Is Your Open And Distance Programme Fake? Check UGC Recognised University List Here

Is Your Open And Distance Programme Fake? Check UGC Recognised University List Here

Check UGC-recognised open and distance university list here

New Delhi: Several students who enrolled into distance education programmes offered by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the University of Mumbai woke upto the news recently that their Institute no longer has the required recognition from the UGC, official government body responsible for the Open and Distance programmes run in the country. University Grants Commission (UGC)’s Distance Education Bureau on October 3, 2018 released a list of Higher Education Institutions or universities in India recognized by the commission for academic year 2018-19 and onwards to conduct programmes through the Open and Distance Learning Mode.

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

According to the list published by the UGC the some universities have their recognition to run the Open and Distance programmes till 2019-20 academic year, while some are allowed to run their courses till 2022-2023.

(Click here to know which courses are recognised by UGC)

Complete UGC Recognised University List

Check the complete list UGC recognised HEIs here (state-wise as on October 3, 2018):

ANDHRA PRADESH

1. ACHARYA NAGARJUNA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

2. SRI PADMAVATI MAHILA VISHWAVIDYALAYAM (STATE UNIVERSITY)

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

3. RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY

ASSAM

4. ASSAM DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

5. KRISHNA KANTA HANDIQUE STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

6. GAUHATI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

7. DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

8. TEZPUR UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

BIHAR

9. LALIT NARAYAN MITHILA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

10. NALANDA OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

CHANDIGARH

11. PANJAB UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

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CHHATTISGARH

12. PT. SUNDARLAL SHARMA OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

13. C.V.RAMAN UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

DELHI

14. INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

15. UNIVERSITY OF DELHI (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

16. RASHTRIYA SANSKRIT SANSTHAN (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY)

GUJARAT

17. DR. BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

HARYANA

18. CHAUDHARY DEVI LAL UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

19. MAHARISHI DAYANAND UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

20. GURU JAMBESHWAR UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

KARNATAKA

21. KARNATAKA STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

22. MANGALORE UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

23. BANGALORE UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

24. KUVEMPU UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

25. MYSORE UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

26. JAIN UNIVERSITY (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY)

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KERALA

27. UNIVERSITY OF KERALA (STATE UNIVERSITY)

28. CALICUT UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

29. KANNUR UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

MAHARASHTRA

30. MAHATMA GANDHI ANTARRASHTRIYA HINDI VISHWAVIDYALAYA (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

31. SHIVAJI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

32. YASHWANTRAO CHAVAN MAHARASHTRA OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

33. SMT. NATHIBAI DAMODAR THACKERSEY WOMENS UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

MADHYA PRADESH

34. BARKATULLAH UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

35. M.P.BHOJ (OPEN) UNIVERSITY

36. MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI VEDIC VISHWAVIDYALAYA (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

37. DEVI AHILYA VISHWAVIDYALAYA (STATE UNIVERSITY)

38. M.G. CHITRAKOOT VISHWAVIDYALAYA (STATE UNIVERSITY)

ODISHA

39. FAKIR MOHAN UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

40. NORTH ORISSA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

41. ORISSA STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

PUNJAB

42. PUNJABI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

43. LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

PONDICHERRY

44. PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

RAJASTHAN

45. JAIPUR NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

46. SURESH GYAN VIHAR UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

47. JAGAN NATH UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

48. VARDHMAN MAHAVEER OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

49. JAYOTI VIDYAPEETH WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

TAMIL NADU

50. UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS (STATE UNIVERSITY)

51. ANNA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

52. TAMIL NADU OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

53. TAMIL UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

54. SRM INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY)

TRIPURA

55. INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYSTS OF INDIA, AGARTALA (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

56. TRIPURA UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

TELANGANA

57. KAKATIYA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

58. MAULANA AZAD NATIONAL URDU UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

59. DR. B.R. AMBEDKER OPEN UNIVERSITY, HYDERABAD (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

60. THE ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

UTTARAKHAND

61. UTTARAKHAND OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

62. UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND ENERGY STUDIES (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

