|By EDUCATION on Monday, March 12, 2001 - 03:57 pm:|
THE OLD COLLEGE TRY Traditional universities are looking to protect themselves from higher-education Internet startups by launching their own online programs. Columbia University has joined the fray with a Web education portal named Fathom. On the site, more than 75,000 registered users browse through about 600 online courses and degree offerings, including programs from the University of Washington and Michigan State University. However, the online spin-off has yet to generate revenue. The site makes money from fees collected from other online schools according to the number of students it directs to them. NYUOnline, New York University's Internet effort, is aiming for the corporate education market and has signed at least one very large contract with an unnamed financial firm. Although the online school does not offer any degrees since it is not accredited, it does provide 55 courses to 500 students, as well as coursework in collaboration with NYU's traditional classes. Traditional schools going online face a number of other hindrances besides finding a successful business model, including reconciling issues of intellectual property rights. Cornell University has resolved this problem by maintaining a purely contractual three-way relationship between the school, the online spin-off, and the professor. (Wall Street Journal, 12 March 2001)
|By Anonymous on Monday, March 12, 2001 - 03:54 pm:|
COMMITTEE LAUNCHES WEB PORTAL FOR FEDERAL GRANTS The Federal Commons portal will provide a comprehensive display window for the more than $300 billion in annual grants that federal agencies offer to the public each year. The General Services Administration (GSA) Web site finally went online this December after years of hard work and roller-coaster funding levels that have left it dependant upon volunteer funding from agency budgets. The Federal Commons portal allows users to search and find information on over 30,000 grant options, and GSA officials plan to add online grant applications as well as an application-tracking function in the near future. The officials hope that President Bush and Congress will fund the site under Bush's 2001 e-government initiative. (GovExec.com, 9 March 2001)
|By Peter H. Rosen (Admin) on Monday, March 12, 2001 - 03:54 pm:|
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