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Christine Greenhow, Julia Sonnevend, and Colin Agur

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034470

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034470.001.0001

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The Growth of Online Universities: How to Solve the Accreditation Dilemma, Protect Students, and Expand Access to Higher Education

The Growth of Online Universities: How to Solve the Accreditation Dilemma, Protect Students, and Expand Access to Higher Education

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(p.131) 8 The Growth of Online Universities: How to Solve the Accreditation Dilemma, Protect Students, and Expand Access to Higher Education
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Education and Social Media
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Nicholas Bramble

Yite John Lu

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034470.003.0009

This chapter explores the challenges of accreditation for new learning models based on the Internet and social media, especially with the growth of international education. It unfolds in three parts. The first describes the current U.S. environment for online universities, comparing examples of established for-profit and emerging low-cost universities. The second part gives an overview of accreditation in the United States and abroad, and explores accreditation barriers for online universities. Finally, the third part recommends the implementation of new formal and informal accreditation standards, along with the establishment of an agency that would track and evaluate the progress of new online learning models with respect to these accreditation standards.

Keywords:   social media, online universities, accreditation, international education

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