UTTAR PRADESH

63. ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

64. INTEGRAL UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

65. U.P. RAJARSHI TANDON OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

66. SWAMI VIVEKANAND SUBHARTI UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

WEST BENGAL

67. BURDWAN UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

68. NETAJI SUBHASH OPEN UNVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

69. VIDYASAGAR UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

70. UNIVERSITY OF KALYANI (STATE UNIVERSITY)

71. RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

OTHERS

72. JAGADGURU SHRI SHIVARATHREESW ARA UNIVERSITY (KARNATAKA)

73. JAIN VISHWA BHARATI INSTITUTE (RAJASTHAN)

74. DAYALBAGH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE (UTTAR PRADESH)

75. PADMASHREE DR. D.Y. PATIL VIDYAPEETH, MUMBAI (MAHARASHTRA)

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JIPMER MBBS Entrance 2018: Admit cards released, here’s how to download

The JIPMER admit card has candidate’s name, date of birth, photo, signature image and examination city allotted and roll number.

Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry (JIPMER) on Monday released the admit card or hall tickets of the entrance exam for admissions into its MBBS programme. The Common entrance test will be held on June 3 for selecting 200 candidates, out of which 150 will be admitted at the prestigious institute at Puducherry and 50 at the JIPMER, Karaikal.

Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website of the JIPMER by clicking here. Key in your user id and password to download the admit card. Take a printout of the hall ticket and save it on your computer too.

The admit card has candidate’s name, date of birth, photo, signature image and examination city allotted and roll number. Candidates must carry the admit card to the examination centre along with an Identity (ID) proof in original and a photocopy of the same.

Candidates are requested to reach the exam venue two hours before the commencement of the exam to avoid any last-minute hassles. They are also advised to visit the exam venue one day before the examination.

The morning shift exam will start at 10am and the entry to the center will close at 9:15am. The afternoon shift will start at 3pm and the entry to the center will close at 2.15pm.

The entrance test will be of two hours and thirty minutes duration. It will be conducted in online mode. There will be 200 objective type questions (MCOs) ( 60 each from physics, chemistry and biology and 10 each from English language and comprehension and logical and quantitative reasoning). Each correct answer will fetch 4 marks and for each wrong answer one marks will be deducted (negative marking). No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions.

The MBBS course at the JIPMER will be of four years and six months duration followed by one year of compulsory rotatory internship for getting the degree.

The result or merit list of the test is expected to be declared on or before June 20.

Note: Candidates should visit the official website of JIPMER regularly for latest updates and details.

Source:-.hindustantimes.

An open letter to Chinese students in the US: dealing with stress

Stress in Chinese students

Dear Friend,

I have been worried about you since you mentioned that you felt stressed about getting good grades while you’ve been at university in America. I have been researching this issue because I will also be an international student next year.

For all international students, it is essential to deal with the stress from studying, otherwise we will be exhausted and will find it difficult to adapt to our new environment. It is just as important to enjoy your time at university than it is to achieve good grades.

In America, lots of experts have explored this issue and understood the importance of it. Wei-Chen Tung, professor of community and mental health from the University of Nevada-Reno, says in his research paper that stress among Chinese students is now a pressing issue and cannot be underestimated because there are more than 691,000 international students (in total) enrolling in America, and many of these experience high levels of stress.

You might wonder why international Chinese students suffer more stress than other students. The main reason is the sharp difference in culture.

Ohio State University has studied the cultural causes and has found that the differences between Chinese and American culture can be a barrier for students. If the stress cannot be dealt with, it impacts on our time and energy. Then, if we are always busy studying, it is difficult for us to socialise and blend in with our new culture.

Mei Fen Wei from the department of psychology of Iowa State University has stated that Chinese overseas students display “maladaptive perfectionism”, which means we always combine our self-worth with our grades. That is why Chinese overseas students always bury themselves in studying to try to get better grades.

