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I took some online classes at JCCC and at Washburn and found them to be beneficial.
I have taken several online classes at JCCC including hybrid lab science courses and do not see how they could have been of higher quality anywhere whether online or classroom..
Missouri also participates in the WGU online program where you can get a BSN online in participation with local hospitals. Kansas needs to sign up for this also.
What is the point if all KU does is offer online classes otherwise available at JCCC or similar lower-cost institutions -- but expect students to pay KU's higher tuition?
The point is if they don't offer them why go to KU?
Because only KU offers high-cost high-value elective coursework in several programs of study against which down-market institutions just can't compete. But there's no reason to pay KU top dollar for an intro KU core class taught by adjuncts or grad students when such a class is available from a JC or other institution with lower cost or greater convenience.
If KU wants to compete in the online delivery space against JCCC then KU has to compete on price and value.
I agree, KU also needs to stay competitive with tuition unless it wants to abandon teaching the introductory courses to the competition which seems to be the way they are going. The online courses I took at JCCC all had around 20-25 students taught by full time professors some with Ph.D's and thats going to be tough to compete with. However, we all know a certain % of students will still prefer to attend KU regardless of cost or quality and that is what KU is counting on but It seems a losing strategy to me.
The first thing to do is to fire the chancellor. She has not provided the leadership necessary in this field. I was originally very much for her, when she began, but she has not kept up the leadership that is required, and KU is falling very far behind.
We need new leadership at the top NOW.
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