign.

About the SME Education Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of SME, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry, the SME Education Foundation inspires, prepares and supports the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent. The Foundation leverages the 90-year history and thought leadership of SME in the manufacturing and engineering industry to provide curated experiences for thousands of high school students at SME conferences and tradeshows and builds hands-on manufacturing programs in high schools across the country. The Foundation also awards millions of dollars in scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors and both undergraduate and graduate students. Through its SME PRIME program, the Foundation has reached over 100,000 students in 60 schools across 22 states.All Foundation activities are designed to empower young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.

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The effect of Covid-19 on educational institutions led to a significant spike in enrolments in online training since March20. The ability to learn anywhere and anytime, through online training, is allowing learners to study safely from their homes while maintaining social distance. Studying in an online environment has been a new experience for a lot of students, introducing various advantages and challenges.

On one hand, where students became technologically sound and were introduced to new learning methods and engaging content. While on the other hand, they struggled to manage time, build ownership, become organised, and self-disciplined learners.

As a final decision in regards to the opening of schools and colleges has not yet been announced, students would continue applying to online training to skill up and use their time productively.

Here are a few mistakes students must avoid, before or after enrolling in online training, to make the most of it.

Researching helps students to find the right training that can fulfill their expectations of gaining a new skill, getting an internship/job in the future, building a project of their own, or getting certified. Based on their interests, the availability of career opportunities, teaching mechanism, and availability of funds, research allows learners to find suitable training. Before enrolling in training, individuals must gather adequate information about the training, its content, its ratings, online and offline reviews, and media articles and blogs to ensure their learning goals will be met successfully.

Learning through digital devices brings inevitable distractions in the form of messages, calls, and notifications. Students must consider making notes while learning through videos, tutorials, documents, PDFs, or presentations which help to build focus and increase retention. While writing, students tend to think more intensely, process more information, detect more doubts and questions, enhance their memory, and boost creativity. While revising, students can simply refer to these notes to find important topics instead of rewatching the whole video lessons, which saves time and boosts productivity.

A lot of students, in a physical classroom, find asking questions embarrassing. However, online learning solves this issue as well. While learning online, students can ask questions on the dedicated student support forum which ensures anonymity and allows students to get expert solutions within no time. Students who come up with more questions generally have a deep interest in the subject, are actively involved while learning, detect their own faults and work on them positively, challenge themselves to learn better, and develop critical thinking skills essential for a successful future.

Quizzes, challenges, exercises, assignments, and projects are included in online training to bridge the gap between students theoretical and practical understanding of the subject. Most of the online training platforms do not mandate completing

assignments or projects to allow students to learn flexibly. However, students must set up a schedule and timely complete the assignments as these help in the development of cognitive, analytical, problem-solving, planning, organizing, time management, and various other soft and domain skills. Assignments also compel students to observe their surroundings, brainstorm, apply real-life examples, research deeply, and improve their overall understanding of the subject.

Excessive exposure to the laptop or mobile screen, without dedicated breaks, could lead to a lack of interest and focus. Learners might also encounter mental or physical health issues like eye problems, headaches, and body pain. To improve attention and focus, it is important to add dedicated breaks in the learning schedule and spend those breaks productively too.

Some stretching exercises, taking a walk, cleaning up, meditation, talking to family members, listening to music, or playing quick board games are a few positive activities that one can do during their study break to feel refreshed and energised. Things such as watching TV or a series, playing video games, eating big meals, and relying on junk food and excessive caffeine must be avoided as such unhealthy habits detach people from learning and make them much lazy instead.

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings, an online training platform.

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New Rankings: The Best Online University Programs Based On Their ROI – Forbes

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With salary and debt numbers gathered from the U. S. Department of Educations College Scorecard, a ... [+] new ranking system uses colleges' return on investment (ROI) to evaluate institutions.

As more students turn to online education during the pandemic, theyre becoming increasingly interested in learning about the costs and payoffs of online degree programs. Now, Optimal (formerly the SR Education Group and the host forGradReports.com) has rebranded its Guide to Online Schools as a new source of such information.

The new product is called OnlineU, and this month it released 2021 Best Colleges for Return on Investment Rankings. The rankings are based on major-specific median salary and mean debt numbers gathered from theU. S. Department of Educations College Scorecard.

The pandemic has significantly accelerated the growth of online learning and delivered us into a territory where there is not a lot of qualitative or quantitative information yet, said Optimal founder and CEO Sung Rhee. OnlineU is looking to fill this space with our data-driven articles and outcomes-based rankings focused specifically on return on investment, so students are able to vet the value and outcome of their choices rather than playing the guessing game.