However, in America top grades are not the only things you are expected to achieve. If you are tied to assignments, you will lose the chance to gain other skills to become more well-rounded.

In addition, we are expected to uphold the honour of our family, because our parents will often subconsciously make us feel as though us getting bad grades will let them down.

Wei also argues that Chinese culture “values emotional self-control,” which means Chinese students often try to solve their stress on their own instead of asking for help, which also aggravates their conditions. In conclusion, although the difficulties in language and different educational system also matter, the majority of our stress comes from the cultural differences.

After realising this, you may find that you are able to overcome some of these differences, by understanding the cultural values of the US. You don’t need to just have good grades to be an excellent student, but also good communication skills, strong extracurricular activities and work experience.

Because of this, I recommend that you try not to take grades so seriously and spend your time doing other productive things. The first thing I want you to learn is to take some time off and not spend your free time worrying about studying.

Then, you can accomplish your goals of studying abroad and enjoy your life at university. Yale Study Abroad says that studying abroad is about “exploring a particular culture or new region and immersing yourself in language study”. Explore your town and the surrounding area, make new friends, experience the culture and take in their behaviour, customs and values.

Additionally, learning about possible career paths is another important thing to do when you study abroad. You can also practice your communication skills and make contacts in the industry you plan to pursue.

What we need to do is be more curious about the cultural differences, communicate more and explore more of the new environment. I believe those things are the most valuable when studying abroad.

Source:-timeshighereducation

Delph credits ‘genius’ Pep with career turnaround

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Fabian Delph paid tribute to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for helping him to hit form in time for the World Cup, saying: “He has reinvented me.”

The 28-year-old was England’s outstanding player as the Three Lions beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their final warm-up game before flying out to Russia, and he spoke about how Guardiola’s footballing vision has altered his approach to the game.

Having spent most of his career as a midfielder, Delph played at full-back in many of his 22 Premier League appearances for City last season and said his understanding of tactics and positional play has broadened under the Catalan.

“He’s fantastic. For me, he is a genius,” Delph told reporters. “He has opened my eyes to so much. I didn’t picture football like Pep does. He’s painted the pictures for me.

“I stayed mentally strong, and I knew if I got my opportunity to play I could contribute and help the lads win games.

“I’m a very traditional English guy who believes in hard work and dedication and giving it absolutely everything. I’m there to fight and pick up second balls, to be that old English type of player, but he has reinvented me.

“Now it’s all about being calm and collected on the ball, being sensible in terms of if someone occupies my position then I need to occupy a different position. We’ve got so many systems the way we played. Everybody seems to think, ‘Wow, what are they doing?’ But it is very simple.”

Delph, whose wife is expecting their third child in the next few weeks, is hoping to add to his 11 England caps by playing a part at the World Cup in Russia and his recent performances have strengthened his chances of featuring in Gareth Southgate’s team to face Tunisia on June 18.

The Bradford-born dynamo also credited a new personal regime of meditation and breathing techniques for helping him to refine and improve his game.

He said: “Gael Clichy, who was at City, does a lot of meditation and he recommend it to me because I was such an all-action guy, so I started it and I’ve never looked back.

“I do it in numerous ways – you can do guided meditation, depending on how you are feeling. You can get these things on YouTube or get apps on your phone.

“For me it is just breathing techniques, learning to be still, to control your thought processes. It wasn’t about dealing with the pressure of games – I’ve always been all right in matches. But I’m an intense guy, I always want to do more and my mind is racing at 100mph.”

“I have always trained with crazy intensity,” he added. “I work very hard in the gym and out on the pitch. It was all about trying to find a balance, not go into it as crazy as I did. It has calmed me down.”

