Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities: A Survey of Chief Academic Officers

The State of the Industry

Published October 15th, 2013

For many private colleges, leveraging online learning is seen as an imperative, but questions remain over how best to implement the new delivery method. A new survey of Chief Academic Officers from member institutions of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), conducted by The Learning House, Inc., reveals how many private colleges and universities are navigating this new frontier.

In this webinar, Dr. David Clinefelter, Chief Academic Officer of Learning House, and Dr. Harold V. Hartley, III, Senior Vice President of CIC will present the findings of the report “Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities: A Survey of Chief Academic Officers.” Learn how private colleges are currently managing online education initiatives, addressing challenges, serving online students and planning for the future.

We will discuss:

  • The range and control of online education initiatives
  • Faculty compensation for designing and / or teaching online courses
  • Challenges to serving online students
  • Tuition and budget models
  • Future goals for online learning
  • And more

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About the Presenters

Dr. David Clinefelter is the Chief Academic Officer at The Learning House, Inc., in Louisville, Ky., where he develops the highest academic tools, training and strategies for the company’s online partners. Dave’s 30-year career in education spans all levels, from K-12 to higher education.

At the postsecondary level, Dr. Clinefelter began as a professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and a lecturer at The Ohio State University before he became vice president of academic affairs at Graceland University, a liberal arts institution in Iowa. From 1996 to 1997, Dr. Clinefelter served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Northwest Missouri State University. At the conclusion of his fellowship year, he became president of Graceland University and served in that capacity for six years. In 2002, Dr. Clinefelter joined Kaplan University as provost, and he joined Walden University in 2010 as Chief Academic Officer.

Harold Hartley has lead responsibility for CIC’s Presidents Institute, the largest annual gathering of college and university presidents in the country, and oversees CIC’s vocation initiatives, including the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program. He also provides leadership for CIC’s research and assessment initiatives, including the annual Key Indicators Tool (KIT) and Financial Indicators Tool (FIT) benchmarking reports, CIC’s Making the Case website, the CIC Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium and its related Pathways Project, the Degree Qualification Profile (DQP) Consortium, and the Engaging Evidence Consortium. Dr. Hartley joined CIC in January 2005 as Director of Research, having served since 1995 with the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of The United Methodist Church in Nashville.

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