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Why Are India's Top Online Retailers Running Free 'Universities'?

Why Are India's Top Online Retailers Running Free 'Universities'?
When Radhika Aggarwal and her co-founders set up online marketplace ShopClues in 2011, they also launched the ShopClues University. Of the 200,000 merchants that sell today on ShopClues, among India's leading online retailers, over 80,000 have …
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Online master's degree becomes more widely accepted – but still faces hurdles
Earning a master's degree from a for-profit online university may be a viable option, but many say it's not necessarily worth the bang for your buck. With the proliferation of people with online master's degrees, employers and job recruiters have found …
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Tuition-free online university sees newfound growth and attention
After three months of studying at Damascus University in Syria, Omar Alhalabi's life was uprooted. It was 2012 and the university had become a stronghold for the military. The Syrian civil war had begun a year earlier. Despite finishing high school at …
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Latest Online Degree News

University Of Missouri Offers 10% Tuition Discount For Online Degree Programs
The University of Missouri is offering in-state students a tuition drop on its online degree program, Mizzou Online, this fall. The school said Missouri students will save 10 percent if they enroll online, which costs about $ 82.86 per course. To …
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Clinton, Rubio could help online degree programs challenge traditional routes
Presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio have offered education plans that would pull nontraditional degree programs toward the mainstream to reduce costs for students. Gregory Ferenstein reports that Clinton consulted Udacity founder …
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New York University Partners with 2U, Inc. to Offer Multiple Advanced Online
2U, Inc. today announced that it is partnering with NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to launch multiple online graduate degree programs. The first three online programs – expected to begin classes in 2016 and early …
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Latest Accredited Online Courses News

Students at Insight School of Kansas Stay Home to Start School Year
ISKS is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. LRN, +0.44% the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information …
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Big Sky Discovery Academy announces expansion
Middle school curriculum will focus on interest-driven, project-based learning. Brenda, former academic advisor, IB school principal, and speech and debate coach will also take lead in coordinating online accredited high school courses, test prep, and …
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Three Rivers Trains IT Professionals with Revamped Degree Program

Three Rivers Trains IT Professionals with Revamped Degree Program
Computer-savvy students entering Three Rivers College this fall will have a new option to choose from if they're looking to turn their love of technology into a career. The college's Network Administration degree track has been upgraded into a new IT …
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LSU's online-only degrees: Will they carry as much weight with employers?
LSU Online, which launched in March 2013, now includes nine post-graduate degree programs comprised of 100-percent online courses. Amanda Major, the interim director of LSU Online, said the courses are just as rigorous as traditional classes and are …

Pacific Union College launches new online nursing degree

Pacific Union College launches new online nursing degree
With the demand for registered nurses on the rise, Pacific Union College has launched a new fully online degree program for registered nurses to get a Bachelor of Science degree. It will cost about 45 percent less than PUC's traditional on-campus …
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Latest Degree Programs News

New GMAC online assessment for Masters Degree programs
Hult International Business School has partnered with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) to create an online assessment specifically designed for Hult's Master of International Business (MIB) program. The assessment, which will be ready …
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New York University Partners with 2U, Inc. to Offer Multiple Advanced Online
6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), today announced that it is partnering with NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to launch multiple online graduate degree programs. The first three online programs …
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16 new degree programs at State System universities
The State System's Board of Governors today approved 16 new degree programs, many of which were developed with direct input from industry partners, to help ensure employers have the educated workforce they need in the future and that graduates will …

Latest Online Courses News

Foreign Students In Distress As Canada Denies Work Permit Over Online Courses
The foreign students at Niagara College have been “unfairly denied” permits after their graduation for the reason that they had taken online courses, which Citizenship and Immigration Canada deems as “distance learning.” Students say it is mandatory to …
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Bookshelf: Try online courses to learn more about nutrition
I enrolled in the Gale Online Course “Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health.” After completion of the nine lessons of this course, I now understand more completely how food and nutrition impact my physical, social, emotional and spiritual health …
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NewSchool and UX Speakeasy to Host Pre-Comic-Con UX of Games Panel Featuring International Game Design Experts

Mike Porter of Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, works with NewSchool of Architecture & Design and will be on a “UX of Games” panel Wed., July 8 on the San Diego campus.