Source:-sportskeeda.c

Haryana SSC Constable Recruitment 2018: Apply now for 7110 SI, Constable posts on hssc.gov.in

HSSC Recruitment 2018 for 7110 SI Constable posts; Image credits: hssc.gov.in

Haryana Staff Selection Commission, HSSC has invited applications for recruitment to 7110 Sub Inspector, SI Constable posts on its official website. Aspirants to take notice that the Haryana SSC Constable Recruitment 2018 notification has been re-advertised. For the first notification that was released in April, applications were invited until May 30, 2018. There are 6647 vacancies for the Constable positions, for both males and females, the remaining posts are for Sub inspector posts. Interested and eligible candidates can apply online for HSSC Recruitment 2018 at hssc.gov.in by July 2 using the direct link and steps given below.

The recruitment is currently live for the following five categories – Category 1 – Male Constable (General Duty), Category 2 – Female Constable (General Duty), Category 3 – India Reserve Battalions of Haryana State Male Constable (General Duty), Category 4 – Sub-Inspector (Male) and Category 5 – Sub-Inspector (Female). The facility to pay the application fee online would close on July 5.

Steps to apply online for HSSC Recruitment  2018:

Log on to hssc.gov.in using the direct link given here for your convenience. Read the official notification here.

Click on Click here for Advt. 3/2018. A new window would open. Click on Login or Register, if you’re a first-time candidate

Login/ Register successfully and proceed to the online application. Submit application successfully before July 2 and make the payment before July 7, 2018. Take a print out of the application for future reference.

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It’s not too late to think about a new career at 40

Childhood friends Kamal Karanth (left) and Anil Kumar Ethanur quit high paying jobs as managing directors of international staffing firms in their 40s to start their own venture. Photo: Ramegowda Bopaiah/Mint

In 2014, over a beer, childhood friends Kamal Karanth and Anil Kumar Ethanur decided to quit their high-paying jobs as managing directors of competing international staffing firms and start a business together. “We never imagined we would start our own company,” says 45-year-old Ethanur, “but I saw entrepreneurship as the ultimate challenge and wanted to give it a shot.” Karanth felt his career was stagnating and wanted to tap into the fast-growing staffing industry, pegged to grow to a $20 billion (around ₹1.3 trillion) market in India. “We weren’t making any difference to our clients beyond filling their recruitment needs,” says 46-year-old Karanth.

For a year before he took the plunge, he researched on the how-tos of starting a business and began to change his lifestyle. “I found a new job for my driver, moved my assistant off my work, sold my car, before I started Xpheno,” he says. In hindsight, this helped him adapt quicker to the life of an entrepreneur.

 People change careers for many reasons. It could be stagnation or sheer boredom, the absence of challenge. “Around midlife, you want to do something purposeful and understand who you really are,” says Prof. Srinivasan Tatachari, T A Pai Management Institute in Manipal. Prof. Tatachari switched tracks when he turned 40, opting for academics after working in the corporate world. “I had a well-paying job at Wipro when I quit to do my PhD, was already married, and had a small kid to take care of,” he says.

Other than financial constraints, he had to learn how to chart the world of academics. “I needed a lot of discipline and hard work to make it work,” he says, adding that his age actually helped him as he had both discipline and perseverance for research in greater degrees than those younger to him. “In academia, if you’ve had previous careers, students and colleagues look at you with respect, which is advantageous,” he says. However, he feels it’s important to keep at it and take adequate time to prepare for a career change.

Despite the challenges, late-life career changes often result in a positive emotional outlook, according to a study published in January in The International Journal Of Ageing And Human Development. Three important factors contribute to this. “If you have the financial resources, your family is supportive, and you wanted to change your career rather than ‘had to’, you will be in a positive state during the transition phase,” says Eric Vogelsang, assistant professor, sociology, at California State University, and the study researcher. It’s important to start saving money during your younger working years to prepare for possible career changes in future, no matter whether you want the change or are forced into it by a change in the economy.

