Business leaders hope online university can boost Hispanic education
News from Houston Chronicle:
While more jobs in Texas require college degrees, the state’s fastest-growing population group has struggled more than any other to make it to graduation.
The situation creates a growing skills gap that has business leaders looking to boost the number of Hispanic college graduates.
Just 17 percent of Hispanic adults in Texas have a four- or six-year college degree, according to the Lumina Foundation, a private organization that aims to expand access and success beyond high school. The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, the state’s Hispanic chamber, is looking for ways to increase that number.
The association is partnering with Western Governors University, an online institution created by a coalition of governors several years ago. Its 3-year-old Texas wing has seen staggering growth.
WGU generally caters to adults who don’t have time to go to a physical university. The chamber is hoping its model will be ideal for adult Hispanic workers who want to earn a degree while working.
“There’s such a void and such a need, as far as educational attainment for Hispanics,” said J.R. Gonzalez, executive vice chair of the Hispanic chamber association. “Unfortunately, the Hispanic community is pretty much at the bottom rung of the ladder. So as we’re looking at that, and our growing population … there’s a recognition tha…………… continues on Houston Chronicle
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Opinion: Online education ignores importance of teachers
News from LSU The Reveille:
In LSU’s Fall 2014 Distance Learning Programs Guide, there’s a picture of a young, supposed “GEOG 1001 student,” with a quote that says, “Excellent course! I enjoyed the flexibility of DL [Distance Learning] courses but still learned as much as if I was physically attending class!”
Distance learning usually means the course is taken online. There are also print-based options which involve submitting work through the mail, but either way, attending in a physical classroom or interacting with an instructor face-to-face isn’t part of the equation.
Distance learning is praised for its outreach to a wider range of students and the enticing amount of flexibility it can offer. It usually comes at the expense of replacing a human with a computer screen.
What’s the big deal? Teachers are boring and replaceable, right?
Clearly, “GEOG 1001 student” was excited to share his thoughts on his DL course. The exclamation points say it all.
Here’s what the Distance Learning Programs Guide is trying to say: taking a distance learning course is equally beneficial as attending class in a physical classroom with a human being who’s paid to share their knowledge and interact with you.
The quality of education received from a distance course can never be equated to that of a traditiona…………… continues on LSU The Reveille
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