To determine mid-career return on investment (ROI), schools were ranked by graduates salaries and debt payments 10 years after graduation, accounting for standard salary growth and interest on debt payments. Each school was given a percentile "ROI score" that shows how the salary and debt of alumni from that school's online programs compared to similar ones.

A statistical score was calculated that compared each degree programs 10-year ROI with the average 10-year ROI for all other programs in the same field. The scores for the programs offered online at each school were averaged and schools were ranked from highest to lowest on this average score. To be considered, schools needed to have the necessary data available for a minimum number of online programs at the associates, bachelors, and masters level.

The Top 20 Online Universities based on bachelors degrees include public, private non-profit, and for-profit institutions. They include traditional campus-based institutions as well as those that are exclusively online:

The Top Ten Online Universities based on masters degrees are all well-established public or private, nonprofit schools.

In addition to these rankings, the site also ranks individual degree programs in a number of fields.

Every college ranking system is limited by its methodology, and consumers need to understand that interpreting the results must be tempered by what data are collected and how. In the case of these online degree rankings, the reported salaries are specific to a limited time frame, and theyre extrapolated from earlier figures. The debt figures cover only federal loans, not other sources. Additionally, universities with a small number of online programs, and programs with a small number of graduates are not included.

Finally, the value of college should not be measured only in terms of dollars and cents. Many students dont go to college merely as a financial investmenta plan to make a profit. They want to learn how to lead informed, engaged livescombined withthe opportunity to be paid well as they do so.They want to encounter new ideas from people who are different from them. And they want to develop relationships that give lasting meaning to their lives. No ranking system fully captures all those motivations.

Nonetheless, understanding future financial outcomes is of interest to prospective students and their families as they grapple with the question of whether a college education is worth it. The 2021Best Colleges for Return on Investment Rankings offers some useful information on that score.

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October 20, 2020 10:00 ET | Source: Goodwill Community Foundation

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Durham, NC, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Increased adoption of technology has generated phenomenal spikes in online usage, and the consumption of virtual learning material is no exception. Since 2000, consumers of content on GCF Global Learningthe Goodwill Community Foundations (GCF) online educational portalhave grown to 220 million global users cumulatively.

Launched in 2000 as part of the North Carolina State Fairs Technology in the 21st Century exhibit, GCF Global Learning is a free online, distance learning tool that provides global users with access to courses in basic skillsets. GCF Global Learning uses web-based and YouTube platforms to deliver its content, including courses ranging from Microsoft Office programs, algebra, GED, SharePoint, Facebook for iPhone to personal finances, among other topics. Since its inception, GCF Global Learning has made continual technological advancements to its content.

The creation, development and funding of this venture was a bold step by the GCF Board of Directors and management, said the Rev. Dennis McLain, GCF president and founder of GCF Global Learning. The correctness of that decision 20 years ago has been affirmed both by its more than 220 million users over the last decade as well as the more than 23 million users who have leveraged this resource since March 1, 2020the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GCF Global Learning is committed to an ongoing process of change and evolution to continue providing free online learning opportunities. The recent education crisis resulting from the global pandemic has demonstrated the critical role that technology plays in enabling students to learn, stay connected, engaged and motivated. Over the past seven months, we have witnessed a growing need for free online tools to supplement educational needs. GCF is pleased to be a leader in this digital transformation as we continue to meet the current and emerging needs of online learners, McLain continued.

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About Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF)

Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) continues to be a leader in an era of change by funding the training required for the emerging world where technology is integrated into everyday life. The mission of GCF is to create and fund education, employment and life enrichment opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally for people who desire to improve the quality of their lives.

A Durham-based tax-exempt organization, GCF funds employment, fresh produce and volunteer opportunities, support to youth organizations and disaster relief efforts. GCFLearnFree.org and GCFAprendeLibre.org have provided free lessons for people in North Carolina since 2000 to improve their technology, math, and English skills.

All GCF programs are funded through revenue generated from the value of donated items to 42 Goodwill Community Foundation stores throughout eastern North Carolina. GCF employs more than 400 people who earn an average of $20 per hour with benefits at these stores. For more information on GCF, visithttp://www.GCFGlobal.org.

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Some of the major companies that are covered in the report.

K12 Inc Pearson White Hat Managemen Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. K Bettermarks Scoyo Languagenut Beness Holding Inc New Oriental Education & Technology XUEDA AMBO XRS CDEL Ifdoo YINGDING YY I

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Based on the type, the market is segmented into

Elementary Education(Grades 1-5) Junior High Education(Grades 6-8) Senior High Education(Grades 9-1

Based on the application, the market is segregated into

Teacher Student Paren

Based on the geographical location, the market is segregated into

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