Vijay Arisetty, 41, was forced to give up his career as a helicopter pilot with the Indian Air Force after a shoulder injury. In his early 30s at the time, Arisetty joined the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, to learn the ropes of management. He worked with Goldman Sachs for four years, quitting in 2012 to start a cab aggregating company, PyngCabs; Arisetty shut it down the very next year as he could not scale operations. In 2014, the then 37-year-old started Kitchensfood, a home-cooked food delivery platform; it failed too. It was with his third start-up, myGate, a security app for apartment complexes launched in 2016, that Arisetty tasted success.

“My experiences in different careers have helped me look at a problem with different perspectives and come up with alternative solutions,” he says, adding that work values like willingness to learn, punctuality and teamwork have remained constants. “You’re never to old to start. Keep an open mind, be humble, ask for mentorship, and roll up your sleeves to understand the nuts and bolts of the new career, and you’ll succeed no matter what your age,” he says.

Karanth is glad he planned financially for three years so he could focus on the business. It has been 20 months since he left his job and he feels the hardest part is accepting that you’re a “nobody”. “It is a humbling experience. You have to be motivated, keep yourself fit as you’re not young any more, be organized, learn new technologies and unlearn to work with millennials with a no-frills, non-hierarchical mindset,” he says.

 The biggest challenge is finding your feet in the new career, says Prof. Neharika Vohra of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, who has seen career-pivoting post 40 becoming more popular in India. “You’ve moved away from your comfort zone, you need to learn so many new things constantly, and it might involve a change in status and money,” she says, adding that family support and the requisite training help. Ethanur agrees. “Nothing can prepare you for this journey,” he says.

Even though investors are more welcoming of mid-career stage founders, and both he and Karanth have extensive networks in their industry, it’s the constant learning and need to be hands-on in a new business that he finds an uphill task. “What counts is your ability to learn new skills and pick up new habits,” he says. He also believes a good mentor, someone who is outside your friend and family circle, and with whom you can honestly share your struggles, is essential.

After quitting his job, Vijay Arisetty had to wait till his third venture to taste success. Photo: Ramegowda Bopaiah/Mint

After quitting his job, Vijay Arisetty had to wait till his third venture to taste success. Photo: Ramegowda Bopaiah/Mint

Managing a midlife crisis 

Prepare yourself. Gather the skills needed for the new job. Take courses, if required, or get a mentor. Accept that it will change your life drastically, that you’re stepping out of your comfort zone. If you’re not determined, you’ll quit at the first sign of trouble.

Plan the money. Make sure you have at least a few years of savings or investments to continue your current lifestyle, so you or people dependent on you don’t suffer too much when that regular salary stops.

Prepare your family. Ensure their lifestyle doesn’t change overnight. Bring them on board. That will save you emotional stress later on.

Roll up your sleeves. You might have been a managing director in your last career, but you need to learn the ropes of the new one. Keep your ego on the back-burner and be ready to listen to and learn from people half your age.

Unlearn and relearn. When you switch careers, it’s your ability to learn new skills and pick up new habits which become most important. Be open, humble and ready to pick up new things. Be a mentee till you adjust to your new role.

source:-livemint

What’s Really Driving High Tuition In Online College Programs

Most online college programs cost the same as on-campus alternatives. Some even cost more. There’s evidence that pricey online tuitions may be driven by hidden, expensive costs in designing, delivering and marketing those programs.

Still, online programs at some schools are generating profit.

A plurality (45%) of schools surveyed in The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE2) by Quality Matters and Eduventures/Encoura – a survey of 182 academic and institutional officers in charge of digital learning at their schools – said their online programs were a “revenue generator.” Just 18% said they cost more than they generated.

There’s also, according to CHLOE2, a correlation between the size of the online program, tuition rates and profits. The largest online programs, ones like those at Arizona State University (ASU), for example, are twice as likely to charge higher tuition for online classes as they are to offer lower tuition. ASU does charge in-state students more to take online classes than on-campus ones. Those larger programs are also the most likely to say they are revenue producers.  ASU, for example, told the Arizona Board of Regents that its online programs, “… will also be a substantial source of incremental net revenue for institutional investment” – a number it estimated to be about $40 million annually.

