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What is Academic Consortium

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
A collaboration among member institutions that deals only in sharing credit bearing courses and programs.
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Build an Online Program Consortium
Tom Kennedy (New Ventures of Regis University, USA) and Mary Brozovich (New Ventures of Regis University, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch030
The Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU) was launched in January 2005 after several years of successful classroom-based partnerships, a failed attempt at a previous online collaboration effort, and extensive market research. Beginning in 1990, New Ventures of Regis University formed partnerships with independent, notfor- profit (NFP) colleges across the country. These partnerships focused on helping colleges develop and implement classroom-based, accelerated degree programs for working adults based on the experiences of the Regis adult education programs which had been established in 1979 (Husson & Kennedy, 2003). In all, New Ventures assisted over thirty colleges to launch or improve their adult education programs.
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