ERIC Number: EJ893008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Working and Learning "in the Private Sector"
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n4 p47-48 Jul-Aug 2010
In this article, the author shares what life is like at Kaplan Higher Education and discusses the strengths of a proprietary institution like Kaplan. The author used to work at the Community College of Vermont, California State University, and the UNESCO. He mentions that as a professional and a citizen, he wants to be part of an effort to understand the "ecology of learning" in which the online learning platform becomes the defining architecture and the network becomes the defining process. So he decided to work at Kaplan. The author shares that life at Kaplan is that everyday he gets to think about how to create better learning environments and better learning. He added that Kaplan and many other proprietary institutions serve a population that looks a lot like a community college or state university student body, burdened by multiple risk factors. These private-sector proprietary institutions can innovate and act as laboratories in which to test new ways to educate these students. With their better diagnostics, learner support, and up-front screening, along with their diverse array of degree plans, the author predicts that Kaplan and its peer institutions will create replicable models that transform access into success for previously marginalized students throughout higher education. For him, working at Kaplan--where he can look for ways to develop and legitimize change in higher education on behalf of marginalized students--was the logical next step in his career.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Private Sector, Online Courses, Ecology, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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