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Connecting, Personalizing, and Transforming: “Touching” our Online Learners

When we share best practices with other faculty through Faculty Connects we are truly building a learning community that will better serve our students. In this article, Provost Mary Beth Hanner shares an example of how much instructor feedback and personal attention...  [Read More]

Why Online Courses are Superior to Face-to-Face Classes

Prior to taking a position at Excelsior in 2002, my formal education was obtained in traditional, face-to-face classrooms. When I attended Bates College in the 1970s and Columbia University in the 1980s, the internet was not used for teaching and learning at...  [Read More]

How is Excelsior Meeting Retention and Student Success Challenges?

We all know that a big part of Excelsior’s mission relates to providing access to education, especially for those who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. A larger challenge is providing the key elements necessary to help students stay on task...  [Read More]

Excelsior College in 2019: Envisioning Our Future

As we began the planning process to develop our five-year Strategic Plan, we recently conducted a series of six strategic conversations around major themes: academic programs; student, alumni and faculty services; student success; future demographics and culture; next-generation teaching and learning; and...  [Read More]

Measuring Learning Rather Than Time: Rethinking the Credit Hour

The Carnegie Foundation recently announced that it will reexamine the Carnegie Unit that was created in 1906. In an era of new approaches to the delivery of higher education, and an increasing acceptance of credit for prior learning, it recognized that many...  [Read More]