Deal creates new model for adult learners

From The Chronicle: “UMass realized that to meaningfully expand its offerings for working adults, just choosing an online-program manager (OPM) didn’t make sense. … UMass realized that what it needed wasn’t just to put more programs online but — in the words of Katherine Newman, the system’s chancellor of academic programs and senior vice-president for economic development — ‘a fundamentally different model.’ Brandman, which offers courses in online and hybrid formats, competency-based degree programs, and a more flexible academic calendar (with six opportunities a year to start courses instead of just two or three semesters), fit that bill.”

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