The reality that schools are profiting from their online programs, while charging increased tuition, has sparked some observers to label it a betrayal of what was supposed to be a significant, core benefit of online education – it was supposed to be cheaper for students.

Education investor and author Ryan Craig declared, for example, “… postsecondary providers are pulling a fast one on students by failing to charge less for online programs. The 60% responding [in the CHLOE 2 data] that online costs the same or more to deliver are saddling students with cost of their own incompetence.”

It’s not clear that online programs are cheaper. Nonetheless, it’s impossible to ignore that some, perhaps even most, online programs are generating net revenue while charging higher tuition. In those cases, failing to pass that savings along to students may be incompetence. But it may also be fear. Or necessity. Or greed.

Leaders in the online college industry have openly discussed that one reason colleges don’t lower their online tuition costs is that they’re scared to. If tuition rates are lower for online classes, they worry no one will take on-campus classes. They’re also worried that lower online tuition will signal a lower quality product. If online is the same quality as on campus, as they insist it is, they want to charge for it that way.

It’s also possible that the colleges generating profit from their online efforts are using that revenue to keep the doors open in other programs while public financial support and enrollment are on the decline. That would not be unprecedented or even unusual. Colleges use profitable programs and students to subsidize unprofitable ones all the time.

Motivation and greed may also be keeping online tuition higher than it could be. John Katzman, who has worked with colleges to build, market and deliver their online programs, said that the online program design and marketing companies that sell their services to colleges, “have a good thing going – they have promised their stockholders outsized returns” and need to deliver.

From that view, if you’re a for-profit company taking a cut of the tuition or one selling course design services, or the Dean of an online program that’s making money, there’s simply no incentive to reduce tuition and make less money. Demand is growing, profits are up, times are good.

Consider this quote from an ASU online marketing document, “A number of prior studies focused on the cost of online learning to the student, suggesting that it was more expensive, but they did not fully take into account the operating costs to the institution.” That is true. Almost no one considered what a good deal it could be if online college programs cost the schools less, but they could charge students the same, or more.

Still, if you’re a believer that online classes will eventually have lower tuition, there are signs that may yet happen. A strong majority (62%) of the leaders of programs that did charge their students less for online tuition said they did so because of “Pricing constraints in a competitive market.” And 40% said online tuition was cheaper at their school because of a “Lower cost of delivering online instruction.”

“Online programs are less expensive to give and should be less expensive for students,” Katzman said. “And I’m very optimistic that will happen. Sustainably lower costs with more transparency and more flexibility will translate into lower net tuition,” he said.

Until it does, it’s time to ask whether online tuition is still high because online programs are simply too expensive – as some evidence suggests – or whether colleges and for-profit companies are simply too scared or too greedy to lower tuition – as some evidence also suggests. Either way, what we have now – high costs, high profits and inflated tuition – is not the future that online learning promised.

source:-Forbes

How to Prepare for Rising Student Loan Interest Rates

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Federal student loan interest rates just went up again for the second year in a row.

Interest rates for student loans borrowed under the Department of Education’s direct program rose by 0.6 percent for the 2018-2019 school year. Undergraduate direct loans now carry the highest interest rate since the 2009-2010 year during the Great Recession. Effective July 1, undergraduates who take out a federal direct loan will now borrow at a 5.05 interest rate – a 13 percent increase compared to the 3.76 percent rate from the prior school year.

Graduate students will also pay more. The new interest rate for a graduate unsubsidized direct loan is 6.6 percent – up from 6 percent from the 2017-2018 school year – and the rate for a PLUS loan for either graduate students or parents is now a staggering 7.6 percent – the highest rate in more than five years.

Over the last two years, federal student loan rates have risen by 1.29 percentage points.

The current system for setting rates on direct loans has only been in place since July 2013 and was introduced under the Obama administration. Under this system, the Department of Education changes fixed-interest rates on direct loans each year based on the 10-year Treasury note auction in May.

