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Now, a management university conducts online tests
After the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), over 5,500 candidates successfully took the first ever computer-based test for admission to the management programmes of Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Sunday, on the second day of the test. The NMAT, as the deemed university calls its test, is being conducted at 51 centres in 19 cities by Pearson VUE...

Number of online classes increasing- University of Minnesota Daily
The University of Minnesota saw an increase in the number of classes taken online in the 2008-2009 school year, up 14 percent from the year before. In addition to an increased number of students, the University has added 174 classes and sections to the online program since the 2007-08 academic year. The biggest factor in the increase is the economy, said Bob Rubinyi, director of distributed education in the Office of the Vice Provost for Distributed Education and Instructional Technology.

University continues to progress online learning
Just two years after the University launched Global Campus, the Board of Trustees shut the program down. The Daily Illini has a look at why the program failed and how the University plans to expand its online learning initiative in a two-part series. Associate Dean of Education Scott Johnson developed a masterís degree program in e-learning (instructing online courses) for the now-defunct Global Campus initiative. But while the rest of Global Campus was under-performing, Johnsonís program exceeded expectations.

Online degree opportunities
Between layoffs and pay freezes, more and more people are seeking a college education. The problem is that many canít quit their full-time jobs to go back to school. Others have been out of school for so long that they feel uncomfortable returning to classrooms full of 20-somethings. For these folks, an online or distance-learning program provides a perfect remedy. They can earn a degree without driving through the cold Missouri winter to a campus. Not to mention, they can set their own hours. Online programs give students the opportunity to earn an associateís degree, bachelorís degree, masterís degree or doctoral degree in several areas of interest.

Enrollment in online K-12 courses up 12.5%
While the explosion in online college education has received a lot of attention, a new state report says that enrollment in high-school and even elementary-school courses offered over the Internet is also growing rapidly in Colorado. Enrollment in online courses offered by Colorado schools is up 12.5 percent in the 2009-2010 school year from the previous term, the Colorado Department of Education reports. There were 13,093 Colorado K-12 students enrolled in online programs for the 2009-2010 term as of October 2009, versus 11,641 as of October 2008. Several Colorado K-12 school districts offer online course programs, usually in multi-district partnerships. The report lists 25 separate Internet programs statewide.

Truth About Online University Degrees
In 2007, Excelsior College of Albany, New York, a private, nonprofit institution of higher education involved in the field of online education conducted a nationwide survey of 1,547 CEOs and small business owners, seeking their opinions on the value of online or distance education programs. The results of the survey... 83 percent (more than four in five) of those indicating familiarity with distance learning stated that they strongly agreed that a degree earned via an online program was just as credible as one earned through a traditional college degree program... Results of both of those surveys seemed to indicate strongly that online degrees are earning wider acceptance in the business community...

Arizona Universities Plan to Offer More Degrees
The presidents of Arizona's three public universities told Gov. Jan Brewer that they're on pace to double the amount of bachelor's degrees they award in the next 10 years. Under the plan, up to five new campuses will offer only bachelor's degrees with limited, more service-driven majors. The campuses also would have cheaper in-state tuition than Arizona State, Northern Arizona and the University of Arizona. The plan also calls for the universities to partner with current two-year schools to offer four-year degrees, allow more transfers and create dual-enrollment options.

Tuition Fund for Spouse of Fallen Canadian Soldier
FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - Meritus University, the new online university based in Fredericton, will grant one full tuition-waiver award to the spouse of a fallen Canadian Force member serving Canada's mission in Afghanistan. The Meritus award supports Project Hero, a national program in which participating Canadian colleges and universities cover the cost of tuition for the children of fallen soldiers. Meritus, the official online university of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be recognized for its unique offering to the spouse of a fallen soldier during the annual "Canadian Forces Appreciation Night" ...

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