Prior to the start of San Diegos internationally renowned Comic-Con on July 9, NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool), in conjunction with San Diego’s largest User Experience group UX Speakeasy, will host the UX of Games panel on Wednesday, July 8 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Studio Five on the NewSchool campus. Participants will hear firsthand about the challenges and opportunities of designing player experiences from leading UX practitioners and creators of today’s top games. Panelists include New Zealand-based Media Design Schools Mike Porterwho helped launch Halo 3 and is a veteran in the gaming industry with more than two decades of experience in the U.S. and New Zealand. Porter will be joined by Teemu Huutanen, the CEO of Next Games who has worked at Rovio (Angry Birds) and Sulake (Habbo Hotel); Sebastian Strzalkowski and Cesar Kobashikawa of Daybreak Games; and Weszt Hart and Christopher Dome from Riot Games.

Porter currently serves as the Program Leader of Bachelor of Creative Technologies at Media Design School, a top globally ranked college for visual effects, animation and game art based in Auckland, New Zealand, that has a unique collaboration with NewSchools Media Design School of Digital Arts. In his 20-plus years of experience in the gaming industry, Porter has worked for Sierra, Microsoft Games Studio, and Bungie. He has mastered various gaming platforms including Dreamcast, PS2, PC and Xbox 360, creating 3D art work and level design.

I look forward to visiting with the game design and development industries to discuss the rise of indie gaming in San Diego and Auckland, as well as the possibilities for collaboration amongst our two game art communities, said Porter. Weve already begun to explore global game art collaboration through the partnership between NewSchool of Architecture & Design and Media Design School and Im very excited to see how we can further develop the next generation of game art teaching by integrating global industry leaders in the classroom in an even deeper way.

The two schools have worked together since 2012, when Media Design School of Digital Arts at NewSchool first launched as part of a collaboration within the Laureate International Universities network. The NewSchool department enables students to gain a global perspective on design thats incorporated into digital arts degree programs, including game art and media design. On its own campus, the Auckland-based digital art college offers specialist degrees in emerging creative industries. Its alumni are working with world-renowned companies such as DreamWorks, Pixar, BBDO Worldwide, and Saatchi & Saatchi, as well as working on blockbuster movies such as The Hobbit, Avatar, King Kong and films from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These industry connections, faculty expertise and student experiences are also transferred to NewSchool students.

In addition to Porters involvement in the UX panel on July 8, he will also speak at the 20th annual gaming conference QuakeCon 2015 in Dallas, discussing his role with helping to bring New Zealands game art and programming curriculum and industry experts to San Diegos NewSchool. Each January Media Design School also participates in the Global Game Jam, a hackathon for game development, and both MDS and NewSchool will participate in the 2016 event that takes place Jan. 29-31.

For more information on the Media Design School of Digital Arts at NewSchool visit and to register for the UX panel on July 8 visit

About NewSchool of Architecture & Design:

Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. Programs of study include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, game art, interior architecture & design, and strategic design & management. The schools design environment provides inspiration for the schools students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. NewSchools Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is a member of the Laureate International Universities network a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries. Through this network, students at NewSchool are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the schools collaborations with award-winning schools around the world, such as: Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information about Laureate International Universities, visit

New Sports Memorabilia Auction, Signature Auctions Launches with Baseball Collectibles, Rare Personal Collections and More

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Franklin University Appoints New Director of Safety and Security Services

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce the appointment of Clifton L. Spinner as the new Director of Safety and Security Services.

A former commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Clifton spent 28 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, retiring in June of 2015. He earned a masters of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, a bachelor of science in criminal justice from West Liberty University and is a graduate of Northwestern Universitys School of Police Staff and Command.

As Director of Safety & Security Services, Clifton is responsible for the leadership and management of all safety and physical security initiatives impacting the University. He directs day-to-day operations, emergency and crisis response, and compliance with the federally mandated laws such as HEOA and CLERY, as well as investigations and physical security risk mitigation efforts at all Franklin University locations within the United States and abroad.

As a result of the University’s expansion last year, Clifton manages campus security at both Franklin University and Urbana University. He oversees all domestic safety operations, as well as international travel safety and security management. Clifton maintains the professional relationships with all local, county, state and federal government partners for on campus safety and security matters.

Cliftons extensive background includes numerous awards, service on several boards and committees, and teaching experience as an adjunct professor at Ohio University in the criminal justice / law enforcement program. Committed to helping youth, Clifton serves as the Board Chair for the Brightway Center in Smithfield, Ohio and has served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In addition, he has served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. He and his family currently reside in Pickerington, Ohio.

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations, a regional locations in Beavercreek, Ohio and at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new Certificate in Criminal Justice and Logistics Management major available this Fall) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The Universitys MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at


ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.


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I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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