Student loan experts say consumers should expect interest rate hikes on federal student loans to become the new normal. College students may see higher rates each year they take out a federal loan, they say.

“The trends and predictions indicate that interest rates are going to continue to trend up,” says Amy Glynn, vice president of financial aid and community initiatives at CampusLogic, a software company that provides student financial services. “The current rates for the 18-19 aid year are inching closer the statutory maximum interest rates.”



Increases in interest rates make higher education even more expensive. A higher interest rate can raise monthly loan payments and total repayment costs when borrowers are paying back thousands of dollars. A college grad paying back $30,000 in student loans can rack up around $8,721 in interest under the standard 10-year repayment plan at the new rate of 5.05 percent. Compare that with the direct undergraduate interest rate from two years ago under the same plan, which was $6,039.

[Read: How to Learn About College Affordability in High School.]

Amid rising interest rates, here are a few strategies for current and prospective students to reduce the amount they pay in interest on student loans.

Students should limit borrowing. Students and parents should try to reduce reliance on student loans, experts say.

One way to reduce student loan dependence is to limit borrowing to direct costs, the amount actually billed by a college, and cover living expenses by alternative means like working, says Glynn, who used to work as a financial aid director at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

“Alternatives like 529 plans, scholarships, payment plans and employer reimbursement should seriously be considered by families to reduce reliance on student loans,” she says.

Private education loans may be cheaper than parent PLUS loans. Parents who are paying for college with loans should look at the private lending market before signing on with a federal parent PLUS loan, says Stephen Dash, founder and CEO of Credible.com, a multilender marketplace focused on student loans. He adds that parent PLUS loans are different than other federal student loans because these loans don’t carry the same protections, such as eligibility for several different types of income-based repayment plans.There’s also an upfront disbursement fee associated with the PLUS loan – it puts the APR at over 8 percent. So if you qualify for a private loan and you’re looking at PLUS loans versus private loans, private loans can make a lot of sense because you are comparing an apples-to-apples comparison,” he says.

MBA students may find better rates in the private market. “Graduate schools students, such as MBAs, who are unlikely to be in a loan forgiveness program should be particularly hard hit,” says Alexander Lowry, a professor of finance at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

Lowry says MBA students are paying hefty tuition, sometimes more than $100,000 for their education, and are unlikely post-graduation to go into the nonprofit and public sector, where the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness could be an option. PSLF discharges student debt for eligible borrowers after they’ve made 120 on-time payments.

But experts says there are alternatives, such as specialized MBA loans that offer lower interest rates compared with federal graduate loans, which include PLUS and direct graduate Stafford. Direct graduate Stafford loans typically carry a lower interest rate than graduate PLUS loans, but there’s an allowable maximum borrowing limit of $20,500 per academic year.

The current fixed rate for a 10-year fixed-rate loan for MBA students at New York-based CommonBond starts at 6.58 percent – more than a 1 percentage point difference compared with graduate PLUS loans. Discover Student Loans, headquartered in Illinois, offers variable rates as low as 3.99 percent for MBA students.

“When it comes to the graduate Stafford loan, you want to be confident that you would never need those protections. And it depends on the saving as well,” Dash says.

For some graduate students, he says, it can be worth paying extra in interest for federal student loans because of their protections, such as possible loan forgiveness and flexible repayment plans. “The additional cost is like an insurance premium,” he says.

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UGC NET Admit Card 2018 available for download at cbsenet.nic.in

UGC NET Admit Card 2018: There will be two papers conducted on the same day.

The Central Board of Secondary Education has released the admit card for UGC NET examination, which will be held on July 8, 2018. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website, cbsenet.nic.in.

Here’s how to download

* Log on to www.cbsenet.nic.in.

* Click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ link.

* Key in required details.

* Download your admit card.

The CBSE conducts the National Eligibility Test on the behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to determine the eligibility of candidates for the post of assistant professor in Indian universities and colleges as well as the Junior Research Fellowship.

Candidates applying for the exam should have secured at least 55% marks in a post-graduate or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by the University Grants Commission. Candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to the non-creamy layer, Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and people with disabilities (PwD) are eligible if they have secured at least 50% marks in postgraduate or equivalent examination.

For JRF, candidates should not be more than 30 years on July 1, 2018. There is relaxation of age for SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy), transgender, women, candidates having research experience, etc. For assistant professor exam, there is no upper age limit for applying.

Examination

There will be two papers conducted on the same day.

Paper 1 will have 50 objective type compulsory questions carrying two marks each. The questions will be of a general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

Paper 2 will have 100 objective type compulsory questions carrying two marks each which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper – II will be compulsory, covering the entire syllabi of the earlier Paper II and Paper – III (including all electives, without options).

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Husson University’s online courses now recognized in Massachusetts

— Massachusetts officially joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement in mid-June. This interstate educational agreement makes it easier for colleges and universities to offer online courses outside of their home states. Massachusetts students interested in online education will benefit as a result.

“Students in The Bay State now have expanded access to educational offerings from colleges across the country,” said David Haus, Ph.D. an associate professor and the director of online and extended learning at Husson University, Northern New England’s leading professional educator. “More online educational opportunities and competition will help keep the cost of college down and enhance the overall quality of distance education.”

Thanks to SARA, Husson University’s courses are now recognized in 49 states and Puerto Rico. California and the Marshall Islands are the only two areas that do not participate in SARA.

“A strong online learning program can help adults achieve career success,” continued Haus. “Preparing students for career success is in integral part of Husson University’s mission. In fact, according to the most recent data, 98 percent of Husson University graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year of completing their degrees.”

Accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC), Husson University holds the highest level of accreditation available. Online courses from non-profit Husson meet stringent educational standards.

In addition to providing students with a high-quality education, Husson University prides itself on its efforts to keep college affordable. The University is the lowest net-priced, private four-year college in Northern New England accredited by NEASC.

Husson attained this distinction through a combination of low tuition and low fees. “The net-price students pay needs to take both tuition and fees into account, along with financial aid. Colleges with low tuition may appear to be a bargain at first, but if they have numerous fees or expensive fees, cost savings can quickly evaporate. At Husson, we strive for transparency. All of our fees and tuition are clearly spelled out to our students,” noted Haus.

Another way Husson keeps education affordable is through transfer credits. Online students who have completed courses at other colleges and universities will find that Husson has a generous transfer policy and accepts credits from various accredited institutions and/or programs. The more transfer credits a student receives, the fewer courses he or she will need to complete a degree.

Another unique aspect of online courses at Husson is their student-centric nature. On campus and online classes average a mere 20 students. As a result, online Husson University students get just as much personalized attention as students who take courses in a traditional classroom setting.

Students who take online courses from Husson University can choose from among a variety of programs. Degrees students can attain include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrated Technology
  • Certificate in Data Analytics
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA in Biotechnology & Innovation
  • MBA in Data Analytics
  • MBA in Healthcare Management
  • MBA in Organizational Management
  • RN-to-BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

These degrees are suitable for anyone interested in advancing their career to the next level through education. Traditional and non-traditional students can both participate in online courses. Geography does not affect participation. Students from coast-to-coast can take online classes from Husson University.

Online students can also structure their studies in ways that make sense for their unique life circumstances. A course can be completed over the course of 14 weeks or students can opt for a seven-week accelerated course offering.

At Husson, online students have access to a variety of services that are usually only available to traditional students. For example, online students can work with our Career Services department to help secure internships and job placements, the same way our on campus students do. In addition, after graduation, online students are welcome to attend Homecoming and other alumni activities as full-fledged members of our Alumni Association. The University is committed to consistently making opportunities available to all students, regardless of the way they take courses.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many members of the Board of Trustees were, at one time, students who attended Husson University.

With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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